Panch Snanam - Paramparik Treatments
Ayurved Bath Techniques - One Of The Traditional Ayurvedic Treatment As Per Ancient Lada Parampara of India
Lada Parampara prescribes five different baths for dosha or imbalance in the five elements of life – also known as Panch Mahabhuta. The procedure of taking therapeutic baths is Dosha Nivarak, for elimination of imbalance, and is suggested to every patient as per their Tridosha or Sub-Dosha diagnosis.
The snanam includes bathing with oils, suitable herbal mixture, mud, milk, etc. prescribed to every individual as per their ailment. Each bath has its own benefits to cure Vayu Dosha, Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha, and the therapeutic bath is one of the primary methods of treatment and healing at AMCT. The five main types of baths are:
Prithvi Snanam: Mud bath made of specially prepared medicated mud for conscious detoxification of the body. As per Ayurveda, mud or clay is one of the five essential elements of life, and it has the ability to heal the body and correct any imbalances. Mud can also absorb and dilute the toxins from the body, fight excess heat and provide quick relief from various problems. Prithvi Snanam is very beneficial for skin and helps with controlling the Pitta Dosha through its naturally cooling nature.
Vayu Snanam / Dhoopam: Vayu snanam, or fumigation bath uses air or steam as a medium to heal diseases and create a natural balance. Fumes/steam of special medicinal herbs are used on body parts to relieve excess Doshas or toxins from the body and treat the ailments. The Aushadhi infused steam is considered to be one of the purest mediums to balance disorders in Doshas, especially the Vata and Kapha doshas, and has the capability to clean the body inside out.
Aakasha Snanam: Ushna Vayu with different medicinal herbs
Jala Snanam: Dosha-pacifying baths in pure water, sea water or herb infused water is considered as a cleansing therapy in Ayurveda. The bathing rituals can significantly impact health, and every individual is recommended a balancing herbal cleansing bath as per their dosha. Herbs used in Jala Snanam considers the sub-doshas that govern the skin: Vyana Vatta, Bhrajaka Pitta and Shleshaka Kapha – controlling circulation, metabolism and moisture balancing activities respectively.
Agni Snanam: Since Agni or fire is the third main element that makes up the body, heat is very effective to cleanse impurities and balance the dosha equilibrium. The two types of Agnisnanam recommended at AMCT are:
As per Lada Paramparic Ayurveda, the benefits of Surya snanam can be increased by applying suitable oils, and upon exposure to sunlight, the body temperature and blood flow increases – hence resulting in better absorption of oils.
Pruthvi Snanam- Mud bath using specially prepared medicated mud
Vayu Snanam Dhoopam- fumigation of different parts of the body using medicines.
Aakasha Snanam- ushna vayu with different medicinal herbs
Jala Snanam – Bath in pure water ,Seawater and Different types of medicated water.
(b) Agni Jwala snanam- Direct, Indirect.