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Abyangha means to massage.


It’s an ancient Indian art used for healing, relaxation and for treatment of various diseases Abyangha is a full body massage, which is usually done by medicated sesame oil.


In Ayurveda the word for oil is taila. Taila is originated from the formal word tila. Tila means sesam.  This base of hebal (or medicated oils) which are used in Abhyanga is sesam oil.

Why Ayurvedic massage is so unique?

  • It’s based on the five elements (pancha mahabuthas)
  • Biological humors (tridosha)
  • Concept of agni and pitta
  • Marma therapy
  • Status of toxins or ama in the body

Substances used for Ayurvedic massage:

  • Plain oil (preferbally sesamoil)
  • Medicated oil

Some facts about Abhyanga: 

  • Always use unrefined oils, this because refined oils have been processed so heavily that they loose their potency. (refined oil -> an oil that is virtually colorless, odorless, and tasteless – that can last for years in a bottle with no danger of spoilage. On the other hand, it has virtually no connection with the beneficial oil that was originally contained in the seed or coconut. It is now a “plastic fat” that offers no benefits to the human body and the potential for much harm.)
  • Also in vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited replication of human colon cancer cells (Anti cancer research 11: 209-216, 1992.
  • In vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited the growth of malignant melanoma (a skin cancer): (prostaglandin leukatrines and essential fatty acids 46: 145-150, 1992)
  • Research shows that sesame seed oil is a potent antioxidant. In the tissues beneath the skin, this oil will neutralize oxygen radicals. It penetrates into the skin quickly and enters the blood stream through the capillaries. Molecules of sesame seed oil maintain good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
  • On the skin, oil soluble toxins are attracted to sesame seed oil molecules which can then be washed away with hot water and a mild soap. Internally, the oil molecules attract oil soluble toxins and carry them into the blood stream and then out of the body as waste.
  • Sesame seed oil absorbs quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. It enters into the blood stream through the capillaries and circulates. The liver does not sweep sesame seed oil molecules from the blood, accepting those molecules as friendly.
  • Sesame seed oil helps joints keep their flexibility. It keeps the skin supple and soft. It heals and protects areas of mild scrapes, cuts and abrasions. It helps tighten facial skin, particularly around the nose, controlling the usual enlargement of pores as skin ages chronologically.


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Panchakarma is a very special Ayurvedic operation requiring proper guidance from a highly trained and skillful Ayurvedic practitioner. This should not be undertaken just from information in this article. One should consult with an Ayurvedic physician, not just someone with a modest amount of training. Panchakarma is done individually for each person with their specific constitution and specific disorder in mind, thus it requires close observation and supervision.

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