What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is made up of two words “Ayus” and “veda.” Ayus means life and veda means knowledge. So it means that Ayurveda is the knowledge of life and longevity. It is a way of life which deals with not only the body and the mind but also the human spirit and consciousness. It is science, philosophy, and spirituality all put together. It contains knowledge on the healing process. It talks about the characteristics of long and happy life and also about short and unhappy life. The goal of Ayurveda is to keep the healthy person in a healthy state and to cure the person when he gets disease.

What is the vision of vaidyagrama?
At vaidyagrama we believe in “Authentic Ayurveda for Uinversal Well Being”. We care for your well being; we care for the permanence of your well being. We would like to help you to be free of stress not just in our healing village but also later back at home or  in office; not just today but tomorrow and the day after. And Ayurveda can play a very important role here for long term solutions are its forte. Hence we attempt to help you understand the state of your health and help you decide the right combination of treatments/oils/herbs that you need – Ayurveda believes that every individual is truly unique and hence you deserve to get what you really need.

You say your Ayurveda is authentic – why is that?
We attempt to be true to the clssical Ayurveda texts – right from the design, the colours used in the treatment rooms, the positioning of the treatment table, the treatment table itself, the herbs and oils used, the way the treatments are given – we have consciously made an effort to explore the original Ayurveda texts and bring out what lay hidden between the lines. We do not say this is unique or original; we have only made an honest attempt to stick to the original texts and not compromise the principles of Ayurveda. For, we believe that you deserve the best.

What is different about your Ayurveda?
As mentioned earlier, there is nothing unique or original. All that we attempted is to be as authentic as possible not merely in the use of herbs and treatments but also in the creation of an optimum healing environment which facilitates the whole healing process. We have not tampered with the core principles of Ayurveda; we have not diluted the oils by adding perfumes; we have not sugar-coated the internal medicines – they all remain the same. For we do not want to compromise.
All we have done is improve the delivery system – to improve the ambience in which you receive your treatments; make you feel more at home; encouraged our physicians and therapists wherein their very presence and mere touch is highly therapeutic; we have made a sincere effort to ensure that your experience is truly unique, and stays with you even after you go back home.

What do you mean by doSAs?
doSAs are the functional elements of the body. These are three – vAta, pitta, and kapha. They represent the universal elements wind, sun, and moon respectively. They also have the similar properties of sun, moon, and wind. When they are in balanced or normal state, they keep the person healthy but when they become imbalanced or impure, they give rise to different diseases. These doSAs cannot be seen in the body; we can see them only when they become impure and get eliminated from the body.
        doSAs are the combination of five basic elements namely AkAza (ether), vAyu (air), agni (fire), jala (water) and pRthvi (earth).
        vAta is a combination of AkAza plus vAyu
        pitta is a combination of agni plus jala
        kapha is a combination of pRthvi plus jala
        The nature of vAta is movement, pitta is heat, and kapha is heavy.

What is pancakarma?
pancakarma means five treatments which are vamana (induced vomiting), virecana (induced purgation), vasti (medicated enema), zirovirecana or nasya (instilling medicines in the nose) and raktamokSa (blood letting). By doing these treatments, the impure doSAs get eliminated - thus pancakarma is a zodhana cikitsA (purifying treatment).
        vamana is useful in kapha diseases which removes the excess kapha from the body through mouth.
        virecana is useful for pitta disorders and it removes the excess or aggravated pitta through anus.
        vasti is used in vAta disorders which pacifies aggravated vAta and also removes the excess vAta from the body through anus.
        zirovirecana or nasya is done in diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat
        raktamokSa which is blood letting is done in blood disorders.
        Before starting each treatment of pancakarma, oleation and sudation therapy is given and also after completion of each treatment, a light food or easily digestible food is given to the patient which is known as samsarjana karma.
        The dietary and lifestyle restrictions to be followed during the pancakarma treatments are very rigorous and very often, determine the extent of benefit the patient gets through undergoing these cleansing procedures. It is important that the patient is under “total physical and mental rest” for the period of the treatment as also for double the same duration, after the treatment.

What is zirodhArA?
zirodhArA is a very intensive Ayurveda treatment where a medicated fluid (oil, water, buttermilk) is poured over the forehead of a patient for a duration of around 60 minutes every day for a period ranging from 7 to 21 days.  It is effective in a wide range of conditions including but not limited to full body paralysis, facial paralysis, migraine, insomnia, depression, diabetes and cervical spondylosis. It is truly effective when it is prescribed by an experienced physician for the individual with the full knowledge of the state of the individual as also the variables affecting the individual. Further, like in pancakarma, this treatment requires a preparatory period of 7-10 days and a post-treatment recuperative period of 7 days to 6 weeks depending on the actual condition of the individual. It is naturally accompanied by severe dietary and lifestyle restrictions without which the treatment may not be as beneficial, and can sometimes even lead to complications. Hence it is best to take a course of this treatment under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Ayurveda physician – a proper course of this treatment can take around 3-5 weeks tentatively and demands total (near total) physical and mental rest from the individual.

What is pizhicil?
pizhicil is a very intensive Ayurveda treatment where medicated fluid, mostly oils, is poured all over the body of an individual for a duration of around 60 minutes every day for a period ranging from 7 to 21 days. It is effective in a wide range of conditions including but not limited to rheumatoid arthritis, slipped disc, cervical spondilytis, osteo arthritis, partial paralysis, total paralysis and sciatica. In this treatment, 4-5 therapists work on an individual simultaneously pouring around 2.5 litres of warm medicated fluid over the entire body of the individual. This treatment is truly effective when it is prescribed by an experienced physician for the individual with the full knowledge of the state of the individual as also the variables affecting the individual. Further, like in pancakarma, this treatment requires a preparatory period of 7-10 days and a post-treatment recuperative period of 7 days to 6 weeks depending on the actual condition of the individual. It is naturally accompanied by severe dietary and lifestyle restrictions without which the treatment may not be as beneficial, and can sometimes even lead to complications. Hence it is best to take a course of this treatment under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Ayurveda physician – a proper course of this treatment can take around 3-5 weeks tentatively and demands total (near total) physical and mental rest from the individual.


What are the different kinds of oils used for abhyaGga?
There are different kinds of oils used for abhyaGga. These oils are made up of different types of herbs and mostly have the base as sesame oil. They have different properties and according to their properties, the Ayurveda physician selects the oil for an individual person to be used for abhyaGga. To give you an idea, there are over 90 medicated herbal oils at vaidyagrama – these oils are prepared from different combinations of over 500 herbs and take anywhere between 4 days to a 101 days for their preparation.

Do Ayurveda medicines produce side effects?
It is not true always that Ayurveda medicines do not produce side effects. The Ayurveda physician decides the dose of the medicine for a patient in relation to season, severity of disease, age, time, constitution, type of formulation etc. and this is the useful dose or proper dose for that patient. If the patient takes more than the prescribed dose, or if he does not follow the prescribed diet/lifestyle that goes along with the medicine, then he may get side effects depending on the nature of herbs used for the preparation. However mostly, the Ayurveda medicines are nearly free of side effects.

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