AYUSH brings ‘Panchakarma’ therapies to Guwahati

Priyanka Chakrabarty

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Guwahati: The Central Ayurveda Research Institute (CARI) is all set to open a new Rs 7 crore ‘Panchakarma’ building in Guwahati, Assam shortly. The new premises will be located in the Barsajai locality of the city.

The block inaugurated by Union Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in January this year will potentially provide therapy to more patients. Currently, the institute is providing therapy to as many as 1,200-1,500 patients per month.

Special treatments that can be availed at this centre include abhyanga, abhyanga-swedana, patra potali swedana, snehadhara, vaitarana basti, matra basti, shastika ahali Pinda Sweda, Shiroabhyanga and so on. Treatments are priced between Rs 30 and Rs 1,000.

“Ayurveda has two principles. The first principle highlights that one person remains healthy without any health issues. The second principle suggests that if a person falls sick then it must be cured”, a Research Officer at Central Ayurveda Research Institute said discussing ‘Panchakarma’, considered a special method in Ayurveda. “If we remove toxins from our body occasionally, that person never falls into a health trap.”

“Panchakarma’ is of five types”, he shared, elaborating further. “The body is first prepared for treatment both in the upper part and lower part. There is a massage process in the therapy in some treatments. The type of disease will determine the time that will be required for treatment.”

Special technicians trained by the government will be appointed and the hospital will have both in-patient and out-patient departments. While senior citizens will be given a 60 percent discount, government service holders will be reimbursed by their offices.

Looking at the importance of Panchakarma healing, Sonowal also inaugurated the Centre of Excellence on Panchakarma at the State Ayurvedic College and Hospital on February 24. 

Speaking on the occasion, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “With the addition of this new Centre of Excellence on Panchakarma as well as the renovated State Pharmacy, the college is further equipped to play a pivotal role in contributing strongly to the resurgent Ayush global wellness movement.”

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Priyanka Chakrabarty