The ears are one of the sense organ of Vata, a place we are more vulnerable to the affects of excess Vata in our environment. Ayurveda believes that cleaning and protecting sense organs is a vital part in preventive medicine. Also, symptoms that is common like tinnitus and earaches could be simply alleviated and preventable through the use of routine therapies to nourish these senses. Our goal in life is to protect our senses so as we age, we won’t need hearing aids, or glasses, and that we don’t lose the power of our senses. We need to retain our senses of smelling, hearing, seeing, touching, and tasting throughout our lives because this connects us with the outside world that we live in and the better the senses work, the more vital our relationship to others and environment will be.
Karana Purana is the process in which warm medicated oil or medicated liquid are poured into the ears. This is also a part of sarira Abhyanga, since Skin is the second sense organ of Vata. Bathing the ears in warm oil is calming and protective to the nervous system. Especially recommended during Vata season, a time of regular exposure to cold and wind, and therefore it is usually performed during autumn, winter and early spring. However, karana purana is effective for all seasons for calming the nervous system and overactive mind. When a client’s ears are bathed in oil, the mind and body automatically calms, creating a state of deep relaxation.
In the Ayurvedic system, the ears and eyes are connected with the sole of the foot. The application of oil in the ears produces a cooling effect which eliminates the sensation of burning to the feet.
Beneficaila Effects Specific problems related to ear, head and cervicle spine may be effectively treated by Karna purana .
Vata problems in the ear
Stiffness of the neck
Stiffness of the mandible
Reduces headaches and dizziness
Relieves symptoms of earache
Helps attenuating noise in the ears
Assists in the treatment of insomnia
Reduces itching and dryness of the ear
Putikarna Jivanthyadi Ghrta
Karna Sula Kshara thaila; vacha asunadi thailam
Badirya Vilwa thaila
Karna nada Sarshapa thaila
Client is asked to rest for some time after karnapurana and keep the oil till next day or some hours.