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ABOUT AYURVEDA

Ayurveda, the science of life – evolved around 600bc in India. The word ‘Ayurveda’ originates from two root words “Ayu & Veda”. ‘Ayu’ means life & ‘Veda’ means the knowledge i.e. Science of life is ayurveda.

Prime Body Care

1. Abhyangam
Special type of oil massage in which strokes are given according to the diseases for 45 minutes. This treatment is very useful for obesity, especially for diabetic Gangrene (a condition due to lack of blood circulation in the extremes of the body) etc.

2. Pizhichil (Kayasekam)
This is one of the special massages for rejuvenating the whole body. The prescribed medicated oil is applied on the head and the entire body, is covered with medicated oil. In this treatment the patient lies on the Droni (a wooden bed specially designed for the purpose). Next a piece of linen dipped in warm medicated oil is squeezed on to the patient’s body as the body is continuously massaged. The massage is very slowly with light pressure. This massage protects you from illnesses and improves your immune system adding vitality and health to your life. It also aids in the healing of rheumatic diseases, blood pressure, pain in the joints and diabetes

Vamanam (emesis)

In this procedure patients are induced to vomit. This stage is for purifying your chest and stomach. When there is congestion in the lungs causing repeated attacks of bronchitis, cold and cough. Vamanam is administrated to eliminate the Kapha causing the excess mucus. All Kapha related diseases are cured by this therapy. This treatment is a cure for chronic respiratory problems and allergic skin disorders. Etc.

Virechanam (purgation)

It is purgation process, which concentrates on purifying your entire body along with vascular system. Pitha diseases are cured by this process. This eliminates the toxic or waste matters from the intestine by administrating therapeutic purgation or a therapeutic laxative. In case of jaundice, piles also Virechanam is given... This method also helps us to get rid of various skin related problem.

Nasyam (medicinal application through nose)

Inhalation of medicated oil through the nose is called Nasyam. In this medicated oil are poured into nostrils. This is used in treating headaches including migraine, cervical spondylosis, facial palsy etc. The patients gets wonderful relief from all the above problems after practicing Nasyam by pouring medicated Ayurvedic oils or other prescribed medicines into the nasal cavity.

Vasthi (enema)

a. Kashayavasthi (Aasthaapana) During this procedure patients are subjected to medicated enema using time tested Ayurvedic preparations. The aim of this process is to solve any rheumatic and neurological problems in the body. It relieves constipation, kidney stones, backaches, sciatica and all types of joint pains. Obesity is another problem which Vasthi has proved to be the remedy.
b.Thailavasthi (Anuvaasan) Medicated oil is used for enema. All vatha aggravated diseases like joint disorders, paralysis, constipation, arthritis, urinary and reproductive disorders Anuvaasan is given.

Raktha Moksham (Booldletting)

It is the best remedy for all ailments caused by impure blood. During this procedure, thrust is given on treatments developed for purifying the blood in the body. Obviously, this process is the best cure for skin eruptions, psoriasis etc.

Benefits of Panchakarma

• The vitiated doshas will be eliminated from the body through the elementary tract
• Diseases are cured and health is restored
• The individual will not be affected by old age and lives long healthily.
• Prevents diseases in the body. Increases power of Immunity.
• The sense faculties, mind, intelligence and complexion becomes clear.
• Nourishes the body.
• Revitalizes the nervous system.
• The power of digestion and metabolism is enhanced.
• Gains strength.
• Rejuvenates the body.

Panchakarma Diet (Samsarjana Kriya)

Diet is very important during and after Panchakarma. After the purification process, when the patient feels hungry at that time he can have Kitchari (mix veg meal). The patient should have it for three to four days with slowly increasing the quantity of intake with other item like ginger, pepper, salt green gram soup and other pulse soups gradually adding to the diet and increasing the quantity gradually also. Panchakarma is a very special Ayurvedic process and requires highly trained and skillful ayurvedic physician.

Poorva, Pradan & Paschath Karmas

Before the sodhana therapy, there are some Poorva karmas (pretreatment) like snehana (oleation therapy) and swedana (sudation). This helps in the easy elimination of the doshas. This brings the doshas from the vitiated site to come into the koshta or to its normal site. This is the pradan karma or main treatment. From there it is eliminated through proper routs by emesis, purgation etc. After this main treatment, the digestive fire becomes weakened. To correct this, light and easily digestible diet is given in the form of liquid at first and gradually comes to the normal diet. This constitutes the Paschath karma (post treatment).