SG Ayurveda Treatment Introduction
The optimum duration of the onetime inpatient treatment is between 35 days (five weeks) and21 days (less than 3 weeks). This is decided by the treating physician based on the patient’s condition and need. In general the treatment is divided into three phases as detailed below:
1. Preparatory Phase
This phase lasts for seven days. During this period, medicines to improve digestion, absorption and elimination, along with simple oil treatment called Abhyanga (Oil application followed by massage all over the body) are given.
Udvartana (massage with Ayurvedic herbal powder for exfoliation and enhancement of fat metabolism) will be given to those who are in need of physical lightness and a control over the body weight. If there is some illness, then medicines and simple treatment procedures will be incorporated with Udvartana.
2. Intensive Phase
This phase is during the 7to 14 days following Phase 1.Treatments used during this period include
• Sirodhara (pouring medicated oil/butter milk/milk on the head)
• Pizhichi (pouring medicated oil on body by six therapists simultaneously)
Internal medicines to maintain normal digestion, absorption and elimination are given along with these therapies.
Patients having high level of toxins and those with disease conditions related to increased toxin levels in the body will undergo some form of purification procedure soon after the seven days’ intensive oil treatment. The medicated oil treatment destabilizes and liquefies toxins at the cellular level , and which accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract over the course of treatment. These toxins are finally removed by an elimination process – either virechana or vasti .
3. Post intensive Phase
Lasting for 7-14 days, or untill the 21st day after the purification treatment,the therapies in this phase include
• Navarakkizhi (body massage with medicated rice bundle) will be suggested for those who need extra nourishment, such as in conditions of degeneration.
Some tonics will be prescribed during this period as a rejuvenitive medicine.
Special treatments for eye like Tarpanam, for ear karnapooranam, for face mukhalepanam, if required jalookavacharanam (application of leech on the effected parts), etc are given to patient based on their ailments.
In addition to the above there will be daily yoga/meditation sessions for the patients, as per the instructions of the treating physician.
Ayurvedic Diet :
Dietary restrictions are imposed on all patients. In general, light and only easily digestible food is permitted as per an Ayurvedic diet. Consumption of alcohol, smoking and sexual intercourse during the treatment are prohibited. Complete rest is advised during the intensive phase. For women, treatment will be suspended during their menstrual cycle. Similarly, treatment is put on hold if a patient develops fever, cold, diarrhea or any other condition that the Physician considers incompatible to treatment. Selection of treatment is based on physician’s logic and the decision is final.
Note : This is a broad spectrum of treatment, however the Ayurvedic practitioner is the ultimate authority and may decide what is best for the patient based on the conditions presented and may bypass all the rules and regulations for the benefit of the patient.