Abhiyanga is a massage done by experienced massage
therapists using herbal oil. The oil is specially selected for the particular body
constitution. The process is long and thorough. More force is used to loosen the excess
doshas and direct them toward the organs of elimination.
There is a related treatment called Shirodhara,
in which warm, herbalized sesame oil is dripped in a stream onto the forehead to
profoundly relax the nervous system and balance the Prana Vata, the dosha that exerts
control over the brain.