How To Do Ayurvedic Nasya At Home? Types, Precautions

Nasya treatment means putting nasal drops. While you might be already knowing about usage of nasal drops to relieve nasal congestion, Ayurvedic nasya therapy is quite different from this usual practice. While putting the drops into nostrils remains the same, the purpose of this treatment varies in Ayurveda.
While there are many types of Nasya treatments, there is one type which can be done on a daily basis for the overall improvement of health and to prevent diseases.

Nasya treatment - nasal drops

Definition

Ayurvedic texts define nasya as-“Oushadham oushadha siddha sneham va nasikayaam deeyate inti nasyam”
It means, procedure where the medicated drugs or oils are administrated through the nostrils.

Note: There are many types of Nasya using powders, juice extracts, decoctions, herbal fumes etc. But they are used for therapeutic purposes. Here, I am only concentrating on the one that everyone can use on daily basis.

Nasal medication is especially described for the treatment of diseases of the parts above the shoulders;
Nose is considered as the gateway for the head, spreading through this, the nasal medication reaches all the parts of the head and neck and cures the diseases of respective region.

Procedure for Nasya treatment

This is if anyone is interested to do on a daily basis. Consult your doctor for the right advice.
This is the procedure –
If there is urge to urinate or defecate, finish that first.
It is better to brush the teeth first, if you are doing it in the morning.
Take plain sesame oil and do gentle massage over the entire face and neck.
For the purpose of massage, you can use
Maha Narayana oil, if you are targeting headache and sinusitis.
Nalpamaradi taila / Kumkumadi Taila – for good facial skin and complexion
Bala Ashwagandhadi Taila / Ksheerabala taila – to improve strength of sense organs.

While massaging, avoid eye lids and eyes.
After this, you need to give some sort of heat treatment.
It can be
– exposing to early morning sunlight,
– gentle exercise to warm up the face,
– washing face with lukewarm water
– gently heating a towel over a Dosa pan and patting over face, avoiding eyes.

Hot fomentation should be given to face and neck, avoiding eyes and eye lids.
Lie on a cot in a room devoid of breeze or excess sunlight.
For convenience, keep a thin pillow below neck.
Lie straight with his face upwards, extending arms and legs.

Take Anu Tailam – the best oil for Nasya procedure, available in any local Ayurveda store. The oil is slightly warmed in hot water bed, just before administration.
Two drops of the oil are instilled into each nostril.
This can be done by another person as self administration may be difficult.

After instilling, soles, neck, palms, ears etc. should be massaged mildly.
After about 30 minutes, sputum along with medicine may come out. You have to spit it all out.
If you feel excess of heat / burning sensation, then wash your face with cold water.
After this procedure, one should lie with the face upwards, for 2 minutes.
Then, ideally, smoke inhalation with medicated herbs and mouth gargling should be done, to cleanse the throat.

If you get any doubts, if you have any underlying disease, please consult your Ayurveda doctor before taking up this nasya procedure.
If you do Jala Neti, then better to maintain a gap of 30 minutes between that and Nasya.

Indications

This type of Nasya is applicable to all healthy people.
Specifically it is helpful in people suffering from
Stiffness of the head
Stiffness of the teeth
Stiffness of the neck
Obstruction of the throat
Stiffness of the jaw
Rhinitis – running nose
Uvulitis
Tonsillitis
Corneal disorders
Hyper pigmentation, freckles
Migraine, headache
Neck stiffness
Stiffness of shoulder
Diseases of the oral cavity
Nasal disorders
Ear disorders
Eye diseases
Headache
Facial paralysis
Motor neuron disorders
Convulsions
Goitre
Gingivitis
Loose teeth
Hoarse voice
Slurred speech
Neuro muscular disorders
One who practices nasal therapy in time according to the prescribed method, his eyes, nose and ears are not affected by any morbidity.
His hair and head never become white or grey; he never experiences hair fall; those rather grow luxuriously.
Being nourished by inhalation, his veins, joints, ligaments and tendons of head and neck gain greater strength. His face becomes cheerful and plumpy; and his voice becomes sweet, stabilized and stertorous.
All the sense organs become clear and three is considerable strength.
Diseases relating to head and neck do not attack such a person. Even though, he might be growing old, old age does not affect his head (in the form of grey hair etc (reference: Charaka Sutrasthana 5th chapter)

How Nasya Therapy Acts?

It is said that, medicines administered through nasal route, passes via Shrigantaka marma and enters all the sense organs and strengthens them.
As per modern principles, medicines administered nasally can have an impact on eye, facial skin, ears, nose and oral cavity.

Contra-indications

Persons unsuitable to nasal medication :-
Nasal medication should not be administered to persons who
have just then consumed water, wine, artificial poison (Garavisha – chronic poisoning) and fat (as part of Snehana therapy) or who wish to consume them, soon,
who is suffering from indigestion,
who have taken food just then,
who have just taken bath or who desire to take bath-soon. Ideally there should be a minimum gap of 30 minutes between bath and Nasya treatment.
who has just taken oil or fat
who is suffering from excessive thirst
who is suffering from excessive hunger
who is severely tired,
who  have had blood letting therapy- or severe bleeding due to other causes,
who are having acute rhinitis,
who has consumed alcohol
who is suffering from acute fever,
who is suffering from acute cold,
who are getting natural urges of the body, like urge to urinate, defecate etc.
the woman who has recently delivered,
patients of dyspnoea, COPD, Asthma and cough,
those who have undergone purification (Panchakarma) therapies
who have been given Basti treatment – just then,
at unsuitable seasons and
on cloudy days except in emergency.
Infective Rhinitis,
who has have consumed wine,
People with low ears- low hearing capacity
in  whom, the Doshas are greatly imbalanced and moving from place to place;
Nasya should not be administered to those who are less than seven years and more than 80 years of age;

Right time for Nasya

Nasal medication should be administered in
morning – if Kapha is increased.
Mid day  – if Pitta is increased
Evening – if Vata is increased.
During Sharath (Autumn) and Vasantha (Spring), it should be given in forenoon.
During winter, it should be given in midday.
Evenings in summer,
when there is sunlight during Varsha- rainy season.

Pratimarsha nasya

The below mentioned type of Nasya is called Pratimarsha Nasya.
It can be applied
After head massage
After Gandusha (gargling)
After Anjana – collyrium,
After defecation,
After brushing teeth,
After bouts of laughing ;

Symptoms of good Nasya

Breathing without difficulty
Good sleep
Improved strength of sense organs

Symptoms of inadequate Nasya

Vision problems
Emaciation, dryness of nose and mouth
Feeling of emptiness in head
If you feel these symptoms, then repeat the procedure of Nasya.

Symptoms of excess Sneha nasya

Itching
Feeling of heaviness of the head,
Excess salivation,
Anorexia
Rhinitis
are signs of excess of Nasya.
Pratimarsha cleanses, clears the channels, relieves fatigue, improves eye sight, bestows sturdiness to the teeth and mitigates the Vata. 29

Benefits of Nasya treatment

The skin, shoulders, neck face and chest become thick, well developed and bright;
The body parts and the sense organs become strong
disappearance of grey hairs will be obtained by persons who becomes habituated to nasal medication.

How it works

The medicaments administered through the nostrils pervade into the nervous and venous system present in and around the nostrils. Then they evacuate the morbidity present or distributed in nearby area. Thus it relieves the blockage of the channels and the diseases are cured effectively.

Rationality of nasya therapy

It is a well-known factor that the olfactory center is located in the temporal lobe of the brain. The filaments of first cranial nerve, Olfactory nerve arise from the upper parts of the nasal mucosa, from where the minute fibrils pass to meet with the fibres from olfactory bulb. This nerve passes the cribriform plate present over here and joins the olfactory center in the temporal lobe of the brain.
As mentioned earlier, the numerous capillaries embedded in the nasal mucosa absorb the medicinal principles administered through nasya and produce various kinds of local and systemic effects by mechanical and chemical reactions.
The discharge secreted contain the blocking materials and are evacuated through nasal route.
Thus the pathological condition is reversed and the disease is relieved.

Remedy for throat irritation after Nasya

Q: I feel throat irritation after Nasya with Anu taila. Remedies?
A: After nasya treatment, gargle with hot water and spit out for 2 minutes time.
Take half a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add just a small pinch of black pepper powder, mix it with ghee, burn and inhale fumes. This will dry up the remnant Kapha, leftover after nasya.
If you are okay with spices, taking 1 gram of Trikatu powder with honey should also be useful. Or ginger juice – 1 teapsoon with a little honey is also fine to take.

Excessive sneezing after nasya

This can occur in people with allergy or hyper-sensitivity. For them, before doing Nasya, gentle face massage with a few drops of sesame oil, gentle fomentation with lukewarm water face wash is recommended before taking up Nasya.
If the oil quality is very low, this can also cause sneezing and local irritation.

Dose and duration of usage

For healthy people, the regular dose of Nasya with oils such as Anu taila is, 2 drops to each nostrils, after gentle massage on face, on empty stomach. This can be continued throughout the day.
If your doctor has advised any other dose, please follow the same.
If you have allergy, cold, cough etc, illnesses, consult your doctor before doing Nasya.

Choice of liquids for Nasya

For Vata Dosha, pain, nerve strength etc, ksheerabala taila, anu taila, sesame oil
For Pitta Dosha – burning sensation etc symptoms, Ksheerabala taila, anu taila, ghee
For Kapha Dosha – Anu taila, Shad Bindu taila.
For Vata – Pitta Dosha- ghee
To improve skin complexion, Kumkumadi taila

Modern Steam inhalation vs Nasya

In modern steam therapy for nasal congestion, an essential oil mix such as Camphor, Chlorothymol, Eucalyptol, Terpinol, and Menthol are used. The essential oils are sold in capsule form. It is cut open and put into hot water and steam is inhaled. Here the goal is to undo the chest congestion and help in breathing.

But this is not same as nasya therapy. Here, the goal is to not only detoxify and strengthen the respiratory tract. All organs in head and neck region are targeted with Nasya. Even thyroid hormone complications, migraine, neuralgia etc are treated with nasya therapy.
Gentle face and neck massage with oil and sweating treatment is advised ahead of nasya therapy to loosen the toxins. Nasal drops administered after massage and sweating help in easy evacuation of loosened toxins.

Modern steam therapy with essential oils is not recommended on a daily basis for healthy people. Whereas, Nasya therapy with minimal dose, is recommended as a healthy daily routine.

Is it a good idea to use essential oil steam therapy, ahead of Nasya treatment?
After oil massage, before nasya treatment, sweating therapy is advised as per Ayurveda. The sweating treatment on face can be given with a towel dipped in hot water. Not only this, even herbal teas are also used for sweating treatment. Hence, it is fine to use essential oil sweating treatment ahead of Nasya therapy, with the following conditions
The essential oil should be very mild.
Only one drop of it can be used.
It should not cause eye irritation.
Do not use it everyday. Use it only once a week.

Ghee As Nasal Drops

Can ghee be used as nasal drops?

Ghee is frequently used as nasal drops – Nasya therapy.
Ghee balances Vata and Pitta Dosha. Hence for many Vata and Pitta related complaints, such as –
migraine
psychiatric disorders
depression
anxiety,
phobia,
lack of sleep etc. issues, ghee nasya is suitable.

For nasya, cow ghee can be used directly or herbal ghees can also be used.
Maha Kalyanaka, brahmi ghrita are useful to improve brain functions, in psychiatric disorders.
Saraswata ghrita is speech improvement.
Read more about cow ghee benefits here

145 thoughts on “How To Do Ayurvedic Nasya At Home? Types, Precautions”

    • Hello doctor actually i’ve been prescribed prabhanjana nashya(6 drops daily) for nerve inflammation.Can u pls shed some light on the benefits of prabhanjana nashya?Thanks in advance.

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      • Hello sir, Nasya has only these types:
        1. Pradhamana (virechan) Nasya (cleansing nasya)
        2. Bruhana Nasya (nutrition nasya)
        3. Shaman Nasya (Sedative Nasya)
        4. Navana Nasya (Decoction Nasya)
        5. Marshya Nasya (Ghee Or Oil Nasya)
        6. Pratimarshya (Daily Oil Nasya)

        Prabhanjana is the name of the oil which you have been asked to do the nasya.
        Prabhanjana taila nasya helps in reducing the inflammation. It is used in the neuro-muscular conditions due to Vata imbalance.

        You can read more about Prabhanjana thaila here: http://ayurmedinfo.com/2012/06/09/prabhanjana-vimardanam-thailam-benefits-how-to-use-ingredients/

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  1. Dear TK Sharma, Thanks for kind aprreciation.
    1. If the sputum does not come into mouth, then there is nothing to worry.
    2. Just keeping a thin pillow below the neck to raise the position of nose to some extent.
    3. It is not just wishful feeling of being relaxed. Nasya has its own good effect.
    4. You can eat after half an hour after the procedure.

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  2. Wasn’t able to understand properly – after instilling the nasya oil and doing light massage of soles, palms, etc…should one lie on the bed for 2 minutes or 30 minutes?

    Also (if it is being done for Vata balancing), is it okay to do in the evenings even on cool days when there has been no sun at all, as long as the room is warm/heated? Or is it better not to do it?

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    • Hi,
      As I have stated under heading of timing for Nasya, if it is for Vata balancing, it can be done in evening.
      After instilling the nasal drops (for daily basis usage, only couple of drops to each nostrils), lie down for two minutes, after which you can wake up. expulsion of sputum etc may take anywhere between few to 30 minutes.

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  3. Hi,
    1. Nasya for mucus problems in throat works. Ksheerabala taila, anu taila and Shad bindu taila are the other usual oils used for nasya. More about nasya treatment here – https://www.easyayurveda.com/2013/08/12/how-to-do-ayurvedic-nasya-treatment-at-home-nasal-drops-for-long-life/

    2. It even is useful in pollen allergy. But try these turmeric remedies – they are specific – https://www.easyayurveda.com/2013/11/13/use-turmeric-allergic-rhinitis-4-traditional-methods/

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    • Hi, for general use, Mustard oil is a bit hot to use for Nasya. But if you are already accustomed to it, or if the doctor has prescribed, then you can use it.

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  4. can you please explain about heating the oil in water bed, should we heat the two drops or the whole oil in the bottle?

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    • Take the bottle containing the oil, with tightly closed cap.
      Take a wide mouthed vessel. Fill water upto half level.
      Carefully place the oil bottle in the water. You may hold it straight with a holder.
      Heat the vessel till the water in the vessel is around – 50 degree celsius – just above room temperature.
      You can heat this way, everytime you use the oil.
      Hope it helps

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  5. Dear Dr Hebbar,

    I regularly read your articles. Thank you very much for sharing Ayurveda with so many persons in the world! Wish you a great life and a very bright future.

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  6. Dr Hebbar

    I am a interested follower of ayurveda and your site in particular.

    I have chronic cough with a itchy throat in winter and suffer from frequent headaches and sinusitis attacks. I have found that jal neti helps keep my nasal passage clear, but I end up with a heavy head afterwards.

    I have tried anu tailam, but i cannot bear the bad taste in my mouth later. So I prefer jal neti except for the headache later. Would appreciate your inputs on this

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Jala neti is also a very effective remedy for sinusitis and related complaints. If nasya is not working out, if you can consult an Ayurvedic doctor, alternative treatments or simple oral medicines can be tried out.

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  7. Doctor,

    After instilling soles,neck, palms, ear should be massaged, you means the seasame oil? Also I like to know, can we use combination with different options as you suggested.

    Presently, I am (from gulf region)used to massage with Kottamchukkadi taila for spine joints and head massage with Ramthirth- Brahmi oil, just 20-30 min before taking bath at evening. Please advice, is Nasya treatment possible continue at the same time.

    Thank you in advance.

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    • Hi, After instilling the nasya oil – (It can be sesame oil or preferably Anu taila), the soles, neck palm etc should be given plain massage, without any oil. Just to improve blood circulation.

      In your case, in the morning, after morning bowel evacuation, just two drops of anu taila instillation to both nostrils should be useful.

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    • It depends on conditions. There are many criteria. One is – if the disease is of pure Vata, til oil or taila made of til oil like anu taila is used. If it is vata pitta combination then ghee. It also depends largely on your doctor’s choice.

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  8. Thank you Doctor for the reply on heating the anuthailam, I tried nasaya treatment with Anuthailam Its great! I am person who suffers from sinusitis.After I started nasaya treatment 1 month back, I have not got any attacks of sinusitis till now, previously I used to get cold,headache running nose toothache at least once in a month.Thank you so much doctor for teaching us Ayurveda and apply its principles in daily life! I really appreciate you work!

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  9. excellent and educative article. I have been following your mails of late. Thanks for your yeomen service.I have just taken nyasa karma and finished today only for 7 days.This is suggested by a doctor for my nose block especially night times and if I consume cold items. I under went septoplasty operation also but things not improved, Can you suggest any thing Doctor garu.

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    • Hi, Thanks for kind appreciation.
      Since you already are following your doctor’s advice, I suggest you to continue treatment with him only.
      It takes a few weeks time to show result.

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  10. You can use Kumkumadi Tailam for Nasya, assuming that the product is from a very good company. It can be done twice a week, if not daily.

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  11. Hi Dr hebbar,Love your articles!
    You suggest using anu oil daily(as per treatment in this post),but I read that anu oil treatment should only be used for 7 days, 3 times a year?is it true?
    Kindly clarify sir.

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    • Hi, thanks.
      There are two types of Nasya procedure – Marsha nasya and pratimarsha nasya.
      Marsha nasya – many drops of oil is used. This is for only a particular period of time, for particular patients.
      But pratimarsha nasya is – instilling two drops to each nostril, this is advised to be done everyday.

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  12. Hi, I’m 17 weeks pregnant and I’m having such awful sinus problems that it is affecting every area of my life including waking me up during the night because I can’t breathe. This has been going on for over six weeks and it feels like a combination of allergies and swollen irritated sinuses. I’ve been using my neti pot but it is not helping. I described nasya to my OB and he just made a funny face and said “I wouldn’t do that”. Is this safe for pregnant women? There is an ayurvedic practitioner nearby who does nasya. Would you recommend I try this and have a professional do it? Thank you so much for your time!

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    • Hi, there are two types of Nasya. Marsha Nasya – higher doses.
      Pratimarsha nasya – 2 drops to each nostril. I believe you can undergo just pratimarsha nasya for a short period of 5 – 7 days.
      Include a bit of turmeric and ginger in your diet.
      Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with an ounce of ghee. Apply a very thin layer of this ghee into inside part of nostrils in the morning.

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      • Dear Doc,
        Im little bit confused. You have gave two wonderful instructions and I wonder which one is the right one for allergic rhinitis/sinusitis caused by dust and pollen allergy.
        1) Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with an ounce (30ml) of ghee. Ratio is 1:6 or
        2) Add two pinches of turmeric to 4 teaspoons of ghee. Ratio in this is 1:32.

        Second question is; if the the Ghee lipid is replaced with a Sesame or Anu thailam, does the benefit will be the same for the one?

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        • Hi, more the concentration of turmeri powder, better will be the efficacy.
          ghee can be replaced with anu tailam (first preference) or sesame oil. This would yield similar result.

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  13. FOR CHRONIC SINUSITIS ANU TAIL AM NASAL THERAPY IS EXCELLENT. SUGGEST ME FOR AYURVEDA MEDICINES FOR INTAKE

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  14. Hi, because of your age, it is very difficult to give an online advice. Please go ahead with the judgement and treatment plan of your local Ayurvedic doctor.

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  15. Dr.Hebbar,
    Thank you for all your help to all of us.!!!
    I live in Canada and I am very interested in Ayurveda.

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  16. I think i hit the wrong button.
    I have a question,I would love to clean the mucus that i have in my sinuses and throat with nasya.To make it more effective would you recommend to infuse sesame oil with herbs.I can get herbs here but it is not easy to find a good nasya oil in my town.My constitution is Vata Pitta and i think my pitta is out of balance,as i feel hot flashes and have redness around my sinuses.Also probably Vata needs to be pacified too.Thank you for your help,Doctor,
    Alannah

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    • Hi, it is very difficult for a new Ayurvedic person to make perfect Ayurvedic nasya oil.
      In stead, you can do Nasya with sesame oil itself.

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      • Thank you Dr Hebbar,
        Is this will be as effective to clear the sinuses from all the ama and also emotions,that are lodged in that mucus?
        Thank you for all your assistance,Alannah

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        • Hi, it is effective in clearing the sinuses and to relieve Ama.
          It is also useful to bring about mental stability.

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  17. Very nice article. . I find very useful. . Thanks to Dr.Hebbar.I tried this nasyam. . For 2 hours I feel very free..after tat nose is getting blocked and unable to breathe. . Wat shall I do? Can u suggest any remedy?

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  18. thanks for your shares.:) im suffereing from sinusitis and i find very useful.. I used anu thailam and feeling great relief.. but wen i bent down for any work my nose is getting blocked.. will it become alright if i keep on continuing the treatment?? please reply me..

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  19. Dear Sir,
    1. I read that one can use either Ksheerabala thaila or Ksheerabala 101 for daily nasya?
    2. What is the difference between Ksheerabala and Ksheerabala 101.
    3. One website says that Ksheerabala is good for cervical spondylosis while another says that it Ksheerabala oil is not good for cervical spondylosis.

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  20. Dear Dr Hebbar,

    Can one do nasya at home with Ksheerabala Thaila? I understand there is regular Ksheerabala oil and Ksheerabala 101. What is the difference in benefits of these 2 thaila and which one can be used regularly at home (if it can be used) for nasya.

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  21. Thank you Dr. Hebbar for all your advice. I have been using Brahmi Ghee nasya but only rubbing it in the insides of my nostrils before bed. I am hoping it will help with depression and emotions. I am of pitta vata dosha. Do you think this will help me?

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  22. Hi doctor
    I do jal neti for getting relief from my sinus and allergy.However i am confused about which oil or ghee to be used after jal neti to lubricate my sinus?Which oil is better?pure sesame oil or shadabindu oil or badam oil or cow ghee or simple mustard oil?

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  23. Sir, I have taken asana bilwadi taila as face massage, followed by fomentation and then the y put 7/8 drops bindu taila in nostril and gargle with salt water. I have sinusitus and polyps based on ct scan. I have done this for 7 days in ayur hospital. But can continue this daily with 2 drops? My problem blocked nose very high in night and for head pain when driving in bike with air falling on my face

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    • Hi, higher dose of Nasya is only done at hospital for limited period of time. For you to continue it at home, for a long run, 2 drops on both nostrils is the correct dose.

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  24. Hello,
    As per the doctor i have sinus and taking shadbindu oil(Jiva Product) from last 1 week as per the doctor guidance. But mucus is not coming out from my nose nor i feel sneezing. I am unable to understand If this oil is working for me or not.
    Please guide

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  25. Hi,
    Kumkumadi taila – This is an herbal oil – Take 5 drops in to your finger tips gently rub it on to your face for 5 minutes, wash off with warm water. Do this everyday. This is good for acne scars and also skin roughness.

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  26. Hi Doctor. Thanks for sharing such a useful article.

    I read Patanjali magazine and there I found one article about graying hair. After this I came to know about nasya. It looked useful for me as my 70% hair are grey. I have already taken so many homeopathy/allopathy but it didn’t work even a single percent.I am very not confident about this nasys vidhi so I looked it in Internet and found your article. It seems useful for me.

    I have some question regarding Nasya Vidhi for only graying hair.

    1. If I do it on regular basis, would it be helpful for me?
    2. Which oil I should prefer for graying hair Nasya vidhi, I read in Ptanajali about Neem Oil/Harad Oil/Baheda oil etc.which one is best effective for greying hair.
    3. How long I should do this?

    seeking for your advice.

    Thanks.

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  27. In the article you say Nasya can be used for hyper-pigmentation, what is the thinking on that?
    Also if one is susceptible to nosebleeds would Naysa be recommended?

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    • Hi,
      Nasya is useful for balancing Pitta dosha in face and neck. Hyper-pigmentation is usually due to Pitta imbalance.
      If one is susceptible to nose bleeds, he can still take Nasya treatment, but for initial few trials, better to do it under an Ayurveda expert.
      Regular nasya with leaf juice of Durva (Cynodon dactylon) – 2 – 4 drops to each nostril is said to be remedy for nasal bleeding.

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  28. Hi Dr.
    I regularly read your articles. Thank you very much for sharing Ayurveda Knowledge.
    I would like to know, whether i can do ksheerabala nasya in noon time for running nose/blocked nose ? My Dr. told me to do it in the morning (between 9-10 am ) as a 3 day course.
    Thanks in advance

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    • Dear sir, It will be useful if you use the oil in the morning and not in the noon as specified by the doctor.

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  29. 1. The season-wise explanation is for Marsha nasya. Day-wise classification can also hold good to Pratimarsha Nasya. For example, If you have Kapha imbalance, Do pratimarsha nasya in the morning, Pitta – afternoon.. etc.

    2. Pratimarsha can be practiced life long.
    3. You can do that.
    4. The guideline holds good even for Pratimarsha.
    5. If the person already has a very oily face, then just palm massage is sufficient. Oil massage is not necessary in such a case.

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  30. Sir, it is feasible to take the medication as mentioned in the texts to avoid the side effects and worsen the symptoms more.

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  31. Very Informative article Sir,
    I want to know that can we use cow’s ghee in Pratimarsha nasya on daily basis and as there are no complications and contraindications are described for Pratimarsha nasya in our Classical Text. So According to you what things should be taken care of while doing Pratimarsha Nasya with Cow’s ghee?

    Another Thing is can we use Triphala ghrita in Pratimarsha Nasya? Any reference in our classical text or experience regarding that you can share with me whether to do or not.

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    • Ghee can be used for Pratimarsha Nasya on daily basis, on empty stomach. Same rules / guidelines as explained in the above articles hold good.

      Triphala ghrita can also be used as Pratimarsha Nasya, although, I have not used it in my patients.

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  32. Very Informative article Hebbar Sir,
    I’m a currently 3rd year BAMS student (UG), we want to carry out one Research project kind of clinical-case study.The prime objective of this study is to (1). To Justify the use of Pratimarsha Nasya in Dincharya as described in our classical text for the prevention of some specific diseases as well as the promotion of health. (2) To develop the confidence and belief in the students for the Ayurvedic procedures.

    Here we have selected the Students only as a volunteers on which we are going to perform this Pratimarsha Nasya with cow’s ghee for One-month and once in a morning time on daily basis.

    I want to know that can we use Cow’s ghee for Pratimarsha Nasya on daily basis as there are no complications and contraindication described for Pratimarsha Nasya in our classical text.
    So According to you what things should be taken care of while doing Pratimarsha Nasya with Cow’s ghee?

    And Can we use Triphala Ghrita in Pratimarsha Nasya? Any Reference in our classical text or experience regarding that you can share with me whether to do that or not.

    Sir May I ask you any questions or queries regarding any Ayurvedic topic in future directly communicating through you mail or skype?

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  33. Hi, usually after 2 months, the medicine should not be stopped abruptly. The dose should be reduced gradually. You can get the medicines from Indiaabundance.com or madanapalas.com

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  34. Hi, Nasya treatment with Shadbindu oil will be useful in your condition.
    Thanks for finding time to read my article.

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  35. 2 drops of Nasya per day can be done everyday, except on those days when it is raining or cloudy.

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  36. My doctor has advised 5 day nasya treatment for skin problems using anu tailam and yashti madhu tailam for massage….. I have been advised not to wash my hair during these 5 day treatment which is making me feel quite uncomfortable.
    Q1 why should I not wash my hair?
    Q2 what will happen if I take head bath?

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    • Hi, this is my best guess.
      You might have Kapha dosha increase. So, washing hair while doing Nasya might cause or worsen cough and cold.

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  37. Hello dr.
    I have a hair loss prob.
    I used cow ghee for it.
    And nasya do at sleeping time after i sleep
    I was doing this treatment last 5 day whenever i do nasya my cold will increase and i cant breath..
    What shoul i do?

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  38. after reading about anuthalam i used the one which had bought and not used.i felt relaxed. cd expell mucous more! thankyou. i have been using inhaler for three or four yrs to have soothing effect

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  39. Namaste Sir,
    I had suffered hair loss from last 2 years and also observed thinning of hair from front to top side so what i will use this therapy for this metter??? And its increase hair density ???

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  40. Sir I have bronchitis asthma + rhinitis .My age is 24. . Which medicine combinations are useful for me . What are the doses and duration. Dietary restrictions .

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  41. Dear Sir, I am having conductive hearing loss – 40 Decibals in both my ears. Also have Tinnitus in my right ear. Can this be cured with Nasya routine?

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  42. I have lower back pain with constant pain at L5-S1(lowest vertebra). I have slip disc issue on left side of the vertebra and also my spine muscles are tight which increase the pain. Can you please suggest which oil massage is good to release muscle tension?

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  43. Ideally, what should be the duration for administering Nasya for hair loss including male pattern baldness? like, for a week, a month? or more?

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  44. Hi, Dr! I`am Austrian, 67 y. old. My constitution is Vata-Pitta with all typical ilnesses (psychical, physical like artrose, steafnes etc). I had in february 2017 21 day panchakarma in one hospital /Karnataka. I`ve among other things long years gras&mites&moulds allergie, dry nose, even after sinusitis-sergery and take 2xday sold water-douche and special ointment against dryness (with aluminium & oils-content). Also in high allergie-season here (june-august) I take kortikoid spray. Ayurveda-Dr. prohibited this ointment and started with Nasya & Anu-Thailam. But after every nasya befornoon after massage and 2 drops befor sleeping I received sneeze, rinitis, itching in nose and lips-corner, berning in throath. Ca. after 1-2 h. symptomes where away until next therapy. Dr sayd, will be away after 3 days. But it didnot . Then I received Anu-Thailam for home treatment. Now since 1 month I am in Austria (cold, less sun, changeble weather). Duering using of Anu-Thailam (2 drops in every nostial befor sleeping, after teeth-brushing, face-washing) 3 weeks long my allergy-symptoms became worser. So I stopped it. After 1 week braiking all allergical symptomes finished. But bec. of dryness in nose I started again with my from Ayur. Dr. prohibited austrian ointment, Question to you: What I did fals with anu-thailam? What can you recomend me instead that? Sesam oil I tryed. No allergie, but doesn`t help against drynes in nose.
    With sesam-oil I do massage of my body 1-3 time week.
    Thank your for your attention.

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  45. Thanks for the excellent article Dr. Hebbar, which educates people like me on various aspects of Ayurveda. I am a regular visitor to your website. I have one doubt. Can the ghee (which we use for eating) be regularly administered in each nostril of 2 drops early morning?

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  46. Sir after doing nasya i feel my nose is fully open and i can breathe more but i m feeling cough is formed in my throat after nasya i m not able to removed what to do ?? I m doing nasya with anu taila

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    • Hi, after nasya treatment, gargle with hot water and spit out for 2 minutes time.
      Take half a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add just a small pinch of black pepper powder, mix it with ghee, burn and inhale fumes. This will dry up the remnant Kapha, leftover after nasya.

      If you are okay with spices, taking 1 gram of Trikatu powder with honey should also be useful.

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      • In the initial few days, cough reflex is common. After 4 – 5 days of Nasya treatment it should go. If not consult an Ayurveda doctor to learn the right Nasya technique.

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  47. Hi, try with ghee nasya – 2 drops to each nostril for 1 week. After that, try with Anu oil – 2 drops to each nostril. If you start feeling comfortable, continue with this dose for 2 months time.

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  48. Hello Dr

    A month ago I made the big mistake of getting a turbinate reduction surgery with septoplasty. My septum was deviated due to an injury and breathing was diminished on the left side. I believe nothing was wrong with my turbinates but the dr convinced me to get it trimmed. Now, the left side is still blocked and the right side is even more open than before which feels very uncomfortable especially when the air is cold. Can nasya oil or some ayurvedic treatment help to regenerate the turbinate tissue? I feel desperate. Please help. Thank you.

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  49. Hello Sir,

    I have symptoms like Tinnitus, Gray hairs,dehydration of Skin.

    Which Oil should I use for Nasya. Anu Tel or Shadbindu Tel?

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  50. Hello sir, i am facing cronical sinusitis ! Some time I can feel bad smell in my right nostril n sometime brownish coloured mucus appears ..that’s it there is no other problem …anyway took a doc visit, and he did endoscopy n said my sinusitis holes are blocked n infected mucus dripping through other sides etc. He advised me take surgery ! But except these i don’t have any problems with it , then why should I ? After few week medicine i fell better ! But not fully … So is there in ayurveda any suggestions for me? To open those holes n etc … Like inhalation or something ????????????

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  51. Hi, Anu taila nasal drop – 2 drops to each nostril is very useful. Rather than karna Purana,
    Oil pulling with Irimedadi taila is very useful.

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  52. How much time gap should be there ideally between food and nasya. Also can the nasya be had after food and before sleep. I usually dp it in the morning after brush and in case I miss, I do it in the evening around 6pm.is this regime right?

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    • 1. Half an hour.

      2. After 1 hour after food at least. In some people, it can cause vomiting.

      3. It looks fine.

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  53. hello doctor, thank you for your article. Please could you tell me how you would prescribe using a neti pot with saline solution and also anu thailam (2 drops in each nostril every day). Is it Ok to do both, should there be a gap in using them and how much? I had a treatment a couple years ago where I had the strong treatment (5-7 drops) and they recommended that I continue with anuthailam everyday.
    But I’ve had severe allergies and found that a neti pot helps (I haven’t been consistent with the anuthailam) however I feel even more dry in my nasal cavity.

    Also I’m in Canada where it is a very harsh winter now and breathing the cold air after doing nasya brought on a severe cold.. so I would like to understand the best way to use these treatments or if I should stick to one..
    Thank you

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    • Hi, it appears that, in your case, it is best to go with hot water Neti only.
      For the nasal dryness, it is best to apply a thin layer of ghee to the inner side of nostrils, once a day, morning or at night.

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  54. Dear doctor. I snore a lot with congestion but good ENT specialist gives only Metaspray and anti congestion tabs. My father also snores a lot while young. I also have hearing loss in left ear and some in right ear too. No otitis media/ no rupture/ no secretion from ear. I m sixty. Sometimes I put Dabur Shadbindu but gives little relief. Pl advise

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  55. Namaste sir, I have problem of hairfall to anutaila nasya ko morning-night dono time use kr sakte hai ?

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  56. Hii,,doc is it good to do nasya with gingelly oil….,,,,and I LL be thankful for great help if u can explain treatment procedure for social anxiety with whole body tremors,,by the way I’m 26 male well built, past chain smoker and durnkard ….from andhra Pradesh kindly suggest a doc with reference

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  57. Dear Doctor

    For daily nasya treatment, is it advisable to warm Anuthailam oil before instilling in the nostrils ? I read somewhere that if oil is warmed, it increases absorption.

    What is your advice ?

    Thanks !

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  58. Hello sir my son is 11 yrs old n he’s having tonsillitis enlarge adenoids n nose polyps n to much cough plz suggest me sm Ayurvedic medicine I m giving him koldoff one tablet 3 time in day n giving dhshmool kaduthrayam 2 spoon morning n evening frm past 15days pls guide me .

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  59. Hi, you can put a pinch of each of menthol, thymol, eucalyptus oil (1 drop) to hot water and inhale the fumes.

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  60. Hi Dr Hebbar,
    For Migraine , Which Nasya is better – Anu tail, cow ghee or Panchendriya vardhan Tel ? Many thanks

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