Abhyanga or ‘massage’ is an important part of the Dinacharya (Dialy routine) prescribed by Ayurvedic literature. Scriptures suggest the use of suitable oils massaged in the direction of hair growth and around joints, to pacify aggravated doshas and maintain balance.
Sahacharadi taila is a gingelly oil based preparation mentioned in the ‘Sahasrayoga – Tailaprakarana’. It is indicated for both internal and external application. It is found to have specific efficacy in restoring mobility and function in the lower extremities. It is a simple combination of Vata-hara drugs in a nourishing and warming Sesame oil base.
Strobilanthus (Sahachara), Dry ginger (Nagara) and Deodar (Devadara) are prime ‘Vata-hara’ drugs.
Aggravated vata in the body is characterised by aches and pains, generalised edema, rigidity in joints and overall dryness. Massage with Sahacharadi taila on a regular basis pacifies vata.
The nourishing sesame oil base imparts warmth and unctousness to the skin, joints and deeper tissues.
Massage with the oil stimulates blood circulation, helping to deliver the medicinal properties of the taila to deeper tissues.
It is used very effectively to support the treatment of palsies, muscle wasting, nerve debility, muscualar pain, cramps and aches.
Quantity sufficient for whole body application or localised application. Massage in the oil for atleast 15-20 minutes and follow up by sudation or a warm bath for best results.