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According to the ancient Ayurvedic tradition, natural substances found in everyday life can often have remarkable – almost magical – curative and healing powers. And so it is with a simple ingredient – buttermilk – that you might enjoy as part of a morning breakfast. There is an ancient Ayurvedic practice known as Takra Dhara that is based solely around the steady application of buttermilk to parts of the body.
Many Westerners might not have heard of Takra Dhara, but this Ayurvedic treatment process dates back centuries. In ancient Sanskrit, the word for buttermilk is “Takra” and the word for “pouring in a stream” is “Dhara.” Put these two words together, and you can get a very visual picture of how this treatment works. In a traditional treatment cycle, a patient will visit an ayurvedic clinic or treatment centre for a period of one to two weeks. During that time, they will undergo regular Takra Dhara treatments of 45 to 90 minutes, in which buttermilk is poured on specific parts of the body.
But it is not just the type of everyday buttermilk you might find at your local supermarket. It’s best to think of the buttermilk as a form of “medicated buttermilk.” After all, there is a special Takra Dhara preparation process in which the buttermilk is combined with several medicinal herbs and water. In India, for example, there are special fruits known as Amalaki fruits that are dried in direct sunlight for a year before they are then added to a mixture that contains the buttermilk.
So which conditions can you treat with Takra Dhara? Ayurvedic practitioners can use buttermilk for a wide range of problems and diseases, including psoriasis, hypertension, stress and insomnia. And it can also be used to treat problems like headaches, eye and ear diseases, hair loss, dandruff, and any problems with your metabolism or central nervous system. There are many benefits of Takra Dhara treatment.
Depending on the ailment that you need cured, there are three different types of Takra Dhara - Takra Shiro Dhara (for problems involving the head, such as migraines), Takra Kaya Dhara (for problems impacting the whole body) and Takra Ekanga Dhara (for problems affecting just one area or limb of the body).
For many people, the most enjoyable part of Takra Dhara is the ritual itself. There is something soothing and relaxing about a steady stream of buttermilk being applied to your body for extended periods of time. And there are special ritualistic pots for holding the buttermilk mixture, as well as special tables for laying on during the treatment. Since each treatment usually lasts for 45 to 90 minutes, you can immediately see why this treatment is a favorite for people suffering from hypertension, stress and headaches.
There are many different ways that Takra Dhara helps to repair, rejuvenate and restore your body. It helps to stimulate your endocrine system, and it helps to restore your body’s hormonal imbalance. It also improves blood circulation to the brain, helps your body release dangerous toxins, and stimulate your brain’s natural neurotransmitters. You simply won’t believe how relaxed and rejuvenated you feel once you unlock all the benefits of Takra Dhara treatment.