The Gentle Art of Relaxing: Time of India, Bangalore Edition
Bangalore, 20 January, 2013
BANGALORE: Tucked away in the leafy campus of the International Art of Living Centre on Kanakpura Road, Sri Sri AyurvedaPanchakarma offers a quiet haven for the health conscious. Visitors can recharge their body and mind with the ancient system of medicine, enjoy the salubrious air far from the city and practice meditation and yoga.
The range of services at the centre includes traditional ayurvedic therapies, lifestyle treatments, spa and beauty treatments. Visitors get the best of both worlds as ancient ayurvedic science is seamlessly blended with modern environment.
The centre was started in 1998 by AOL founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The design of the centre is reminiscent of traditional Kerala houses, is aesthetically landscaped with comfortable rooms for stay and treatments.
The diagnostic process includes naadi pareeksha, where the physician reads the pulse of the patient. Practitioners say it can give you an insight on how to optimize your health in accordance with the elements which are predominant in your body. It warns you of potential health risks and gives you a personalized prognosis. Dr Ashwin Patel of the centre says you have to do it on an empty stomach for best results.
"Our body needs proper sleep, right food at right time according to the constitution of the body and periodic purification (panchakarma) for maintaining good health," says Dr Patel.
Panchakarma therapy or detoxification involves vamana (medicated emesis), virechana (medicated purgation), vasti (medicated enema), nasya (pouring medicines through nostrils) and raktamokshana (blood letting).
Dr Patel says residential programmes give a complete experience - from the therapy, vegetarian ayurvedic food to the peaceful relaxing environment.
The therapies on offer range from the classical abhyanga, uzhichil, chavitti uzhichil, swedana, marma, shirodhara, nasyam, etc,. to beauty consultations and spa therapies.
The treatment rooms are spacious and tastefully done-up and open onto the airy central courtyard. Dr Patel says about 12 people can stay at the place for therapy and rejuvenation. The centre's sister facility, the 100-bed Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research Hospital is nearby. Dr Ganesh Puttur, head of department of Panchakarma, points to the seasonal effects on the human body and says in Vasanta Rutu, Vamana treatment is beneficial. The hospital has a Vamana camp from February to April.
NATURAL CARE FOR EYES:
There is an exclusive eye department at the centre and the physician here is Dr Padmalochan Jena. Padmalochan literally means "lotus eyed" and you are left wondering if it is a coincidence that he has chosen his career here.
Dr Jena says refractive errors can be fully corrected for children up to 15 years of age. Modern equipment is available for proper diagnosis and the treatment involves herbal medicines and eye exercises.
Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) is a non-invasive treatment without medication for people with angina or heart problems. "The treatment is the only non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment for heart patients approved by USFDA," says Dr Patel. EECP treatment, which is available at the Panchakarma centre, involves 35 sessions of one hour duration.