Nasya is the administration of herbal medicine through the nasal passage. According to Ayurveda, the sinus cavity is the gateway to our consciousness and the Nervous System. Nasya is one of the five main cleansing therapies in Pancha Karma; but also is used for daily administration as part of a healing Ayurvedic routine. Nasya is typically done using an herbal infused oil such as sesame, ghee or coconut, but also can be done using medicated milk, fresh juice of herbs, and decoctions. Nasya is used to treat a wide range of disorders including mental-emotional imbalances, memory issues, high stress levels, sleep issues, chronic sinus issues, breathing problems, chronic headaches or migraines, eye, ear and throat disorders as well as many other even serious conditions and last but not least any residual doshic imbalance after cleansing treatments.
Following a quick overview of the main Nasya treatments:
Bruhana Nasya: It is typically useful for most Vata and breathing imbalances, while contraindicated for many Kapha disorders. Will be administered as herbal-infused ghee, milk or sesame oil., coconut oil, ghee, sunflower oil, medicated milk or cucumber juice can be used for Pitta disorders.
Shamana Nasya: Pacifies dosha imbalances. Vata: sesame oil, Pitta: ghee or coconut oil with herbs; Pitta: special ghee compositions.
Navana Nasya: Navana Nasya is a lubricating Nasya application and is typically done with medicated oils for their unctuous quality. Can be done as a daily treatment. This Nasya can include the Bruhana Nasya or the Shamana Nasya. It is said to reduce stiffness in the neck, increase mental clarity and intellect, reduce dryness and remove obstruction in the nasal passage.
Shodhana Nasya: Shoshana Nasya is a cleansing treatment and is done using dry herbs (no oil base). This can be a very intense treatment and should only be done with the guidance of a trained Ayurvedic physician. It will be indicated e.g. for epilepsy, parkinson’s disease or brain tumor.