Ayurvedic Ear Massage and Oiling | Karna Purana

Published: Nov 3, 2021 | Updated: Mar 19, 2022

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Ayurvedic Ear Massage and Oiling | Karna Purana

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Karna Purana or Karna Pratisaranam is an Ayurvedic ear oiling treatment, which also includes a gentle massage of the ears, that is, massage of the earlobes and other external parts of the ears. Karn or Karna means “ear,” and Purana means “fill” or “pour.”

Ayurvedic Ear Massage and Oiling is applied to remove excess ear wax, remove debris and dirt, moisturize the ear canal, improve hearing capability, prevent ear infections, treat headaches and dizziness, reduce tinnitus, and to soothe the nerves and calm the mind. In general, the goal of oiling is to keep the ears in good health.

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The treatment can be done daily as part of the Dinacharya routine, typically being part of the early morning routine, but it can be applied in the evening routine also.

Common oils used are Olive oil or Sesame oil, which are usually warmed before use. Nevertheless, using the right oil also depends on one’s Dosha type.

To apply the treatment you simply drop oil in your ear (keeping your head tilted to the side), while massaging the ear externally to help enter the oil in the ear canal. You then just wait a minute or two (while massaging other parts of the ear, such as the earlobes) and repeat the treatment for the other ear.


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