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Takradhara – Ayurvedic Treatment for Hypertension

Hypertension Treatment - TakradharaTakradhara is an effective Ayurvedic sudation therapy performed using medicated buttermilk. The word “Takra” means buttermilk and Dhara mean pouring, so Takradhara is the procedure of pouring medicated Takra either as Shirodhara (pouring the medicated buttermilk over the head) or as Sarvanga Dhara (over the entire body). The treatment is considered to be one of the most effective Ayurveda treatments for Hypertension and stress.

Indications of Takradhara

  • Stress
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Paralysis
  • Depression
  • Ear & nose diseases
  • Spondylitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Pitta aggravated diseases
  • Vata predominant diseases
  • Diabetic neuropathy

What is Takradhara?

Takradhara is a unique Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy where buttermilk mixed with medicinal herbs is used as the liquid that is poured on your forehead. A stream of buttermilk will be poured on your forehead in a specific way. Takradhara is mainly availed in case of psychosomatic disorders. There are different types of Takradhara depends on what condition you wish to tackle.

Various Kinds of Takradhara:

Ekanga Takradhara – The word Ekanga means isolate. So in this particular kind of Takradhara, the therapy is done on a particular area, isolate that is and apply the liquid. In the case of Psoriasis, a limb is affected then the treatment is done only at that certain area.

Sarvanga Takradhara: Sarvanga means complete or whole in Sanskrit. This type of Dhara is also called Kaya Takradhara. Dhara is conducted on the whole body, unlike Ekanga Takradhara. This is done to relieve stress and release tension from the body and mind.  People who take this up are usually experiencing fatigue or lack of sleep.

Shiro Takradhara: Shiro means head in Sanskrit and as the name suggests, It is done on the head of a person. It is good in cases of hypertension and migraine etc. Takradhara is mainly exercised when it comes premature greying of colours, fatigue, when the doshas are not aligned, skin on your heel cracking, even your palm as well.

Materials required for Takradhara: Milk, amala, oil, Rasna chuma.

Once the materials are gathered, take a half litre of milk and mix it with four times the water. Mix approximately 100gms. Once the blend is ready, it is filtered out and thus keep the mixture out to get it soured the next day.

Amalaki Kwatha: It is prepared by drying the sour fruit Amla which is then boiled 16 times with water and reduced to very small quantity. This is kept aside to wash the head after the Dhara. Quite often these gooseberries are dried outside for the period of a year. Caution should be exhibited while picking the Amalaki as it should not be infected or contaminated. The Amalaki should then be made in coarse powder form. Seeds should be discarded. Several other herbs will be added to the milk before churning the milk with Amalaki.

How to Prepare for Takradhara Ayurvedic Treatment?

The patients will be prescribed a diet by the vaidya and that diet will be based on the analysis they do on the patient. Once the patient is under this diet, he or she should not entertain exposure to dust, wind, sunlight and rain. The diet post-treatment is a different one which will be suggested by the Vadiyan once the therapy is over.

When Should One Do Takradhara?

According to ancient traditions, the treatment is conducted during the early hours of the day when you have just waken up. It is usually done for a period of 7- 14 days and each session will be approximately two hours.

Takradhara Procedure:

A specialized Ayurvedic physician carefully evaluates the Prakriti, Vikruti and dosha imbalance of the patient before prescribing the herbs to medicate the buttermilk for Takradhara. On the day of the procedure, the patient is asked to either lie in the supine position (for Shirodhara) or sit (Sarvanga Dhara) on the Droni, it is usually a slab or a wooden cot where one can lie down comfortably and will have the aid of a pillow that shall be placed under the neck. Then steady flowing and lukewarm medicated Takra is poured either on the forehead or on the whole body of the patient. The falling Takra is collected and poured again into the vessel without interruption. The procedure is repeated for about 30 to 45 mins and is followed by a mild massage.

The head will be massaged with slight pressure so that there is a relaxing effect from the physical standpoint. The Dhara pot will be left hanging right above the forehead in such a way the buttermilk will flow uninterrupted. The procedures are almost in line with Shirodhara but in this case, the Takradhara cannot be boiled.

Post-Takradhara Procedure Care:

Once the Dhara is poured on the forehead and the desired effect is achieved, then the head is wiped using the Amalaki Kwatha in addition to warm sponging. After which, your head will be dried and Rasnadi powder will be applied on the head. The Rasnadi is rubbed for the reason it shall fight any virus that might initiate a cold or a cough after all at the end of the day your head is wet for more than an hour or so. After resting for a brief amount of time, the patient can take a bath.

There will be a few lifestyle guidelines to follow after the treatment which will include you to not stuff yourself with food, trying to be conscious of what you eat, vegetables and fruits etc. Only fresh food should be consumed. It is optional that the patient should only drink hot water after the treatment. After the whole therapy, the patient should not engage in smoking, drinking and all that stuff. The patient should also concentrate on exercise, some running or swimming. However, the people who are undergoing this ordeal should be ready to stay hungry and keep away from exhaustion.

How does Takradhara work?

When the takra is poured on the forehead or the respective part where the treatment is being conducted, the liquid will flow in through the pores and reach places called the marmas, these are the pressure points in the body and your prana essentially flows through these points. So when the liquid flows in you are rejuvinated. It improves the circulation of blood, reduces the body temperature. There are claims that these treatments activate the autonomous nervous systems.

It reduces the stress when you are realaxed and you will understand that when the liquid seeps in.

Side effects:

No side effects have been observed after all these years of this therapy. There are a few expections where the patient was suffering from cold and no rasnadi was rubbed on his head.

Panchakarma is the sum of five unique procedures of detoxifying the body and mind. The added benefit of Panchakarma is the fact that it can be administered in both healthy people and those who could be suffering from a condition. When you are suffering and you undergo panchakarma, it will help you detoxify and release some stress-free hormones, whereas if you are a healthy person, you are receiving a preventive effect on the body. One of the procedures of Panchakarma is to pour buttermilk on the head in a continuous manner. Takradhara has several benefits such as Psoriasis, hypertension, Psychosomatic disorder, anxiety and fatigue.

5 Yoga Poses to Reduce Hypertension

Yoga poses to reduce Hypertension

 

Yoga is the perfect solution to manage and control your Hypertension or High blood pressure. It gives excellent benefits for those suffering from low blood pressure as well as high blood pressure.

Here are 5 vital yoga poses that should be practiced regularly to prevent and control Hypertension.

  1. Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward facing dog Pose)

This is a great pose in relieving tension and stress on your shoulders and your entire back, thus helping in lowering the hypertension.

Steps

  1. Come onto your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
  2. As you breathe out lift the hips up, straightening the knees and elbows, form an inverted V-shape with the body. Hands are shoulder width apart, feet are hip width apart and parallel to each other. Toes point straight ahead.
  3. Press your hands into the ground. Widen through the shoulder blades. Keep the neck lengthened by touching the ears to the inner arms.
  4. Hold the downward dog pose and take long deep breaths. Look towards the stomach region.
  5. Bend the knees, return to table pose. Relax.
  1. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose)

When you are suffering from hypertension, your arteries are more likely to stay constricted, which in turn can lead to heart attack and stroke. With forward-bending poses like Paschimottanasana, you can keep your arteries flexible and lower blood pressure naturally.

Steps

  1. Sit down straight with your legs together by stretching in front of you. Keep your head neck and spine erect.
  2. Place the palms on your respective knees.
  3. Now bend your head and trunk slowly forward to catch the toes with the thumb, index and middle fingers without bending knees.
  4. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Try to touch your head to your both knees.
  5. Bend the arm and try to touch the elbow on the floor. Exhale completely and holding out your breath stay in this posture for a few seconds. After few seconds slowly return to your starting position.
  1. Setubandhasana (Bridge pose)

This pose improves blood circulation, enhancing alertness while reducing stress and tension.

Steps

  1. Lie flat on the ground and keep your arms at your sides.
  2. Now lift your hips upwards as much you can (Should not over-stretch) with the help of pressing your palms.
  3. Keep breathing deeply in this position for some time for 20-30 seconds.
  4. Now relax by touching your hips to the ground (back to your starting position).
  1. Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Hypertension often results in anxiety and anger. Balasana or child’s pose helps free your mind of the unnecessary clutter that breeds anxiety. It also helps to flush out toxins, which helps relieve stress.

Steps

  1. Kneel down on the floor and rest your buttocks on your feet.
  2. Now bend down in a fetal position and face the floor. Put your arms either to your sides or extend them in front of you.
  3. The forehead should touch the ground and the chest can go in between the knees.
  1. Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Relaxation poses such as Shavasana or the corpse pose can be excellent to lower blood pressure; relieve muscle tension and release stress.

Steps

  1. Lie supine on the floor and spread your arms to your sides.
  2. Keep the legs wide apart, close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply.
  3. Consciously focus on each body part and with each round of breath think that a specific body part is getting relaxed.

What is Hypertension or High Blood Pressure?

What is Hypertension(High Blood Pressure)?Hypertension or High blood pressure is a condition that occurs when blood flows through the blood vessels with a force greater than the normal. The condition can strain the heart, damage blood vessels, and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, and death. The greatest dangers of high blood pressure are not being aware of it and not treating it. By knowing if you have Hypertension or high blood pressure and seeking treatment, you can reduce your risk of having some of the problems caused by high blood pressure.

Risk Factors

1. Obesity
2. Age – Everyone is at greater risk of high blood pressure as they get older.
3. Gender- Men are more prone to hypertension at a younger age and women have a higher rate of hypertension at older ages
4. Genetic
5. Sedentary lifestyle
6. Stress & Anxiety
7. Smoking
8. Alcohol
9. High Salt intake

Symptoms

If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including –

• Severe headache
• Fatigue or confusion
• Vision problems
• Chest pain
• Difficulty breathing
• Irregular heartbeat
• Blood in the urine
• Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears
• Insomnia

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of hypertension is made by measuring blood pressure over a number of clinic visits, using a sphygmomanometer. An isolated high reading is not taken as proof of hypertension. Rather, diagnosis can be made after elevated readings are taken on at least for three or more separate days.

Hypertension can be prevented and controlled. All you need is a few lifestyle modifications and changes – Live an Ayurvedic life with positive habits and active lifestyles!