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Advantages and Updates of Abhyanga in Infant and Infant Massage: A Review

Madhumita Panigrahi, Mahesh Vyas, Kabi Prasad Mohanty


Abhyanga is the oldest of all techniques for healing, preventing diseases and promoting health. Ongoing through the ancient texts, it is evident that Abhyanga is one of the consequential Ayurvedic procedure practiced since the dawn of civilization. It has been included as a part of Dinacharya as a health maintenance and as the treatment major for certain diseases. It is also a part of pre-therapeutic procedures of Panchakarma. The dramatic growth of infants during the first year of life imposes unique cares. Considering the smooth transition of children Ayurveda explained Abhyanga, very delicate and sophisticated protocol for infant. Abhyanga is quoted in navajata shishu pareecharya, samskara, balagraha etc. Infant massage with lubricant is in practice around the world and resembles with Ayurveda Abhyanga process. Several benefits of Abhyanga in infant include nourishment, health, protection, emotional well-being and beauty purpose. It has a great importance according to the pressure applied, the techniques adopted, the materials used etc. Harmful effects like physical injury and increased risk of infection were encountered when performed inappropriately. Though Abhyanga is one of the most important auxiliary medical maneuvers, it has been ignored by the practitioners and parents too. The review also discusses the different hypotheses put forward regarding the mechanism of action in both Ayurveda and modern science.


Keywords: Abhyanga, Ayurveda, infant massage, mechanism of action

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Madhumita Panigrahi, Mahesh Vyas, Kabi Prasad Mohanty. Advantages and Updates of Abhyanga in Infant and Infant Massage: A Review. Research & Reviews: A Journal of Pharmacognosy. 2016; 3(3): 5–12p

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