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September 2006

Abundant greetings!  

We got great feedback on our deeply relaxing Spring Rejuvenation Special with the hand pampering.

As a gift of appreciation to you, we are now offering it until 31 Oct 06 for the amazingly reduced price of R390 per person or R630 for two people in one room.  

Two recent comments on our services: 

v      It was VERY NICE, quiet and relaxing. The staff was very friendly, with excellent service, and all the girls just had something special about them, that made me appreciate the treatments even more. Something so humble and modest.  There is nothing that I can think of to improve, and I have already forwarded the details to all my friends who could possibly consider going. 

v      Wonderful attention to detail. Well trained staff and the fact that they are from the local previously disadvantaged community is highly commendable. Great personal touch, I was immediately at home. Well done! 

Experience it for yourself.

What is an Ayurvedic doctor?
Recipe: Butternut soup
Spice: Nutmeg
Spring Rejuvenation Special for Sep/Oct

What is an Ayurvedic doctor? And why would you want to visit one?

"Even if an Ayurvedic doctor has a complete knowledge of Ayurveda but does not reach the inner Self or soul of the patient, s/he will not be an effective healer."

Charaka Samhita 1500 BC 

The responsibility of an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner is to inspire or help awaken the individual to their highest potential. The more this happens, the healthier she or he is. Health is not simply a physical ease, it includes being happy, fulfilled and experiencing peace of mind.

An Ayurvedic doctor has studied full-time for a minimum of 5 years to acquire a BAMS degree - Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. This includes internship for a period of one year. Thereafter, there are 17 possible post graduate specialisations, including pharmacology, surgery, dietetics, gynaecology, teaching, panchakarma.

What can you expect from a Medical Ayurvedic consultation? 

The doctor will take your case history, asking questions about your diet, appetite, sleep, elimination and other lifestyle habits.

He will also give a general physical examination, looking at your tongue, pulse and blood pressure. And then s/he will examine more closely the system which is out of balance.

After coming to a diagnosis, s/he will educate you about whatever is bothering you and will give you some basic ideas of the doshas or bodily humors involved. Understanding of the doshas and how they operate, is crucial to Ayurvedic medicine. 

Then s/he will explain to you what exact treatment is needed. Most chronic diseases need to be cured by panchakarma or ayurvedic therapeutic cleansing. This is a very ancient practise, tried and tested over several thousand years, which restores balance to mind and body through elimination of accumulated toxins.  

Panchakarma can only be administered under the guidance of an Ayurvedic doctor. The word panchakarma means "five actions" and includes many forms of treatment: special massages, steam baths and mild herbal enemas, oral herbal medicine to be taken for a certain time period, dietary guidelines, yoga and breathing.  

Although the body has an effective system for filtration of impurities, toxins can sometimes build up too rapidly for the body to cope. From about the age of forty, the body's ability to purify itself becomes weaker. How you detoxify is very important. Fasting and harsh cleansing can aggravate problems. Panchakarma is a gentle and moderate approach.

Once treatment has started, you will continue to see the doctor regularly, depending on how chronic the condition is, how you are responding to the treatment, and according to your convenience. Length of treatment varies greatly depending on each unique situation, and will continue until you are both satisfied with the results.  

Panchakarma has a definite effect on the immune system, preventing future imbalances and diseases from developing. You feel new, like your parts have been put together, ready to take on life again with renewed enthusiasm and vigor.  You become open, flexible and innocent like a child again, this is rejuvenation. 

Recipe: Cream of pumpkin soup

This is a lovely simple, grounding and warming soup, perfect for windy spring days.

t butter

Head in a pot and add

2 cm ginger root, finely chopped


1 onion, roughly chopped


1 large butternut or small pumpkin, peeled and roughly chopped up

Fry briefly until golden and fragrant, then add

  tin coconut milk or 2 T dried coconut milk powder mixed with cup water


t freshly grated nutmeg


Water to dilute, as desired


t salt & pepper

boil and blend. Serve garnished with

Finely chopped parsley or basil


Nocturnal nutmeg Myristica fragrans

Nutmeg is an almost overpoweringly aromatic spice, to be used very sparingly. Fresh-grated nutmeg has a more powerful flavor and aroma than ground nutmeg. Nutmeg pacifies air/ether and water/earth and increases fire. It contains pungent, bitter and astringent taste, it is warming.

In ayurveda, it is used as a natural sleep aid, boil a pinch together with milk (dilute 1:1 with water if preferred) before bed. It stimulates appetite and digestion. Nutmeg is used in spiced teas, desserts and in baking. Add a pinch of nutmeg, with whole black pepper and bay leaf, to flavor your rice or rice pilaf.

The oil extract of the nutmeg tree is used to counter irritated skin and stimulates blood flow to the area applied. Nutmeg fruit is also used as an aphrodisiac and as a nerve tonic. Other uses in Ayurvedic treatments include inflammations of the bladder and urinary tract, and rheumatism. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties.

Spring Rejuvenation Special 


  • Welcome herbal tea
  • Consultation with short breathing/relaxation session
  • Self-care for the hands
  • Deeply relaxing Ayurvedic foot massage with bowl
  • Healthy snack
  • Ayurvedic full body massage with warm oil
  • Ayurvedic hand pampering with cleansing, nourishing and massage of the hands

Value: R630, on special for R390 per person or R630 for two people in one room, valid until end of October 2006, duration about 3 and a half hours.


"Ayurveda is a beautiful flower which will soon be ready for picking."                                              

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 

If you would like to be part of this flowering, keep watching our newsletter for upcoming details on Medical Ayurvedic treatments at our Centre, or come now for our Specials.

With love, the team

Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre

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