PADA ABHYANGA- A DINACHARYA - A REVIEW ARTICLE
Dr. Rashma. S.*
Ayurveda aimed in prevention and cure of physical and mental health. In Ayurveda, Dinacharya is one of the concepts which helps to fulfill this aim of Ayurveda. Vitality enhancing technique which is incorporated in massage of the feet is called Pada abhyanga. It is one of the prophylactic principles mentioned in Ayurvedic dinacharya. The hectic computerised life style, faulty food habits, stress and strain, irregular sleeping habits and negligence in following daily and seasonal regimen provoke many health issues. By doing Pada abhyanga, Kharatwa, Stabdata, Rukshata, Shrama, Suptata of pada relieved and Bala, Sthairya improved, Drustiprasaadakara. It also prevents Gridhrasi vaata, Pada sputana, Sirasnaayu sankocha.
The science of reflexology states that the sole of the feet is connected to various organs of the body. According to this science, organs such as the heart, lungs, kidney, brain, and intestines can be stimulated by foot massage, a duration of 30 minutes is required for Pada abhyanga to gain its maximum benefits. Many different techniques exist for giving a foot massage but one need to modify the techniques according to the convenience of a patient. Thus, here an effort made to explain the importance of possible techniques and duration.
Keywords: Ayurveda, Pada abhyanga, Reflexology.
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