Amalaki: Also known as Amla, works perfectly in eliminating excess heat from the digestive tract. It is also a natural antioxidant. It promotes healthy functioning of various internal organs, such as, liver, spleen, heart, pancreas and lungs. This herb also has very good laxative properties. Moreover, it helps in rejuvenating & revitalising the body.
Arjuna (For heart): Arjuna acts like a tonic to the heart. It is also well known in balancing the three doshas: vata, pitta & kapha. The bark of arjuna tree has been used in India for more than 3000 years, as a heart remedy. Arjuna also used in treating many other health concerns, such as asthma, bile duct disorder, poisoning etc.
Ashwagandha: This is the most powerful rejuvenating herb in Ayurveda. It balances vata dosha & revitalizes the body. It is also responsible for boosting libido in both men and women. Hence it provides a natural source of energy. It has shown amazing results in insomnia, adrenal functioning, stress and low vitality.
Ashoka: Works as a perfect female tonic, working to balance over all gynecological issues. It relieves pain & discomfort of women. It is a uterine tonic. It strengthens and tones the uterus, assists regular menstruation, promotes healthy ovarian & endometrial tissue.
Bilva: Bilva works on diseases related to stomach and the intestines. It balances pitta and kapha in the body. It is responsible for stimulating the digestive fire & eliminating natural toxins from the GI tract. It also reduces the frequency of IBS, intestinal spasm & works on conditions such as diarrhoea, dysentery etc.
Brahmi: Brahmi works as a brain tonic in Ayurveda. It contains Brahamine which has the capability to increase the intellectual power. Brahma rejuvenates the mind & helps to overcome concerns such as, stress, anxiety , depression, insomnia, weak memory etc. It opens & clarifies the mind, improves the IQ level, general ability, behavioral pattern & mental concentration. It also encourages a balanced emotional state.
Gokshur: Gokshur is a perfect immunity booster & a rejuvenating herb. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic & anti-hypertensive properties. Gokshur is very useful in managing genito-urinary tract disorders. It promotes healthy flow of urine & soothes the membranes of the urinary tract.
Guggulu: Guggulu has very subtle & penetrating qualities. It is a renowned herb in pacifying vata, but along with that it pacifies pitta & kapha. It also helps in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, weight management, joint movement etc. The scraping quality of Guggulu helps in clearing toxins from the joints and promote healthy movement of the joints.
Haridra: Haridra(turmeric) has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is traditionally used to support the blood, liver, joints, immune system & digestive tract. It works on toxic conditions. It is an anti-oxidant and also promotes healthy functioning of liver.
Kanchnar: Kanchnar helps in pacifying kapha and pitta. Kanchnar is useful in treating tumours & nodules in the body. It is a perfect remedy for hypothyroidism, PCOS, lymphoma, cancer, tumour, goiter.
Kumari (aloevera) : This is another Rejuvenating herb. It stimulates the metabolism, heals the internal organs & provides strength to the body. It is a perfect aphrodisiac, diuretic & sooths skin. Kumari contains B12, Vitamin A & E, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin c, essential amino acids & fatty acids.
Kutaj: Kutaj is used for multiple health concerns. Ideally, it is used to cure diarrhea. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dysentery. Kutaj is bitter, pungent in taste & cold in potency. It is also helpful in diseases like arthritis, pain, inflammation, skin problem, sexual debility etc.
Manjishta: This is the quintessential blood purifier in Ayurveda. With its cooling properties, Manjishta helps in pacifying pitta. It eliminates excess heat & natural toxins from the blood, promoting healthy skin & clear complexion.
Nirgundi: Nirgundi contains all the properties of vata-pacifying herbs. It also has effective analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal & appetizer properties. It is excellent in relieving pain & inflammation in the body. It is beneficial in healing fractures too. Being a vata-pacifying herb, it is very useful in treating conditions like epilepsy,insomnia & vertigo.
Pashanbhed: Pashanbhed also known as stone breaker, and is a well- known Ayurvedic herb. It is recognized through its amazing properties in dissolving kidney stones. Along with that, it is ant-diabetic, antipyretic, diuretic, antiscorbutic, anti-inflammatory & protects the liver. It helps to prevent retention of urine, wounds and diseases related to vitiated blood & pitta dosha.
Punarnava : In Ayurveda, punarnava is widely used to treat conditions related to the kidney & urinary tract. It is also known as a tonic for the kidneys. It has also been used to cure liver conditions such as jaundice & hepatitis. Punarnava balances pitta and kapha dosha in the body. This herb also contains diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, antibacterial, immunity booster & anti-ageing properties.
Sarpagandha: This has been used for ages in Ayurveda, to treat high blood pressure & mental illness. It is mainly prescribed during anxiety, high blood pressure, insomnia etc. It is a well-known tranquillizer & antipsychotic herb. This herb has also seen many positive results in paranoia & schizophrenia.
Shatavari: Possessing cooling and calming properties, Shatavari is highly recommended to pacify vata & pitta dosha in the body. It enhances reproductive and digestive health. It has been used for centuries to support female reproductive health. It is also known as a rejuvenating tonic for female reproductive system. The potential health benefit of shatavari includes assisting to treat mood swings, fertility, premenstrual syndrome etc.
Tulsi: This is also known as holy basil in Ayurveda. It is also a powerful corticosteroid modulator. Tulsi is high in sattva- the principle of light, perception & clarity. It also helps in boosting energy, to cope with stress and in rejuvenating the body.
Varun: Varun is recommended in Ayurveda to treat various concerns related to urinary tract including stones in kidney, ureters and bladder. It is well known for its urinary, antiseptic & litholytic properties.
Vasa: Vasa improve the functioning of the respiratory organs. Vasa is bitter, pungent, astringent, light to digest. It increases vata & reduces kapha, pitta in the body. It improves voice quality & relieves cough. Medicinal properties of this herb give support to cleanse our airways & promote healthy breathing.
Vidhang: Vidhang supports the body’s natural defense in the GI tract. The main characteristics of Vidhang are hot, pungent and bitter. Vidhang boosts the digestion and helps in eliminating toxins from the GI tract, blood and lymph. Vidhang is particularly good at treating parasite infestations in the gastro-intestinal tract and colon.
In Ayurveda, we believe that almost all diseases are directly or indirectly related to disturbed digestion. Once your metabolism has been disturbed, the immune system slows down and invites disease into the body.
At Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, many people come to us about their digestive concerns, including but not limited to:
The main cause of these gastrointestinal concerns is impaired digestive fire, affected by the imbalances of your body type otherwise known as your dosha.
Everyone is different and so is their digestion. For example, some people feel comfortable drinking cold water, whereas others feel sick after drinking it. Likewise, some people need food throughout the day to stay active, whereas others feel sluggish or lazy after eating. This all depends on your dosha.
The problem starts with people not recognising their dosha (kapha, pitta, vata). When people ignore their dosha and eat foods that don’t agree with them, the body rejects the food, resulting in gut problems and discomfort. This can sometimes lead to chronic disorders and diseases.
Ayurveda is the answer to all your gut health questions. Digestive peace comes from balancing the dosha and learning what works – plus what doesn’t – for your unique dosha. Eating according to your dosha and getting rid of toxins is the only solution to these problems.
Read on to learn how to ease digestive discomfort with harmonious dosha.
Common digestive problems for the vata dosha
The digestive fire for vata body types is often unpredictable. Sometimes the digestive fire can be good and food is easily digested. However, sometimes it can cause uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, gassiness, and constipation.
People with vata dosha might suffer after eating the following foods:
Cold food like salads, smoothies and popcorn
Bitter, pungent and astringent tasting foods
Cold water (often right after a meal).
Vata is linked to the cold, light and dry. In order to balance the vata dosha, people should eat foods which are:
Warm, cooked and heavy
Sweet, salty or sour
Fully cooked with oils and/or ghee
Spiced with warm flavours
Missing bitter and astringent flavours
Not raw, cold, or spiced with chili.
Vata should also avoid drinking cold water before meals as this can cause discomfort in the gut due to slowed digestion.
Common digestive problems for the pitta dosha
The digestive fire for pitta is very strong and food is often digested fast – meaning people with a pitta dosha have to eat on time, or they have an insatiable hunger! Because of this people with a pitta imbalance often suffer with diarrhoea, heartburn, and gastric reflux.
People who eat too much of one or more of the following foods are likely to suffer from a pitta imbalance:
Hot, spiced foods like ginger, garlic and onion
Sour, citrus based fruits like lime, lemon, orange, pineapple and berries.
It’s also common in people who drink little water, fast a lot, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. As qualities of pitta resemble that of fire, people with a pitta imbalance should eat more of the following foods:
Raw, heavy, cool foods
Foods free of spice, salt and sour flavours
Foods with bitter, sweet and astringent flavours
Cooling spices like fennel, coriander, mint and dill.
If you’re prone to pitta imbalances, we recommend avoiding fasting. You must keep your stomach filled when you feel hungry.
Common digestive problems for the kapha dosha
The digestive fire for the kapha body type is very slow. It takes a lot of time to digest meals and an imbalance can cause sluggishness, an overall lack of energy, weight gain and a low appetite.
People with the following eating habits are more prone to kapha digestive problems:
Regular heavy meals
Prefers sweet, sour and salty flavours
Preference for oily, unctuous food
Eating too many dairy products and excess proteins.
Kapha signifies the cold, so the digestive fire of a kapha body type is very slow and takes more time to digest food than the other doshas. The kapha digestive system can be maintained by eating:
Warm, dry and light meals
Warm water mixed with ginger, a few lemon drops and rock salt (this boosts the digestive fire)
Bitter, astringent and pungent flavoured foods
For optimum digestive kapha health, we recommend avoiding creamy dairy products as well as sweet, sour or salt flavoured foods. We also suggest eating only when hungry – kaphas are prone to overeating or eating more often than the other doshas, causing weight gain and digestive discomfort.
Digestive problems can be eased with the perfect eating times and conditions
Curing digestive problems comes down to recognising your unique dosha. Everyone is different and so is their dosha – so it’s important to identify whether you have a vata, kapha, or pitta body type, so you can better support your digestive fire.
Alongside a well-balanced dosha diet, try these tips for settling digestive discomfort and improving overall gut health:
Eat meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) around the same time every day
Eat only when you’re hungry
Eat lunch between 12pm and 2pm as this is when the digestive fire is its strongest
Eat dinner before 8pm or 2 hours before going to sleep
Eat in a calm, settled environment and concentrate on eating
Consider an appetizer drink – add 2-3 spoons of plain yoghurt into a glass of water, then add a pinch of cumin powder and salt. Make sure to stir well – this is a healthy drink designed to increase your appetite. We recommend trying it in summer!
Spring is here – now is the perfect time to balance disturbed dosha from winter!
The main pillars (tri stambha) of the Ayurvedic philosophy are Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the three doshas of the body. In Ayurveda, we believe that perfect health is achieved when we balance all three of these unique doshas.
One of the reasons doshas become imbalanced is seasonal change. The switch from Vata season (winter) to Kapha season (spring) can be hard on the body, but we can achieve a perfect balance through Panchakarma, a purification treatment known as the perfect ayurvedic detox.
In this blog, we’re going to explain how your body changes from season to season and how Panchakarma can realign your dosha. Read on!
How your unique dosha react to seasonal changes
Vata – loosely translated as “air” – represents individuals who tend to be thin, quick thinking and fast moving, but have a tendency to be anxious with a dry complexion. The Vata season begins in autumn and continues until early winter.
Kapha – translated as “earth” – defines people with a solid frame and a calm, thoughtful temperament. While these people are kind, they have a tendency to become lethargic, attached and depressed, causing their skin to be oily. The Kapha season starts in late winter and continues on into spring.
Pitta – otherwise known as “fire” – is associated with people who are driven and energetic with a sharp intellect and strong willpower. These individuals also tend to be quick to get angry, causing their skin to be warm and easily inflamed. The Pitta season runs from late spring until the end of summer.
Throughout winter, we eat foods which are rich and heavy, endowing the body with earthy, watery qualities. Kapha gets stored in the body over winter and when spring arrives (along with the warm sun) the Kapha melts away from the body, causing unpleasant, cold-like symptoms including congestion, hay fever and allergies.
We balance the Kapha by expelling mucus, regulating moisture levels and opening the channels for purification.
How Panchakarma can detoxify the post-winter body
Chakra recommends that we evacuate accumulated doshas in the first month of Vasant (spring), Varsha (rain season) and Sharad (autumn) with the help of Panchakarma.
Build up, collection and decomposition of doshas occurs in different seasons. To achieve a harmonious balance between the doshas, one should follow Panchakarma with the change of every season and eliminate the excess doshas.
Translated as “the five actions”, Panchakarma features a number of different treatments which when used in conjunction with one another, work to cleanse the body of toxins and help achieve “quantum healing”.
Dr Deepak Chopra explains Panchakarma no longer necessarily dictates five specific courses of action, but rather, is customised in a series of different steps with respect to your specific body type. It is also important to note that none of the steps in Panchakarma interfere with any medication you may be taking.
How Panchakarma is performed by your Ayurvedic doctor
Upon arriving at Ayurvedic Wellness Centre for Panchakarma, your Ayurvedic doctor will examine your immunity status, digestive health, general health and wellbeing, plus your overall body type.
Your doctor will then create a personalised treatment plan to ensure you get the most rejuvenating results from Panchakarma. You will be given diet instructions as well as essential oils and herbs to use at home.
As you progress through the treatment plan, your digestive organs and liver will be stimulated, resulting in the expulsion of toxins from your body.
You will need to set aside time to go through the treatment – up to seven days if possible. The treatment is refreshing and rejuvenating, however it can cause some discomfort and tiredness in the initial stages. Honour your body by allowing yourself to rest and recover.
The whole program is under the supervision of trained, experienced B.A.M.S. doctors in Ayurveda. It’s also essential to have Panchakarma administered by qualified professional therapists trained by our doctors. We know the proper (and improper) methods of Panchakarma, so you can rest assured that you are in safe, reliable hands.
Spring clean your health the Ayurveda way with the Panchakarma Detox
One of our past patients, Stephanie Darling, described her experience like this:
“My personally tailored treatments were profoundly healing on many levels: physically, mentally and emotionally. I feel rejuvenated and deeply nourished. I feel…whole.”
Eliminating imbalanced doshas is the fundamental concept of Ayurvedic disease management. Panchakarma purifies, cleanses and refreshes the body, bringing much-needed harmony to the doshas in the warmer months.
Spring is just around the corner. It is time to detox and enjoy renewed energy by re-booting your body.
Just as nature renews itself with the awakening of spring, so can you. Renewal is a quality of consciousness that permeates body, mind and spirit. Let spring’s awakening inspire you to renew yourself with our Detox Panchakarma program.
Our Ayurvedic Doctor Rajneesh Kour explains the Ayurvedic line of treatment starts with the principle of cleaning your body from inside out, removing harmful toxins (AMA) from the body which restrict the general functioning of the body, Enhancing your appetite(digestive fire), making changes with your daily diet which suits your body type, correcting your daily routine and rejuvenating your body with herbal preparations.
The basic principle of Panchakarma Detox is to keep the healthy person healthier and treat the conditions of a diseased person. There are different types of detox plans tailored to suits the current concerns of the person. The bespoke treatment plan is written by the Ayurvedic doctor.
Pre-detox includes some therapies to prepare your body for Panchakarma/Detox. It includes therapies, which moisturizes your body inside out and makes your body relaxed and light. Some changes in the diet are also recommended (light diet) to enhance your digestion and brings lightness to your body.
Panchakarma/ Detox Plan:
Panchakarma/ Detox includes a mix of therapies and treatments which helps to remove harmful toxins (AMA) from your body. It also works to balance your doshas (body type). It kicks starts the treatment for your prime concerns. After a detox, the body makes its way towards a healthy path.
Post Detox Plan:
This is the most important part of the Detox plan, as it guides you towards a right path in order to remain healthy and disease-free.
After the detox, start with a light diet and slowly bring it to more normal food. Post detox plan includes guidelines for a healthy diet according to your body type, rejuvenating herbs and a healthy daily routine.
Detox can do wonders with your body within a few days. It helps in boosting energy, improves digestion, flushes out toxins and helps to get rid of the unwanted fat in your body. It cleanses your body inside and out and maintains the proper functioning of every organ, from head to toe.
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The Ayurvedic path is a ‘Science of Life’. It’s teachings, practices and philosophies are derived of a 5000+ year old system of medicine which pre-dates many other systems of health in the world.
Ayurveda is a mind-body medicine. A persons constitution or ‘Prakriti’ is described in terms of ‘Doshas’, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are the physiological forces of the body and are given a lot of importance in this Vedic system.
The journey of Ayurveda aims to integrate all aspects of self into balance, thus the body is approached holistically in order to unveil the root of the imbalance in your body. An Ayurvedic Doctor will do a thorough examination ‘Pareeksha’ of certain characteristics where to further investigate to restore harmony.
Ayurveda is a way of life, it encourages people to take responsibility for their health by adopting food as medicine and utilise natural therapies, herbal remedies, treatments, healthy lifestyle practices and following daily and seasonal routines.
According to Ayurvedic Philosophy, the environment in which we live is made of elements – earth, fire, air, water & ether. When the elements in our bodies are in alignment with our external environment we experience optimum health.
Our systems go through imbalance with the change of season . The variable nature of the ‘Dosha’ energies means that just like the seasons we must be adaptable to change. Therefore knowing our own constitution will guide you to become more empowered in your own life. Ayurveda guides us to attain balance through the laws of nature
The three ‘Doshas’
A persons constitution is defined in terms of the inherent balance of these three doshas. It is the interplay between the three doshas that is responsible for both body type and personality. When the Doshas are imbalanced this is your day to day ‘Vikriti’
Everyone has all 3 Doshas within them, we cannot exist without a certain amount of each. Often one or 2 doshas are dominant.
Kapha provides each of us with tissues
Pitta provides metabolic action.
Vata allows us to move and express ourselves.
‘Vikriti – is the nature of imbalance, day to day, whereas prakriti is the state of the three doshas at the time of conception.
An important goal of Ayurveda is to understand a persons vikriti and then understand what aspects of a persons environment has contributed to the disturbance. Once we know this the goal is to correct the environment. It is essential to know the vikriti for the doctor to devise a treatment program.
These determine the health of our anatomy and physiological functions.
This approach encourages people to take ownership of their health, bodies, lives… and remains unrivalled in its success – a traditional framework which embodies awareness and the body’s ability to heal itself.
All treatments are customised after your consultation with one of our Ayurvedic Doctors here in Bondi Junction.
Call or Email the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bond Junction today to see how we can help you and for more information reach us at 02 9389 2581.
This Mother’s Day, treat your mum or yourself or both!
To celebrate this special day at the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, we are offering a range of Indulgent massage packages for a limited time, all of which are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Get Ready to Enjoy a Level of Pampering that will leave you feeling Relaxed, Refreshed and Renewed! Start with 45mins of warm Herbal oil massage followed by our Herbal Scrub Udvartana. Enjoy a full body Exfoliation, which removes surface layers of dead skin and revitalises and softens the skin.
Energising and exfoliating
Tightens and tones skin
Reduces the appearance of cellulite and stubborn fat deposits
Increases lymphatic drainage
Increases metabolic rate
Rebalances the body
Encourages and release of toxins
Great for all body types
Promotes healthy digestion
Enjoy our Complimentary Herbal Tea with Sound therapy after your treatment.
Full Body Warm Herbal Oil Massage – 45 mins.
Full Body Herbal Scrub – 30 mins
Sound Therapy 30 mins with herb tea.
Total Duration of the Treatment:2hrs 15mins – $295