Nasya is the forth treatment among the five detoxifying – cleansing therapies broadly known as panchakarma or shodhana therapies. It helps in clearing the upper respiratory tract & head.
Before the application of Nasya a simple light massage is carried out on the face & the forehead followed by a light fomentation either by Nadisweda or by a towel dipped in hot water. Eyes are to be covered during the swedana. Then the specially prepared Nasya Medicine is introduced through the nostrils of the patient with the help of Nasya Yantra or dropper. This is absolutely painless procedure. Then the patient is asked to do the gargles with the warm water. The patient may sneeze for a few seconds following nasya.
Nasya is a relatively very simple & easy therapy with great results. One should not get exposed to high winds, rain , extreme cold or heat & take bath after the nasya.
Proper preparation & post procedural care is a must & no shortcuts should ever be tried.