Kaya Regeneration Therapy
By Rajkurma Reghunathan, M.D.
Kaya Regeneration Therapy, one of the techniques used for longevity
in Siddha Vaidya (see article in this issue), is practiced in
Kerala, "the emerald state," in South India. This special technique
of body treatment is traditionally used for physical, emotional and
sexual health. It enhances vitality, physical beauty, functionality
and productivity. As part of the broad spectrum of medical practices
which constitute the Siddha Vaidya medical system, it acts as an
immune-modulator, cyto-protector and physical regenerator. This
translates into such things as remedies for stroke management
following the critical period, and improvement in cases of
scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosis.
It also helps past traumas that continue to cause pain but register
no physical evidence.
Kaya Regeneration is a dramatic treatment that demonstrates the link
between ancient technology and modern scientific knowledge. Here
"kitchen technology" meets cutting edge scientific evidence.
Specifically, Kaya Regeneration provokes the body to produce vital
biomolecules which augment the body's own physiological function and
provide for better health and extension of life span. Based on our
current understanding of burn physiology, many beneficial
biomolecules are produced to help patients with burns rebuild
injured body parts. In many respects, Kaya Regeneration Therapy
simulates burns but without the pain and symptoms such as charred
skin. The treatment procedure involves the application of very hot
medicated oil over the body using herbal bags. The speed of the oil
rubbing is fast and thus the high heat causes no pain.
Although the treatment is directed to the skin, the curative effects
encompass the entire body. The skin is intricately linked to the
nervous system in that they are both derived from the endoderm in
the embryo. The skin also has a very high density of sensory
receptors, directly sending its sensory inputs to the autonomic
nervous system. The application of heated oil with medicated herbs
stimulates the nervous system as well as other glandular and
The human body is always regenerating and degenerating. The balance
between both is vital to ensure a steady state of growth and
sustenance. This delicate balance is tilted towards the unfavorable
side as a person ages. One of the essential differences between a
growing child and an aging adult is the ratio of cell renewal and
cell decay. The only situation in the life course of an aging adult
where cell regeneration is tilted toward renewal (anabolism) is when
there is an injury necessitating the body to take remedial measures.
This observation was noted by the ancient healers in India and made
use of in the Kaya Regeneration treatments. However, most injuries
are localized and the regeneration is limited to the injured area.
Application of hot oil, as entailed in Kaya Regeneration Therapy,
involves almost the entire body, thus ensuring a systemic
The main over-all response to this treatment comes from four
different components in the skin. These are the vascular (blood
vessels), neuronal (nerves), soft tissue (skin cells) and connective
High heat causes a quick vasoconstriction, followed by a prolonged
vasodilation. This ensures that there is a rush of blood into the
normally closed blood vessel bed, which in turn helps the removal of
stagnant blood. The increased flow will cause the sweat glands to
filter more blood, which in turn enhances the purification function
Another result of the increased peripheral flow is better absorption
of the ingredients contained in the medicated oils.
Kaya Regeneration treatments facilitate the production of more than
the normal amount of neurotransmitters in the brain, thus augmenting
its normal functioning. The other molecules that are produced are
the neuro-peptides, the fast-acting brain-body integrators. Closely
associated with the nervous tissue but separate in action, are the
hormones produced by the endocrine glands, the most important of
which are human growth hormone, thyroxin and ACTH. The production of
all of these is increased. The levels of endorphins, which are 400
times more powerful than morphine in relieving pain and muscle
spasm, are also elevated.
Soft Tissue Component
The skin cells produce heat shock proteins and interleukins in
response to the very high heat. One function of the heat shock
proteins is to protect the cells from further heat injury. Other
effects of the increased production of heat shock proteins are still
being studied in various labs around the world. Interleukins help
remove damaged cells and replace them with healthy cells. They also
augment non-specific immunity by increasing the production of white
blood cells, the defense mechanism of the body.
Connective Tissue Component
When a person gets older, the collage and elastin fibers have a
tendency to shrink; this results in wrinkled skin. High heat
stimulates the fibroblasts (a type of skin cell) to produce fresh
collagen and elastin fibers. Wrinkles are reduced when the fresh
collagen strengthens the skin and helps in the maintenance of both
plastic and elastic suppleness.
The ideal protocol for an adult is a set of seven consecutive days
of treatment, each one hour long. This should be repeated every six
months for the first three years. After that, a set of seven days
per year is suggested. The immediate effect is a feeling of
well-being and deep relaxation. The body is realigned and balanced,
paving the way for a period of "catch-up" rest and/or a surge of
energy. The muscles are relaxed and spasms relieved. The long-term
effect is improvement of health and longevity. Loss of excess fat
due to the secretion of thyroxin will be sustained following a set
of Kaya Regeneration treatments. The human growth hormone produced
in response to Kaya Regeneration will also help build muscle mass
and sculpt the body.
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