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European World Ayurveda Congress

Dr Ajit - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dr. Ajjit selected to present two papers at the European World Ayurveda Congress in Koblenz this October:

  1. Treating Mental Illness: Ayurveda’s integrative approach
  2. The Epidemic of “Lifestyle Diseases”:  An Ayurvedic Response

    For more information: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanWorldAyurvedaCongress/

Seasonal Routines for Winter

Dr Ajit - Monday, June 08, 2015

Many of us already feeling the impact of winter with colds, chest complaints, sneezing, headache, cold hands and feet and wonder how we are going to cope for the next 3–4 months of winter’s damp and heavy weather. Unfortunately, these problems occur because, as Ayurveda teaches, we don’t live in harmony with the season.

Dr Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic Doctor believes if we can follow the principles of this ancient science by incorporating a number of seasonal routines into our lives, we can maintain good health in any season rather than suffering from its effects.

Winter is a season in which the environment is cold and damp, musty, heavy, cloudy. Working on the principle that whatever exists in the environment will impact on our bodies, these cold and heavy qualities will start impacting on our bodies and we become prone to problems such as colds, sinus congestion, asthma attacks, coughs and headache.. These qualities are further aggravated when we eat such cold foods as yogurt, ice cream, cold milk, bread, muffins and cakes, cheese, oily chips and cold drinks.

Ayurveda gives us some very simple routines that can counter these qualities:

To Counter

Seasonal Routine

Cold, dampness and moistness of cheese, bread, yoghurt and banana

Eat warm, cooked nourishing foods such as vegetable soup, lentil soup, steamed vegetables. Cook with warming spices like ginger, garlic, cinnamon and black pepper.

Sore throat

Gargle with warm water and Himalayan salt

Cold hands and feet

 

Massage with warm oil (cold pressed black sesame oil)

Sinus congestion, headache, asthma

 

Do steam inhalation at least once a day, adding x10 drops of eucalyptus oil

Cough and runny nose

Take x3 times a day: 1tsp of honey mixed with ginger juice, turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper

Heaviness in chest, shortness of breath

Take x10 long, deep breaths at least twice a day

Feeling dull, heavy,

Place x2 drops of warmed sesame oil in each nostril and sniff gently

Lack of enthusiasm

Take a 30 minute brisk walk every day

 

Price Increase

Dr Ajit - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year from all the staff at Planet Ayurveda. We trust that 2015 brings you much health and happiness.

Our philosophy at Planet Ayurveda is to offer a premium service for a reasonable price which has meant that we have absorbed the increases in the cost of living that have occurred in the past 5 years.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to do this so wish to advise that from Monday, 2nd February, 2015 we will be increasing the cost of consultations and treatments at the clinic. Rest assured we have tried to keep these increases to a minimum to ensure you can still enjoy the benefits of these treatments at a reasonable price.

For your convenience a copy of the new treatment menu is available here.

However, as these prices do not take effect until February, if you’d like to book a treatment during January, you can still do this at the old price.

Sesame Oil

Dr Ajit - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The most commonly used oil in Ayurvedic Massage is cold pressed sesame oil. Within the Ayurvedic tradition, sesame oil is viewed as "tri-doshic" meaning it is able to stablise all three Doshas, not only at the physical but also on a mental level. 

It also has a number of other remarkable properties:

* It is a rich source of zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and calcium;

* Research shows that it is a potent antioxidant, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles;

* The vitamin E in sesame oil makes it a very good emollient and moisturizer, maintaining the permeability of the cellular membrane, keeping a balance between intra and inter-cellular fluid. When used regularly the skin feel soft, hydrated and nourished;

* Sesame oil can also act as a natural sunscreen, preventing tanning and other damages caused by the harmful UV rays;

* The soothing and healing properties of the oil also proves useful in the repair of damaged skin cells. Application of sesame oil to the skin improves blood circulation which helps repair damaged skin cells and gives the skin a healthy glow;

* Used on baby skin, sesame seed oil will protect the tender skin against rashes caused by the acidity of body wastes;

* For school children, who are exposed to colds and flu during winter, sesame oil swabbed in the nose can protect against air borne viruses and bacteria;

* Topical application of sesame oil is also known to be beneficial in the treatment and cure of skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema;

* It nourishes and feeds the scalp to control dry scalp dandruff and to kill dandruff causing bacteria;

* Holding a small amount of sesame oil in the mouth has been shown to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth & help with gingivitis;

* As nasal drops, sesame seed oil is useful in the treatment of sinusitis and migraine

So next the next time you or your ayurvedic therapist applies sesame oil to the skin, know that apart from it being a relaxing experience, it is doing you some good.

Ghee: The Facts

Dr Ajit - Friday, October 24, 2014

It is a well known fact that Ghee is a saturated fat and that a high percentage of saturated fat in a person’s diet is a contributory factor in cardiovascular disease. However, more recent research has shown that not all saturated fats are bad and has identified other fats such as trans-fats as more damaging to our health.

However, before I describe the benefits of Ghee, I would like to briefly mention why we need fat in our diet. Fat is not only an energy source, it is a way the body stores energy. It is used to provide insulation and well as providing support and protection to organs. It provides insulation to nervous tissue and assists in the transmission of nervous impulses. We need fat so our bodies can absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A and E and produce hormones like estrogen. It is critical in the permeability of cellular membranes, allowing cells to access nutrients. Finally, it provides flavor and texture to food and gives us a greater sense of satisfaction from eating by allowing food to stay in the stomach longer.

While there is universal agreement on the need for some fat intake, debate has raged over what is healthy and unhealthy fat. Early research revealed a high intake of saturated fats as a contributory factor in heart disease and recommended the use of polyunsaturated fats.  However, there is now increasing evidence linking polyunsaturated fats with cardiovascular disease and obesity due to their high levels of free radicals. Free radicals create oxidized fats or lipid peroxide, which damage cells and trigger atherosclerosis. Now it is generally agreed that monounsaturated fats found in olive and mustard oils are the healthiest forms of fat, when consumed in moderation. However, research has again turned to saturated fats, particularly short chain fatty acids like those found in ghee and their apparent health benefits.

While Ghee is a saturated fat, it is principally composed of short chain fatty acids, compared with longer chains in other animal fats, such as beef fat. It is the longer chain fatty acids that are associated with blood clotting and thrombosis.  Short chain fatty acids are not only easier to digest, they help hormone production and strengthen cell membranes. Studies in both rats and humans have shown that short chain fatty acids can lower serum cholesterol levels by increasing the secretion of biliary lipids, one way the body can remove excess cholesterol. As well as saturated fat, Ghee consists of 25% monounsaturated fat (the healthy fat according to modern nutrition) and a relatively low 5% polyunsaturated fat.

Ghee is also an excellent source of anti-oxidants, which prevent free radical damage. When heated, other fats, particularly polyunsaturated fat, oxidize and release free radicals at low temperatures. However, Ghee’s smoke point (the temperature at which oil burns, generating oxidation and free radicals) is 190C, making it one of the safest fats in which to fry. Finally, Ghee is a source of Vitamins A and E, both of which are only bio-available in fat. The only other edible fat containing Vitamin A is fish oil so Ghee is an important source of this vitamin, especially for lacto-vegetarians.

Ayurvedic wisdom is unequivocal that ghee is an important part of a healthy diet. It nourishes all the body’s tissues and creates Ojas, our essence that strengthens the immune system. Thanks to its superb penetrating qualities, it can travel deep into the body, nourishing us at a cellular level. Interestingly, ghee’s rate of absorption (digestibility coefficient) is calculated at 96%, the highest of all oils and fats.

One or two teaspoonfuls of ghee daily are considered enough to nourish and support our bodies. However, Ayurveda being a science of that acknowledges that each of us is unique, recognizes that even something as wholesome as ghee is not always considered healthy. It is contraindicated for people with a Kapha aggravation and should be used sparingly by the overweight.

Seasonal Routines for Winter

Dr Ajit - Saturday, June 08, 2013

Winter seems to have arrived early this year and with it the qualities of cold, damp, heaviness and sluggishness. These qualities invariably impact on our lymphatic system, causing fluid to accumulate in the body and our joints becoming stiff, painful and heavy. Those who are already suffering from arthritis and other bone related health issues can feel worse during this season, requiring more medication to manage the pain.

According to Ayurveda, this is known as the impact of the season on the body. One of the great strengths of Ayurveda is the recognition that it is important to live our lives in harmony with the season by making changes to our diet and lifestyle to keep the body in balance. Ayurveda believes that it is this balance that is the key to health and happiness.

Ayurveda recognises that each season has unique characteristics and qualities. In winter, the environment is dominated by the qualities of coldness, dampness, heaviness, dullness, slowness and sluggishness. Because we are exposed to these qualities every day, it is natural that they will have an impact so our bodies start feeling cold, damp, sluggish, dull and heavy.

All Ayurvedic treatments are based on the simple principle of introducing lifestyle and diet changes with opposing qualities to bring the body back into balance while avoiding things that can cause further aggravation. Therefore in winter, Ayurveda recommends avoiding the following foods:

  • Any kind of breads – White, brown, organic or non-organic. Breads are sticky, heavy, damp, moist and cold. When we eat bread in a sandwich or just a piece with a bit of cheese, it will increase the above qualities and cause problems.
  • Cheese, butter, white sugar, bananas, cold meat, cold drinks & cold foods all have heavy, cold, damp and sticky qualities
  • Tinned/frozen foods – these are very cold and lack prana (life force). This causes more darkness & heaviness to spread in our nervous system that makes us more gloomy, sad and lacking in motivation.
  • Deep fried, oily foods like fish & chips & carbonated drinks – These are heavy and when we drink cold carbonated drinks on top of them it makes the oil sticky, causing it to adhere to mucous linings in the throat & lungs, causing sore throat, bronchitis, sinus & hay fever.
We might feel panicked by reading this and think there is nothing left to eat. This is not true! We just need to come out of our comfort zone and see that, with a little effort, we can find many things to nourish us during Winter:
  • One should simply try to eat warm cooked foods.
  • Breakfast – porridge & pancakes are options. We should add cinnamon & cardamom as these spices are known for their warming & flushing actions. They are very good for the lungs and lymphatic system, the main areas affected in Winter.
  • If eating fruit, make sure it is cooked and not eaten raw. If you must eat raw fruit, make sure it is eaten mid-morning on a warm & sunny day to minimise its adverse impact.
  • Lunch & dinner should be simply warm & delicious!
  • Snack on nuts & raisins. Roasted peanuts are very good in winter.
  • Also roasted almonds, cashews, walnuts & pine nuts coated with jaggery are delicious.
Ayurveda also recommends a number of routines that we should incorporate into our lives during winter to keep the body in balance:
  • Brush your teeth & scrape your tongue every morning (This removes waste products that accumulate on the tongue overnight and prevent them from being re-absorbed).
  • Every morning drink a glass of warm water with ½ tsp of fresh ginger, ½ tsp of fenugreek powder, ½ tbs of honey & ½ tbs of lemon juice. (This is very effective to counter sluggishness in lymphatic system).
  • Apply warm medicated sesame oil drops to the nose each morning. (Will prevent sinus congestion, heavy fever, runny nose and migraine)
  • A regular self massage with warm Sesame Oil or Kapha oil (available at Planet Ayurveda) helps remove lymphatic stagnation and makes you feel more energetic, light & vibrant at all levels: physical, mental & emotional.
  • Deep breathing at least 3-4 times a day will help break up lung congestion.
Ayurveda teaches that by incorporating these changes in to our lives we can keep these winter illnesses from occurring. The profound promise of Ayurveda is that through changes to diet & lifestyle, not only can we prevent disease but live a long, healthy life in balance and harmony. In my 35 years of clinical practice, both here and in India, I have seen the profound benefits of this health science help thousands of people achieve balance in their lives.

Seasonal Regimes for Autumn

Dr Ajit - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It’s been such a wonderful summer, with lingering evening twilights in which to enjoy time with family and friends. It is a time when Auckland earns its reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities. But as we all know this sunshine will not last forever and that is why we need to start preparing for autumn.

This is where Ayurveda, the ancient health science of India, can provide some valuable insights in managing this seasonal transition. It helps us understand that each season brings different qualities to the environment and it is these qualities that have a direct impact on our bodies. Ayurveda’s unique message is that it is important to live our lives in harmony with the seasons by making changes to our diet and lifestyle to keep the body in balance as it is balance that is the key to health and happiness.

Ayurveda recognises that each season has unique characteristics and qualities. In autumn, the environment is dominated by cold, rough, dry and erratic qualities. Because we are exposed to these qualities every day, it is natural that they will have an impact so our bodies start feeling cold, dry and rough. These qualities start manifesting in the body with problems like dry and rough skin, chaffed lips, thin, dry hair, stiff and tight muscles, feelings of anxiety, fatigue and tiredness, particularly in the afternoon and disturbed sleep.

In our bodies, these qualities are also the principle characteristics of Vata, one of the three intelligences that govern all bodily functions. Vata is the energy of movement in the body. It operates like a benevolent director of transportation causing everything in the body to move in a smooth and orderly fashion so that it arrives in the right place at the right time.

However, when these qualities start accumulating in the body, it can aggravate the Vata Dosha. When Vata becomes aggravated, it can become hyper-active, manifesting in a restlessness in the body and a mind that won’t slow down. It can also, due to its erratic nature, become hypo-active, resulting in sluggishness in the body and mind. This is further compounded by our busy, stressful and erratic lifestyles that further aggravate Vata so unless we are able to bring this intelligence back in to balance we will start to suffer serious health problems.

When we start experiencing these problems we wonder how they have come about and naturally look for a remedy. Some of us will reach for a multi-vitamin or herbal supplement. Others will increase their workout time in the gym or increase their water intake to try and address these health concerns. Unfortunately, many of these remedies only have a short term benefit because they only treat the symptoms. Ayurveda, on the other hand, can explain why these problems develop in autumn and provide us with some simple, yet effective routines to address these health concerns.

All Ayurvedic treatments are based on the simple principle of introducing lifestyle and diet changes with opposing qualities to bring the body back into balance while avoiding things that can cause further aggravation. Therefore in autumn, Ayurveda recommends the following routines to keep the body in balance:

  • Prepare an autumn de-tox drink. Each morning drink a glass on warm water in which you add, ½ teaspoon of grated ginger,1/2 teaspoon of honey, ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon of Ajwain powder. This will help to flush out toxins from the body and counter any sluggishness in the stomach in the gut.
  • Take 10 long, deep slow breaths at least 3 times a day. When Vata becomes aggravated our breathing can become shallow. Regular deep breathing will help balance this.
  • If your digestion is feeling sluggish or constipated (which is common during autumn), soak 5 prunes overnight. Around morning tea time the next day, mash and drink them in a cup of warm water.
  • At least three times a week, massage yourself with warm, cold pressed black sesame oil or Planet Ayurveda’s Vata Oil. This will sooth dry, rough skin and counter stiff and tight muscles. It will also help to improve circulation.
  • Eat only warm cooked foods and easily digestible proteins and steamed or stir fried green vegetables.
  • Avoid cold, dry, rough foods like salads, corn chips
  • The two principle organs that are governed by the Vata Dosha are the nose and ears so it is particularly important to give them special attention during autumn. Each morning, lightly apply warm sesame oil to both ears and nasal passages with a cotton bud.
  • During the day, snack on a handful of soaked and peeled almonds and raisins.
  • At night, warm a glass of non-homogenised milk and add ¼ teaspoon each of cardamom and cinnamon powder. Drink about an hour before bed. This will help relax the nervous system and give you a good night’s sleep.

If you are able to incorporate some of these routines into your daily life, you will find that you will remain unaffected by the seasonal changes and keep you body in balance during this time of transition.

Panchkarma

Dr Ajit - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A shared post from Donna Farhi's newsletter (Nov 21012) (www.donnafarhi.co.nz):

Late this year when I told several close friends that I was going to do Panchakarma, the ancient Ayurvedic cleansing practices, many were surprised.  “But you have such a good diet already!” one exclaimed.  “You’ve been doing Yoga your whole life!” said another.  “You’re already so strong and fit!” And while all these claims are more or less true, like any mortal being no matter how good my diet is, or how many hours I spend on a yoga mat, “stuff” can accumulate not only in the physical body, but in one’s mental, emotional and spiritual self.  The last ten years have been the most challenging time of my entire life.  Establishing a home on a 30-acre block of bare land with no electricity, water or septic system has been an all consuming and oftentimes back-breaking task.  Long and arduous international teaching tours with radical changes in season, climate, and time zones combined with noisy hotels and jet lag induced insomnia had progressively undermined any semblance of a sound sleep pattern.  And then who could predict when the Gods ordered up one major quake that would destroy the city center of Christchurch that we would get over 17,000 (and counting) aftershocks since!  Being shaken awaken to a racing heart sometimes multiple times in a night had reset my nervous system to a new state of high vigilance. 

Ayurveda has always been a part of my lifestyle but I decided to make a renewed commitment to this ancient sister science of Yoga and see what would happen.  I had already trialed a whole series of state of the art herbaceuticals and vitamin supplements.  I’ll admit, I was also motivated by some of the less than pleasant symptoms of menopause and the beginnings of some arthritis in my hands.  But as someone who spends a good part of the year on the road I could not wrap my mind around the 48 odd hours it would take me just to get to India.  What great good fortune then to discover Dr. Ajit, arguably the most experienced Ayurvedic doctor in Australasia right at my door step with the Planet Ayurveda clinic being located in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand.  For some months now I’ve been religiously following some simple lifestyle practices that Dr. Ajit suggested that have already made a profound difference to my overall health.  Based on those palpable results I decided to undergo ten days of Panchakarma.  Conducted in a sacred atmosphere with incredibly sensitive, well-trained practitioners, my panchakarma experience made a profound impact on me.  And while I’ve only just returned to the farm I already can feel a big difference.  There is a deep inner relaxation that is supporting unbroken, restful sleep.  I have had a complete cessation of any menopausal symptoms whatsoever.  There has been a 90% reduction of inflammation in my hands and I feel an inner calm that is helping me keep my mind clear to face the ongoing challenges and decision making that is the stuff of everyday life. 

What I would most like to share with my friends is that the foundation of Ayurveda is developing a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with nature.  Simple right?  Well not quite.  With Ayurveda one cannot circumvent the fundamental issue of how we live our lives.   My sense over the years is that more and more our health strategies seem designed to throw things on top of our already entrenched life style imbalances which for most of us boils down to being in a chronic state of stress.  No amount of superfoods, antioxidants or expensive herbal formulations can counter the deleterious effects of overwork, irregular meals, poor diet, lack of exercise, conflictual relationships, unsatisfying work, or unrelenting mental and emotional stress.  When I was completing my training as Yoga teacher I worked part time in the health food industry, and the biggest change I’ve seen since the original bring-your own-container and bulk bins of lentils and rice, is the way in which the industry has adapted to serve the pathology of the culture with highly processed and packaged fast “health” foods, jaw-dropping expensive isolated nutrient hype and entire isles now delegated to meal replacement power bars.  Is this the stuff that health is made of . . . I think not.

So I’d like to share with you some of the simple and inexpensive life style practices that have helped me improve my health.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that something simple can’t make a BIG difference.  Like any science you can’t know whether it works unless you give it a try. I invite you to little-by-little incorporate these practices into your routine and see whether they make a difference to you. Every few months I’ll send another suggestion for you to consider.  Let’s make 2013 a year to reclaim the simple supportive wisdom of nature.

Many blessings!
Donna

De-stress with Ayurveda

Dr Ajit - Saturday, October 06, 2012

There is no doubt that our hectic lifestyle creates a great deal of stress, which can impact on our physical and mental states. In simple terms, stress occurs when we are not able to effectively cope with the day’s work load, either at a physical or mental level. Due to this stress, our bodies start becoming stiff and tight while our minds become hyperactive. This hyperactive state leads to disturbed sleep and insomnia, leaving us tired and exhausted.  This is further exacerbated when we skip regular meals and eat fast foods on the run.

In this state, our inclination is to reach for a stimulant like coffee or chocolate but while we get a quick burst of energy from such stimulants, they quickly leave us feeling more exhausted than before.  If we continue with this lifestyle we can quickly find ourselves taking multi-vitamins and so called “stress buster” medications without success.

In times of stress the body secretes a number of hormones, the most important being adrenaline. This hormone is responsible for what is known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. Adrenaline increases the heart rate and breathing and prepares the body to either fight or flee an external threat.

While hormones such as adrenaline help us to cope with stress for short periods, it can cause health problems if we are subjected to long-term exposure. Constant stress causes the body to secrete adrenaline on a continuing basis and this prolonged exposure can force the heart and lungs to work overtime and keep blood pressure above normal which are contributing factors in strokes or heart attacks.

If you have read this blog before you know that Ayurvedic medicine’s great point of difference is to discover and treat the root cause of an ailment, rather than just treat the problem symptomatically. However, in the case of stress, this is sometimes very hard to remedy.  You are well aware of the reasons for your stressed situation and if you could, I am sure you would have already made the changes you need to reduce your stress level.

Thankfully, Ayurveda gives us some simple, yet very effective daily routines that we can follow to help nourish and support the mind and body to help us better manage our stress levels:

  • To counter a stiff and tight body you should massage yourself every day for 5-10 minutes with warm cold pressed black sesame oil, either before your shower in the morning or before bed at night.
  • The most significant impact of stress is on our breathing. When we become stressed, our breathing becomes shallow, meaning that cells are denied precious oxygen. This makes us feel even more fatigued so at least three times each day take 5-10 long, deep breaths.
  • To counter disturbed sleep, have a cup of warm non-homogenised milk before bed. For extra benefit, add 1 teaspoon of Herbovit, a milk supplement especially formulated at Planet Ayurveda.
  • Try Planet Ayurveda’s Vata Tea, a unique blend of Ayurvedic herbs to calm and relax the mind and the body.
  • Take Planet Ayurveda’s Stress Guard, a natural and safe herbal formulation to support and nourish the nervous system.
  • One of the most effective Ayurvedic treatments for stress is Shirodhara. In this profound treatment warm medicated oil is poured over the 3rd eye chakra to balance and calm the mind.
 

Liver De-tox

Dr Ajit - Friday, September 28, 2012

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. When the liver is sluggish, digestion suffers, which leads to problems like fatigue, indigestion, high cholesterol, psoriasis, chemical sensitivities and constipation. And Spring is considered by most holistic medical systems to be the right time to cleanse the liver so it seems timely to give you some advice.

The liver has two main functions. It’s primary job is to act as a filter, removing harmful toxins from the body. There are five main sources of toxins and wastes that the liver deals with: toxins from food (preservatives and pesticides) and alcohol; external toxins (drugs and environmental pollutants); internally produced waste, such as hormones that are no longer needed and nitrogen waste products from protein metabolism. These are converted into less harmful substances by the liver and then eliminated from the body.

The liver is also a manufacturer. It produces bile that is used to break down and digest fatty acids; it converts sugar into glycogen, which it stores until the muscles need energy; it synthesises proteins and cholesterol and converts carbohydrates and proteins into fats, which are stored for later use; it also produces both blood clotting and anti-clotting factors as well as hundreds of enzymes needed for digestion and other bodily functions.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, the liver is one of the seats of Pitta, the fire element in the body and plays a major role in digestion. The Pitta intelligence is responsible for all metabolism in the body so as a site for Pitta, the liver’s role in digestion is to help break down nutrients into their most elemental forms.When this digestive capacity is compromised, the body has a hard time metabolising the food we eat. When the food is not broken down sufficiently by the digestive process, not only is the body unable to access the nutrients it needs but this partially digestive food clogs the circulatory system leading to lethargy and sluggishness.

With all these important functions, you can see why we need to take care of our liver. Ayurveda recommends the following routines to support liver function:

  •       Every morning, scrape your tongue to remove waste products that accumulate over night (otherwise they will be re-absorbed)
  •       Every morning, drink a glass of warm water with 1tsp of honey, 1/2 tsp of grated ginger, ½ tsp of powdered fennel and a 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to flush out toxins from the digestive tract.
  •       Massage yourself at least 3 times a week with warmed sesame oil. Better still is to use Planet Ayurveda’s Pitta Oil, a medicated sesame oil infused with herbs to help the body release trapped heat.
  •       Avoid heavy foods that place pressure on the metabolism, like red meat, cheese, tinned foods, peanut and almond butter, carbonated drinks, coffee and alcohol and fried and fatty foods like fish and chips.
  •       Eat warm, light foods that are easy to digest. Consider lentils and Paneer (a form of cheese) as light protein replacements for meat.
  •       Eat regularly during the day and avoid late night snacks.
  •       Use spices like cumin, turmeric, fennel and coriander in your cooking.
  •       Eat with a calm mind
  •       Avoid hot showers, particularly on the head.
  •       Use Planet Ayurveda’s Livgood, a blend of Ayurvedic herbs like Kutuki, (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) & Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) that all support liver function. Taken with Stress Guard, a preparation to support the nervous system, you will give you liver the opportunity to do its job properly.

Finally, as a seat of Pitta, the liver is affected by emotions such as anger, rage, hatred and jealousy. Ayurveda believes that when our mind does not process our emotions properly, they get trapped in the body and can upset its delicate balance. Unresolved emotions that cause us to “flare up” produce excess heat which can settle in the liver, placing an added burden on its important work.

So every night before you go to bed, spend 10 minutes reviewing your day. Acknowledge on your achievements and reflect on the occasions where you feel you could have done better. Such a practice will not only give you a good night’s sleep but will allow you to “let go” of those negative thoughts and feelings before they have a chance to deposit in the body.

So take the opportunity as spring comes into full bloom and before the Pitta aggravating heat of summer, to give your liver some extra care and attention.



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During a consultation Dr. Ajit will assess your constitution, identify any imbalances in your body and the causative factors'responsible for them (such as lifestyle, diet & environmental factors at work & home). He is known for his diagnostic skill through the ancient techniques of pulse, tongue examination and'iridology (developed by Dr. Ajit, based on Ayurvedic texts). After this diagnosis, he will structure a six stage program based on changes to lifestyle, diet and environmental factors, therapeutic herbal preparations and Ayurvedic bodywork treatments. The focus of this programme is to enhance awareness, rather than rigidly follow a particular programme. The programme is designed for one month, after which time a follow up consultation is recommended to fine tune its results. Dr. Ajit says that to achieve perfect balance and health, all that is required is a sincere effort to make simple changes in our lives. read more..

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Using massage oil infused with medicinal herbs, Ayurvedic massage helps to flush out toxins that accumulate in our bodies from our hectic lifestyle, which can drain us both physically and mentally. This massage also helps to improve the flow of energy around the body and stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system, thus supporting the body's immune system. read more..

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An ideal treatment for suffers of back and neck pain, sciatica and frozen shoulder.

Dough is shaped into a small ring, placed over the affected area and then filled with heated, medicated oil. The warm oil penetrates the stiff muscle tissue, softening and relaxing and allowing the natural movement of the muscle to remove the build up of waste. The warmth also promotes blood flow to the affected area which supports the healing process and prevents atrophy and tightening of the surrounding muscles resulting from inactivity. Once the oil is removed the therapist will massage the whole back, paying particular attention to the affected area, which further softens and relaxes these tight muscles. Finally, the treatment concludes with a jet of herbalised steam over the entire back, which enhances the effect of the treatment and helps to take the oil deeper into the muscle tissue. read more..

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A Shirodhara treatment is Ayurveda's unique drug free solution to such problems as stress, panic attacks, insomnia and depression.

A continuous, rhythmic flow of medicated oil is poured at a specific temperature from a specific height onto the third eye area of the forehead, inducing an experience of deep relaxation, helping to relax both mind and body. The warm oil also helps to calm the nervous system, restoring it to balance and overcoming feelings of anxiety, helplessness or that mental dullness we sometimes experience. A feeling of deep calm and mental clarity is experienced from this treatment. The technique, when done correctly and skilfully, is known to accomplish miraculous healing. read more..

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Treatment: Massage & Herbalised Steam



Enhance the benefits of your massage with a herbalised steam

This specialised treatment helps to expel toxins released during a massage by opening the channels through a warm steam bath. The treatment begins with an Ayurvedic Therapeutic Massage which helps flush out toxins that accumulate in our bodies. After the massage you will sit or lie in steam chamber where your body will be bathed with herbalised stream for approximately 10 minutes. This helps to open the deep channels of the body, helping to flush out the toxins and leaving you feeling fresh, lighter and energetic. read more..

   Price: $140.00 incGST

Duration: 90 min

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Treatment: Kizali Bolus Massage



A traditional Ayurvedic treatment for ailments such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint pain and fatigue and tiredness

The therapist prepares a bolus of Ayurvedic herbs which is then soaked in hot medicated oil and used to massage the body. The warm oil carries the herbs deep into the body, allowing deep seated toxins to be dislodged. After this treatment, a herbalised steam massage is given at a specific temperature for a'specific time that helps to open the channels and flush the toxins from the body.

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   Price: $175.00 incGST

Duration: 60 min

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Treatment: Panchkarma



Ayurveda's unique de-toxification and rejuvenation programme

Panchkarma, meaning five (panch) actions (karma), is a unique treatment to Ayurvedic Medicine and is known as one of the most systematic purification and rejuvenation programmes available. In acute stages of disease, the Panchkarma procedure helps to break down the amalgamation of toxins and removes the aggravated Doshas, which are responsible for all disease. In chronic cases, when toxins have reached the deeper body tissues, Panchkarma is the only health programme available that can systematically & safely remove these deep seated toxins & rejuvenate the body, setting it on the path to health & wellbeing. read more..

   Price: $2550.00 incGST

Duration: 7 days

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Treatment: Synchronised Revitalising Massage



Double your massage experience with two therapists

Using massage oil infused with medicinal herbs, two therapists will synchronise their massage strokes to help flush out toxins from the body. This massage also helps to improve the flow of energy around the body and stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system, thus supporting the body's immune system. read more..

   Price: $200.00 incGST

Duration: 90 min

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Treatment: Udwarthanam Massage



Our most sought'after treatment for weight loss, cellulite & water retention

In this unique' Ayurvedic Massage the body is coated with warm medicated oil and then a herbal powder mix is massaged into the body to break up stagnation & stimulate lymphatic flow. After this treatment, a herbalised steam massage is given at a specific temperature for a' specific time that helps to open the channels and flush the toxins from the body. read more..

   Price: $175.00 incGST

Duration: 90 min

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Treatment: Vibrational Healing Massage



A profound treatment that opens the seven chakras in our body.

The therapists and client together create energy by sound, touch & colour. The therapist prepares a special mixture of ground gem stones, precious metal, ashes and herbs mixed with warm ghee. This is massaged into points on the client's hands, feet & body, creating vibrations which help to remove stagnant and blocked energy. Sound is created by the chanting of specific Mantras, a word that has significant meaning and when pronounced correctly creates various vibrations in the universe.' Vibrations created by the chanting mix in the universe and impact on the client, creating balance in the body. At the same time, the client and therapists will visualise specific colours that relate to particular charkas. The visualisation of these colours helps to focus the attention of client on that particular chakra and this helps to regulate energy flow to those particular areas. read more..

   Price: $220.00 incGST

Duration: 90 min

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Treatment: Stress Management Package



A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

Our present hectic lifestyle places a great deal of stress on our bodies and mind, leading to such problems as anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue and depression. Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician, will help you understand the causative factors of this stress and structure a personalised programe to support and nourish the body, to allow you to cope with the stress of daily living. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance

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   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Sleep Management Package



A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns from stress and anxiety

Our present hectic lifestyle & stressful environment can contribute to disturbed sleep which, if not treated quickly, can lead to insomnia & the reliance on sleeping pills. Let Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician structure a Sleep Management package that can give you a drug free solution to your sleeping problem. It is such an effective programme that Dr. Ajit can confidently state that you will not be charged if you don't sleep during the treatment.' He makes this offer because, out of the hundreds of client who have received the treatment, not one has left without paying! read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Immune Booster Package



A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto immune disorders.

The Immune Booster package will flush deep seated toxins from the body, restoring the bodily intelligence and bring the body back into balance at the physical, mental & emotional levels. This will lead to a build up of Ojas in the body which, according to Ayurveda, governs the strength of the body's immune system. A Wellness Package is'a programme of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements'personally prepared'by Dr. Ajit to bring the body back into balance. read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Nasya



A traditional Ayurvedic treatment for ailments like sinus congestion, chronic headache and migraine.

During this treatment, special medicated oil is inserted in the nostrils which enhances mental and sensory clarity, clears the nose and sinuses of mucous build up and soothes dryness in the nose. The treatment is followed by a herbalised steam compress & massage. read more..

   Price: $85.00 incGST

Duration: 45 min

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Treatment: Back Management Package



A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of back and neck pain, sciatica and frozen shoulder.

Because of our busy lifestyle we can experience stress on our bodies that can easily affect our lower back, shoulders and neck and cause debilitating pain. Dr. Ajit has designed a Wellness Package for those who suffer from these conditions to give them some relief but also to identify the cause of the problem and to work out a programme for them to achieve a pain free lifestyle. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Netra basti



A traditional Ayurvedic eye treatment to enhance eye sight, counter fatigue and heaviness in the eyes & slow retinal deterioration.

The Therapist prepares dough from special grains which is shaped into a small ring and placed over the eyes. This is then filled with warm ghee, either a plain or medicated variety. The ghee is retained within the ring at a specific temperature for a specific time. Once the ghee is removed the therapist will massage specific marma points around the affected area. read more..

   Price: $90.00 incGST

Duration: 45 min

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Treatment: Infertility Management Package



A personally structured treatment programme to assist infertile couples

Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician has designed a programme for couples to help them understand what factors are responsible for their infertility and what lifestyle, diet changes and Ayurvedic herbal preparations & treatments can help a couple to successfully conceive. This is very popular program at planet Ayurveda. Many couples have taken advantages of this program and have seen great result. The package can complement those couple's on an IVF programme and can assist in a successful conception. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Weight Management Package



A personally structured treatment programme for those who are overweight, have cellulite and have tried other weight loss programmes without success

Our Weight Management Package has several unique features. Instead of putting you on a high protein diet or making you run 10kms every day, a programme is specifically designed by Dr. Ajit that focuses on the causative factors of your weight gain, particularly on sluggish metabolism & blocked channels in the body. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Hormonal Balance Package



The physical & mental stress of our hectic lifestyle can disturb the function of our hormonal glands.

Hormones play a major role in keeping our body's intelligence in balance but due to the physical & mental stress of our hectic lifestyle, their function can be disturbed, causing a myriad of health problems. Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician can identify the factors that are responsible for these imbalances and has designed a programme that can restore the balance to the body's endocrine system. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Ayurvedic Pre Natal & Post Natal Massage



A nurturing treatment for women to prepare the body for childbirth or to return easily to normal shape & strength after delivery.

These massages are structured personally by Dr. Ajit and are given with specific medicated oil and special massage strokes to achieve the desired result. Special care is given to positioning the body during massage to avoid any discomfort and ensure an uninterrupted flow of energy read more..

   Price: $125.00 incGST

Duration: 90 min

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Treatment: De-toxification Package



A gentle, yet effective de-toxification programme based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda

Our busy lifestyle places a great deal of stress on our bodies, disturbing the ability of each bodily system to work in harmony. When its occurs, metabolic waste can accumulate in the tissues, further impeding the body's ability to both deliver nourishment and remove waste. In such cases, a simple de-toxification treatment can help return the body to balance. Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician has designed a programme based on Ayurveda's ancient wisdom that gently de-toxify the body and restore it to balance. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Pre & Post Menopause Package



A personally structured treatment programme for a smooth transition through menopause.

Most women approach Menopause with some anxiety, aware their body is undergoing profound changes. Suddenly they start to feel insecure, leading to a loss of confidence & purpose which can develop into health problems at the physical & mental levels. Every generation of women has experienced the cycle of menopause but it is only recently that it has become a major health concern with women experiencing such problems as hot flushes, mood swings, fatigue, depression and panic attacks. Dr. Ajit has structured a menopause packages that allow this transition to happen with minimal impact to the body, returning the body's intelligence to balance. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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Treatment: Pre & Post Natal Management Package



A nurturing treatment programme for women to prepare the body for childbirth or to return easily to normal shape & strength after delivery.

According to Ayurveda, women play an important role in the health & wellbeing of society. This is because women are responsible for bringing new life into the world. For the health of the baby to be balanced at the time of birth, it is essential that the health of the mother is also balanced at the physical, mental & emotional levels. To help mother's achieve this state, Dr. Ajit has structured a special wellness package to prepare the body for childbirth or to return it easily to normal shape & strength after delivery. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..

   Price: $1125 incGST

Duration: 3 days

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