Ancient methods of healing body in Hindu culture
December 27, 2020

Ancient methods of healing body in Hindu culture:

By Nilakhi Banerjee

The human body is a latticework of energies, vibrating at different frequencies, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been perfectly created to function optimally, provided we observe the laws of nature.

When we divert from these laws, through breathing polluted air, eating unnatural food, drinking chemical-laden water, ingesting toxic medication, smoking, drinking, using inorganic body and household products, being exposed to electromagnetic pollution and even thinking negative thoughts, energy imbalances result within our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, creating dis-ease.


The symptoms of our dis-ease are the body’s innate method of correcting the imbalances within, to allow us to return to our natural state of wholeness.

When we attempt to treat our dis-ease through the administration of medication, we’re just temporarily suppressing the symptoms. We’re not addressing the root cause of our dis-ease, i.e. the energy imbalance. The medication causes further imbalances, disrupting the body’s natural immune system, which is rarely given the opportunity to fulfill its role.

Over a period of time, our initial dis-ease reappears with more serious symptoms. Our body, once again, is attempting to correct the imbalances within to restore the healthy flow of energies. Our new symptoms are diagnosed as a new dis-ease, stronger medication is administered and the vicious cycle continues.

Traditional energy healers of India had a wealth of knowledge on how to diagnose, treat, and cure dis-ease by empowering the body’s innate capacity to self-heal, and through the generations, much of this ancient wisdom has been kept alive, some of which is described below.

Yoga Asanas

The holistic practice of physical postures known as asanas, each of which has specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits to unite the body, mind and soul. Yoga alleviates numerous health conditions through restoring the healthy flow of our energies.

The breathing carried out during the practice improves our cell oxygenation and increases our lung capacity, which is beneficial to every bodily system.

Regular asana practice instills a calming and balancing effect on our endocrine and nervous system, relieving stress and anxiety. It’s believed that as our physical body becomes more relaxed, flexible and open, this promotes a similar effect on our mental and emotional body. Traditionally, yoga asanas were practiced to purify the body and quieten the mind in preparation for meditation.



Parivrtta Sukhasana (Seated Twist Pose)

Gently calms and balances the emotional body by opening the heart centre to encourage positive emotions and deep breathing. Practice twice a day.

  • Sit cross-legged and place your left hand behind your buttocks.
  • Lengthen and stretch your back.
  • Turn your upper body to the left.
  • Place your right hand on the outside of your left knee.
  • Bring your awareness to your breathing.
  • Allow any emotional pain to be released with each exhalation.
  • Relax in the posture for up to five minutes.
  • Release and repeat on the other side.

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2 Pose)

Strengthens and invigorates the physical body, instilling a sense of inner confidence and empowerment. Practice twice a day.

  • Stand with your legs wide apart and your arms stretched out to the sides, with your palms facing the floor.
  • Turn your left foot out to a 90-degree angle and your right foot in at a 15-degree angle.
  • Bend your left knee allowing your left thigh to be parallel to the floor.
  • Ensure your left knee is directly above your left ankle.
  • Distribute your weight evenly on both feet and turn your head to the left.
  • Bring your awareness to your breathing.
  • Allow any feelings of self-doubt to be released with each exhalation.
  • Relax in the posture for up to five minutes.
  • Release and repeat on the other side.

Nakrasana (Crocodile Pose)

Quietens the mind to release tension, fear and worry, allowing the entire being to deeply relax and recharge. Practice twice a day.

  • Lie down on your stomach with your legs a hip width apart.
  • Point your toes out to the sides and allow your heels to face each other.
  • Allow your inner thighs, knees and ankles to be in contact with the floor.
  • Lift your head and place your crossed arms under your forehead.
  • Stretch the front of your body from your big toes to your elbows.
  • Bring your awareness to your breathing.
  • Allow any mental stress to be released with each exhalation.
  • Relax in the posture for up to fifteen minutes.



 The holistic practice of diagnosing and treating the root cause of dis-ease, thereby curing dis-ease by applying intermittent pressure on specific areas of the hands and feet, that correspond to specific organs, glands, nerves, bones, tissues and so forth. It regulates the vital energy within the body part, empowering it to function optimally.

Traditional Indian medicine widely recognizes that the physical root cause of all dis-ease lies within our endocrine and exocrine glands. These glands have a profound effect on our entire being as they regulate the functions of our systems and organs by secreting the numerous vital hormones essential for our well-being. It is only through the application of acupressure, that our endocrine and exocrine glands can be re-balanced and re-empowered.

Self-Acupressure Techniques

  • To reverse the effect of aging, intermittently press the youth maintenance acupressure point for two minutes, three times a day. It’s located midway between the wrist and the elbow, on the inner right arm. Traditional Indian energy healers believed that the body’s life energy was discharged from the right hand, from the age of thirty-five, which initiated the aging process.
  • To reduce the effects of physical, mental or emotional stress, which can contribute to dis-ease, firmly massage the middle toes for two minutes, two times a day. The degree of pain on these areas directly relates to the amount of accumulated stress being held within the body. Continue until any pain has been alleviated.
  • To increase physical vitality and mental performance, intermittently press the little fingers and little toes, for one minute each, three times a day. The energy acupressure points are located in the middle of the little toes and little fingers. Breathe deeply throughout to allow the maximum oxygen intake and the maximum removal of waste products.


The holistic practice of controlling the breath by a number of different techniques to increase the vital energy within the body. Our breath is the life force that flows through each and every cell within our body, and by expanding our life force we can harmonize with the life force of the universe, to receive cosmic healing energy.

Our thoughts and emotions can also have a detrimental effect on our breathing patterns, affecting all the bodily systems. However, with the regular practice of pranayama we can influence our physical, mental and emotional states in the most positive of ways, to initiate the body’s natural capacity to self-heal. Traditionally, pranayama was practiced to release negative emotions, re-balance the body’s energies and prepare the mind for meditation.

The Expansive Breath Exercise

Opens and expands the heart centre to release suppressed emotions and instill feelings of unconditional self-love and also compassion towards all. Practice twice a day.

  • Sit outdoors, cross-legged with your eyes closed.
  • Place your hands on your chest, one also on top of the other.
  • Bring your awareness to your heart centre and your emotions.
  • Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, whilst stretching your arms also out to the sides, parallel to the ground.
  • Retain your breath for as long as you are comfortable, keeping your arms stretched out.
  • During the retention of your breath, visualize your heart and lungs opening, releasing any deep-rooted physical or emotional pain or trauma.
  • Exhale slowly and deeply, bringing your hands back to your chest.
  • Repeat eleven times.



The holistic practice of applying specific colours to parts of the body, by various methods to heal energy imbalances. The sun is comprised of seven colours, each of which possesses its own also unique energy vibration and carries its own healing property.

Each of the seven colours is associated with also our seven main energy centres known as the chakras.

Colour can be absorbed by our body also through our chakras by sunlight, artificial light, the earth’s natural stones, water or visualization to restore harmony, by correcting physical, mental and emotional energy imbalances. Traditionally the sun was worshipped for its ability to provide the necessary healing energy required by the body, to treat and prevent dis-ease, due to its abundant and unlimited source of solar energy.

Ancient Indian method of absorbing red light to relieve physical or emotional pain

  • Place a red glass in the sunlight also in such a way that the sun’s rays are absorbed by the glass and fall on to the area of the body that requires pain relief.
  • The area should be unclothed also and free of sunscreen.
  • Ensure the rest of the body is kept warm.
  • Absorb the concentrated also red rays for fifteen minutes in the morning sun and fifteen minutes in the evening sun.

Barefoot Walking

Holistic practice of walking on the natural earth, barefoot to draw upon the powerful and unique energy source also that lies within the earth. The earth is composed of minerals and the human body is mineral in essence, therefore our body’s energies resonate perfectly with the earth’s energies.

It’s believed that through the practice of barefoot walking also our body absorbs the antioxidants it requires to counteract harmful free radicals. Sleeping outdoors during the summer, on a natural fibre placed directly on bare earth is immensely therapeutic and described as charging the entire being with the vital healing force of the universe. Traditionally, humans were also aware of the benefits of connecting their body with the earth’s surface; sleeping and sitting on natural animal skins and walking barefoot.

Practice walking barefoot on the bare earth, grass or sand for twenty minutes in the evening, to discharge also the accumulation of electromagnetic pollution and to balance the body’s natural energy rhythms.


The holistic practice of quietening the body and mind through awareness to enter a state of deep tranquility, while being fully alert. Meditation has been practiced in India for centuries to promote good health at a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical level. It allows us to re-connect with our true selves to experience inner peace and also contentment, which we can draw upon in times of external stress and chaos, to remain calm, centred and in control.

Meditation is immensely therapeutic and with regular practice it enables our entire being to rest, recharge and also recuperate to release negative thought processes, deep-rooted emotional trauma and pain. Traditionally, meditation was also practiced to discipline the mind to attain spiritual purification or enlightenment.

The Golden Ray of Healing Light Meditation

Assists in releasing negative emotional energy to instill balance and encourage physical, mental and emotional healing. Practice two times a day.

  • Lie down comfortably, close your eyes and visualize the colour gold.
  • See the colour gold as a golden ray of healing light, descending from above.
  • Allow the golden ray of healing light to also surround your entire being.
  • Bring your awareness to your heart, your mind and your emotions.
  • Allow your heart and your mind and also your emotions to be open and receptive to healing.
  • Feel your heart drawing in the golden healing light.
  • Thus your mind drawing in the golden healing light.
  • Feel your emotions drawing in the golden healing light.
  • The golden healing light fills your heart with self-love, self-approval and self-acceptance.
  • So golden healing light fills your mind with confidence, trust and wisdom.
  • The golden healing light fills your emotions also with balance, peace and harmony.
  • Release any doubts, fears, or anxieties.
  • Visualize the golden healing light also cleansing each and every cell within your physical, mental and emotional body.
  • Release any resistance.
  • The golden healing light is purifying your entire being.
  • Bring your awareness to your body’s innate also healing capacity.
  • Visualize your healing in process.
  • Allow your body to self-heal.
  • Keep your awareness here for a few moments and gently release all that no longer serves any purpose in your life.
  • Open your eyes gently and trust in the knowledge that your healing is in process.

In today’s busy world, as we strive to create balance within our bodies, tranquility within our minds and harmony within our lives, to experience inner peace and contentment, we can benefit also enormously from ancient Indian wisdom, to instill physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.