My return visit for Panchakarma at Mountain Top Clinic 2020
– Jan 26 to Feb 15

Conclusion | Starting at the end

I am beginning this blog at the end, in order that I can begin with my conclusion, that Mountain Top Clinic is a truly wonderful place for health and rejuvenation.

I have arrived home to Sydney Australia, at the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. What a shock it was to leave the isolation of Mountain Top Clinic after not reading hardly any news, and then arriving at Singapore International Airport with everyone wearing face masks and being zapped with temperature detectors. Little did I know, that this was only the beginning of things to come. This has made me feel even more grateful of the time that I spent cleansing and strengthening my immunity during my second three week Panchakarma with Dr Sundara and his wonderful therapists and staff. Mountain Top Clinic is a very special place, it’s not a posh health spa, but a true authentic place of healing and rejuvenation. I think it is testament to the quality of the treatment given here, that many of the other guests during my stay this time at MTC, are also return visitors from around the world.

Three week diary of Panchakarma at Mountain Top Clinic

My return to Mountain Top Clinic 2020

Well here I am back at Mountain Top Clinic (MTC) in the wonderful Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, Southern India to once again cleanse and get my system back in order. This blog is an update to my previous blog three years ago, with the addition of my experience of the actual Panchakarma treatment added in this time around. Unfortunately, after my visit to Mountain Top Clinic last time, my online Blog about the Panchakarma part of my treatment days was lost due to my Internet Webhost corrupting and losing my work. So, after many requests, I can now finally complete the important story of the experience of my Panchakarma treatment.

It is so nice to be back at Mountain Top Clinic, high up in the mountains surrounded by tea plantations and local tribal villages, in the clean, clear mountain air. The team at MTC seem to have done quite a bit of work here since my last visit in 2017. The yoga studio has been upgraded and now has windows with a wonderful view of the mountains and valley below. The gardens have been landscaped further and the best news is that MTC now have two beautiful cows – Lakshmi and Parvati to supply the milk for the homemade ghee and also the cutest little Pug puppy called Browny.  I am happy to find that I am also in the same room as I was in last time I stayed here, making me feel very at home.

About this Blog Diary 

The following blog is my diary which mainly gives details just about my treatments each day. This will give anyone interested in undergoing a Panchakarma treatment a general idea on how a course of Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment might go. Of course this will be different at various Ayurvedic treatment centres and also for each individual. This is, therefore, a general guideline of how a three week Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment program at Mountain Top Clinic would be. Three weeks is the minimum time recommended for a course of Panchakarma therapy.

The daily schedule is much the same for every guest at Mountain Top Clinic as per the timetable on the image below:

Mountain Top Clinic Daily Timetable

Mountain Top Clinic Daily Timetable

The days are actually quite busy, but you are free to choose whether to attend any of the activities offered, such as yoga, meditation, nature walks, cooking classes, chanting etc or to just rest. 

Dr Sundara also does a 20 minute personal consultation each day with each guest, to talk about your treatment and answer any questions you may have. There is so much to learn and understand and I loved talking with him, he is so interesting, and there doesn’t seem to be any question that he cannot answer.

Sunrise from Yogashala at Mountain Top Ayurveda Clinic

Sunrise from Yogashala at Mountain Top Ayurveda Clinic

Week 1 – Let the fun begin 

Day 1: Saturday

I arrived late afternoon on the saturday and was quickly settled into my room, which looked as clean, tidy and new as the first time I had been here when it had just been built. Dr Sundara immediately explained my Ayurvedic treatment timetable to me for the following day. Explaining that the first three days would be preparation days of massage therapy and organic Ayurvedic food, to allow my body to be ready for drinking the dreaded ghee again! I spent the rest of the afternoon settling in before my first scrumptious Ayurvedic dinner at 6pm, yum. After which, I just spent the evening stargazing and enjoying the peace of the mountains, before a good nights sleep.

Day 2: Sunday

This was my first real day at Mountain Top and even though its was a sunday, it was going to be quite busy.

I woke up excited about having my fruits to eat at 7.30am that morning. However, I had forgotten that Dr Sundara had told me that before my fruits, I was to have my in-depth blood test to check for any health issues that I might want to address. The blood test was mainly taken so we could monitor any changes the Ayurvedic Panchakarma would have upon my system over the three weeks. This would show in a second blood test that I would receive before I left. It is good to see how much the blood results can improve over the three weeks of treatment.

Once the blood test was over my fruits arrived, a lovely plate of colourful pomegranate and a fresh orange juice. Yum. The fruits have to be eaten 30 minutes before other foods so that they digest and do not cause fermentation in the stomach. So 30 minutes after the fruits my nourishing breakfast bowl of porridge oats (with a hint of jaggery) arrived.

After breakfast I then had my initial in-depth 1 hour consultation with Dr Sundara to discuss any health issues that I wanted to be addressed. Dr Sundara thoroughly explained what my Ayurvedic treatment would involve and the Ayurvedic processes involved. All the terms were a little mind-boggling, so I decided that during my stay this time I would knuckle down and learn more about Ayurveda and how and why it actually works. (See the boxed panel below for my simplified explanation of basic Ayurvedic principles).

As there are many books on the subject and I am still trying to learn it all myself, I won’t go into detail on all the concepts of the Doshas here. For a good explanation of the characteristics of each Ayurvedic body constitution for Vata, Pita and Kapha you might want to visit Dr Sundara’s, Mountain Top Clinic website: http://mountaintopclinic.com/ayurveda/

Beautiful female Ayurveda Massage Therapists at Mountain Top Clinic

Beautiful female Ayurveda Massage Therapists at Mountain Top Clinic

Abhyanga Massage Time

Straight after my consultation I had my first Abhyanga massage. This is where two massage therapists work together, one either side, massaging you. They use specially prepared oil that is applied to help the body to begin to prepare for absorbing the ghee that I will be swallowing in a few days time. I had forgotten how wonderful these massages are. Bliss. I am sure they are even better than I remember last time. (Please see my previous blog Ayurvedic Panchakarma Preparation Days for more details about these Ayurvedic massage therapies).

My friend Rose from Australia (who I hadn’t seen for over a year) had also arrived during the night, so as it was Sunday, the rest of the day was left for us to catch up and settle ourselves in. Giving us lots of time to enjoy our wonderful Ayurvedic lunch and dinner in the tranquility and fresh air of the Nilgiris Mountains, over 5,000 feet above sea level.

Day 3 & 4: Monday & Tuesday

Day 3 & 4 are the same two therapies each day. These are further preparation days to prepare me before commencing my Snehana therapy (ghee drinking days) on Wednesday. 

My two therapies for these days are the wonderful Abhyanga medicinal oil massage again in the morning and Podikizhi (Choorna Swedam – Herbal Powder Poultice Therapy) in the afternoon.

Podikizhi

This Panchakarma therapy is a highly rejuvenating herbal practice, where 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 they are patted rhythmically all over the body. Podikizi, increases circulation, speeds up the detox process, and relieves muscle pain, stiffness, rheumatism, and arthritis. Different herbs are selected on the basis of the ailment being treated. It is also applied without oil if dry heat is necessary. The treatment makes you begin to feel sweaty and light.

These therapies allow the special herbs contained in the oil blends and hot poultices to be absorbed through the skin and enter into the system, preparing the way for the ghee therapy to follow. 

(See previous blogs https://yogabydesign.com.au/drinking-medicated-ghee/ and https://yogabydesign.com.au/ayurvedic-panchakarma-preparation-days-1-5/ for more in-depth information about these therapies and about drinking the medicated ghee which I begin tomorrow).

Day 5: Wednesday | Ghee Day | Oleation (Snehana therapy) – Drinking the medicated ghee

Ghee day (Snehana). Oleation time. Yay! Haha. 

This morning I do my own Pranavashya yoga practice in preparation for Dr Sundara arriving on my doorstep at sunrise with my little pot of ghee to drink. My ghee this time around is a Bitter/Sweet herbal medicated concoction. For my Ayurvedic therapy this time we are mainly working on nourishing my muscles, bones and pelvic region. This is in order to aid recovery of my hip injury (I have a tear in the labrum of my right hip joint) and we also need to work on my stomach and food absorption which is the root of most Ayurvedic treatment.

Day 1 of my medicated ghee drink is 25ml and it really does taste bitter (think I prefer the taste of the ghee I had on my last visit which tasted kind of peppery). Oh well, hopefully its only for three days this time. However, tomorrow I think I have to drink twice as much, yikes! 

After drinking the ghee, I then have to stay laying down in my room (without going to sleep) until 11am. With no internet or talking allowed. So it’s a nice time to settle down and read all about Ayurveda and get my head around all the Ayurvedic concepts – such as what makes up our constitution known as our Prakriti, what are the three Doshas, the seven Dhatus, the three Malas, Ama and Agni within our systems. With all this to learn it’s not going to be hard to stay awake!

At 12.30pm lunch time, I receive my bowl of shiny yellow Kitchari to eat in my room. After my Kitchari I then go for a short walk around the tea plantations and then at 3pm I have my steam bath sweating therapy called Swedana. Swedana is a medicated steam bath and it helps you ease into the process of detoxification. The sweating is used to open the pores and let the ghee work its way into the stomach ready for the removal of toxins in the Panchakarma therapy to follow. (See my previous drinking medicated ghee blog (https://yogabydesign.com.au/drinking-medicated-ghee/) for more in-depth details). 

3.30pm is one of my favourite times of the day. This is when the wonderful ginger tea drink arrives at my door. In the late afternoon we have Pranayama/Meditation from 5-6pm and then my final bowl of Kitchari arrives with a beautiful smile at 6.30pm before an early night to bed in order to prepare for tomorrow.

Day 6: Thursday | Ghee Day 2

I start my day at 5.30am again, getting up and practicing my shortened version of the Prana Vashya Yoga Primary Sequence. After my Savasana rest, Dr Sundara arrives at 7.15am with his little pot of ghee “treat” for me. Well, I’ve already got an eversion to the ghee and do not feel like swallowing it at all, so I have to really focus my mind to pretend its something else. The faster I swallow it the better, but its the after taste that I don’t like and there is no getting out of that one. Oh well, hopefully only a few more days and I know its for my own good.

After the Ghee I have to stay in my room again until 11am with no internet etc, just reading and studying. Yesterday, I misunderstood Dr Sundara, and thought I had to stay laying down, but apparently I am allowed to sit up which is much better as I was really finding it hard to lay down for so long yesterday, especially without going to sleep!

Again the rest of my day is the same timetable as yesterday and the day passes amazingly fast.

Kitchari, Kitchari and more Kitchari in-between drinking the medicated ghee

Week 2 – Ghee and Purgation!

Day 7: Friday | Ghee Day 3

Really not looking forward to the ghee this morning. I definitely already have an eversion to it. This is a sign that my body is hopefully satiated with the medicated ghee, so fingers crossed that it is, and that today will be my last day of gulping it down.

Dr Sundara arrives a little earlier this morning with the ghee cup in hand. This time the cup contains 75ml of Medicated ghee, warmed ready for my consumption. I have learnt that it is best to drink it down as fast as you can without breathing in through the mouth in between. So this time I take a few big, fast, gulps to get it down as quick as possible. Phew, all done. Not so bad.

So now for confinement in my room until 11am before my bowl of Kitchari at 12.30pm. I think the Kitchari is also full of ghee and I’m now beginning to get an eversion to it as well, ho hum! I know its all for my own good.

During Dr Sundara’s daily consultation with me he advises that after these five days of healthy diet, fresh mountain air, daily massages, steam baths and ingesting the medicated ghee, I now show signs of complete internal and external oleation. My pulse readings (left and right pulses) have passed the test and I am ready to receive my first actual Panchakarma therapy – Virechana (purgation). No more drinking ghee for me. Yahoo. Although, I am not so keen for the Virechana purgation day, but its only one day, so I can do it.

I have also found that on these ghee days my mind is becoming ultra clear, Dr Sundara suggests that this is because the ghee and herbs have now entered the fat tissues in my brain. I think I should probably drink this ghee all the time, it’s a great feeling, being so clear minded!

Again the rest of my day is the same timetable as yesterday with therapies, reading, fresh mountain air, a little socialising with my friends and the other guests and afternoon pranayama and meditation. 

Day 8: Saturday |Virechana (therapeutic purgation – OH NO!)

I wake up early today feeling apprehensive as the much dreaded purgation day arrives again. Last time I was here, three years ago, I really did not enjoy this day. Purgation (Virechana) is the first day of my actual Panchakarma therapy.

This is the first day of my actual “Panchakarma” treatment, now that I have thankfully finished the Snehana (drinking the medicated ghee) part of my treatment.

After three days of drinking the medicated ghee, my body has been saturated with the ghee reaching all the parts of my system. It has worked its way through all the seven tissues of the body – plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow/nerves, reproductive tissue and also the energy centres. These tissues are known as Dhatus in Ayurveda.

The liquid quality of the medicated ghee, has carried the oily substance throughout my body and liquified the excess doshas in preparation for their removal through the elimination processes of the Panchakarma treatment that I am about to begin.

So what are the Panchakarma therapies?

Pancha means five in Sanskrit and Karma means actions. So Panchakarma is a purification therapy with five types of therapeutic actions. The five main methods of Panchakarma are.

  • Vamana – Herb induced emesis (therapeutic vomiting)
  • Virechana – Herb induced purgation (bowel evacuation)
  • Vasti – Herbal enema (cleansing the large intestine)
  • Nasya – Nasal drops (cleansing the nasal passages which are the doorways to the mind and senses and the first site where Prana is absorbed)
  • Rakta-moksha – therapeutic blood-letting.

However, when you go for a Panchakarma therapy you don’t necessary need to do all five treatments. It will depend on the treatment your Ayurvedic doctor has designed for your current condition. Dr Sundara advises that I only need to begin with Virechana – the herbal induced bowel evacuation and later continue with the Vasti – herbal enema – and finish with the Nasya – nasal drops.

What is Virechana (purgation therapy)?

Purgation therapy, the second of the five main Panchakarma therapies, is the process by which bodily wastes are evacuated through the lower pathways of the body. The idea is that the excesses, are extracted from the stomach, moved into the large intestines, and then removed from the body in the form of faeces. The specific Virechana herbs induce the purging process which remove accumulated toxins from all over the body. It also helps to remove toxins and waste products from the blood.

For further information on the qualities and effects of Drinking of Medicated Ghee and a more in-depth summary about what Panchakarma involves, please see my earlier blogs https://yogabydesign.com.au/drinking-medicated-ghee/ and https://yogabydesign.com.au/ayurvedic-panchakarma-mountain-top-clinic/

Let the day begin

At sunrise at 7am my much dreaded purgation day arrives again. Last time I was here I really did not enjoy this day.

Dr Sundara arrives jut before the sun rises over the hill with his little silver cup of purgation concoction. We stand facing the sunrise over the mountains whilst he chants the mantra and I focus on my spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing. Once the chant is complete, he removes the lid to the cup, gives the formula a little stir which makes me realise it seems quite thick (help) and then asks me to drink it. Surprisingly, its quite tasty. 

Dr Sundara then reminds me of my 3 things to do today:

  1. Drink water every 30 minutes
  2. Count every bowel elimination
  3. Observe, the colour, smell, and texture of the bowel movement (what fun!).

Let the fun begin. I must admit I will be glad when this day is over, but I know it is doing me good.

Timetable for a day of Panchakarma Virechana Purgation

My wonderful timetable today is:

Time Steps to be followed
7am drink the Virechana concoction
7am-12.30pm follow the three steps above taking notes, while resting as much as possible and staying focussed on the detox
12.30pm eat an easy digestible rice gruel for lunch (see image below)
1pm–3.30pm try to sleep (but that wasn’t very successful, I think I only managed 40 minutes as I’m not used to sleeping during the day)
3.30pm Ginger tea time – I was hanging out for that by this time
3.45pm Dr Sundara comes to visit to check how I’m going. He checks my pulses (left and right) and it appears that I’m going good and everything is coming out as it should (brilliant).
4pm I am finally allowed to have a shower, which is a wonderful experience, after spending all day in my room and bathroom observing eliminations.
5pm Pranayama and Meditation
6.30pm Final Kitchari and soup time – yahoo

Diary of how the day of Purgation therapy draws out…

After drinking the Virechana concoction, I soon began to feel quite hot and also had bloating and cramps in my stomach. The only option seemed to be to hop back into bed to just relax and read. It’s going to be a long day.

At 7.30am the toilet fun begins….

To keep me occupied, I have drawn myself up a table to log my eliminations, timings and observations. This will make it easier to report back to Dr Sundara when he comes for his visit to check on me.

Effects of the purgation

Throughout the day I slowly began to feel just a little nauseous and tight in the stomach. I also got a slight heavy head (not really a headache as such) and found it quite hard to drink my water every half hour. I really didn’t feel like swallowing it at all. Apart from those minor ailments, the day wasn’t too bad, especially considering how I was worrying it was going to be so terrible.

I wont go into detail of all my “movements” throughout the day, but I am proud to say that I achieved just 14 eliminations in total. Good one!

This second time around was much better than my first time, where I felt like I had flu all day and had a total of 24 eliminations. That day I felt like I was in the bathroom forever. Dr Sundara says that the purgation day is always better the second time around. It is good to know this, as Panchakarma is a treatment that is recommended at least every couple of years for continued good health.

Getting back to normal routine again

After my shower at 4pm, although feeling a little weak, I even managed to take myself out for a 30 minute walk to get the system moving. It was so nice to be outside in nature again, walking amongst the tea plantations and feeling very light and free.

After my walk, I joined the other guests at Mountain Top Clinic for Pranayama and Meditation. They have just come back from their long nature walk with Dr Sundara, which I obviously wasn’t allowed to join.

Purgation day happily ends with a big bowl of delicious soup and a final bowl of Kitchari (yahoo) and then its time for bed. I pray that I don’t have to keep getting up in the night to visit the bathroom again. As I have to admit, I was over seeing the inside of my bathroom for the day.

So until next time, that was my worst day of the Panchakarma over. I know there is still lots more Ayurvedic therapies and treatments to come, however, for the next few days I am going to have some pampering, with wonderful rejuvenating hot oil massages. Yay.

Rice gruel purgation meal

Rice gruel purgation meal of the day!

Day 9: Sunday | Yay – Food again

I am so excited that today I get to eat solid food rather than drinking ghee and swallowing the Kitchari. Yahoo.

In order to prepare my digestion slowly, my first meal will be just the fruits served before breakfast. And what a wonderful taste explosion the fruit is. I savoured every mouthful. This fruit will be all I get to eat up until lunch time, but it’s going to be worth the wait.

At 11am I am given my Abhyanga massage which feels so good after 4 days of no massage treatments, which I wasn’t allowed during the Snehana (drinking ghee) and Virechana (purging) therapies.

At 1pm, with much excitement, I receive my lunch with everyone else. This is the best meal I can remember (see image). Absolutely delicious and I consciously chewed every morsel slowly to appreciate every single bit of it.

On Sundays at MTC there are no organised afternoon activities as its time for the hard working staff to rest. So four of us guests decided to head out on our own for a 1.5 hour walk through the local villages and tea plantation. (Please see photos below). It is so great to get outside again and see the local villages and just be walking in nature. A wonderful afternoon.

The day is finished with a light dinner at 6.30pm and then retiring to bed to read before a good sleep.

Nilgiri tea plantation walk from Mountain Top Ayurveda Clinic

Nilgiri tea plantation walk from Mountain Top Ayurveda Clinic

Days 10-16 Monday-Sunday | Regeneration Days | Rasayana

The final stage of Panchakarma is “Rasayana” which means “rejuvenation.” From Day 10 onwards I now have about 7 days of rejuvenation therapies. My special treatments will be designed to  rejuvenate my bones, ligaments, tissues and help fine tune my digestion and absorption of nutrients.

I can now, also go back to the full Mountain Top Clinic weekly schedule of cooking classes, nature walks, chanting classes, market visit and full meals, so I am very excited.

Rejuvenation Therapies

Pizhichil therapy

In the mornings I will receive the wonderful warm Ayurvedic Oil Bath (Pizhichil). 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 a light pressure massage applied by the two Ayurvedic massage therapists, in-between anointments. Pizhichil is said to be effective for both musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, as it strengthens immunity, lubricates the joints, increases flexibility and is very soothing for the mind.

Shirodana

In the afternoon I will receive Shirodana therapy. Sirodhara is the method of dripping warm herbal oil in a uniform pendulum motion across the forehead to pacify and revitalise the mind and body. In addition to its rejuvenating and anti-aging effects, Sirodhara is said to improve memory, normalise sleep patterns, address other neurological disorders, and strengthen the heart and third eye chakras.

Both of these therapies are so blissful. I had forgotten how soothing these treatments were. How nice are these seven rejuvenating days going to be.

Herbal Medications

Dr Sundara also presents me with a plate of Ayurvedic pills and potions that he requires me to swallow to work on my muscles, bones, ligaments, digestion etc. These aren’t going to be so much fun, but I know its all for my own good and the reason why I am here. One of the tablets is like eating the soil from the tea plantations, but I’m sure it is full of transformative herbs!

Accommodation, Yoga, Therapy and inside of rooms at MTC

View of Accommodation, Yoga Shala, Therapy Room and internal view of rooms at Mountain Top Clinic

Week 3 – My final week of Ayurvedic pampering

Day 17, 18 & 19 | Monday–Wednesday (my last week, boo)

Today is the beginning of my last 6 days here, which is quite sad, as it seems to be going so fast. After a week of blissful rejuvenating Pizhichil hot oil baths and the Shirodana oil drip over my forehead, my treatment schedule now changes to more therapies to complete the rest of the Panchakarma treatments. 

Udwarthana

Today’s massage is called “Udwarthana”. This is a deep, dry, detoxification massage using herbal powders which stimulate the hair follicles, assisting to break down the body’s excess subcutaneous fat. It’s like a full-on body scrub! Udwarthana treatment can address obesity, diabetes, and cellulites by mobilising toxins so that the body can more easily remove them from the tissue.

Dr Sundara explained that the sand like powder used, is a special mix of herbs and barks, and the massage is good for my hip and pelvic areas which we are targeting to heal. It will also gradually help break down fat deposits by enhancing blood and lymphatic circulation. This massage helps clean and exfoliate the skin, making it more receptive to absorbing herbs and therapeutic oils.

I found this massage very stimulating, giving an after effect like having exercised for an hour. Udvarthanam definitely enhances the blood circulation, if feel sparkly! It feels like it spreads fresh energy to the whole body, especially to the surface of the skin. 

This treatment is really going to help get rid of my dry skin (and hopefully my cellulite problem – fingers crossed).

Vasti time! (Herbal anal retention enema)

This afternoon, its Vasti time, which I’m not so sure about. At my last visit at Mountain Top Clinic I had trouble retaining these. So we will see. 

Vasti are anal retention enemas with medicated decoctions and/or medicated oils and is a very important Ayurvedic treatment. Vasti acts on the large intestine. In Vasti the herbal oil concoction is administered directly into the large intestines, which makes it very potent, as it has no need to pass through digestion first. It acts on all sorts of aches and pains, joint pain, arthritis, lumbago, chronic constipation etc. 

Today I will get 60ml of medicated oil which I am told I need to try and “hold in” for up to 3 hours (although 2 would be good!).

Well the good news was, that I managed to hold it in for 2 hours and 5 minutes on the first day, and then for 3 hours and 15 minutes the second day and finally 4 hours and 20 minutes the last day. Yippee, very impressed with myself. I think I passed the test this time. 

I found that the Vasti wasn’t so bad after all, but I felt I just needed to rest and not move around too much during the time I was ‘holding’. This was also a good excuse for me to stay still and relax for once, as I am not very good at that.

My lizard friend on the path to the Ayurvedic treatment room

My lizard friend on the path to the Ayurvedic treatment room

Day 20 | Thursday 13 Feb

Uzhichil

Today’s treatment is a Deep Tissue Abhyanga Massage called Uzhichil. 

Uzhichil is a form of ayurvedic massage therapy which is effective in the rejuvenation of the nervous and muscular systems of the body and also stimulates the blood circulation. Uzhichil is one of the most effective massage therapies in panchakarma that involves the application of pressure to the specific parts of the body, along with oil, and thus stimulates the circulation as well as the nervous system.

As per all the massage treatments given to me at MTC this massage is again given by the two lovely lady therapists. I love the lady therapists at Mountain Top Clinic, they are so well trained, very committed and sometimes a little cheeky and fun. 

Directly after the massage I am given some eye drops, Aschyotanam, for clear sparkling eyes and mind.

Nasyam (nasal oil drops)

In the afternoon, I have the Nasyam, which involves a full face and neck massage with camphor oil to open the up pathways and then 30 nose drops up each nostril. These are dispensed up the nostril through a small brass pot.

Nasya is one of the final Panchakarma treatments. The nose drops can also be done as part of a daily routine. It is good for strengthening head, face, neck, shoulders, chest and all the sensory organs. It is said to improve rhythmic breathing, stimulate the brain, promote memory, tone the sight, relieve fear and anxiety, increase blood circulation in the head region and improve good hair growth and encourage sound sleep.

I must, admit, I wasn’t very fond of the nose drops, although I could feel the benefits, but the facial massage was wonderful. I am sure I look a lot younger after it!

I think that after all of these therapies all of my bodily orifices are now full of oil, or some other kind of Ayurvedic concoction. I am feeling great, clear headed and healthy from the inside out.

Day 21 | Friday 14 Feb

Today my treatments were the same as yesterday. 

Today on Dr Sundara’s daily consultation visit, he brought with him the results of my second blood test. The blood test results show that things have improved immensely. I must say, that for just 3 weeks of therapies, there is quite a huge improvement. My cholesterol is down, my inflammation markers are way down (yahoo) and my resting glucose is back to normal as it was a bit too low when I arrived. Great results. 

These improvements are just for starters, as the Ayurvedic treatment will continue working for months after I leave Mountain Top Clinic. On top of this,  if I can also learn how to follow the Ayurvedic diet suggestions that Dr Sundara gives me, I will be able to maintain this state of health for a very long time.

Day 22 | Saturday 15 Feb

My last day of treatment at Mountain Top Clinic, how sad. I’m going to really miss Dr Sundara, all the lady therapists and the other wonderful staff at Mountain Top Clinic. 

Today was a lovely way to finish my treatments with an Abhyangam massage in the morning and then a Podikizhi hot poultice treatment in the afternoon. This was a great help to prepare me before our midnight flight to Singapore and then on home to Sydney. There was going to be a very long day and night of travel ahead, so it was nice to have a day of stimulating treatments and a very special final group nature walk. 

The remainder of the day involved packing, enjoying our final Ayurvedic lunch together and saying our goodbyes (although only until next time). This is such a wonderful place, I know I will back again as soon as I can.

Thank you once again to Dr Sundara and all the therapists and staff at Mountain Top Clinic, I couldn’t recommend you more highly. Namaste.

Dr Sundara and Rose and I just before we say our farewells

Dr Sundara and Rose and I just before we say our farewells

Exciting News | Dr Sundara at Mountain Top Clinic is now offering online Ayurveda Consultations & Ayurveda Certificate Courses

Dr Sundara has now announced that he is giving online consultations. This is especially important in these trying times during the Coronavirus lock-downs, but also in regular times. It is always very important for us to stay healthy and keep our digestion and immune system in top notch condition. This can be very easy to do with the right advice on how to follow a few simple Ayurvedic principles, such as eating the right foods for our constitutions.

I would highly recommend getting in touch with Dr Sundara for a quick consultation to set you on the right path to keep you feeling healthy and well.

Please follow these links for more details on pricing and how to contact him:
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Dr Sundara is also offering his Ayurvedic Consultant courses on-line too. These are for those who want to study Ayurveda more in depth, either for work or just for personal knowledge. It is a great way to study with him without having to travel all the way to India. Please download the attached pdf –  Mountain Top Clinic Online Courses Information to review the syllabus or visit his website to find out more http://mountaintopclinic.com/contact/

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