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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.

ASSOCHAM Conference (April 2012)

Dr Ajit - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Indian Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry recently held their 4th Annual Summit on Medicinal & Aromatic Products at the NSIC Exhibition Complex in New Delhi.

This annual conference was established to bring together Indian cultivators, traders and manufacturers of medicinal plants to showcase local, regional and national expertise in this industry and to facilitate their export to the world market.

I was invited to attend this prestigious conference as an international speaker where I addressed the opportunities and problems associated with marketing Ayurvedic products in the global marketplace.

Complimentary health is one of the fastest growing modalities in the world today. The World Health Organization estimates that between 65 to 80 percent of the world's population (about 3 billion people) rely on traditional (complimentary) medicine as their primary form of health care.

Herbal treatments that support this are the most popular forms of medicine and are highly valued in the international marketplace. For example, annual revenues from the sale of herbal products in Western Europe reached US$5 billion in 2003-2004.

Through Ayurveda, India has a strong pharmacopeia of herbs and herbal formulations which are gaining acceptance worldwide. However, there are a number of difficulties that are preventing these products from reaching the international market. These include:


• Lack of effective quality control in Indian manufacture
• Lack of standardisation in herbal formulations
• Lack of published, scientifically rigorous, clinical research
• Western Government’s increasing regulation of herbal “medicines”
• Western Practitioner’s preference for Oriental Herbs.

I was honoured to have the opportunity to address this conference and meet with Government officials, growers and manufacturers to discuss my concerns. My belief is that the Indian Government is very keen to encourage this local industry into the international marketplace, not just for its economic benefits but for the benefits the world can experience from this ancient healing science.


Type 2 Diabetes

Dr Ajit - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It is estimated by Diabetes New Zealand that almost 7% of the population are affected by this disease, making it an endemic problem in the community.  Thanks to a great deal of community education we all know about Diabetes, its causes and symptoms.  However, what we don’t understand is why, despite the millions of dollars spent on research and community education, are the incidences of this disease increasing?

Diabetes mellitus is called “Madhumeha” in Ayurveda, which literally means “excessive urine with a sweet taste like honey.” When the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, it inhibits the cellular uptake of glucose, causing sugar levels to rise in the body to a point where the excess glucose must be excreted, giving the urine a sweet taste.

In Ayurveda, Type 2 Diabetes is considered to be an imbalance of the Kapha Dosha, one of the bodily intelligences that govern all metabolic functions. A combination of the elements of earth and water, Kapha provides lubrication and support. It gives strength and stability, both physically and psychologically. It enhances resistance to disease and promotes the healing process. It also has a sweet taste. However, when the earth and water elements accumulate in the body, the Kapha Dosha can become imbalanced and lead to diseases such as Diabetes.

In the case of Type 2 Diabetes the buildup of Kapha in the body manifests in the production of excess mucous, one of its principle functions. This excess mucous not only impedes the digestive ability of the stomach (meaning food is not sufficiently metabolized) but can also block capillaries that release secretions, particularly the Langerhans islets in the pancreas responsible for the production of insulin. Also because of its sweet taste, a Kapha accumulation increases the amount of sweetness in the body which places pressure on the pancreas to produce more insulin.

All Ayurvedic treatments are based on the principle of introducing lifestyle and diet changes to bring the aggravated Dosha back into balance while avoiding things that can cause further aggravation. For the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and other Kapha type diseases, Ayurveda recommends the following:

Diet:

Avoid:   Yeasted Breads, cheese, cold meats, muffins and cakes, chocolate, sweets, carbonated drinks, fruit juice, potatoes, kumara, pumpkin, potato and corn crisps,  tinned and processed foods, excessive water intake, ice cream, tomato or soya sauce, peanut or almond butter, microwaved, foods, vegemite, eating on the run or late at night, and excessive or emotional eating.

Eat more:  Green vegetables, black gram, channa flour pancakes with ajwain, bitter gourd (Karela), long grain brown basmati rice, mung dhal, garlic, onion, curry leaves, hing, paneer cheese, unripe banana, fresh almonds, honey, turmeric, fenugreek & cinnamon

Lifestyle:  

• Start each day by scraping your tongue
• Drink a cup of hot water each morning with 1/4  tsp of honey, 1 tsp of fresh grated ginger, 1tsp of lemon juice and 1/2tsp each of  Karela or Fenugreek powder;
• Breakfast on either Channa flour pancakes (made from Black gram) with onion, ajwain and turmeric or a combination of millet, buckwheat and barley flour pancakes with cinnamon and cardamom;
• Eat a warm lunch, such as steamed or stir fried vegetables or soup;
• Eat warm, cooked foods for dinner, including at least three meals of kitchari (made from mung dahl and rice). Avoid all meats, except for fish a couple of times a week if you wish;
• Use more ginger, garlic, black pepper, fenugreek & turmeric in your cooking as all these spice have hypo-glycaemia properties;
• Every morning, apply warm medicated sesame oil to each nostril.
• Daily self massage with warm sesame oil or Planet Ayurveda’s Kapha Oil.
• Take a brisk 30 minute walk at least three times a week.
• Regular De-tox: Ayurveda offers a unique de-toxification programme called Panchkarma, which releases waste products from the body, collects and removes them gently, leaving the body cleansed and balanced.

An idea that is gaining currency in allopathic medicine is that of genetic disposition. It believes that if our parents suffer from diseases like diabetes, heart attack or bowel cancer, then it is inevitable that we will suffer from them too. However, Ayurveda’s unique insight into Prakruti, our individual body type, challenges this belief and gives us a better understanding of how imbalances in our body can lead to diseases like Diabetes.

Ayurveda also teaches that these imbalances can be addressed by means of diet and lifestyle to return your body to a balanced and healthy state. 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.

4th World Ayurveda Congress

Dr Ajit - Monday, August 09, 2010

The Indian Government's Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) is pleased to announce the 4th World Ayurveda Congress, to be convened in Bengaluru, Karnataka from 9th to 13th December 2010.

With nearly half a million visitors and about 5,000 delegates expected to be in attendance this year, the Congress is reinforcing its identity as a global summit that brings together the diverse stakeholders of Ayurveda. 

Listed below are the themes identified for the plenary sessions at this year's Congress:.

1. Ayurveda for All
2. Public Health
3. Ayurveda Research and Education
4. Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
5. Food and Nutrition in Ayurveda
6. Ayurveda Medicine for Animals and Plants

I have been appointed the Congress Co-ordinator for the Australasia region.  People interested in attending should contact Planet Ayurveda.

For more information visit: www.ayurworld.org

 

Seasonal Regimes for Winter

Dr Ajit - Saturday, June 12, 2010

Seasonal regimes for Winter

I am sure all of you must have enjoyed the wonderful summer but now the time has come to welcome Winter. At the same time, everyone starts getting a little concerned about the idea of months of cold, wet, damp, moist & cloudy weather. Thoughts too turn to the inevitable illness’s that winter brings: chest infection, runny nose, cough, hay fever,  migraines and stiff shoulder joints and we start shivering in anticipation

Specifically, those who have children can understand what I am trying to share – the restless nights with a constantly sick child and the regular visits to the GP for a quick fix to these problems. Those who are elderly approach winter with horrible thoughts of a season of painful & stiff joints while those suffering from arthritis know they have to spend many restless nights in constant pain. Soon we will receive letters from our GP’s advertising flu accines and many of us will endure this because we feel we don’t have a choice. But those who understand the principles of Ayurveda and have experienced its benefits in the past know that by following Ayurvedic easonal regimes one can enjoy a healthy winter free from the suffering of seasonal ailments.

According to Ayurveda, Winter is the time when the  Kapha Dosha is dominant (one of the three primary intelligences that govern all bodily functions). In simple terms, this means that the Kaphaqualities of coldness, dampness, moistness, heaviness, cloudiness and thickness will manifest in the environment. Unfortunately, these external qualities start impacting on us, causing them to accumulate in the body and causing the Kaphaintelligence to become aggravated. It is when Kapha becomes imbalanced in the body that health problems such as colds, coughs, runny nose, hay fever, headache, migraine, stiff & painful joints, asthma start manifesting.

From an Ayurvedic point of view our focus will be to mininise the accumulation of Kapha in the body by changes to our diet & lifestyle. Ayurveda gives us a clear message that whatever problems we suffer do not come for anywhere else but are created by us when we make incompatible diet, lifestyle & environmental choices. Below is a list of seasonal routines to follow in Winter so that all our valued clients, their family & friends can enjoy the benefits of good health during this season:

Regime

Benefit

Special Benefit

Massage the body with warm Kapha oil for 5-10 minutes at least once a day, using upward, circular movements.

Will help counter the natural sluggishness that occurs in the lymphatic & circulatory systems during Winter

Particularly important for Kapha body types as they are prone to sluggish circulation & water retention during this season

Carry out a 5 minute steam inhalation every second day – 10 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water.

This will help to clear sinus congestion & prevent the onset of hay fever, migraine, asthma & cough

Those people who suffer from asthma or children that are prone to runny nose or chest congestion should do this daily.

Daily nasal drops– three drops of warm Ayurda Nasal oil in each nostril.

This will help those who suffer from chronic sinus, migraine, headaches & hormonal imbalance.

It can also be a preventative measure for all who suffer from these problems.

 

Avoid foods such as cheese, cold milk, bread, cold foods, cold drinks, tomato & soya sauce, fish & chips, cream, butter, bananas, peanut butter

These all have cold, damp, moist, heavy & sticky qualities that can aggravate Kapha.

 From an Ayurvedic perspective these qualities are the cause of such diseases as asthma, sinus, migraine, cough, high fever

Avoid extreme temperature changes.

 

 Will counter the cold, damp, moist, heavy & sticky qualities that can aggravate Kapha.

 These qualities cause congestion in the alveoli & bronchiole that makes breathing difficult.

Only eat warm, cooked food eg:

  • Breakfast – Channa pancakes or porridge
  • Lunch – Warm soup
  • Dinner – Rice & cooked vegetables

Will counter the cold, damp, moist, heavy & sticky qualities that can aggravate Kapha.

 Removes excess water from our cells & extra-cellular fluid that contributes to such illness as asthma, cough & runny nose.

Use Planet Ayurveda's Winter mix in your cooking

Helps to expel toxins from your gastro-intestinal tract.

 

 

Take 1 tablespoon of Ajwain Ark (an Ayurvedic preparation), mix with 750mls of warm water & drink during the day

 

Will counter the sluggishness in gut, enhance metabolism & flush out toxins.

Ayurveda's Natural De-toxification drink.

Ayurveda & the family

Dr Ajit - Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I am sure that many of you have been as shocked as I to read about the sudden deaths of a number of children, including:

  • the death of a 3 year old child from Asthma;
  • the sudden death of a 14 year old boy in his sleep while at Boarding School;
  • an 18 year old girl who died in her sleep after coming home from a party. 

These are just a few of the many incidents of death we hear about each day in our national media. We all feel sad for a moment and perhaps shed a few tears but after that we forget about these misfortunes and get on with our lives. I wonder if any of us stop to think, why is this happening so frequently these days?

 

If we paused to ask this question, I believe we would see that problems such as this arise from a lack of awareness. This lack of awareness dis-connects us from our own spirit, allows us to mask the symptoms of ailments rather than treating the root cause & prevents us from helping our children by giving them the right advice at the right time. It can even cause a shattering of the bond that holds a family together, which in turn leads to the further disintegration of our society.

 

Despite this period of darkness we can still see the light from one of the world’s oldest systems of healing. We all know that Ayurveda is not just a health modality but a complete philosophy of life. Ayurveda is known as the science of awareness as it gives us the tools to live in balance with ourselves, our society and our environment.

 

Ayurveda’s approach to wellness also gives us the opportunity to take responsibility for our own health in such a way that every family member can benefit.

 

For example, if you have a child who is suffering from asthma or even the common cold, rather than giving them antibiotics and putting them on an inhaler, you can easily incorporate Ayurvedic principles into their healing programme. The benefits will be immediate as you will be addressing the root cause of their problem by changes to their diet & lifestyle rather than masking the symptoms with antibiotics or inhalants, which can also compromise their immune system.

 

In the same way an elderly person who is suffering from joint pain is normally prescribed cortiozone or natural products with glucosamine or shark cartilage but they still seem to suffer from pain. By introducing them to Ayurveda, where minor changes in lifestyle & diet can help them to address the root problem, they can enjoy a higher quality of life.

 

Finally, you have seen your own life or those of our mothers, sisters, wives or female friends affected by hormonal imbalances or fertility issues. Most of the time we have seen them struggling with these problems using various hormonal treatments but they only serve to mask the symptoms so the problem persists.

 

If we can share with all these people how we have benefited from following an Ayurvedic programme and encourage them to do the same, we are able not only to help these children, elderly & women but society as a whole. By encouraging as many people as possible to embrace Ayurveda we can play a role in creating healthy families, a healthy society & healthy environment.

 

At the same time it gives us a great deal of satisfaction to know they have played a role in helping our loved ones on the path to health.

 

Become part of this effort and introduce others to Ayurveda by encouraging them to try our free online consultation or the Path to Health  programme.

Ayurvedic Products and Heavy Metals

Dr Ajit - Monday, November 30, 2009

There is a growing concern in the West about the heavy metal content in Ayurvedic products and a perception that these products are not safe for consumption. While it is true that some specific Ayurvedic preparations contain heavy metals, it is misleading to suggest that all Ayurvedic products are therefore unsafe.

Ayurveda, like Western Medicine produces pharmaceutical products with varying degrees of potency. In the West, many preparations that contain paracetamol can be freely purchased from supermarket shelves as they simple preparations that provide low doses of their active ingredient. Medications with more complex chemical formulations and containing higher doses are only available on prescription.

This implies that some medication can only be prescribed by qualified practioners as only they have the experience and knowledge to know the prescription dose, the length of time that the medication needs to be taken and any potential side effects from prolonged usage of the medicine.

In the same way Ayurveda has a vast range of products at its disposal, the majority of which are simple herbal preparations that provide low doses of their active ingredients. However certain products do contain powdered stones, gems and heavy metals but these should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor who understands the correct dosage.

Unfortunately, such Ayurvedic medicines can be purchased easily over the Internet. When people buy and use these products without appropriate supervision and the inevitable side effects occur, they tend to blame the product rather than the supplier and question the efficacy of Ayurveda as a health care system.

I believe it is the responsibility of everyone who wishes to follow Ayurveda for their own health and welfare that they should ask the following questions before purchasing any Ayurvedic products:

  • Is the company accredited to manufacture Ayurvedic products?
  • Does the company have anyone with clinical Ayurvedic experience on staff?
  • If they are a supplier, do they distribute products from a reputable manufacturer?

Unfortunately, many people selling Ayurvedic products in the West have no knowledge of Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmacology and are unable to determine the therapeutic value of Ayurvedic products. They are not able to identify fresh, good quality herbs from those that are stale and adulterated. Instead, they determine the value of the product or herb based on price.

In a further effort to cut costs, some suppliers buy Ayurvedic products manufactured for domestic consumption in India, rather than those manufactured for specifically for the export market. These export grade products undergo rigorous testing to satisfy the requirements of the international market and the additional cost of this stringent quality control is incorporated into the price.

For example, the levels of heavy metals permissible in products for sale in the domestic market in India are much higher than those of many Western countries. When Ayurvedic products are purchased in the domestic market in India and than offered for re-sale in the West, the level of heacy metals in the product is noticed by the purchaser who then feels Ayurvedic medicine is unsafe which causes irrerarable damage to the reputation of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Spring Clean

Dr Ajit - Saturday, October 24, 2009

I am sure that all of you are getting excited with the coming of spring.  It is the time everyone has the chance to be active and really enjoy life after the cold, slow & dull winter. Many of us use this time to spring clean our homes, cleaning out the sluggishness of the cold months. Those of us who have better awareness also see this as a time to de-toxify or ‘spring clean’ our bodies.

 

Spring is one of the best times de-toxify, to remove all the toxins that can naturally accumulate in our system and make our bodies feel sluggish.

 


What is de-toxification?

 

De-toxification is a natural process to revive the bodily intelligence by eliminating the accumulation of toxins in our body tissues & cells.

 


What is the difference between Ayurvedic de-toxification and other natural de-toxification treatments?

 

Ayurvedic de-toxification is able to identify the areas in the body where toxins can collect and focus the de-toxification programme in these areas. For example, if one has an imbalance at the mental/nervous level due to a buildup of mental toxins, there is no point in just de-toxifying the body at a physical level.

 

Ayurvedic de-toxification can also correct the cause of the toxin accumulation rather than just treating the symptoms. It also will help to rejuvenate and revitalize your body at the same time by reviving the body's natural intelligence.

 

Ayurveda has the most effective & systematic de-toxification and rejuvenation programme available to medical science. Called Panchkarma, it has been used for centuries by those who wish to undertake a ‘spring clean’ of their bodies.

 

Panch means five & Karma, action. This programme consists of 5 different methods to de-toxify & rejuvenate the body at every level - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

 

The programme consists of 3 different levels:

 

1. Preparation of the body

2. Main operation to de-toxify each bodily tissue in a systematic process

3. Post-operative programme that helps to nourish the body and revive its natural intelligence

Panchkarma vs. Colonic Irrigation

Dr Ajit - Saturday, October 24, 2009

What is the difference between Panchkarma & Colonic irrigation?

 

Colonic irrigation is a direct cleansing of the colon using either soap or coffee mixed with water. It is like cleaning a blocked drain pipe but unless you investigate the cause of the blockage it will inevitably re-appear. Secondly, toxins are not just in your colon but are found in the body's deep muscle tissue and organs. If you do not try to dislodge the toxins from these deeper tissues and bring them to the gastro-intestational tract for removal, then we are only doing half the job. Third, most of the solutions used in the colonic irrigation process can aggravate Vata in the colon because they make area drier & rough, leading to more problems.

Panchkarma, on the other hand, works to dislodges all the toxins from the deep tissues and brings them to the GI tract to flush them out. Secondly, the enema used in Panchkarma are prepared with warm oil infused with medicated herbs & fortified with products such as ghee, honey & black salt that gently collect the toxins from the colon and remove them from the body.



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Start your path to perfect health with a consultation with Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician.

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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You need an Ayurvedic therapeutic massage if you suffer from fatigue, stiffness and tightness or heaviness and sluggishness in your body or mind.

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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Treatment: Shirodhara



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..

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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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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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