Ayurveda is a science of life which provides not only curative but also preventive principles for healthy and long life.
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.
Mode of action:
If it is done for sufficient time, the oil reaches to the different Dhatu hence, it is clear that the potency of drug used in oil is absorbed into the skin and then it subsides the diseases of that particular Dhatu.
How does it work in the 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.
Benefits of Snehabhyangam:
- Those who need positive health and preventing and curing of his diseases should use abhyanga every day.
- It retards aging, overcomes fatigue and annihilates effects of aggravated Vata and leads to soother nervous system.
- It improves the clarity of vision, nourishes the body.
- It promotes longevity, good skin, good sleep, and a sturdy physique.
- It reduces muscle tension, improves blood circulation and better lymph movement.