AYURVEDIC REVIEW OF ABHYANGA
Dr. Jayashri Govardhan Tayade* and Dr. Dattatrya Bhaurao Chavan
Neonatology as we know today is relatively new clinical science. Interestingly however Ayurveda, the authentic Indian medicine had already described in detail the principle of newborn care 5,500 years ago (Crica 3500BC) in Kaumarbhritya the science of Paediatrics. Ayurveda is a science of life which provides not only curative but also preventative principles for healthy & long life. Neonatal period is very important phase of life. Ayurveda mentioned very scientific approach towards newborn care as Jatmatra Paricharya; means protocol. Abhyanga is one of these care protocols. Neonatal massage with the help of lubricant is in practice & resembles with Ayurveda Abhyanga process. It improves the circulation & tone of muscle, gives comfort to the baby, strengthens infant maternal bonding, increased weight gain, enhance immunological functions of baby. During Abhyanga prevent harmful & painful practices and social taboos like pulling of limbs. Oil is used as a lubricant to avoid friction between the hands and body parts being massaged. It prevents dryness and chaffing of skin. Bala tail is one of the best oil in among the all oil preparation in Ayurveda. Hence although Abhyanga is considered as ancient traditional practise, it is very effective & useful to newborn.
Keywords: Abhyanga, Jatamatra Paricharya, Neonatal massage.
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