Thiruvananthapuram: With ayurveda becoming a hit among foreign tourists, the ancient
Indian system of medicine has gone hi-tech with a new machine
being developed for the popular 'dhara' treatment, or the
application of a continuous stream of mildly warm oil.
"The 'dhara yanthram', is a pioneering attempt in the markets of
Kerala, while such experimental attempts are yet to hit the
markets elsewhere," said Venu of the Poornima Panchakarma
Equipment, the designer group of the automatic dharayanthram.
This product is now on display at the ongoing Ayurveda Festival
being held here and has a price tag of Rs.20,000.
Recommended for maladies such as insomnia, mental disorders,
neurasthenia, memory loss and certain skin diseases, the 'dhara'
is a process by which herbal oil is allowed to flow on the
forehead in a special method for about 45 minutes in a day for 7
to 21 days.
In the traditional manual 'dhara', the material used (oil,
kuzhampu or thayilam) turns cold soon if it is not kept heated.
"The automatic machine has two major advantages over the
traditional method. In the first place, it has the possibility of
regulating temperature, as and when required," said Venu.
The other advantage of this machine is a considerable amount of
material can be saved as the mechanism progresses through a
recycling process and two people can undergo the process
"The 'oil' or 'kuzhampu' can be used the required number of times,
without must wastage of material and then be recovered," added