Panchakarma is a complete approach to addressing the root cause of chronic disease, both physically and mentally.
It has been utilized for thousands years for its restorative affect in strengthening the immune system and returning the natural state of equilibrium to the three Doshas:
Vata, Pitta, Kapha
It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and restoring the body’s innate ability to self heal. At Mountain Top Clinic, we prepare personalized Panchakarma treatment programs specifically tailored to each of our guests. Each unique program includes a wide range of carefully selected therapeutic treatments designed to detoxify, purify and rejuvenate.
Your healing retreat at the Mountain Top Clinic will begin with a personal consultation, where your case history will be discussed in detail with your Ayurvedic physician. During this time of inquiry your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be explored, guiding you to an understanding of your unique energetic constitution (one or a combination of the three Doshas), that determines your body type and current state of imbalance.
Your individual Ayurvedic healing program will be prepared based on your constitution and specific health issues, and will be updated on a daily basis following regular interaction with your Doctor and his team. Your program will include herbal teas, powders, external body treatments, Panchakarma, and simple, easy-to-digest vegetarian meals, sourced from the freshest natural and locally grown ingredients. All of your treatments will be carefully administered by our fully qualified staff of therapists.Female guests will be treated by female therapists, and male guests will be treated by male therapists. Daily evaluation is continued throughout your stay and includes regular consultations, updates, and one-on-one counseling sessions with your Ayurvedic physician.
Panchakarma is described in classic Ayurvedic texts and referred to as five types of therapeutic actions: Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana. All are essential parts of your Panchakarma treatment program in cleansing and eliminating residual toxic impurities (Ama) that have accumulated throughout the bodily tissues (Dhatus), due to your experiences, emotions and environmental factors. These impurities create imbalance and ultimately lead to disharmony and disease.
To start your body’s detox process, our Panchakarma protocol begins with oleation, the Ayurvedic practice of preparing your body for purification by administering combinations of ghee and oils, both internally and externally. This is supplemented with personalized Ayurvedic warm herbal oil massage therapies, such as Abhyanga, Kashaya Seka and Shiro Dhara.
Another key aspect at this stage of your treatment is “Swedana.” Translated from Sanskrit, it means “that which produces heat in the system.” This medicated steam bath, when used in combination with warm oil massage therapies, helps to create a soothing, calming affect on the mind and body, reducing pain and discomfort, and allowing you to ease into the process of detoxification.
Now that the process of release and elimination of toxins from the bodily tissues has begun, we can introduce the next stage of your daily therapeutic treatments, which includes Bastis. These medicated enemas from oils, ghee and herbal preparations are effective in flushing toxins from the intestinal tract, primarily for balancing Vata Dosha, which has a direct connection to the colon. The natural healing benefits of Panchakarma treatments continue at this stage by nourishing the tissues and eliminating fat soluble toxins that are stored at the deeper levels of the body.
Following your Bastis treatments, we can now begin the application of Nasya therapy, the infusion of pure herbal oils and ghee through the nasal passages, which cleanses the upper respiratory tract and sinuses. This gentle process enhances mental and sensory acuity, promoting clarity and emotional wellbeing, and clears the pathway to consciousness by opening the entrance for “Prana” (the life force) to enter into the body through the breath.
The final stage of Panchakarma is “Rasayana,” which means “rejuvenation.” As you near the end of your personal healing journey, it is essential to replenish your “Ojas” (essence), and nourish every aspect of your life, from the physical and psychological to the metaphysical. This means engaging in all of the many treatments and activities available to you at the MTC, from vibrant, natural foods and herbs that boost the immune system, to revitalizing massage, to healing practices such as meditation and yoga. Opening yourself to these experiences will continue to aid you along your path to longevity, health and vitality.
Our Ayurvedic Panchakarma program options range from 1 to 8 weeks, depending on your needs. It is advisable to undergo at least a 3 to 4 week program of Panchakarma therapy (Detox, Purification, and Rejuvenation) to support the natural ability of your body to heal any chronic illness that you will present at the clinic.
Our program will not only treat your body, but will also help you in sustaining the long-term health benefits of your treatments. You will leave the Mountain Top Ayurveda Clinic with all the necessary knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle and aid in the prevention of any future diseases.
At the Mountain Top Clinic, a complete range of authentic Ayurvedic treatments are available, each addressing a specific aspect of mental and physical wellbeing.
All Panchakarma treatments are administered by our highly qualified therapists. Two Ayurvedic therapists will work in harmony to perform all of your therapies during the course of the daily treatments prescribed by your physician.
This traditional, synchronized, full-body treatment is given by two experienced Ayurvedic therapists using warm herbal oil. A variety of Ayurvedic techniques are applied, working along the energy channels of your body to restore the flow of vital energy (Prana). Regular Abhyanga treatments will aid in delaying and preventing degenerative diseases, help to liquefy toxins, and will induce relaxation. Abhayanga is also effective in normalizing blood pressure, eliminating impurities, and initiating deep healing within cells. Best for Vata constitutions; affects bones, joints, tendons, ligaments & muscles; bestows clarity of vision.
Uzhichil is one of the most effective therapies in Panchakarma, and involves the application of deep pressure to specific vital areas of the body known as “marma points.” This pressure, along with oil, stimulates the circulation as well as the nervous system, which enhances the nutrition supply to the cells and reverses the aging process.
Sirodhara is the method of pouring warm herbal oil in a uniform pendulum motion onto the forehead to pacify and revitalize the mind and body. In addition to its rejuvenating and anti-aging effects, Sirodhara improves memory, normalizes sleep patterns, addresses other neurological disorders, and strengthens the heart and third eye chakras.
Also known as Kaya Seka, Pizhichil is a rejuvenating experience during which lukewarm herbal oils anoint the entire body. The procedure is very slow and rhythmic with light pressure. Pizhichil is effective for both musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, as it strengthens immunity, lubricates the joints, and increases flexibility. It is a specialized treatment for degenerative diseases of the brain and spinal cord, and is best suited for Vata conditions.
Ela Kizhi/Patra Potli Swedan
This Panchakarma therapy is a highly rejuvenating herbal practice for treating Vata, in which medicinal leaves are cut into small pieces, fried with several herbal ingredients, and tied into boluses. The boluses are dipped into warm medicated oil until they turn a light brown colour, then patted rhythmically all over the body.
Following a full body massage with dosha specific oils, this Panchakarma process induces therapeutic sweating by the application of warmed herbal poultices to the body. Choornaswedana, also known as Podikizi, increases circulation, speeds up the detox process, and relieves muscle pain, stiffness, rheumatism, and arthritis. It is very effective for balancing Vata-Kapha constitutions.
Udwarthana is a deep, dry massage using herbal powders which stimulate the hair follicles, assisting to break down the body’s excess subcutaneous fat. This treatment addresses obesity, diabetes, and cellulites by mobilizing toxins so that yoiur body can more easily remove them from the tissue. It is best suited for Kapha & Kapha-Vata disorders.
In this process, the rice variety “Navra,” which has great nutritional value, is cooked with cow’s milk and an herbal decoction made from an herb called “Kurunthotti.” This procedure is adored by the physicians and is offered to the healing energy Dhanwantari, seeking his blessing. This treatment strengthens the body, rejuvenates the tissues, improves muscle tone, and improves blood supply by opening up the channels of circulation. It is effective in addressing diseases of the nervous system and other conditions such as chronic rheumatism, osteoarthritis, gout, emaciation of muscles, and numbness. This Panchakarma treatment makes the body strong and sturdy, nourishes the tissues, and increases immunity.
Dhanyamla dhara involves the pouring of fermented liquid prepared from various types of grains. It is highly beneficial for regaining cell consciousness and is effective for treating autoimmune disorders.
This Panchakarma treatment is a calming experience where medicated buttermilk is poured onto the forehead in a uniform pendulum motion, bringing relief to those who suffer from insomnia, depression, gynecological, psychological, and stress related conditions.