Nasya Karma- The Astonishing Benefits of Errhine Therapy


The procedure in which Medicated Oils or Medicines are administered through the nose is called Nasya Karma. Also known as Errhine Therapy, it has been proven beneficial for all disorders of the Head and the Neck.


  • NAVANA NASYACan be correlated with Authentic Nasya. Anu Thaila (Sesame oil) is commonly used.
  • PRADHAMANA NASYA– Blowing fine Medicated powder or Choorna into the nose.
  • DHUMA NASYA- Medicated smoke inhaled through the nose and exhaled through the mouth.
  • MARSHA-PRATIMARSHA NASYA- Administration of oils through the nasal route.



  1. Sneha Nasya

Nourishing in nature and includes instilling unctuous oils through the nose.

Benefits of Sneha Nasya

  • Improves the perception of the senses
  • Prevents Premature Greying and falling of hair
  • Arrests premature aging
  • Beneficial for all diseases of the Head and Neck
  • Promotes sound sleep

Indications of Sneha Nasya

  • Tension Headache
  • Cataracts
  • Diseases of the Nose
  • Premature Greying of hair
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Frozen Shoulder 

     2. Shodhana Nasya

Detoxifies the sinuses and nose.

Indications of Shodhana Nasya

  • Anosmia
  • Excess salivation
  • Epilepsy
  • Cysticercosis (Worms in the head)
  • Rhinitis
  • Anorexia 
  • Congested Sinuses

       3.Avapidana Nasya

Fresh extract of Ayurvedic leaves are squeezed into the nose.

Indications of Avapidana Nasya

  • Psychological Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Drowsiness and Stupor
  • Trauma



  • Blowing of Medicated Fine Powders into the nose.
  • Indications- Psychological Disorders, Worms, Poisoning, Loss of consciousness




  • Medicated Smoke inhaled through the nose and exhaled through the mouth is called Dhuma Nasya.
  • Indications- All diseases of the Head, Neck,  and Eyes.




Instillation of Medicated oils through the nose in both types, usually indicated for daily practise.



6-10 Drops as a dose 2 drops as a dose
Fast action Slow action
Indicated in strong patients Indicated in weak, old people, and children
It can be used in select seasons It can be used in all seasons


General Contraindications of Nasya Karma

-One who has taken a meal -Who has undergone Oleation therapy
-One who had a head bath -One who has suppressed natural urges
-Children or too elderly -Cloudy day or bad climate
-Who has drunk alcohol or water -One who is hungry, thirsty, tired, intoxicated, or just fainted
-One who has undergone Emesis, Enema or Purgation Therapy -Pregnant women and ones who recently gave birth
-Anxious, angry -Acute Rhinitis
-Acute fever -One who is fasting
CAUTION: All medications described here are being used solely for educational reasons. This does not replace seeking expert medical advice. Before using any drugs, please seek the advice of a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner. Please keep out of the reach of children.
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