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Abhyanga ("oil massage") is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves massage of the body with large amounts of warm oil. The oil is often pre-mixed with herbs for specific conditions.

The Abhyanga is a part of the Dinacharya (daily practices) specified by the Brhat Trayi and Laghutrayi series of Ayurvedic textbooks to maintain good health and well-being. Proponents claim Abhyanga aids joint health, nourishes the dhatus (tissues of the body) and brings aggravated doshas back to balance. They further claim it improves the condition of dry, coarse hair and flaky skin.

Abhyanga can be done as part of the steps of panchakarma therapy, especially in the first stage: Purva Karma (pre-treatment), or as its own therapy.[1]

It is often followed by svedana therapy, a warm bath or yoga. Abhyanga may be performed by two or more massage therapists working in sync, but it can also be done by oneself. Oils used can vary depending on the season and the individuals constitution (prakrti) but commonly used oils include sesame and coconut.

The Abhyanga as prescribed in the Brhtatrayi and Laghutrayi texts is vigorous, and intended to open up the minor Sortas, removes ama through the skin, melt kleshma (fat secretions blocking the srotas), and cleanse and moisturisation the skin.

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  1. ^ Rosa, Peterson. "procedure for Panchakarma". ayurwoman. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

3. How a pada abhyanga can help control vata dosha 4. Abhyanga - the key to cleansed and moisturised skin