This Special Panchakarma & Massage Center was inaugurated by Hon'ble
Health Minister of Maharashtra State Sh. Digvijay Khanvilkar on 6th July
2000 with a view to provide all the services related to Massages , fomentations
and other Bio-purification procedures to the people at genuine rates in
the best possible way according to the Ayurvedic principles. The major
aim was to encourage the practice of pure Ayurvedic Science in this new
era of commercializing Ayurveda in hotel industry as well as in below
standard Ayurvedic Centers.inning is described elsewhere.
Ayurveda is one of
the major ancient sciences of India. The very fact that it still remains
a vital health-care system shows its viability and inherent strength.
It has imbibed the trends of the times as it evolved through the ages.
The aim of Ayurveda is two folds, to maintain and promote the health of
healthy and to treat the illness of the diseased. For serving these purposes
various health regimens and treatment modalities have been described.
As far as the treatment methods are concerned Ayurveda has described the
use of shaman (Palliative treatment) and Shodhan (Bio-Purifaction methods)
methods. The latter incorporates the five modes of purification, which
include Vaman(inducing emesis), Virechan(inducing purgation), Nasya(nasal
insufflations and instillations), Basti(medicated enemas) and Rakta mokshana(blood
letting). These five techniques of bio purification done through several
procedures purify the body system by removing toxic materials from the
body. These purification methods are essential components of the curative
management of those diseases that are not amenable to palliative management.
Various massage treatment methods; the use of different techniques of
oil application and the use of fomentation methods are an prerequisite
and adjuvant to these Panchakarma treatments. These specialized techniques
have high medicinal value and are applied to treat many diseases, which
are even otherwise not manageable by conventional methods of treatment.
of Oil massages & fomentations
Oil are used in a
great amounts for external applications in the Ayurvedic method of treatment.
Whereas internal administration of ghee is done as a preparatory method
for Purifactory procedures like Vaman, Virecha etc external application
of various medicated oils is done to treat a number of aliments. Massage
treatment forms a mandatory part of all types of purification procedures.
Neurological diseases are a special indication for different types of
Ayurvedic massages and different fomentation methods. These oleation therapies
and Massage therapies are advocated according to the disease conditions,
the part affected (Localized or Generalized), and the requirements of
the patient. These therapies are briefly discussed here.
demand and increasing popularity of Ayurveda has lead to the establishment
of various centers all over the world. Though with the advancement of
the modern science investigative methods are able to diagnose various
diseases but no satisfactory methods of treatment are still available
for many diseases. The whole world is looking towards India with a great
degree of hope in providing specialized treatment with the Ayurvedic way.
Panchakarma and Massage therapies provide a high and positive prognostic
value to the diseases that are considered to be medically unmanageable.
Arya Vaidya Shala at Kottakal in Kerala is rendering great services in
this field and many states have followed suit. Considering the fact that
one wishing to have Ayurvedic treatment as an option considers Kottakal
as the last stop, therefore a need was felt to start such a center in
Mumbai too. There could not be a better place than Podar hospital to start
such a center in Mumbai.
Podar hospital has been rendering its services for more than fifty years
in the field of Ayurveda. Now with the whole motivation and assistance
of Govt. of Maharashtra a "Special Panchakarma and Massage center"
has been started in this hospital. The Health minister Shri Digvijay Khanvilkar
in the presence of other dignitaries, the State Health minister, the Secretary
of Medical Education, the Director of Medical Education and Drugs and
other eminent Ayurvedic physicians inaugurated the center on 6th of July
2000. A live show of all the procedures on different patients was done
and shown to be respected guests and the invitees.
The center comprises of six self contained two bedded rooms for the patients
to be kept in house for Panchakarma therapies. The equipments made for
Panchakarma and massage therapy are designed using modern technology and
ancient wisdom. Besides there are separate Panchakarma treatment units
for males and females. The staff engaged to render services at this center
has been trained at Arya Vaidya Shala, Kottalal. The essential philosophical
fundamentals of the traditional system are retained and modern techniques
After proper examination of the patients necessary Panchakarma or massage
therapy is advised. Those requiring in-house treatment are advised to
get admitted in the specially designed rooms. A 24-hour medical attention
is ensured. The center is committed to rendering value-added services
to the society.