During this Covid-19 pandemic, MD Ayurveda has ventured to open a joint Medical and Ayurveda center in Sebastopol, California offering medically-supervised Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Consultations for chronic health conditions.

MD Ayurveda follows classical Ayurvedic traditions with the highest standards of Ayurvedic care along with western medicine consultations. Personalized programs and services include:

  • Consultations with both western medicine physician and an Ayurveda Vaidya
  • Guided Panchakarma preparation programs at home
  • Customized Panchakarma programs of 1, 3, 7 and 14 days

Integrating Western Medicine with Ayurveda The integration of Western Medicine with Ayurveda allows the treatment, management and prevention of chronic health conditions and lifestyle disorders in a safe and highly personalized way. Classical Panchakarma programs are directed by Vaidya Jessica Vellela, BAMS, Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine specialist, and overseen by Remy Coeytaux, M.D., PhD. Dr. Remy Coeytaux is the managing physician at MD Ayurveda. A former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Bravewell Collaborative Fellow in Integrative Medicine, he serves as the Caryl J. Guth, MD Chair of Integrative Medicine, Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Vaidya Jessica is the first American-born woman to become an Ayurvedic Physician in India and practice there independently. She completed Ayurvedic medical school in India with First Rank and has overseen numerous patients of Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine. Apart from providing Western Medicine alongside Ayurvedic Medicine perspective, there are several benefits of this collaboration including:

  • End-to-end Ayurveda based care from medical consultations to extended-stay Panchakarma programs
  • Increased attention with a holistic approach to health
  • Seamless integration into your current conventional health care plan

Medically Supervised Panchakarma Panchakarma is a traditional, mostly residential, holistic treatment program for addressing dosha imbalances in chronic conditions and lifestyle disorders, thereby alleviating symptoms of disease. Panchakarma uses time-tested Ayurvedic techniques apart from diet and lifestyle changes to restore your health to its natural state. Those techniques include body therapies, herbal formulations, and specific dietary adjustments. Panchakarma can be likened to a detoxification process or a cleanse; however, panchakarma is an advanced, systematic medical procedure that should only be done with a qualified professional. MD Ayurveda offers a modern, collaborative approach to this ancient restorative process. At their facility, Panchakarma programs are overseen by both a western medical doctor (Remy Coeytaux, MD, PhD) and an Ayurvedic specialist (Vaidya Jessica Vellela, BAMS). This collaboration fosters integration with your current health care program and a holistic state-of-the-art clinical experience. Traditional Panchakarma offerings The MD Ayurveda Panchakarma center is designed to offer classical Ayurvedic cleanses under the supervision of a medical doctor. MD Ayurveda makes it possible for Panchakarma to be offered in its full scope of practice using traditional methods to perform śhodhana, removal of the doshas through their nearest route of exit. In this setup, classical Ayurvedic treatments and their classically based variations may be utilized to their fullest extent. Safe elimination of doshas, after the necessary preparatory steps are undertaken, are performed with vamana, virecana, niruha and anuvasana basti, nasya or their classically based variations. Excellent Team of Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine Specialists The Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine team at MD Ayurveda in Sebastopol, CA is a highly qualified, selective team of professionals. The Ayurvedic specialists (vaidyas), Ayurvedic practitioners (svastha āchāryas) and Panchakarma technicians (parichārakas) have received education and training that meet exceptional standards in the United States. In the United States, training in Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine varies depending on one’s level of completion. Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine includes education in western anatomy and physiology, study of Sanskrit and knowledge of application of the classical Ayurvedic framework for health and disease. Graduates of Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine programs are well versed in the application of classical Ayurveda. What are the benefits of MD Ayurveda programs? According to MD Ayurveda, participating in a Panchakarma program along with appropriate changes to your diet or lifestyle may provide the following potential benefits for three to six months post-treatment.

  • Possible improvement in clinical indicators for a given chronic condition, like hemoglobin A1c for people with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Reduction in the dosage or number of prescribed medications
  • Improved digestion and elimination
  • Relief of symptoms of discomfort or disease
  • More energy
  • A sense of calm, a feeling of ease and a peaceful mind
  • Improved overall health

You will also learn about the contributing factors to ill health and good practices you can use for staying healthy after Panchakarma. What to expect from the Panchakarma processes at MD Ayurveda When undergoing Panchakarma at MD Ayurveda, you may receive some combination of body therapies on a daily basis for 3, 7 or 14 day. These therapies provoke or excite the impurities in preparation of cleansing.

  • Two or four-handed massage to oil and relax the body
  • Steam and heat treatments to induce sweating
  • Oiling the nasal passages to soothe the sinuses
  • Controlled pouring of oil over the forehead to calm the mind

Panchakarma uses internal preparatory steps along with body therapies and a special diet to release impurities or doshas from the tissues and cleanse the body. The collaborative approach improves patient care post-Panchakarma. Following Panchakarma, the medical doctor communicates with one’s primary care physician or other members of a person’s healthcare team for a defined period. Follow-ups with the MD Ayurveda team will evaluate diet, lifestyle and experience for optimal health moving forward. Pre-assessment before undergoing Panchakarma Panchakarma can be done yearly or seasonally depending on one’s health goals and state of health. One thing we would recommend is the Personalized Panchakarma Consult and pre-assessment with Dr. Coeytaux and Vaidya Jessica. At this consultation, they determine which Panchakarma program is right for you. A pre-assessment lasts 20 minutes and considers health history, current state of health and suitability for Panchakarma. If one is not yet ready for the 14-Day Panchakarma Program which includes a deep cleanse, you may be a good candidate for their 3-Day or 7-Day Program. Following the consultation, one receives personalized recommendations generally include diet and lifestyle suggestions which are required to prepare you for any Panchakarma program. For more information, please visit www.MDAyurveda.com or call 707-495-3909. Please email info@ayushliving.com if you have any questions about MD Ayurveda or if you would like us to review other Ayurveda or Panchakarma Centers in the US.

Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.

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