Procedure of holding oil or decoctions in the buccal cavity following by gargling for a certain period is known as kavala. If plain or medicated oil is used in the procedure then it is referred as sneha kavala. This therapy is some what similar to the gandusha. In case of gandusha liquid medicine is kept in the mouth undisturbed for a specific period. In contrast to this liquid medicine is used for gargling in case of kavala. Medicines used in the kavala have both local and systemic effect. Medicines having qualities like vyavayi and vikasi tend to get absorbed in to the blood and then get distributed ubiquitously in the body to exhibit systemic effect. More over mucous membrane of the buccal cavity is one of the local routes of drug administration. Lipid soluble drug are said to get absorbed rapidly through this mucous membrane. The drugs directly enter into the systemic circulation bypassing the liver exhibiting their unique pharmacological action.

TYPES OF KAVALA

In accordance with the variation in the therapeutic effect there are four types of kavala. They are named as snehi kavala, prasadi kavala, shodhi kavala and ropana kavala.

SNEHI KAVALA

When unctuous and warm liquid medicine is used in the form of kavala, then it is called as snehi kavala. This type of kavala is effective in correcting the imbalances of the vata dosha in the mouth.

PRASADI KAVALA

Sweet and cool infusion or oil is used in the form of kavala for the alleviation of vitiated pitta dosha in the buccal cavity. This type of kavala is known as prasadi kavala.

Shodhi kavala

Kavala may be performed by using warm irritant oil or infusion, consisting of pungent, sour as well as salt taste. This type of kavala is known by the name shodhi kavala and is capable of clearing the vitiation of kapha dosha in the mouth.

ROPANA KAVALA

Astringent, sweet, bitter and pungent herbs having the therapeutic effect of healing the ulcers is used in the ropana type of kavala.

BENEFICIAL EFFECTS

Manyastambha* Cures pain in the sides of the neck.

Siro roga             * Effective in complete remission of headache.

Karna roga         * Helpful in overcoming the diseases of the ear.

Akshi roga        * Diseases of the eye may be effectively treated

By kavala.

Mukha roga     * Chief and effective remedy in disease related

To the mouth.

Praseka              * Controls salivary secretions.

Kanthamaya    * Effective remedy for diseases of throat.

Vaktra shosha * Prevents and cures dryness of mouth.

Tandra               * Beneficial in relieving the drowsiness.

Pinasa                * Useful in the treatment of rhinitis.

Hrillasa              * Nausea can be controlled by the kavala

Treatment.

Aruchi                * Corrects the tasteless in the mouth.

Hanvorbalam  * Improves the strength of mandible.

Svarabalam      * Voice becomes more effective and melodious.

Vadanopachaya* Kavala nourishes the mouth.

Param                * Capability of the tongue in perceiving the taste

Rasajnanam         sensation is improved.

Na chasya kan-* Snehi kavala prevents dryness of the throat.

Na oshthayoh * By the regular practice of kavala, lips never

Sphutanadbhayam :    develop cracks.

Dridhamula     * Improves the stability of the teeth and gums

Danta                 :   and hence teeth do not fall even during the old

Age.

Krimi danta      * Prevents dental carried.

Na shulyante   * By the regular practice of kavala one can

Prevent tooth avhe.

Na hrishyante * By the use of kavala there will not be any fear of developing dental hypersensitivity.

Kharan bhaks-* Teeth become so strong to eat any hard food

PROCEDURE

To begin with the client is treated with abhyanga of face and anterior neck followed by svedana to these parts. Then the liquid medicine kept in the mouth and gargled for a desired period. This is the procedure of kavala in short.

  • MASSAGING THE FACE AND ANTERIOR NECK
  • SVEDANA TO THE FACE AND NECK
  • OIL IS HEATED
  • FILLING THE MOUTH WITH OIL
  • CLEARING THE MOUTH

DURATION OF KAVALA

Gargling continued till the client develops following symptoms:

Kapha purnasyata   * Filling of the throat by oropharyngea secretions.

Ghrana srava            * Watery discharge from the nose.

Akshi srava                * Watering of the eyes.

Ones the client develops these symptoms, he can spit out the oil. If required the procedure may be repeated.