Nasyam is a therapeutic procedure that is part of Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine from India. It involves the administration of herbal oils or powders into the nostrils, followed by a gentle massage of the head and face. Nasyam is believed to have a range of benefits, both for physical and mental health. The main objective of Nasyam is to cleanse and rejuvenate the nasal passages, which are considered a gateway to the head and brain. The treatment aims to remove excess mucus, toxins, and congestion from the nasal cavity, sinuses, and throat. It also helps to balance the doshas (energetic principles) within the body, particularly the Vata and Kapha doshas.
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During a Nasyam session, the individual lies down with their head tilted back. The therapist or practitioner then instills a few drops of medicated herbal oil or a specific herbal powder into each nostril. The choice of oil or powder depends on the individual’s constitution and any specific health concerns. The therapist may gently massage the area around the nose and face to ensure proper distribution of the oil or powder.
The herbal substances used in Nasyam can have various properties depending on the specific herbs and oils employed. Some common ingredients include sesame oil, ghee, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), and camphor. These substances are selected based on their therapeutic properties, which may include calming the mind, reducing inflammation, improving mental clarity, relieving congestion, and promoting overall well-being.
The benefits of Nasyam
Clearing congestion: The administration of herbal oils or powders helps to alleviate nasal congestion and open up the blocked sinuses, providing relief from conditions like allergies, sinusitis, and nasal congestion.
Enhancing mental clarity: Nasyam is believed to promote mental clarity, concentration, and focus. It is often recommended for individuals experiencing mental fatigue, stress, anxiety, or difficulty in concentrating.
Relieving headaches: Nasyam can help alleviate certain types of headaches, including migraines and tension headaches, by reducing inflammation and promoting relaxation.
Improving respiratory health: By clearing the nasal passages and sinuses, Nasyam can improve respiratory health, enhance breathing, and reduce symptoms of respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis.