Role of Pādābhyaṁga in the Health of Human Beings
Teena Jain and Sunil Kumar Yadav
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Āyurveda is considered to be the mother of all forms of modern medicine. Pañcakarma is based on central concepts of Āyurveda, and used in Āyurvedika medicine to treat almost all diseases. Our skin is the largest organ of our body though we do not aware of it. It is also the most important and rich source of healing substances. It is very sensitive to the touch therapy, particularly to the Abhyaṁga with powder, oil, aromas or just to the gentle touch. Abhyaṁga is one type of external oleation therapy. Literary meaning of the Abhyaṁga is to produce some motions. Rubbing or stroking after applying ghṛta, Taila, etc. on the skin, helps in their absorption. A person should resort to Abhyaṁga every day if he wants to keep himself healthy. In classics, Abhyaṁga has been mentioned as the part of dinacaryā i.e. daily routine. It is very useful before performing physical exercise. It promotes healthy growth in the young, helps adults maintain health and vigour, and is an aid in preventing the onset of degenerative diseases in the aged. The Āyurvedika approach to health and wellbeing involves balancing the energies in the polarities (head and feet). Pādābhyaṁga has a very special place within Āyurvedika tradition. Pādābhyaṁga is considered most helpful in the prevention and treatment of illness. It is suggested that Pādābhyaṁga is practiced as a daily ritual, especially before going to sleep at night.