Massage of the body with the help of taila, ghrita in the same direction of the body (Anuloman gati) is called Abhyanga. Abhyanga is considered to be in snehan therapy as a part of pre-therapeutic procedures of panchakarma. It is an individually prepared and medicated herbal oil massage. It deeply penetrates the skin and relaxes the mind, body and helps in improving blood circulation in the entire body.
The internal fluids of the skin are subjected to movement in the massage because of osmotic pressure and massage causes mechanical hydrostatic pressure in the extracellular compartment. Massage helps fluid enter the viscera, tissues and dilute the accumulated toxins and they are expelled out via elimination procedure. Abhyanga acts on the skin, in this way lymph exhibits large amounts of the amino acid Tryptophan and a parallel increase in the neurotransmitter serotonin. A proper rhythm creates a magnetic field and electricity in the body. By this charging, the conductivity of nerves may go up to 100 meters per second which is very beneficial for the nervous system.
- Retards aging, overcomes fatigue and annihilates effects of aggravated Vata and leads to soother nervous system
- Improves the vision, nourishes the body and purifies it.
- Promotes longevity, good skin, good sleep, and a sturdy physique
- Reduces muscle tension, improves blood circulation and better lymph movement
- Calms the nerves of the entire body
- Lubricates the joints
- Increases the mental alertness