As a kid we were told not to stick things up our nose but nasya karma is exactly that! - the administration of medicinal oil through the nose (one of the Ayurvedic panchakarma therapies).
Ayurveda believes the nose to be the doorway to the head and our consciousness and it is the passageway in which the life force energy enters the body in the form of prana (oxygen) so the idea behind nasa is the keep this passageway clear and healthy so that there can be a free flow of energy. The nose is the preferred channel for treating various conditions of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and diseases above the chest. For example, headaches, migraines, sinusitis, dizziness, sleep disturbances, nasal polyps, frozen shoulder and many other conditions.
The use of a fatty medium such as ghee or oils allows the medicine/herbs to cross the blood-brain barrier. Dependent on the condition the medium will vary from use of decoctions, herbal oil or ghee based drops, supported with fumigation and/or steam treatments.
Since nasya karma cleanses and opens the channels of the head, it brings mind clarity, increased focus/concentration and overall increases #prana - our life force energy. It is an effective treatment for stimulation of the sense organs and plays role in innumerable psycho-somatic conditions. Nasya karma is also known to have a positive effect in conditions of ageing, greying and loss of hair as well as keeping the sinuses lubricated during the dry seasons and clearing build up on mucous in the mucousy seasons and protecting us from allergens and harmful pathogens. What’s not to love?
If you are interested in nasya treatment please contact me. Nasya can also be considered a daily preventative health practice especially over the Spring season as we can start to become sensitive to seasonal allergies and the release of kapha (mucous) that can block the free flow on this passageway . You can easily administer 1-2 drops in each nostril after your daily morning cleansing rituals for added protection. I believe that whatever you are able to do on a daily basis will have the best long term effect on your overall health.
You can insert the oil by lying on your bed with your head gently hanging off the end so that you can get a good tilt to the head so that the oil can go directly into the nasal passage. Ensure the oil is slightly warm. As you insert the drops take a deep inhalation so that the oil can cross the deeper membranes of the sinuses. gently rub the sides of the nose to ensure the oil has reached and deeply as possible. Rest for a few minutes and you can carry on with your day as normal.
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