PanchKosh Wellness Centre Sydney
PanchKosh Wellness Centre Sydney
Its here! For the first time in Nor-West/Hills district part of Sydney, you now have access to range of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies under one roof. You will receive a variety of massage therapies by trained professionals, yoga and meditation coaching by a qualified teacher as well as Ayurvedic consultation by a certified health professional.
We all want to enjoy good health. Panchkosh wellness Centre is your one-stop-shop for truly holistic health treatments-physical, mental and spiritual.
I Can Speak The Following Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujrati.
Open 7 Days: 10a.m. – 8p.m.
- Address: D73/32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista NSW 2153
- Telephone: 02 8824 4458
- Mobile: 0414 870 948
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.panchkosh.com.au
Ancient Vedic scriptures describe five distinct layers of human being called Panch = Five, Kosh= Sheaths/Layers, our five different dimensions. These are: Annamaya Kosh (The Physical Sheath), Pranmaya Kosh (The Sheath of Vital Energy), Manomaya Kosh (The Sheath of Mind), Vigyanmaya Kosh (The Sheath of Intellect) and Anandmaya Kosh (The Sheath of Biss/Joy). Our physical body expands into more subtle layers of energy around our being. Each Kosh/Layer interact and overlap with each other, ranging from gross to subtle dimensions.
The principle of Panchkosha claim that the approach to the causation, diagnosis and treatment of any disease should ideally be addressed on each of the 5 levels of human existence. Undetected imperfections in various Koshas/Sheaths lead to the treatment failures and unsettled results in clinical trials. Accordingly, a complete cure is possible only when diagnosis of each of the 5 Koshas is made and intervention of holistic therapies are offered on each level.
Panchkosh Wellness explores, analyses and offers solutions for each of five sheaths.
The Physical Sheath is dependent on food for its sustenance and lasts as long as it can absorb nourishment. Qualified Ayurvedic Practitioners can analyse your body type and recommend the right food and herbs for your body type. Different therapies such as Panchkarma and various massages are used for detoxification and yoga sessions for greater health and stability.
The Sheath of Prana (The Vital Energy), is the manifestation of the universal vital energy. The force that vitalizes and holds together the body and the mind. It pervades the whole organism It animates the gross body, responsible for every move taking in nourishment, expelling toxins, and reproducing cells. Its one physical manifestation is the breath. As long as this vital principle exists in the organisms, life continues. Coupled with the five organs of action it forms the vital sheath. One can learn to harness the pranic energy with right breathing exercise, Yogic Pranayam, being in touch with nature and eating natural food. Massage, Acupressure, Reiki and Magneto-therapy can also help in free flow of Prana – the energy field for Vitality.
The Sheath of Mind is the seedbed of all the thoughts, emotions, feelings that are related to pain and pleasure. Mental faculty that receives all sensory inputs, interprets them as good or bad and desires the good. Educated and developed mind has a tremendous power to influence the entire system. It should direct and maintain attention making well informed choices with the help of acquired knowledge and retained information. Aromatherapy, Meditative workouts for righteousness can affect your sheath of mind giving you the right tools to achieve clarity.
The Sheath of Intellect offers discernment. Right Meditation & self-reflection techniques with the help of life coaching and subconscious mind programming one can enhance sheath of intellect causing uplifted wisdom. The idea is to make one more intuitive, wise and connected with the source of all wisdom.
The Sheath of Bliss carries the main features of Joy and Peace. Relaxation techniques and joyful light sessions with the gradual practice of inner silence can achieve long lasting blissful moments. Healing through Mantra listening, recitation and prayer. The idea is to get connected to something greater then self for long lasting joy and fulfilment.
AYURVEDA – AN ANCIENT INDIAN HEALING SYSTEM
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine which originated in India and remains one of the country’s leading traditional health systems which has also gained popularity and acceptance around the world. As with popular interpretation of traditional medicines, Ayurveda too is considered as mainstream or complementary or alternative medicine. Ayurevda is essentially holistic – using a combination of massage, diet, exercise, herbal preparations and other techniques to restore the balance of the spirit, body and mind.
Ayurveda is based on three ‘bodily energies’ called ‘doshas’ . Though we all have elements of all 3 in us, it has been observed that one ‘dosha’ or the other tends to be the dominant energy in an individual. They are called Pitta, Vata and Kapha, let us have a quick look at them
Pitta energy is linked to fire, and is thought to control the digestive and endocrine systems. People with pitta energy are considered fiery in temperament, intelligent and fast-paced. When pitta energy is out of balance, ulcers, inflammation, digestive problems, anger, heartburn and arthritis can result.
Vata energy is associated with air and space, and is linked to bodily movement, including breathing and blood circulation. Vata energy is said to predominate in people who are lively, creative, original thinkers. When out-of-balance, vata types can endure joint pain, constipation, dry skin, anxiety and other ailments.
Kapha energy, linked to earth and water, is believed to control growth and strength, and is associated with the chest, torso and back. Kapha types are considered strong and solid in constitution, and generally calm in nature. But obesity, diabetes, sinus problems, insecurity and gallbladder issues can result when kapha energy is out of balance, according to Ayurvedic practitioners.
Ayurvedic procedures directly approach the root cause of illness rather than working only on the symptoms. This involves detailed and in-depth study of the ailment and its symptoms. A wide range of possible causes is explored and then the practitioner shortlists the more probable factor contributing to the problem.
Ayurveda puts a lot of emphasis on the overall well being of the individual, resulting in the focus on strengthening the body constitution as well as the mind. Ayurvedic treatment is used in many popular ways e.g. Weight loss management, detox program. Some most popular ayurvedic treatments are Panchkarma, Shirodhara etc.
Being a hositic system of medicine, Ayruveda uses a range of methods to address any health issue. This may include medication, massages and changes diet, lifestyle and attitudes.
HOW AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONERS EXAMINE THEIR PATIENTS
AYURVEDA’S EIGHTFOLD EXAMINATION:
Ayurveda is believed to be around 5,000 years old, and is considered to be the longest continuously practiced system of medicine. What makes Ayurveda truly unique is its in-depth understanding of human body and mind.Ayurvedic practitioners used this knowledge to diagnose a range of illnesses much before any modern practices like blood tests, MRI, CAT Scans, etc. made it all too easy and quick.
This eightfold examination process is also called ashtavidhapariksha (translates as ‘eight methods of examination) andis still practiced today by Ayurvedic medical doctors and consultants.
Once you know about the eight-fold examination, some of us may recall similar approach used by doctors a few decades ago as well except that in Ayurveda it is a lot more detailed.
THE EIGHTFOLD EXAM
There is a lot that an Ayurvedic practitioner can tell from a patient’s pulse. Taking the pulse is a way to determine one’s constitution and current state of imbalance. The pulse reading is taken on the right wrist for men and the left wrist for women. Generally, the pulse can be hot or cold, feeble or bounding, stable or mobile, heavy or light. Using three fingers of the hand, the Ayurvedic practitioner feels for the strength of vata, pitta, and kapha in the pulse. Vata is felt under the first finger, pitta in the middle finger, and kapha under the ring finger.
No one enjoys talking about urine but it stores very important health information for the use of the Ayurvedic practitioner. From its colour, frequency and ease of passing, there is a lot to be diagnosed about the patient’s health condition.Scanty urine can reveal the presence of vatadosha; hot urine can show the presence of pitta dosha; cloudy urine may indicate excess kapha.
In case of pain or discomfort, there is most testing required to identify the cause.
Just like urine, this other ‘waste’ from our bodies is directly linked to our health, more particularly about digestive system. Regular passing of feces is an indication of digestive health. What’s more, the bowel movement should be within 1 hour of waking and it should not involve any strain or pain. Healthy stools are known to have the consistency of a banana. Constipation or loose stools indicate abnormalities which can be treated with medicine and diet.
Even when we don’t use it to explain our health problems, the tongue still says a lot! Its colour, shape, coating and texture – each of these can indicate a problem. In addition, the Ayurvedic practitioner also looks of scallops on the sides since they can indicate either lack of nutrition or proper absorption of the food.
SOUNDS IN THE BODY
From your voice to the gurgling in the stomach, to the clicking or cracking of the joints – every sound has something to tell the Ayurvedic practitioner. The quality, speed, and tone of your voice also give information about your constitution.
We use them to see, but for the Ayurvedic practitioner, it’s what the eyes ‘show’ that matters. The doshas affect both the shape and color of the eyes. Small dry eyes indicate vata; medium, piercing, intense eyes are present with pitta; big, watery eyes are kapha eyes.
The nails also indicate the presence of vata, pitta or kapha. Dry skin or oily skin can also indicate imbalance which can be treated with medication and diet.
Now let’s step back and look at the whole of you. Your body shape, the color and texture of your hair, your energy level, and even your walk can indicate imbalanced and doshas to the Ayurvedic practitioner.
After evaluating all aspects of your being, a practitioner can make clear suggestions about which Ayurvedic practices you can adopt to maintain a life of balance and harmony. Please ask questions after the examination so that you can fully understand the diagnosis.
DR. RATNAPRIYA SHRIVASTAVA
Dr. Ratnapriya Shrivastava is a professional Ayurvedic doctor with 7 years of experience in Ayurveda practice with a formal Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurvedic Medicines & Surgery (5.5 yrs) and special experience in Panchkarma.
Dr. Ratnapriya is registered with the Australian Ayurveda Association and is a member of the Ayurved Sangha. In the past, Dr Ratnapriya has worked as an Ayush medical officer in an Indian Government primary health centre. She treats all diseases by planning a suitable lifestyle for the individual with due consideration to existing health and life choices. She prescribes Ayurvedic herbal medicines or their combinations tailored to the needs of patient and administers specific Panchkarma therapies.
Hina comes from a nursing background who has completed her Diploma in Remedial Massage and has a formal training and hands-on experience with hot stone massage and lymphatic drainage. She has a Certificate IV in Ayurvedic Aromatherapy and is pursuing Diploma in Ayurvedic Therapies. In her long list of formal education and trainings she has done therapeutic massage with a few modules of cranio sacral and myofacial.