What is Nasya?
Nasya is a Sanskrit word that refers to the nasal administration of medication. The nose is an important sense organ and pathway to the internal systems of the body. Nasal medications are absorbed efficiently. Nasya involves the instillation of medicated liquid (usually oil) into the nose, primarily to cleanse accumulated Kapha Dosha and toxins from the head, nose, throat, sinus and neck regions. It works as a detox therapy or as a healing and nourishing therapy depending on the medication used.
Synonyms: Nasyam, Prachardana, Shiro Virechana
Why is it Best?
- All healthy individuals are benefited by Nasya. In fact it is said to be a part of the daily Ayurveda regimen for good health (Dinacharya).
- It is prescribed in almost all conditions such as loss of smell and taste, poor hearing, visual disorders,
- Sinusitis, nasal polyps, DNS, allergic rhinitis, atrophic rhinitis,
- Recurrent cold and cough, upper respiratory tract infections, allergies,
- Ear pain, hoarseness of voice,
- Hair fall, greying of hair, scalp conditions,
- Headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia,
- Facial palsy, hemiplegia, paralysis,
- Mental stress, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression,
- Memory loss, poor attention or concentration,
- Psychological disorders,
- Diseases of sense organ dysfunction,
- Dental diseases, diseases of the oral cavity,
- Neck pain and stiffness, torticollis,
- Thyroid dysfunction,
- Frozen shoulder, etc.
Benefits for You:
- Nasya is a diverse procedure and has a variety of beneficial effects on the mind and body. Various oils are used according to varying body constitutions and disease conditions.
- With Nasya, the oil is absorbed through the complex blood vessels network in the nostrils and stimulates the rich local nerve supply.
- There are several types of Nasya documented in Ayurveda which may use oils, ghee (clarified butter), extract of herbs, fine powder of herbs etc., to bring about the desired effects. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate procedure, according to the disease condition and Dosha imbalance.
- It has a profound effect on the brain and nervous system; it improves sleep, prevents memory loss, improves concentration, and the functioning of Indriyas (sense organs).
- It enhances the functioning of the organs and structures in the neck and head.
The Process on the Spot
The patient is asked to lie down on the treatment table facing up. A neck pillow or rolled towel is place behind the neck so that the face is tilted slightly upwards. The therapy begins with local Snehana (oil application and massage) to the face, neck and shoulders, focusing on sweeping strokes along the nasal bridge and forehead. Then a light Swedana (steaming or fomentation) using a hot towel or steam inhalation is conducted.
The head is then titled back, one nostril is closed and the therapist instills drops of the medicated oil into the other nostril. This is repeated in the other nostril. The patient is asked to inhale deeply while the therapist massages the nasal bridge and forehead. When a sensation of the medication reaching the back of the throat or mouth is felt, the patient spits out any excess medication and gargles with warm water.
Duration: 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
Combination Therapies: Nasya can be is combined with several other therapies such as Shiro Abhyanga, Shirodhara, etc.
30 Min Nasya
Include Neck and Face Massage
60 Min Nasya
Include Neck, Face and Back Massage