Ayurveda is an ancient healthcare system that emphasizes the prevention of disease by following a personalized dinacharya (daily routine) and ritucharya (seasonal routine). Padabhyangam is an Ayurvedic foot massage which is part of dinacharya or daily life routine.
Pada means feet and abhyangam means massage therapy with medicated oils. The application of oil followed by massage is known as padabhyangam. It is a type of bahya snehana (external lubrication) that is part of dinacharya (daily routine) in the Ayurvedic classical text.
Padabhyangam is considered one of the most important massages for dinacharya as the pada or feet is one of the prime locations for vata dosha. The vitiation of vata dosha causes 8o different types of diseases as mentioned by Caraka Acharya. By practicing daily foot massage with oils, a person can get control over vata dosha.
Tila taila (sesame oil) is the best choice for daily massage of padabhyangam. Sesame oil supports vata and kapha dosha as well as nerves, muscles, eyes, and skin health. It is an antioxidant and a good source of vitamin E, copper, calcium, zinc, and iron. Sesame oil easily penetrates and absorbs into the skin which allows for maximum health benefits.
Benefits of Padabhyangam
Herbal Oils for Padabhyangam
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Vaidya Vishwanath grew up in Pune, India which is hub of traditional Ayurvedic gurukul teachings, following the principles of Ayurveda as part of his culture. He has dedicated his career over the past 1 ½ decades to the science of Ayurveda.