Abhyangam Oil Massage

Abhyangam Oil Massage

By Vaidya Vishwanath October 06, 2022


Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic procedure for massaging the entire body from head to toe with herbal oils. There are many varieties of classically prepared herbal oils that are used for balancing specific doshas and many health conditions. Traditionally, the base oil is either sesame, castor, or coconut.

Abhyanga is a part of the Dinacharya daily regimen that is explained in the classical Ayurvedic textbook on ways to maintain strong health and wellbeing. Vata is the king of the doshas and is responsible for all the body's energy, movement, and nerve impulses, which manifests as breath, circulation, elimination, and the flow of thoughts. In comparison the other two doshas, pitta and kapha have much less of an impact.

Pitta, kapha, dhatus (body tissues), malas (metabolic waste) and whatever else is present in the body is ineffective without the movement instilled by vata dosha. Vata dosha is the energy behind all movement for which the body functions.

Abhyanga is the treatment that balances vata dosha. The qualities of vata dosha are dry and active and oil is the best remedy for balancing these two qualities.  

Benefits of Abhyanga

  • Improves arterial circulation and strength
  • Activates the internal organs of the body
  • Stimulates body and mind detoxification
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Increases body strength and stamina
  • Nourishes the skin and nervous system
  • Prevents all types of vata disorders
  • Improves vision
  • Nourishes the body and offers anti-aging properties
  • Supports muscle tone and strength to the tissues
  • Lubricates the joints, tendons, and ligaments

Ayurvedic Herbal Oils for Abhyangam

  1. Kshirabala Oil
  2. Dhanwantharam Oil
  3. Valiya Sahacharadi Oil
  4. Maha Bala Oil
  5. Balashwagandha Oil
  6. Lakshadi Oil
  7. Mahanarayana Oil

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Vaidya Vishwanath grew up in Pune, India which is hub of traditional Ayurvedic gurukul teachings, following the principles of Ayurveda as part of his culture. He has dedicated his career over the past 1 ½ decades to the science of Ayurveda.

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