Padabhyangam: How to treat the feet?

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Ayurveda, an ancient healing system believes that it is at the foot the body and soul are connected. Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar, Director and Principal Consultant of Ayush Ayurveda, Singapore, Little India, says that foot massages or Padabhyanga revitalize the energy in the body and improve blood circulation throughout the body. The veteran Ayurvedic doctor explains that this kind of treatment or Padabhyanga can be traced back to nearly 5,000 years. Nerves from almost all the vital organs end in the feet and therefore by massaging it with our hands or with an effective tool, we can render good lymph circulation, strengthen nerves, improve the skin and alleviate stress, explains Dr. V. C. Ajith Kumar, a veteran Ayurvedic physician in Singapore.

Marma points

The doctor, one of the best Ayurvedic physician, says that at Ayush, Singapore, the therapists bring a balance of doshas of Vata, Kapha and Pitta by stimulating vital points or marma points on the feet. What are marma points? Dr. V. C. Ajith Kumar, a veteran Ayurvedic doctor says that these are vital points on foot where the Prana dwells and is a non-invasive practice for supporting and healing the process. “Marma is a point where muscle (Mamsa), vein (Sira), ligament (Snayu), bone (Asthi), and joint (Sandhi) meet” pointed out the doctor based in Singapore. Our centre uses herbal oils, which have a high therapeutic benefit on the body.

Benefits of Padabhyanga

The expert Ayurvedic doctor, at Ayush Singapore points out that Marma helps to clear channels or srotas and removes toxins or ama from the channels. Just by adding the right amount of pressure on these points, we can eliminate blocked energy and move positive prana through the channels, explained the doctor. We can help patients suffering from health conditions like muscular pain, paralysis, joint pain, mental stress, and heart diseases, says Dr. Ajith Kumar. “Other conditions that can be treated with Padabhyanga are hypertension, hemiplegia, paraplegia, insomnia, depression, diabetic neuropathy, sprain, cramps, and numbness of feet and legs,” elaborates Dr. Ajith Kumar, Ayurvedic doctor. In short, it improves immunity and prevents further degeneration of nerves, says the Ayurvedic doctor.  

Techniques of Padabhyangam

Dr. Ajith Kumar, the best doctor of Ayurveda in Singapore, says that in order to give patients maximum benefit, the foot is massaged with medicated oils. For instance, sesame oil with its antioxidant properties is easily absorbed in the skin. In our centre at Singapore, other oils that are used include Mahamasha tailam, Ksheerabala tailam, Mahanarayana tailam, Kottamchukkadi tailam, Murivenna, Pinda tailam, Tiktaka ghritam, and Guggulutiktaka ghritam, explained the Ayurveda doctor.

Describing the technique Dr. Ajith Kumar says that at Ayush Singapore, their masseurs apply generous amounts of the above-mentioned oil and massage the sole, heels, and ankle joints and release the toxins in the body. “They do it for 30 minutes or up to an hour and focus on the energy points to activate them,” said the doctor.

The proficient Ayurvedic doctor also highlighted that the ayurvedic treatments can be done with exclusive metal (copper, bronze, and tin) bowls to eliminate toxins from the body. Dr. Ajith Kumar says that the centre also exposes the feet to the fumes of herbal decoctions if required.

Dr. Ajith Kumar, Ayurvedic doctor in Singapore advocates a 15-minute foot massage for everyone to have a good night’s sleep as it would improve cardiovascular circulation in the foot,  relax the brain and calm the mind. But, Padabhyangam should not be done when you have a cold, fever, toxin-induced coma, blood infection, thrombosis, indigestion, abnormal skin condition, or any circulatory disorder of the lower limbs, alerts the doctor.

Throwing more light on Padabhyangam, Dr. Ajith Kumar, Ayurvedic doctor says that it   promotes healthy growth in children and prevents onset of degenerative diseases in the elderly. In short, this Ayurvedic therapy is for those who wish to rejuvenate and fortify their health. “Ensure that you receive therapy from experienced practitioners or massage therapists like us at Ayush, Singapore,” says the Ayurvedic doctor.

Dr. V. C. Ajith Kumar is a veteran of Ayurvedic Medicine with over 32 years of experience in the field. He is well known in India and abroad.


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