Rejuvenation Program

Rejuvenation, also called Rasayana in ayurveda, is derived from two Sanskrit words namely Rasa & Ayana. Rasa refers to the nutrient portion derived after the proper digestion of food and Ayana refers to the proper channeling of such nutrients within the body.

Rejuvenation treatments improve the overall health and well being of an individual and prolong life. It is a time tested and proven system that seeks to boost the Rasas (body fluids) in an individual and to endow it with maximum potency. Rejuvenation therapy helps to maintain optimum body performance at a micro level and provides nourishment to the tissues. It repairs damaged tissues and also facilitates the growth of new cells.

These Rejuvenation treatments restore youthfulness, arrests ageing, impart glow to the skin, guarantee strength and vitality, provides sexual vigour and increases production of shukra dhatus, improve memory power and intellect, promote longevity and provide immunity from a host of diseases. It helps an individual maintain permanently a perfect balance of the body, mind and soul.

Rejuvenation therapies are basically of two types: the shorter version (Vaataatapika) and the longer version (Kuteepraaveshika).

Kuteepraaveshika- Indoor Rasayana therapy

This form of treatment has gained world wide acclaim for its ability to thwart the ageing process. Studies conducted before and after the treatments have confirmed the veracity of the claim. The individual stays in a room cut off from the rest of the world for a specified period exceeding 40 days. The therapy starts with the panchakarma treatments and special diets and oral medicines are administered as part of the rasayana treatments. Yoga and meditation also form part of the rejuvenation treatments. After the expiry of the stipulated period of treatment, the individual can expect a complete transformation in his physical, mental and spiritual life.

Vaataatapik Outdoor Rasayana therapy

In the shorter version the patient is administered special diets and oral medicines and undergoes yoga and meditation as part of the rejuvenation program. There is no compulsion on his part to stay in a specified area. The benefits accruing from the shorter version, however, would not match those derived from the longer version.

Diagnosis - The Ayurveda Way

All treatments in Ayurveda are prescribed only after a careful diagnosis of the patientís body constitution, family history, sex, age, stage of the disease etc.

The first consultation with an Ayurveda doctor, including the diagnosis will last for more than an hour. The basic step in the diagnosis will be to find the personís body humour (Dosha) - Vata, Pita or Kapha, because it is the imbalance of these body humours that create every disease.

The dominance of dosha in a person is found by asking several questions on his behaviour, food habits, sleeping patterns, personal details like age, height & weight, place of life, profession, health problems and medical reports etc. Ayurveda diagnosis comprises of clinical and laboratory tests also. The doctor can decide if an Ayurveda treatment is helpful on providing these details.

Pulse, tongue, nail, and eye examinations are important diagnosis methods used to reveal a personís body humour and its imbalance. This will help the doctor in treating the disease.

Pulse diagnosis in Ayurveda is not just counting the beats. It also reveals the health status of the entire body constitution, including the dosha imbalance and the health of the various body organs.

In tongue diagnosis, the doctor checks the general appearance, colour and coating of the tongue. In Ayurveda, as different areas of the tongue correspond to different organs of the body, the Ayurvedic practitioner can determine which organs of the body are out of balance by having a detailed tongue examination.

Nail examination is done to check the type, colour and shape of the personís nail. Imbalances of doshas are easily detected on close examination.

In the eye diagnosis, the colour, size and even the shape of the eyes are important in determining the dosha dominance of a person. His mental status,nervousness, anxiety, confidence level etc can also be learned through eye diagnosis.

A preliminary consultation with Ayurveda doctors online is also possible nowadays for guests worldwide.

Treatment Methods for Rejuvenation

After the diagnosis, the doctor sets out to treat the patient in a very systematic manner. This would include a set of appropriate Panchakarma treatments and Rasayana therapies.

The Panchakarma Treatments are meant to flush out the toxins, They are classified as pre-purification, main purification and post purification phases and include various types of therapies like oil massages, fermented liquid massages, medicinal enemas, herbal purification methods.

The Rasayana Therapies are meant to nourish the body, to bring the doshas back to balance and to regenerate the body.These comprise diet regulations, daily regimens, intake of oral medicines and ayurveda tonics, yoga and a stress free life. After the treatment the ayurveda doctors will advise you how to lead a healthy life. The beneifts and results of the treatment are shown only after the Rasyana Treatment is over and doctors advise is strictly followed. The results will manifest itself normally after 3 to 4 weeks as the body takes time to regenerate itself.

Panchakarma for Rejuvenation

Pre-purification therapies
Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind.

A few of the following pre-purification methods usually adopted in the treatment of rejuvenation therapy are:

Abhyangam treatment whole body massage with ksheerabala thailam or with yastimadhu thailam is done on the patient as a pre purification treatment. It improves blood circulation, rejuvenates the whole body, delays aging, induces sound sleep, promotes vitality, reduces stress and removes toxins. Guuchi, Guggulu , pippali, amaltas etc are some of the medicinal herbs used in Abhyangam.

In Njavarakizhi the whole body or any specific part of it is made to perspire by applying herb filled boluses on the body. sida, winter cherry and asparagus are some of the medicinal herbs used in njavarakizhi. The treatment may last from one hour to one and a half hours.

Udvarthanam is body massage with herbal powder lasting for nearly thirty minutes. The most commonly used powder is thriphala, a mixture of gooseberry, belerica and myrobalan.

Main Purification Therapies for Rejuvenation

Main purification therapies This is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification treatment stage. These therapies are highly potential methods and are usually overseen by doctors. The commonly adopted Panchakarma treatments for Rejuvenation therapy are: Vamanam, Virechanam and Vasthi.

Vamanam also known as therapeutic vomiting is a method of treatment in ayurveda that eliminates the vitiated doshas (waste products) through the upper gastro-intestinal track. It expels and cleanses undigested food. It is highly recommended for rejuvenation therapy. Herbs generally used in vamanam include - emetic nut,nut grass tuber, sweet flag, liquorice etc.

Virechanam is the purgation using oral intake of safe herbal medicines. This eliminates poisonous wastes through the anal route. Generally, the herbs used are turpith, embellia fruits, ginger, cardamom,long pepper, cinnamon etc.

Vasthi is enema therapy; the ace colon cleaning Panchakarma treatment. Special medicines are introduced through the anal route for the evacuation of accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes. Commonly used ingredients are dill seeds, honey, rock salt, herbal pastes, oils and decoctions.

Rasayana Therapies for Rejuvenation

These are body nourishing therapies to rejuvenate the body and mind after the Panchakarma treatments. They keep the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, restore and balance the body functions and maintain the overall health and well being of an individual for much longer periods after the Panchakarma course. Rejuvenation therapy also includes oral medicines and diet regulation.

Oral medicines for Rejuvenation

Herbal medicines form an important part of any ayurvedic treatment. Oral medicines for rejuvenation will be extracts of pure medicinal herbs, leaves, spices etc. These are prepared specifically to restore the lost balance and to provide for rejuvenation therapy. Kashayam and Arishtam - herbal decoctions and fermentations Lehyams - semi solid formulation are commonly prescribed. Chavana prasam is highly beneficial and is given to patients as part of the rejuvenation treatment.

Neem, ginger, amaltas, nutmeg, punarnava, shatavari, liquorices, gooseberry, bala etc are some of the medicinal herbs used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams and arishtams for use in rejuvenation therapy.

The type and quantity of the medicines to be taken are decided by the doctor after a detailed consultation and examination. The patientís body type, age etc are also important factors to be considered.

Diet regulations for Rejuvenation

Diet regulation will be suggested at the time of rejuvenation therapy. Ayurveda diet provides adequate nutrition as well as rest for the needed organs.

One should consume large amounts of water through out the day as this will help to flush out the waste matter through the urine. The diet suggested will be purely vegetarian. This will, however, be very nutritious. The intake of fruits should be increased. However, your ayurveda doctor will prescribe a most suitable diet for you at the time of the rejuvenation treatment. You can find out your type of Prakruthi and decide a diet for yourself.

Yoga and Lifestyle for Rejuvenation

Yoga and meditation form an important constituent of all rejuvenation treatments. These are proven and effective ways to develop and maintain perfect harmony and balance in our body systems. It provides us with immunity against all diseases. It alters brain wave activities reflecting in increased relaxation and a better focused mind.

Lifestyle: One should lead a life that is more in tune with nature. Consumption of alcohol should be discouraged and one should also avoid smoking. A regular massage is recommended as also steam baths. One should maintain personal hygiene and take utmost care to maintain good bowel movements. Fried foods, colas, aerated water etc are best avoided.

Being a holistic science with emphasis on the body mind and soul, ayurveda also prescribes a rasayana for psychological and spiritual health. It is called achara rasayana and emphasizes the importance of discipline in all our activities. One should practice non violence, speak always the truth and should follow social ethics.

It is also advised to take at least one or two weeks of rest after the Panchakarma experience. At this time the body is weak after a purification process and needs time to get back to normalcy. Avoid strenuous exercise, late nights, too much television, and other stimulating experiences.

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