At Kensville Ayurveda
1. Email / Internet
Our physicians strongly recommend minimum use of internet/email during the treatment process.
We have wi-fi connection in the rooms you can request Front office to connect wi-fi on your laptop.
Wi-fi connection is complementary with the treatment package.
2. Tea / coffee
We believe that it is important to learn to live life without too many dependencies and hence do not serve tea/coffee at Kensville Ayurveda.
Laundry facility is available on chargeable basis.
4. What is the check-in and check-out time in Kensville Ayurveda?
12.00 pm is Check in tine and Check out time is 12.00 pm
5. Medicines at Kensville Ayurveda
Ayurveda believes that "there is nothing in this world that is not medicine". Thus every combination can contain anywhere between 1 to 50 items or more depending on need. It is this synergistic effect of the entire combination that ensures that the particular combination has minimal/no side effects.
Ayurveda uses different dosage forms to ensure that the right combination reaches the right location in the right quantity and in the right form. This ensures maximum benefit from the particular combination of herbs / animal products.
ARISHTAM / ASAVAM - herbal wine
CHOORNAM - herbal powder
GHRITHAM - herbal ghee
GULIKA - herbal pill
KASHAYAM - herbal decoction
LEHYAM / RASAYANAM - herbal jam
TAILAM - herbal oil
There are more than 400 different compound formulations from among the above dosage forms that our physicians choose from especially for you based on your medical need
Your ayurveda physician will deside the dose and time and mode of administration depending up on the requirement
1. What is ayurveda?
Ayurveda is made up of two words "Ayus" and "veda". Ayus means life and veda means knowledge. So it means that Ayurveda is the knowledge of life and longevity. It is a way of life which deals with not only the body and the mind but also the human spirit and consciousness. It is science, philosophy, and spirituality all put together. It contains knowledge on the healing process. It talks about the characteristics of long and happy life and also about short and unhappy life. The goal of Ayurveda is to keep the healthy person in a healthy state and to cure the person when he gets disease.
2. Why does Ayurveda place so much emphasis on factors like diet and lifestyle in treatment?
The individual, rather the patient, is an integral factor in the healing process and his/her full co-operation is essential to ensure the success of the treatment. Generally a disease occurs when one goes against "nature".
Thus even as a much abused car will eventually break down, a much abused body will also eventually succumb to the wear and tear of extreme tension. Even as a car requires daily and periodic maintenance, so does the body need to be looked after on a daily, monthly, seasonal and yearly basis. Even as the car cannot run on water or other liquids save what is specifically prescribed for the particular car model, so will the individual not sustain on an excessive and indiscriminate use of junk food as diet.
Even as a car gets over-heated when used continuously without any rest, so does the body get over-heated and exhausted if not given periodic intervals of rest. Thus regulated diet and lifestyle are very important if one is to attain and maintain balance or harmony within and without.
3. Why is "pathya" (or regulated diet and lifestyle) given so much importance in Ayurveda – isn't it very difficult to stick to an Ayurveda diet?
The importance of pathya has been explained in the previous answer. The concept of an "Ayurveda diet" is quite misleading. For, Ayurveda says that "there is nothing in this world that is not medicine (or food)". Further Ayurveda says "there is nothing in this world that is absolutely good or absolutely bad".
Thus the important thing is to become fully aware of one’s own needs in the background of variables like place of residence, climate, food stuffs natural to the particular place, one’s digestive potential, once body constitution etc., and to act accordingly. Thus what may be good for one person may not be good for another person in the context of all the involved variables. Another important point in this context is the rule that “one must practice moderation and eat proper – otherwise even nectar can turn poisonous.
However for the purpose of easy understanding, and based on some general rules, certain foodstuffs are normally classified as difficult to digest, and since most people do not have a very good digestive system, these foodstuffs are normally avoided. But it must be emphasised, that if an individual has a very good digestive system and if such a foodstuff can be beneficial to him/her, then it will certainly be advised. Thus there is no such thing as "Ayurveda diet" and very often most of the food we eat in a normal day is quite alright, and only small changes need to be made where necessary. For a patient, till the treatment is over or the disease is cured, the "pathya" will be applied more strictly, for here, the importance is given to the "treatment/medicines" rather than the food.
The patient gets the greater part of his/her nutritional requirements from the treatment/medicines and hence it is important that the digestive system keeps its focus on the medicines and is not distracted by unnecessary food (which is mostly difficult to digest).
As mentioned above, you will certainly get all the desired nutrition from the prescribed food, and more importantly from the prescribed medicines. The food may seem insufficient by itself but in combination with the treatment and medicines, your body is definitely being well cared for.
The concept of Virudha Ahara, incompatible foods, during the treatment as well as in daily life.
4. Does Ayurveda say NO to non-vegetarian food and alcohol?
Ayurveda does not say NO to non-vegetarian food and alcohol. The nutritional and therapeutic qualities of these substances are described in great detail in the Ayurveda texts, and in certain ailments, they are prescribed as medicine. Thus it is quite apparent that Ayurveda is not against non-vegetarian food and alcohol. However as described earlier, these substances generally fall in the category of “difficult to digest” foodstuffs and hence they are not normally recommended, especially during treatment. Further, at the mental level, Ayurveda describes 3 states of mind namely sattva or the pure state, rajas or the pro-active state and tamas or the indolent state.
Ayurveda also says that the most subtle essence of the ingested food after digestion, goes on to form the mind. Generally, most non-vegetarian food and alcohol fall into the category of rajas and tamas and hence regular/excessive intake of these substances can lead to the affection of/reduction in the sattva or pure state of mind which will consequently lead to derangement of the thinking process, difficulty in comprehension, increased tension, emotional outbursts, restlessness, excessive sleep etc. based on the level to which one is affected. Since, according to Ayurveda, the mind and body are closely related and all diseases fall into the category of psycho-somatic, the body will also consequently be affected.
Hence as a general rule, Ayurveda advocates vegetarianism and abstinence from alcohol. If at all one would like to indulge one’s taste buds, these substances can be consumed “in moderation” on rare occasions, again keeping in mind one’s digestive capacity. During treatment at Kensville Ayurveda and for the recommended period thereafter (as advised by your physicians), non vegetarian food and alcohol should definitely not be consumed.
5. What is the relevance of restrictions like total abstinence from exercise, talking, walking, cohabitation, exposure to sun, wind etc. – how important is this during the treatment process?
Dietary & lifestyle regimen play a key role in the entire treatment process. Ayurveda very clearly states that "all patients and all those who undergo treatment" should strictly follow prescribed regimen in order to get maximum benefit. Several reasons can be attributed to the need for lifestyle regimen. The primary among them is the need to get total physical & mental rest.
Even when we go on vacations, we actually try to do all the activities that we are unable to do on a normal working day, & are ultimately more exhausted than ever before. Thus we never give our body and mind a break and this is why rest is so important in the process of regaining the natural harmony. We must also remember that the treatments we undergo are very intensive and can be compared to a major surgery and hence it is absolutely essential to ensure that the treatment is completed within the prescribed period without a break which may be caused by any untoward happening.
Hence it is always better to be absolutely secluded during the treatment to minimise the risk of infection or any other problem.
6. What is the importance of Faith on the system and physician?
Faith is extremely important for any medical system to succeed. Ayurveda, while describing the qualities of the good patient, clearly states that such a one who follows all the instructions of the physician without demur for the prescribed period is the ideal patient or "Bhishakvashya". This is the reason the concept of a family physician is so important. One needs to develop confidence in that one physician with whom one feels most comfortable and then have total faith is his/her healing capacity. In such a person, the treatment works better and faster.
7. Can you briefly describe to me the concept of treatment according to Ayurveda?
Ayurveda primarily describes treatments to be of two types namely samana or pacificatory treatment and sodhana or purificatory treatment. The former type looks at gently pacifying the aggravated doshas (and disease) by the intake of relevant medicines and mild external treatments. Here the increased doshas are either subsided or naturally expelled through the excretory channels.
In sodhana treatment, the aggravated or vitiated doshas are deliberately brought into the alimentary canal and then forcibly expelled by either emesis (vomiting), purgation or enema based on the nature of the dosha that is aggravated. The preferred method of treatment according to the Ayurveda texts is "sodhana", for the complete expulsion of the accumulated toxins would mean that the root cause is being treated and would ensure that the problem does not recur provided the patient takes sufficient care.
8. Can the effect of these treatments be measured by modern scientific methods?
It is not easy to explain the effects of these treatments in scientific parlance. This is mainly because the indigenous thought process and the western scientific thought process look at the same individual from two entirely different standpoints. As yet, the two systems stand on two opposite sides of a river and are yet to find a common meeting point wherein the foundational principles, categories, classifications etc. of both systems are given due and equal respect. However there have been efforts by some scientists to study the effect of some of these treatments on the human body.
9. How long will the treatment normally take to show full effect?
This is entirely dependent on the individual patient – the nature of the problem, the chronicity of the problem, the nature of the associated problems, the intensity with which the patient follows all the advice of the physician during and after the treatment for the requisite period, and also the astrological time cycle which is affecting the patient.
Generally it is seen that most patients respond positively within 3 months after completion of the treatment.
10. Why is the course of treatment of such a long duration – can’t the duration be cut down considerably? This will also make it more accessible to more number of people.
Let us explain this by an example – if your house has not been cleaned for several years (or even months), it will be fully covered with dust and grime; the paint may have begun peeling off the walls; there will be cobwebs all over the place; there are chances of clogging in the plumbing lines especially if the water used has a high salt content; in all probability, your house would have become a home to several insects. If, on one day, you suddenly decide to take on the task of repairing and cleaning your house, most probably you will find that you need several days to get the entire place cleaned and dressed up; most certainly one or two sessions of cleaning will have absolutely no effect.
If the above picture is clear, we can apply the same to the human body. A course of treatment is looking at uncovering and cleaning the toxins accumulated over an extended period of neglect, and hence one or two or even eight to ten sessions may not have the desired results. Hence it is very important to approach the task systematically – thus, first the body has to be prepared for the cleansing process, then the actual cleansing has to be done based on need, and then time needs to be given for the effect of the cleansing to be felt – this is a very important phase. Any neglect shown during this period can undo the entire effect of the treatment.
11. I have heard of treatments like dhara and panchakarma – why am I not able to get those in a duration of time like 7 or 14 days or 1 day?
The concept of the panchakarmas and intensive oil therapies in Ayurveda is based on the bio-rhythms or natural time cycles that each of us go through. Simply put, the treatments are normally done in multiples of 7 days and the optimum duration is 35 days – again this is based on the physician’s understanding of the need of each patient.
All these treatments work at a very deep level within the human body and psyche and thus, to experience the actual benefit of these treatments, it is important that one go through it for the prescribed period. Even as a major surgery in the western medicine hospital demands a preparatory stage initially and is followed by a recuperative phase post-surgery, similarly these intensive treatments also have three phases namely a preparatory phase, the main treatment phase and the post-treatment or recuperative phase. Unless these are strictly adhered to, one cannot be assured of any real benefit and in fact, one cannot be sure whether there may be any side effects too.