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Nasya (Nasal) Practice

Updated: Feb 27

Nasya is one of the 5 Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification therapies) techniques. It is the application of medicinal herbs, decoctions, medicated oils, or ghee into the nose.

The nose is the gateway into the head, the sinuses, and deeper into the lungs, and its lubrication provides subtle moisture to the air we breathe, enhances mental and sensory acuity and clarity, promotes emotional happiness, clears the nose and sinuses of obstruction, promotes the flow of lymphatic fluid, bestows a clear voice, soothes dryness in the nose, and eliminates the symptoms of disease.

Nasya enhances cerebral circulation, restoring and balancing the prana, the “life force” in the body. Continuous usage improves skin texture and complexion, stops or delays graying hair and alopecia, increases the flow of prana, and strengthens the neck, shoulders, and arms.

Nasya is indicated for all chronic disorders of the head and neck, disorders of the brain and central nervous system, chronic upper respiratory disorders, chronic headaches and migraines, and disorders of the eyes, ears, mouth, throat, and the glandular structures of the head.

Here is a simple procedure to follow for self-administration of nasya oil:

1. Tilt your head back so your nostrils are towards the sky.

2. Place 3-6 drops of oil or ghee into each nostril.

3. Take a big sniff in and allow the oil to penetrate.

4. If following using the neti pot, wait until the nostrils are dry.

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