Ananda Ayurveda Retreat

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Ayurvedic Treatments

Sodhana treatment – Eliminatory process using panchakarma.

Samana treatment – Conservative therapy by internal and external medicines


Unique essence of Ayurvedic Treatment. Nasyam, vamanam, virechanam, Kashayavasthi, Rakthamoksham. through a seris of systematic treatment regime results are achieved even in incurable diseases. Body is purified and normal rhythm of life is regained.

Panchakarma program for each patient is arrived after an in-depth analysis on the patient’s physical health and medical history. They will then receive an individualized module consisting of treatment modalities, dietary, counselling, detox and rejuvenation treatments. Precise evaluation of above parameters will end up in designing duration of treatments and can range from 7 to 45 days.

All therapies are conducted by specially trained masseurs under the supervision of anandaayurvedaretreat ayurvedic physicians.

These are done in three stages

  1. Poorvakarma (Pre – procedures)
  2. Pradhanakarma ( Pachakarama procedure)
  3. Paschat karma (post procedures)

1. Poorvakarma (Pre – procedures)

Preparation of the body for the Panchakarma therapy. This includes Snehana (Oleation) and Swedana (sudation) therapies.

Snehana Therapy

Snehana stands for the lubrication of body systems by the administration of fatty substances internally and externally. Snehapana (internal administration of Sneha) is an important preparatory procedure for Panchakarma. Four types of Snehana dravyas are used – Ghrita (Ghee), Taila (Oil), Vasa (Fat), and Majja (bone marrow). Out of these Ghrita is considered the best.

Snehana (Oleation) includes:

  • Abhyantara Snehana (Internal Oleation)
  • Bahya snehana (External Oleation)

Abhyantara snehana is again classified into Achhapana and Vicharana. Achhapana is the oral intake of medicated or non-medicated Sneha (Ghee/ oil) without mixing with food or other medicinal preparations and used for the purpose of softening and lubricating of body tissues prior to the Shodhana therapy.

The process of cleansing accumulated doshas (metabolic waste products), can be done using internal and external medicines.

Swedana Therapy

Swedana is a process to induce sweating (sudation) artificially in a patient/volunteer who has already undergone Snehana.

Swedana is of four types –  Tapa Sweda, Ushma Sweda, Upnaha Sweda, Drava Sweda

Snehana and Swedana constitute Poorvakarmas. The patient is given Snehapana for 3-7 days depending upon the appearance of fat in stool which is considered as the endpoint of Snehana.

Uses different heat modalities to bring the cleansed / lubricated doshas liquified by sudation therapy and brought into the alimentary tract and is eliminated by appropriate Panchakarma therapy.

2.Pradhanakarma ( Pachakarama procedure)

Abyangam (Massage)

Medicated herbal oil is applied over the body, which penetrates the skin, down to muscles, nerve endings, and vascular system and excites the peripheral nervous system which in turn stimulates multiple organ systems. Neuromuscular disorders, Pakshavadha (Hemiplegia), paraplegia, Gridhrasi (Sciatica). Rheumatological problems, Arthritis, Lumbago, Old age, Headache, Bodyache, Rejuvenation of the body

Patrapodala/pinda Sweda

Special herbal leaves are processed into a bolus and applied over the body with medicated oil.

Pizhichil/Taila Dhara(Oil bath)

Synchronized pouring of warm medicated oil + Abhyanga (massage). Neuromuscular disorders, Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Peripheral Neuropathy, and other Degenerative conditions, Muscular and Ligamentous injuries, Orthopedic & Rheumatological problems – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis other Degenerative joint disorders, Contusion injuries, Post fracture stiffness of joints, Dislocation of joints

ShastikaPindaSwedam (Nijavarakizhi)

Medicated rice bolus + medicated milk applied over the body. Neuromuscular disorders, Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Muscular wasting, Diseases of joints, Osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions, Rejuvenation therapy


Pouring of medicated oil or decoction (kashaya) on the forehead continuously for a prescribed time.


Medicated oil over the head for a specific period. (temperature of the oil is maintained in a constant manner)

Siro Pichu

sponging with oil overhead

Tala pothichil

specially prepared paste application overhead in degenerative brain and spine disorders like cerebral palsy, otorneuron disorders.

Netra karma

This includes specific eye therapies mainly intended for acute and chronic ailments. Tarpanam, sekam, Anjanam, Aschyothanam, Pindi, Bidalakam, Pichu, putapakam, purampuda. All these therapies are done depending upon diagnosis and strict protocols are advised for the quick response.

Kadeevasthi/Janu vasthi/uoro vasthi

special treatment with oil for back, knee, neck problems, to treat the root cause and to nourish the supporting muscles

Steam bath

Herbal steam bath promotes blood circulation that aids the elimination of impurities (excess doshas) and provides relaxation. Indicated in Neuromuscular disorders – Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, sciatica, Rheumatological problems – Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Post fracture stiffness of joints, Rejuvenation therapy

3.Paschat Karma (post procedures)

These are special procedures and diet regimen done after each panchakarma therapy. Mainly concentrates on sequential diet and Samana regime starting from light soups to heavy diet as prescribed by a physician.


Therapeutic emesis where medicines are administered through the mouth and eliminated through mouth. This therapy is meant for Respiratory disorders, ENT diseases, Skin Diseases (Psoriasis), Diabetes mellitus, psychiatric diseases, Autoimmune disorders, drug, and heavy metal intoxication.


Therapeutic purgation where medication through the mouth and vitiated doshas are eliminated through the anal canal,  Skin diseases, Jaundice, Low back pain, Piles, Eye disease (Cataract), Allergic response, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal injuries to the low back, general wellness, general detox,  etc.


Therapeutic administration of medicine through the nostrils. For the treatment of diseases affecting the chest and above, Migraine, Tic doulorex (Trigeminal neuralgia), Facial Palsy(bell’s palsy), Cervical Spondylosis, Degenerative disc disorders, IVDP, Bone disorders, Sinusitis, Ophthalmic diseases, Hair fall, etc.

Nirooha/Kashaya vasthi

Therapeutic Enema with specially prepared decoction where medicine is administered through the anal canal and vitiated doshas are eliminated through the anal canal, for all VATA diseases localized in the extremities, alimentary tracts, vital organs all over the body, nerve disorders, etc. (esp. Rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatic fever, Osteoarthritis, Paralysis, etc)


Therapeutic Bloodletting by different methods)

Jalukavacharana (Leech therapy), Prachanna (Pricking method), Siravedha (Venesection), Siringaalabu (Using horns).

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