Nose and Ear Treatments
Nasya (nasal cleansing), Karna Purana (ear cleansing) & Ear Candling
Nasya Therapy – means ‘of the nose’ and is an Ayurvedic nasal treatment
The nostrils are two of the ﬁve pathways that lead to the internal nasal passages. The other ﬁve are the eyes, ears and mouth. As the nose is the primary place of prana absorption it is vital that it be well cared for.
The primary purpose is to promote the ﬂow of prana in the brain, remove blockages, increase brain function and therein, improve mind-body function.
Not only is the nose the direct route to the brain it is also the doorway to consciousness. Healthy breathing is important to ensure correct ﬂow of prana throughout the body. Nasya opens the channels of the head and increases prana (energy) ﬂow, treating the brain by creating a healthy stimulation to the cranial system.
When an excess of bodily ﬂuids accumulates in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas, it is best eliminated through the nose. Administration of herbal infused oil, or Nasya, helps facilitate this cleansing process. Nasya Oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion. Daily nasal lubrication helps to release tension in the head and relieve accumulated stress. Balancing for vata, pitta, and kapha.
Nasya is indicated in imbalances of the head, neck and shoulders: Dry nasal condition, sinus congestion, common cold, acute and chronic sinusitis, allergies, gum disease, headaches, migraine, vertigo and dizziness.
Beneﬁts: In addition to treating the examples of conditions as listed above, nasya:
- Penetrates the nasal area killing bacteria and clearing mucus
- Strengthens head, face, neck and shoulders and chest
- Improves rhythmic breathing
- Stimulates brain
- Improves quality of voice, strengthens vision and promotes mental clarity
- Stimulates the cranial nerves
- Relieves anxiety and fear
- Improves sleep
- Cleanse the sinuses
Nasya begins with 5 minutes of gentle steaming, followed by 2 -3 drops of specialised Ayurvedic oil to the nostrils and gentle massage and rest.
Karna Purana – Ayurvedic Ear Therapy
Ayurvedic treatment for ear problems using herbal oils
Soothes Vata imbalance in the ears
Helps with tinnitus, ringing in the ears, vertigo, and ear congestion
Softens face and jaw tension
Soothes and strengthens the TMJ joints
Karna Purana – Ear Treatment
Karana Purana is an Ayurvedic process in which warm, herbal oil is gently, slowly dropped gently into the ears. This lubricates the delicate ﬁlaments of the ear canal which sharpens hearing and removes impurities, creating a deep stillness.
Indications: Earaches, nervousness, hearing loss, tinnitus, headaches, gum disease, giddiness, excess earwax, insomnia, and pain in jaw, neck and head. This treatment is also for general vata imbalances relating to body aches and pains.
Experience: Treatment begins with 5 minutes of warm facial steaming, followed by a massage to the ears, face and and partial head massage with gentle stimulation to the marma points of the face and head. The ear is then gently ﬁlled with 3-10 drops of warm herbal oil. To complete the treatment, an ear candling treatment is given to remove congestion in the ears.
- Improves hearing
- Positively stimulates sense organs
- Calms the mind
- Helps with Tinnitus, ringing in the ears, vertigo, ear congestion
- Softens face and jaw tension, strengthens TMJ
The candles work as a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion ﬂow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle “chimney”, although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or can even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.
The ear contains nerve endings and acupuncture points to every other area of the body, mind and emotions. The nerve endings are connected by streams of the subtle energy ﬂow which carries our life force energy. If hearing is impaired or blocked, we are disconnected from that energy.
Ear candling acts as a catalyst to clear out debris accumulated on the nerve endings. This allows for clear vibrational ﬂow to the corresponding area of the mind, body & spirit. This clears the way for other methods of healing.
- Ear candling may assist with the symptomatic relief of the following:
- Sinus and associated problems
- Ear ache • Glue ear
- Swimmers ear
- Hearing difﬁculties
- Irritations in the ear
- Sore throat
- Chronic fatigue
- Stress & anxiety
- Itching of the ear
- Pain from ﬂying or high altitudes
- Aids in meditation and clear thinking