The Power Of Nasyam
Harnessing the effectiveness of routines with Dr Vignesh Devraj
In Ayurveda, the power of routines is highly recommended for sustaining good health. The ancient texts recommend a set of daily practices called Dinacharya to keep the diseases away and sustain good health. Adopting these routines is an integral part of longevity and disease-free life.
The uniqueness of Nasyam lies in the fact that it is the only therapy that is mentioned in Panchakarma, and has been recommended for Dinacharya - everyday routines suggested in Ayurveda. While the Nasyam done during the Panchakarma treatment is quite intense, the basic Nasyam is a very mild cleaning therapy that can be safely done every day at home.
What is Nasyam?
Nasyam is one such practice that has some amazing benefits and is quite relevant for the post-covid world we are inhabiting. It is a cleansing therapy that helps to remove unwanted toxins, mucus and microbes from our nasopharyngeal duct. This simple process can cleanse and strengthen our nasal passages and provide powerful health benefits. Our ability to breathe freely has a close connection to our emotional and mental wellbeing as well.
Why is Nasyam important?
In ancient times, humans were four-legged animals and nature had designed it’s own way to aid us in cleansing our bodies. The gravity helped us release any stored mucus in the upper respiratory tract, head and our nasopharyngeal duct. When we developed our core strength and started walking on our two legs, this process was hindered. Unless, we make a conscious attempt to keep our nostril clean, there is no other way.
The mucus can easily become a storehouse of microbes is not cleaned regularly. As the nostrils are pathways to the brain, the procedure can influence the brain and is used for various conditions like stroke, facial palsy, insomnia, mental diseases, hormone problems, sinusitis, frozen shoulder, migraine etc.
You can use a neti pot or a simple nasal spray for this process.
For the mixture, oils like Anu thailam or Shadbindu Thailam or just plain salt water can be used.
Points to remember
Do not expose yourself to too much wind, cold, sun or strenuous activity immediately after the procedure.
Avoid taking a bath or eating food immediately before or after the procedure.
Avoid doing this procedure if you have a runny nose, cold or fever.
Avoid doing this procedure without consultation if you had a surgery in the nasal region.
Dr Vignesh Devraj is a fourth-generation Ayurvedic healer. He is the founder and chief physician of Sitaram Beach Retreat, Kerala – a space for authentic healing and transformation. Sitaram Ayurveda has a 100 year legacy in Ayurvedic practice and healing. He also has a weekly podcast on Ayurvedic wisdom and insights @ Ayurvedic Healing and Beyond. You can connect with him at firstname.lastname@example.org