The nose is the door of the brain and knowledge. In Ayurveda, the supply of medicines through the nasal route is called Nasya. The excessive accumulation of bodily humors at the level of the sinuses, throat or head should be remove through the nearest canal: the nose. Prana, the vital energy, enters the body in the form of nervous energy through the breath, and therefore through the nose.
Prana resides in the cerebellum and maintains active motor and sensory functions, governs mental activity, memory, concentration and intellectual vivacity. An alteration of prana causes a malfunction of all this activity, and is the cause of migraine, seizures, loss of memory and reduced sensory perception. The nasal administration, nasya, is indicated in the case of alterations of prana, congestion of the sinuses, migraines, convulsions and, in some cases, also for visual or auditory disorders.
Also, you can improve breathing by massaging the nasal cavity with the little finger after administering the ghee. You should massage slowly the inner walls of the nose, pressing and as deep as possible, so it is advisable to have the nails well cut to avoid damaging the nasal mucosa. The massage should follow a movement clockwise, and then counterclockwise. This practice is also useful for unlocking emotional processes, and improving visual perception. Ayurveda have the belief that the nose is the way to our brain. Therefore, the realization of Nasya improves intelligence and memory.
What is Nasya therapy?
Nasya is a procedure immediately after nasal irrigation, this consists of the application of drops of oil in the nasal membranes with the function of lubricating and returning the balance to the membranes after cleaning. The type of oil to use depends on the medical needs of each person, however, at the general level you can use an organic session oil and cold pressed. You can apply the drops of oil with a dropper or with the help of the little finger.
Benefits of Nasya Therapy
Cleans all internal channels (nasal, auditory, etc.).
Improves vision and eye problems.
Eliminates the migraine.
Improves skin problems on the face.
Clarify the voice.
Improves dryness in nose and mouth.
Eliminates congestion symptoms in colds.
Improves dark circles.
Give strength to the hair.
It reduces the symptoms of torticollis.
Reduces stress on shoulders and head.
Types of Nasya
There are six main types of nasya:
#1- Pradhana Nasya
It use dry powders (rather than oils) that are blown into the nose with a tube. Pradhamana nasya is mainly use for kapha types of diseases involving headaches, heaviness in the head, cold, nasal congestion, sticky eyes, hoarseness of voice due to sticky kapha, sinusitis, cervical lymph adenitis, tumors, worms, some skin diseases, epilepsy, drowsiness, parkinsonism, inflammation of the nasal mucosa, attachment, greed and lust. Traditionally, powders such as brahmi are use.
#2- Brumhana Nasya
It use ghee, oils, salt, shatavari ghee, ashwagandha ghee and medicated milk for vata disorders. It is said to benefit conditions resulting from vata imbalances such as vata-type headaches, migraine headache, dryness of voice, dry nose, nervousness, anxiety, fear, dizziness, emptiness, negativity, heaviness of eyelids, bursitis, stiffness in the neck, dry sinuses and loss of sense of smell.
#3- Shaman Nasya (sedative nasya)
It is use according to which dosha is aggravated but mainly for pitta-type disorders such as thinning of hair, conjunctivitis and ringing in the ears. Generally certain herbal medicated decoctions, teas and medicated oils are used.
#4- Navana Nasya (decoction nasya)
It is use in vata-pitta or kapha-pitta disorders and is made from decoctions and oils together.
#5- Marhya Nasya (ghee or oil nasya)
Alleviates pitta-vata and expels the toxin from head and neck.
#6- Prati Marhya (daily oil nasya)
It is perform by dipping the clean little finger in the ghee or oil and inserting into each nostril, lubricating the nasal passage with gentle massage. It helps to open deep tissues. Also, can be done every day and at any time to release stress.
How to Perform Nasya for Self-Administration
Step 1: Warm the oil.
You should never apply cold oil on your body. In order to warm the oil just right, you can place the Nasya bottle into a large container of mildly hot (not boiling!) water until you have reached the desired temperature. It should be about body temperature or slightly cooler to avoid harming the mucus membrane.
Step 2: Lay in a comfortable area that allows the head to tilt back.
Once you have the oil ready for application, lie down on a bed or couch allowing the head to come off the end a bit, tilting it back comfortably. You will be here for several minutes, so please make sure that you have support in your neck. Also make sure the Nasya oil is nearby, as application is the next step.
Step 3: Apply the Nasya to each nostril.
Take the warm Nasya oil and open the bottle. Squeeze the dropper “nipple” allowing the glass dropper to fill with oil. Carefully bring this over to the right nostril. Slowly and gently, squeeze the nipple allowing the desired amount of drops to go into the right nostril. Then apply the same amount to the left nostril. Ideally one will add an average of 1-5 drops into each nostril, depending on their specific needs. If this is your first time using Nasya, definitely begin by only applying 1-2 drops. Then, increase as appropriate over time.
Step 4: Take a large inhale.
After you apply the drops, put the dropper back into the bottle and close tightly. Place the bottle to the side in a safe place. Take your hand and cover the left nostril, taking a deep inhale through the right. Then cover the right nostril, taking a deep inhale in through the left.
Step 5: Sit back and allow penetration.
Now it is time to lay back. Keep the head tilted, close the eyes and allow the Nasya to work its magic. Stay here for 1-3 minutes before slowly getting up. Feel free to blow you nose if needed.
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