Ayurveda Treatment Methods

A Guide Line To Ayurveda Treatments & Principles

Oral Health-Gandusha-Kavala Vidhi

Both of these are types of gargling of medicated decoctions. The only difference is in the drug dose.


Mouth is filled with medicated decoctions at its maximum capacity. There is no space for rinsing of mouth. The medicated decoction is only held in mouth for some time and then spitted out.


In this type, the quantity of decoction is small. There is actual gargling of medicated decoction.


Diseases of ear, mouth, throat, eyes etc.

Increased saliva secretion



Facial paralysis

Neck rigidity


Head ache

Disorders of head



Gandusha and kavala are also indicated in day to day life to achieve benefits

Benefits of Gandusha and Kavala

Improved voice quality and complexion

Increases muscle power of cheeks

Increases taste sensation

Prevents diseases of mouth, lips and dental diseases (Complete oral health)

Lightness of body

Freshness in body and mind

Types according to action of Gandusha

Snehan gandusha

Shaman gandusha

Shodhan gandusha

Snehan gandusha

Oils are used along with medicines of sweet, sour and salty tastes i.e. rasas. Useful for diseases dominated by vata dosha.

Shaman gandusha

Useful for diseases dominated by pitta dosha. Medicines used for gandusha have following rasas – bitter, astringent and sweet

Shodhan gandusha

Used for diseases dominated by kapha dosha.

Medicines used for gandusha have following qualities

Tikshna (sharpness)

Ushna (hotness)

Ruksha (dryness)

Sour and salty taste

Ropana gandusha

Used for wound healing.

Medicines used for gandusha have following qualities

Ushna (hotness), astringent, sweet

Procedure of Gandusha


Snehan – oleation of forehead, face, throat with sesame taila / oil

Swedan – fomentation of face, throat

Main Procedure

Hold the warm medicinal decoction or water with oil in the mouth and rinse it. Spit it when there is appearance of secretions coming from nose, watering of eyes. Process should be repeated up to symptoms of proper gandush appears.

Symptoms of proper Gandusha

Relief from diseased symptoms

Mental relaxation

Enhanced action of sense organs

Decrease in kapha (accumulated in mouth)

Symptoms of incomplete action of Gandusha

Accumulation of kapha in mouth


No relief from disease symptoms

Symptoms of excess action of Gandusha


Mouth ulcers

Increased thirst




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Useful Links

Medicinal plants of India ; Ayurveda

Encyclopedia of Indian Medicinal Plants/Herbs mainly using in Ayurveda with good quality pictures and information like therapeutic usage of Medicinal Plants, cultivation, morphology, habitat, flower characters, Chemical content, parts used, research works etc.