Don’t fight the urge to yawn. Ayurveda stresses that frequent suppression of a yawn, results in disorders such as numbness of the neck and head, headaches, earaches, light-headedness and other symptoms of vata aggravation.
Ayurvedic treatment for such Vata related conditions includes:
Regular head massage with hot oils, such as sesame and mustard are recommended. Oil has natural sharp and penetrative properties, which alleviate vatika conditions such as pain, numbness or loss of sensation.
The oil should be heated to a comfortable temperature and massaged vigorously into the scalp. Gently massage the nape of the neck and face also.
A few drops of this warm oil can also be put into the nose (nasya) and the ears (karna purnam). This should be done daily for 7-10 days.
It is advised to keep the head warm and covered while undergoing this treatment. Avoid any vigorous or strenuous work, staying awake until late, or engaging in sexual activity, as these practices will further aggravate the air element in the body and delay healing.
It is also important to indulge in a healthy, warm, unctuous diet during this treatment. Consumption of healthy fats, such as ghee is highly recommended. Raw foods are strongly discouraged during this treatment procedure. Consumption of organic cow’s milk and raw honey are also advised.
If you are suffering from heat-related (Pitta) conditions, it is best to consult an Ayurvedic Physician before administering oil into the nose or ears, as these oils are heating in nature and may worsen any pre-existing condition. Rashes, nose-bleeds, burning sensation in the head, face and body may be a result of improper administration of these oils.
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