Frequently Asked Questions
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How does Ayurveda work?
Is Ayurveda safe?
How effective is Ayurvedic Medicine?
Ayurveda is a very effective system of complementary and alternative medicine that is rapidly gaining recognition in the West. It is one if the primary systems of health care in India and has been used for thousands of years for the treatment and management of a wide range of ailments and diseases. Its full effectiveness will depend on various considerations, including your current state of health, health history, quality of daily nutrition, and compliance with dietary and lifestyle recommendations and treatment with traditional herbal medicine. In the two decades of offering Ayurvedic health care, we have full faith in the power of this profound, yet practical system of healing. To achieve optimal results in Ayurveda, it is essential to follow-up periodically with your Ayurvedic physician, so adjustments to your regime can be made, as your body changes over time.
Can Ayurveda help me with chronic or serious diseases?
Can I keep taking my medication when using Ayurveda?
Can Ayurveda help me with acute ailments and first aid?
How soon will I see any results with Ayurveda?
Do I have to completely change my lifestyle to follow Ayurveda?
What is the difference between an Ayurvedic massage and a regular massage?
Another popular form of Ayurvedic massage is Shila Abhyanga, or Ayurvedic Hot Stone massage. In this case, the use of heated basalt stones help the herbal oils further penetrate into the tissues and allowing the therapist to go deeper into the muscles to release tension.
Another form of Ayurvedic massage is Marma Massage, which consists of utilizing vigorous strokes while focusing on specific vital energy points (marmas) to release tension, stimulate your blood circulation and energize your whole body.
What is unique about Ayurvedic Massage?
Ayurvedic massage is traditionally known as Abhyanga. It consists of one or two therapists massaging warm herbal oil onto your body from head to foot, using specialized and synchronized strokes. This kind of massage takes you into a state of deep and profound relaxation, while nourishing all your tissues and promoting cleansing and healing. Another aspect of Ayurvedic Massage is the focus on specific vital energy points (marmas) to release tension, stimulate circulation, remove energetic blockages, and restore balance to your whole self.
What are medicated oils and why are they used in Ayurveda?
What is Ayurveda’s approach to diet?
Ayurvedic diet is not a specific ethnic cuisine, rather it is based on each individual’s needs. It emphasizes wholesome, nourishing food and the avoidance of highly processed foods and artificial ingredients. Ayurveda is not a strict vegetarian diet but does encourage eating a balanced diet including a wide variety fresh plant-based food. Sustainable agriculture is essential for the health of our environment, so we strongly encourage that food be as well sourced as possible including local, organic produce and ethically raised animal-based foods including eggs, meats, fish, and dairy products. If you have any food sensitivities or follow a particular type of diet that works for you, Ayurveda can help to fine tune it, to assist in you in your healing process.
How does Shirodhara promote mental rejuvenation?
Pouring warm oil on the forehead has an extremely soothing and relaxing effect. This therapy quiets both the mind and the senses, allowing your body’s natural healing mechanisms to release stress and impurities. When deep relaxation is achieved, the subtle “imprints” of imbalance or disease are also released. This therapy calms the subtle aspects of the doshas in the region of the head, thus promoting mental rejuvenation. It is performed with herbal oils that nourish the nervous system and the subtle channels in the head. Because of the profound effects it has upon the consciousness, it has often been called “Bliss Therapy.” Most people drop into a deep state of relaxation during this therapy, especially when it is performed after an Ayurvedic massage.
Is Marma Therapy similar to acupuncture or acupressure?
Can I get an Ayurvedic consultation online through your web site?
Yes, we offer long distance Ayurveda consultations and follow-ups, via Zoom video meetings. We truly believe that proper Ayurvedic health care requires a more personal interaction with our clients and regular follow-ups. If you live at a distance, but need to access quality Ayurvedic health care, this method has worked well for many of our clients living out of state. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding our long-distance health consultations.
What Is Included in My Panchakarma Program?
All Panchakarma Retreats include a Panchakarma preparatory consultation, all traditional treatments, and therapies, medicated herbal oils (used during therapies), all meals, and close supervision throughout your program. A special diet is followed during Panchakarma, so all meals are prepared for you during stay by our vegetarian chef.
What is included in my Panchakarma Program:
- Initial & Preparatory Ayurvedic Health Consultation with Vishnu Dass
- Daily support and guidance from our highly trained Ayurvedic Physician and Panchakarma staff
- All Ayurvedic herbal medicine during your scheduled Panchakarma program
All daily treatments include:
- Any Panchakarma treatments (5 Cleansing actions) administer during your detox program, as per Dr. Vishnu Dass’s guidance.
- Abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage with two therapists)
- Nasya (nasal/sinus treatment with medicated oils)
- Herbal-infused Steam Sauna (bashpa swedana)
- Shirodhara Therapy (pouring of warm medicated oil over the forehead)
- Udvartana (herbal scrub)
- All custom-made Ayurvedic food during your program
What Therapies Are Done During My Panchakarma?
What Is Not Included in My Panchakarma Fee?
Where do people stay while receiving Panchakarma?
When selecting your lodging, make sure that it has good online reviews and proper amenities including total privacy, full kitchen and close to the clinic (10-20 minutes drive is ideal).
We have a Panchakarma Day Sampler and Ayurvedic Weekend Getaways, as well as other Ayurvedic Day Spa packages if you are not able to do a full Panchakarma Program at this time but would like to get a taste of what it is like, and to experience our excellent client-focused care.