SWEDANA AT HOME
In the midst of the corona virus pandemic, it is absolutely vital to keep the body functioning at its best in order to be able to fight off any infection or disease. One such way is to practice an ayurvedic lifestyle which is highly effective at boosting immunity, improving health and helping mental wellbeing. Ayush provides consultation with highly skilled ayurvedic practitioners, who can prescribe the best way to practice Ayurveda at home to get the best results. One such ayurvedic practice which can be done quickly and easily during this lockdown is Swedana.
WHAT IS SWEDANA?
Swedana is an ayurvedic therapy which literally translates to “sweating”. Swedana is one of the practices of Panchakarma, or a whole body ayurvedic cleanse. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and the numerous pores allow it to expel toxins. Swedana causes these pores to open and release all accumulated waste in the form of sweat. Swedana is intensely detoxifying.
The balance of doshas is the underlying principle of Ayurveda. Swedana aids the body in achieving this balance, especially with vata and kapha dosha imbalance. At Ayush, Swedana is done in the form of an herbal steam bath. In this treatment, the patient’s body is encased in a wooden chamber which has herbal steam, causing the body to sweat profusely and cleanse itself. However, during the ongoing lockdown, it is advisable to avail the benefits of this treatment at home.
HOW YOU CAN PERFORM SWEDANA AT HOME?
Swedana is essentially the process of allowing the body to sweat. Performing vigorous physical activities, or yoga, can all cause sweating which can help purge toxins from the body. This leaves the body feeling refreshed and light. Other ways to perform swedana at home include steaming with a facial steamer or using a towel over a pot of hot water or steaming in a hot shower. Add a few herbs to the water and allow the body to stay in the steam for about 5-10 minutes. Perform this regularly to aid the body’s natural detoxing system.
Before performing swedana, ensure the eyes, region of the heart and genitals are covered without direct exposure to steam. It is also not advisable for pregnant women, or those who are ill to undergo this therapy.
BENEFITS OF SWEDANA
- It clears the airways, making breathing easy and breaking down any mucus or accumulation in the nose, and lungs.
- It leaves the skin feeling refreshed and radiant, with a post sweat glow.
- It lessens the load on the digestive system, by eliminating a large amount of toxins.
- Aids in relieving stress and anxiety, allowing the mind to relax and de-stress.