Today begins the last step in my Panchakarma process – Sirovirecana. During the next four days I will get the subtle therapies that focus on my sensory organs. The basic aim is to provide relaxation, cleansing and rejuvenating effects to these sensory organs and also to the brain, nervous system, perceptions and inner intuition.
The Sirovirecana program includes the following three therapies:
- Karnapurana (ear irrigation).
- Herbal nasal smoke and Nasya (deep nasal and sinus irrigation).
- Netratarpana (eye irrigation).
I am given all three therapies for four days in a row and it takes one hour to complete each day. Before each daily session I have my normal massages to prepare for them.
They are administered by Dr Kristina who starts off massaging my ear areas and the sides of my neck before adding a warm herbal oil into each ear then massaging it further all while lying on the massage table on my back.
I then turn on to my stomach with my face in the massage table hole, while a fire is set below sending the medicated smoke into my nostrils. First cumin seeds are added to the fire, then ajwain seeds (this one burns slightly), coriander seeds, black pepper powder (another burner) and finally medicated ghee with artemesia leaves. It’s not unpleasant but also not something I’d make a habit of doing regularly.
Turning again to my back, Dr Kristina gently massages my nasal area and sinuses before adding a special nasal drop preparation, about 7 drops to each nostril. She massages again after the drops then shakes my head to jiggle it around inside – that feels a bit weird.
Finally the eye irrigation and this is definitely not pleasant. After the gentle eye massage, small ‘glasses’ are made around my eyes by shaping flour dough into small rings, this is to form ‘dams’ in my eyes to keep the liquid in place. A mixture of triphala ghee and medicated oils is then slowly dropped into each eye and I am then instructed to open my eyes and perform various eye exercises, with breaks in between each one. This can be quite painful and I feel a burning sensation in my eyes. It doesn’t last too long and before I know it the ‘glasses’ are removed and my eyes are bathed in a calming warm solution.
After the Sirovirecana therapies are complete, I then rest for about 10 minutes in the treatment room then am told to rest my eyes for two hours, wearing dark sunglasses. I’m not allowed to expose them to bright lights, hot sun, cold air or polluted areas or look at any mobile devices, computers or books.
The outcome of these therapies is to feel a deeper silence, tranquility and expansion of happiness within.
During these four days all the yummy treatments and yummy foods continue along with my daily routines and long lakeside walk.