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PANCHAKARMA TREATMENTS

What is Panchakarma?Panchakarma is a unique experience that leaves the mind and body feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Many illnesses result from the build-up of toxins in the body that can impair the functioning of its natural defenses, such as the lymph, circulatory, and immune systems. Panchakarma promotes healing and restoration by eliminating these toxins from the body. However, unlike other detoxification programs, panchakarma is a gentle process that achieves deep cleansing without discomfort, allowing the rejuvenating energies of the body to flow freely..
  Abhyanga MassageAlong with other massage techniques, Abhyanga massage is given to help the body expel toxins from the body as quickly as possible.  This is a full body massage with medicated oils to balance specific conditions.  The oils used contain herbs and ingredients that pacify the unbalanced Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies.
  Ayurvedic Head MassageThis is an ancient technique to relax and relieve mental fatigue and confusion.  It helps to create more clarity and regenerate the mind and brain activity for better functioning.  The oils used for this massage contain herbs that are calming to the mind, and stimulant to the brain, nerves and sensory organs.
  Full Body SteamThis is a treatment that generally follows the full body massage. Excluding the head and neck areas which contain delicate organs and centers, steam containing vapors of detoxifying and balancing herbs is given to the whole body.  This helps the toxic impurities to easily leave the body.  Thus their elimination from the body becomes easier.  It also moisturizes and rehydrates the skin making it soft and smooth, adding to the benefits of massage.
  ShirodharaA mixture of cooling and balancing herbal oils and medicated ghee is trickled over the forehead in a continuous warm stream in a quiet, soothing atmosphere.  This is a special Ayurvedic treatment that gives total relaxation to mind and body, and is the best way to pamper yourself after a hard stressful day.  

For therapeutic purposes, Shirodhara treatment is used to heal chronic neuro-muscular disorders and problems like hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety,  headaches, restlessness, among others.  This treatment has a powerful effect on the mental and emotional well being of the individual.

Sports medicine is an interdisciplinary subspecialty of medicine which deals with the overall care of an athlete at all levels. The sports medical “team” includes specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, other personnel and the athlete. Ayurveda is the traditional medical system of India aimed at prevention and cure of illness. It is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the World and as much as 80 % of the population in India utilizes this form of medicine at some point of time.   

Sports Medicine function is not only curative and rehabilitative, but also preventative, which is the most important one of all. There is much more to sports medicine than just musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Illness or injury in sport can be caused by many factors – from environmental to physiological and psychological. Consequently, sports medicine can encompass a range of specialties; including cardiology, pulmonology, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, exercise physiology, biomechanics and traumatology. 

Ayurveda as Sports Medicine:

Sports medicine, as a separate medical specialty has a fairly recent origin and it is quite relevant to ask how a medical system, that is more than five thousand years old, can make any contribution in this field:

  • Role of Ayurveda in the selection of the athlete: Any body can be an athlete.  But if one need to outperform there are certain features narrated in Ayurvedic texts these are:

a.      Prakruti (constitution of the body): The physical fitness and performance are highly influenced by the constitution of the body. Accordingly the human race can be classified into Vata, Pitta and Kapha and their combinations. These remain unchanged till the death of the individual. These get decided at the time of fertilization. Similarly now a day it is believed that there are certain somatotypes Endomorph, Mesomorph & Ectomorph.

Accordingly each person is born with this inbuilt and unchangeable Prakruti.  Depending upon the event a Vata Prakruti person can be a better athlete than a Kapha Prakruti person.  Similarly a person specializing in chess should be Kapha predominant person.

b.      Sara: There are seven Dhatus in our body. The term Sara means the essence.  Depending upon the dominance of the Dhatus individuals are divided into Tvak Sara, Rakta Sara, Mamsa Sara, Medo Sara, Asthi Sara*, Majja Sara*, Shukra Sara and Satva Sara /Oja Sara.

Among these the Asthi Sara and Majja Sara individuals can perform well in out door events. It is interesting to note that Arnold gives a grouping very similar to this physical type.

In Asthi Sara: Bones are strong, prominent joints at heels, ankles, elbows; shoulders chin thick nails prominent teeth.  They posses high energy and are addicted to actions.  They are capable of bearing pain and fatigue.  Their body will be slim but strong and firm.  They are best suitable for hard physical activities, sports and war. 

Majja Sara: Majja Sara is with small body and having good endurance, strong bones and joints. They are oily in complexion and are very energetic. They are endowed with good physical stamina, power, knowledge, and demand dignity and respect. 

  • Ayurvedic recipe for sports people: Three primary factors that influence athletic performance are genetic endowement, state of training and nutrition (physical as well as psychological). Even though good diet cannot guarantee success, poor diet can certainly undermine training.  Ayurveda gives comprehensive description of food substances that can increase muscle mass and physical prowess.  Food should be taken according to eight factors such as nature of food, processing of food, combination, quantity, place, time, dietetic rules, constitution, and combination.
  • Vyayama Shakti: It is the capacity to perform physical exercise. The physical fitness is influenced by many factors such as age, Sara, Ahara, mental stability. So on so forth the challenges faced by a modern sports person are not just musculo-skeletal but it also includes physical, physiological psychological social, economical, environmental stresses.  Ayurveda aims at the preventive, promotive, curative corrective and rehabilitative aspects of a sportsman.
  • Natural performance enhancing agents: One of the most exiting prospect that needs immediate exploration is the drugs (of pure herbal origin) mentioned for enhancing the physical prowess of a person. These were apparently widely used in ancient times by warriors to enhance their performance during war and from getting tired easily. All the Ayurveda scholars have mentioned Brimhaneeya dasaimani (Muscle builder), Jeevaneeya Dasaimani (Vitiliser) Balakara Dasaimani(Promotes strength) and Sramahara dasaimani( Promotes cheer). These herbs can definitely enhance the performance level. These drugs are non-steroidal and act by increasing the secretion of the biological hormones and enzymes.     
  • Daily Routine: A concept that is quite unique to Ayurveda is the concept of Daily and Seasonal regimen mentioned very elaborately to promote a healthy living. This regimen is quite exhaustive, giving very fine details like:

a.      When a person should get up in the morning. 

b.      The necessary activities to be done in a day. 

c.      The amount of exercise he should perform. 

d.      The type of food he should consume in a particular season. 

e.      Seasonal purificatory therapies to be performed to detoxify the body periodically.  

f.       To avoid incompatible food stuffs

g.      Sleep

h.      Celibacy

Preparing for the big event: Ayurveda has also mentioned certain rituals that a person who is about to go for a combat should undergo from a fortnight prior.   They include staying alone in a lonely place.  The person will be allowed to interact only with his trainer and not even his nearest relatives.  He will be fed with a peculiar prescribed diet. These special diets could be introduced for sports person before any major event to naturally boost his performance.

  • Calmness of mind: Besides strength; calmness of mind is also a must for a good performance in a sports event. Ayurveda recommends taking few sessions of Shirodhara for this purpose.
  • Marma and sports medicine: Injuries in the sports are increasing with the popularization of sports of all types. Marmas are some vital and most sensitive points of the body. Any injury to these points results in very disturbing consequences. So a good care should be taken of these points.
  • The approach in Ayurveda is wholistic, where in it combines treatment modalities with Yoga, Pranayama etc to have a profound impact on not just the physical problems but the much more important psyche of the sportsperson. It can effectively work towards stress relieving and in developing concentration. 
  • Ayurveda for off season and for early recovery: Also, there are rejuvenative treatment modalities which a sports person could undergo during his off season, which can prepare him to efficiently handle the physical and mental stress involved in competitive sports. 
  • Therapeutic Ayurveda for sports person:It is a routine thing for a sports person to have different injuries. Therapeutic Ayurveda will benefit a sports fellow in following health problems:
  •  Knee Injuries and Recovery (knee pain, ACL TeaR, quadriceps tendon inflammation, medial menisci injury, articular cartilage injuries, ligament injuries, patellar pain, repeated dislocations)
  •  Shoulder Injuries(rotator cuff injury, dislocations, inflammation of biceps, shoulder pain, clavicle fracture)
  •  Back Injuries (lower back pain, sciatica, lumbago .scoliosis, muscle strain, slip disc)
  •  Hip & Thigh Injuries ( groin strain, hip bursitis, hamstring and quadriceps injuries)
  •  Ankle & Foot Injuries (plantar fasciitis, heal pain, metatarsal fractures, Achilles pain, broken ankle, sprained ankle)
  •  Neck Injuries (neck pain, neck stiffness, restricted movements)
  •  Calf & Shin Injuries (calf pain, muscular cramps)
  •  Arm & Elbow Injuries(tennis elbow, golfers elbow)
  • Thumb & Wrist Injuries (carpel tunnel syndrome, wrist bursitis, metacarpal fractures)
  •  Head injuries
  • Muscular rejuvenation
  •  Logical and mind boosters

Ayurveda is very effective remedies that can either be used principally or as a supportive therapy in numerous orthopedic problems encountered by sports persons. Ayurveda has very simple herbal formulations that can speed up the process of healing after a surgery, rehabilitation of an injured muscle, bone, performance levels.    

Thus we find that Ayurveda is the best option to be adopted as Sports Medicine. 

 

 

The three pillars essential for sustaining a healthy human life are food, sleep and sex. Ayurveda, the science of life gives as much importance to sex as to food and sleep. The ancient sex science book “Kama sutra” also explains the same and also adds the importance of Ayurveda therapies (Vaji Karana – Aphrodisiac therapies) for improvement of sexual life in men and women.

Ayurveda and its emphasis on sex

a. Sex is an integral part of our daily habits (Dina charya)

b. The ideal time for intimacy is at night, about two hours after dinner

c. An absolutely satisfying sexual union, when developed over time, bestows you and your partner with health and vitality.

d. For best results, each of the partners should be physically and emotionally involved with the other.

e. Touch, smell, food, music and ambience play a vital role in developing, increasing and prolonging intimacy.

Perverted or unsatisfying sex has adverse effects on mental and physical health, as it aggravates the functional elements (doshas) and reduces immunity. Foods such as milk, meat soup and boiled rice along with ghee, oil, meat juice, sugar and honey improves sexual vigour for both men and women.

 Talking about your needs, desires and concerns with the partner can bring the couple closer together and help enjoy better sexual intimacy. Ayurveda recommends the intake of cheese, milk, eggs and coconut milk to improve sexual desire. Herbs to improve sexual health for both men and women

Ashwagandha (Withinia somnifera) – Is beneficial to improve sexual health in both men and women. It is known to cure premature ejaculation, impotence, erectile dysfunction and weakness.

Shilajatu – It is a resin formed from decomposed plant matter. It not only helps in sexual dysfunction but also helpful in anti-aging and rejuvenating properties.

Atma Gupta Mucuna pruriens (Velvet Bean) – To improve fertility.

Curculigo orchioides (Musali) – Regular use of the powder mixed with ghee acts as aphrodisiac.

Asparagus racemosus (Satavari) – The root of Satavari is consumed in the form of juice, paste, decoction or powder and is used as an aphrodisiac.

Buchanania lanzan (Priyala) – The kernel is powdered and consumed with milk as an aphrodisiac.

Emblica officinalis (Amalaki) – The fruit and seed of Amalaki is used in the form of powder and the juice is used as an aphrodisiac.

Semecarpus anacardium (Bhallataka) – The nuts, oil and flowers of this herb are used in the form of paste and the oil is used as an aphrodisiac.

Tribulus terrestris (Goksura) – The whole plant is used in the form decoction and the powder is used as an aphrodisiac. Ayurvedic therapies to improve sexual function in both men and women.

Ayurveda is the first system to have dedicated a specialized chapter called ‘Vaji Karana’ to improve the sexual life of both men and women.

1. Abhyanga (Ayurveda full body massage) – Stress is relieved through Abhyanga, a unique method of medicated oil massage, which improves blood circulation, tones up the muscles and relaxes the body.

2. Pizchil or King’s Therapy – The whole body is subjected to streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. More than three liters of medicated oil is used in this method. This therapy protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, sexual weakness, neurological disorders, blood pressure, and nervous weakness and helps to slow down the aging process.

3. Navarakizhi – A massage to the body with small cotton cloth boluses filled with cooked Navara rice after a liberal application of medicated oil. The rice is cooked in cow’s milk and herbal decoction. The boluses are dipped in the same mixture of cow’s milk and herbal decoction and applied all over the body to induce sweat. This procedure is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the individual to bear the stress and strain of a busy life style. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and improves the overall appearance of the skin. This is a strengthening fomentation employed in neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and malnutrition of limbs. This is very effective in improving sexual health.

4. Ksheera dhara – Herbal milk is poured over the forehead or over the whole body. This is a great therapy for people suffering from headaches from Vata and Pitta predominance, insomnia and mental tension. It improves sexual interest in women

5. Kati Vasti – A specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lower back and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this therapy deeply cleanses and enriches the blood, builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissues, and lubricates the joints keeping them flexible and pain free. It alleviates lower back conditions like lumbar spondylosis, inter-vertebral disc prolepse, lumbago (low back ache), and sciatica. It improves nervous function and blood circulation to male/female reproductive organs which in turn improves the sexual functions.

 

Source: Dr K Gowthaman, Medical Director, rVita (rVita Ayurveda Centers)

What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda? It is an ancient system of medicine developed in our part of the world, long before the father of medicine, Hippocrates, was even born. The name comes from two conjoined Sanskrit words ‘Ayuh’ (life) and ‘Veda'(science or knowledge). Basically a science of healthy living, Ayurveda has two aims to preserve health and to cure a body afflicted by disease.

One of the fundamental beliefs of Ayurveda is the doctrine of ‘Tri Dosha’ or the Three Vital Forces ‘Vayu, Pita and Kapha’. Generally translated into Wind, Bile and Phlegm, a more accurate interpretation of Vayu is the transmission of energy within the body; in modern medical terms, nerve impulses, muscle contraction and hormonal activity. ‘Pita’ may not be confined to bile but signifies the whole scope of metabolism and internal heat production while ‘Kapha’ means mucus, often described as ‘The Protective Fluid’. The modern concept of mucus as an antibody containing liquid which coats and protects internal linings of the body, seems to fit in with Ayurvedic thinking.

History of Ayurveda


The true history of Ayurveda starts from the time of the Holy books, the Vedas. Ancient mythology contends that the concept and essence of Ayurveda was revealed by the creator of the world himself – Lord Brahma.

 

There are four Vedas. They are –

  • Rigveda
  • Yajurveda
  • Samaveda
  • Atharvaveda

The Vedas date back to about five thousand years. They preach the philosophy of life. The Atharvaveda contains the principles of healing on which Ayurveda is based. ‘Ayur’ means ‘life’ in Sanskrit. Ayurveda is the most ancient science of healing which enhances longevity. It has influenced many of the older traditional methods of healing including Tibetan, Chinese and Greek medicine. Hence, Ayurveda is considered by many as the ‘mother of healing.’

The hymns, the mantras and the medical information contained in the Vedas were contributions of Rishis and munis or sages, over a period of time. Many of these sages were learned saints who devoted their life to understanding the world.

Astanga Ayurveda

 

 

 

   

 Internal Medicine

 Surgery

 Cranial Organo
Medicine

 Pediatrics

 

 

 

 

 Toxicology

Rejuvenating Remedy 

 Aphrodisiac Remedy

 Spiritual Healing

Aryavarta, the native land of Aryans, covers a large area surrounding the Himalayas and is believed to be the place where the Rishis and Munis lived. At present it covers areas in countries like Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Tibet. The civilizations of these countries are deeply influenced by the unique intellectual contributions of these Rishis and Munis.

The practical tenets of Ayurveda are divided into eight sections or branches. These sections include:

  • Internal medicine,
  • Surgery,
  • Organic medicine,
  • Pediatrics,
  • Toxicology,
  • Rejuvenating remedy,
  • Aphrodisiac remedies and
  • Spiritual healing.

These eight sections are called “Astanga Ayurveda”.

Ayurveda is a complete or holistic system that integrates the mind, body and spirit. For a few centuries, the tradition of Ayurveda was dimmed due to the natural and human calamities and also by the invasion of foreign cultures into India. The sacred texts were either destroyed or stolen. However there were many ‘Vaidyas’ or doctors in India who managed to preserve some of the knowledge available in these Holy Scriptures. Divine plants that sustain long life and good health are now being rediscovered. Many renowned families of Vaidyas, who are specialized in certain branches of Ayurveda, have started functioning again in India. Today there is a revival of the ancient culture and traditions inherent to Ayurveda, which is a true gift of the ancient civilization to the modern world.

Courtesy: History of Ayurveda http://www.medindia.net/ayurveda/index.asp#ixzz2B3fV85nw

 

 Ayurvedic Herbal Wines of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a tradition of scientific wine manufacture that hails from pre-Christian times. For the Sri Lankans, these wines have been multipurpose in their usefulness.

The following Herbal Wines were produced by the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drug Corporation. All the wines are sweet red wines.

  Ayurvedic name “Ashwagandha”

Contents: Withania Sominifera, Iramusu, Red & White Sandalwood, Bees Honey etc.

Indications: Aphrodisiac, Strengthens body, Improves Appetite, Used as a General Tonic, Improves Virility and Rejuvenates.

Dosage: One oz. before meals.

 Ayurvedic name “Dasamoola”

Contents: 10 Medicinal Herbs, Pepper, Black Raisins, Bees Honey, Cloves etc.

Indications: General Nerve Tonic Strengthens Body, Improves Appetite. Relieves aches & pains. Cures Lung Ailments.

Dosage: One oz. before meals. The most popular Herbal Wine in Sri Lanka.

 Ayurvedic name “Draksha”

Contents: Ginger, Pepper, Tippili, Black Raisins etc.
Indications: Improves Digestion, useful in Asthma, Cough and Lung Ailments.

Dosage: One oz. before meals.

Ayurvedic name “Chandana”

Contents: White Sandalwood, Red Sandalwood, Black Raisins etc.

Indications: Improves Appetite, Cools the body, purifies the Urinary system

Dosage: One oz. before meals.

 Ayurvedic name “Pippali”

Contents: Pepper, Thippili, Cardamom, White Sandal wood etc.

Indications: Improves Appetite, effective in Indigestion, Used in Cough and all types of Lung Ailments.

Dosage: One oz. before meals.

Popular oils and Arishtas produced by the major producers of Ayurvedic drugs in Sri Lanka.
Name of Medicine ……………. Indication
1) Nawarathna Kalka Diarrhea – Abdominal pain, vomiting.
2) Buddaraja Kalka Cough – Breathlessness, Bronchial Asthma
3) Suranvidura Vati Worms – Irritable bowel syndrome
4) Seetharama Vati – fever
5) Siddhartha Thailaya – Paralysis, Muscular & Rheumatic pains
6) Sarvavishadi Thailaya- Boils abscesses, Ulcers, Skin ailments
7) Kapparavalli Syrup – Cough
8) Kumari Padma Thaila – Insomnia, Psychosis, Depression.
9) Sharkaradiya Kalkaya-Cough, Asthma. (Specially for children)
10) Rata Kalka -Cough, Blood Purification (Specially for children)
11) Dasamoola Arishtaya – Vata diseases
12) Draksha Arishtaya – Phlegm diseases
13) Pipplyadyasawaya – Phlegm diseases, Cough an Appetizer
14) Nimbarishtaya – Blood purification, Skin diseases
15) Yogaraja Guggulu – Arthritis and Pain.

Ayurveda has never been considered as a business. It was, always reckoned as a service to mankind, by healing hands, directed by a penetrative intelligence but nurtured by a warm heart.

 

Courtesy: Srilanka ayurvedic drug coorporation

 

 

Only 25% of the population above 60 years has normal blood pressure! High blood pressure is considered to be one of the most common diseases in the western world. Despite the seriousness of the effects of hypertension, it usually starts unnoticed and without pain. Even when discomforts begin after several years, they are often uncharacteristic, such as headaches,dizziness, nasal bleeding, or tinnitus and as such, are not associated with hypertension. If not treated, however, physical damages on heart, arteries,brain and kidneys can arise. The consequences are arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, heart attack, dementia and stroke.Unfortunately, in most cases, conventional physicians don’t know the actual cause of the high blood pressure. In 90 percent of all cases, only the symptoms are treated, while the cause continues to exist. Typical conventional treatments include the prescription of beta-blockers. These do permanently reduce the blood pressure, but also have to be taken for the rest of life. If discontinued, the problems return – after all their cause continues to exist.

Causes from the Ayurvedic Point of View

Caraka, der „Forefather of Ayurveda“ lists the following causes for Kapharelated heart-diseases: Too much food, too much fatty and heavy food, lack of physical and mental activity, too much sleep and a too lazy lifestyle. So this already existed 3500 years ago! The daily stress so many people are exposed to today can also contribute to high blood pressure, just as excessive consumption of cigarettes and alcohol.

From the Ayurvedic viewpoint, the following food items and eating habits are especially harmful:

• fatty and deep fried food

• obesity

• conventional salt

• too many saturated fats

• red meat

• Frozen, canned and re-heated food

• Excessive alcohol-, coffee- and tee-consumption

High blood pressure can also be caused by mental tension and exhaustion.Ayurveda considers these cases to be an imbalance of Vata/Pitta. The good news is that Ayurveda can not only prevent these cardiovascular diseases, but can also reverse already existing damages with purely natural remedies

The Ayurvedic Approach to Hypertension

According to Ayurveda, all three doshas as well as the heart and arteries are involved in high blood pressure. Generally, a disturbance of the Vata-Dosha is recognizeable. The aim of the treatments is to re-establish the balance of Vata. In many cases, Pitta-Dosha is also involved and will also be integrated into the treatment plan. The treatments will include Panchakarma and its herbal remedies as well as suggestions for a change of diet,physical fitness, breathing-exercises (Pranayama), Yoga, meditation and encouragements for a change of life-style.One of the Ayurvedic remedies given in case of hypertension is „Ravolfia“as well as several different decoctions. If the high blood pressure is caused by stress, the Ayurveda Paragon will include the following treatments for relaxation into its treatment-plan:

• Chakra-Massage

• Chakra Vasti

• Shirodara

• Thakradhara

• Shirovasti

Ayurvedic Dietary Suggestions

• Avoid meat, eggs and salt

• Reduce the intake of proteins

• Reduce coffee-consumption.The caffeine in the coffee increases the body‘s adrenaline production,which is responsible  for high bloodpressure.

• Reduce the use of sodium inyour diet.

• Smokers have a tendency to high blood pressure. Nicotine increases your resting heart rate and the release of adrenaline.If possible, change your eating habits and control your weight.

If necessary,reduce overweight. A good reason to be slim is to keep your blood pressure on a normal level.Ayurvedic Lifestyle with Hypertension Regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent high blood pressure.Exercises support your entire organism, burn fat and make you feel light. Avoid mental and physical stress. It is a proven fact that stress results in high blood pressure.Cultivate a loving relationship to other human beings. It has been proven that love and affection are able to reduce your blood pressure,while anger, conflicts and stress are known to be the cause of increased blood pressure.Laughing is the best medicine.Studies have revealed that laughing can reduce the adrenaline- and cortisone-production of the body.If you are frustrated, unhappy or angry, simply laugh and avoid increased blood-pressure.