Notes about in-house or in-patient treatment to ayurvedic traditional panchakarma therapy
The Outpatient unit is situated in the main road junction and the inpatient panchakarma unit with 15 rooms is situated 200 feet away in western direction from the OP unit.
Patients are admitted here and treatment is given under the direct care of a panel of doctors guided by Dr. L. Mahadevan.
Those who are coming from outside and those who have serious health issues are requested to bring a friend or relative or a bystander. Then only hospital will be able to take the responsibility to treat them. Sometimes foreigners will come alone, so it is difficult to for us to do all the procedures. So one bystander is needed.
1. What are all the treatment modalities adopted in your hospital?
Here traditional ayurvedic therapy like panchakarma which includes therapeutic vomiting, therapeutic purgation, administration of enema and other purvakarma (pre operative procedures) like patrapotala svedam, jambeera pinda svedam, bandaging, physiotherapy and varma massage of the siddha tradition. These therapies are done with in-depth understanding of tridoshic and pancha maha bhutha theory, which are the base of ayurveda.
2. How many days will a patient stay?
Based on the clinical picture of the patient he or she may be advised to stay for 10 days / 14 days or 21 days. Sometimes he or she may be advised to stay for more days. Only after thorough clinical examination the chief doctor will be able to decide about the number of days needed.
3. What is the difference between taking medicines in the home and getting admitted in your hospital?
While you are coming to the Outpatient unit you get maximum 10 to 15 minutes to interact with the doctor. Most of the diseases are solved with OP treatment. Chronic diseases need IP treatment. Sometimes we have to do trial and error method by changing the medicines based on the clinical conditions which are called avastha, for which the patient should be admitted. Physician should observe and use the medicines frequently. Only by admission this is possible. More over detoxification is possible only in inpatient unit which needs meticulous treatment plan and physician’s care. The panel of doctors will be along side the patient in the Inpatient unit. This is the significance of inpatient treatment over the OP treatment.
4. What is the rent of the rooms?
We have A/c and Non A/c rooma. All are double bedded except one room. The room tariff are mentioned in service menu - information on panchakarma treatment section. We give mineral water to every body, every room is provided with colour TV. Standby generator facility is provided in The IP. Hospital has a watchman and a manager.
5. What type of food we can get in the hospital?
We advice less spicy, less oily, vegetarian diet. We have only 15 rooms, so do not have our canteen. This is why we have arranged with a local villager to serve the food for the patients. Some people highly appreciate the food and they say this is the best. Some people say they do not like this food. We are getting mixed opinions. It is true that we are unable to satisfy all the people. Those who have facility they can bring electric cooker and cook their food based on the advice of the doctor.
Indian American who stay in America and those who are exposed to northern style of ayurvedic classes ask us to give kichadi all the time. It is not mentioned in the Shastra that you should drink kichadi all the time. If it is needed we give equivalent food to that.
6. Why does ayurveda consider yavagu or kanji or gruel as good food?
Yavagu or kanji are easily digestible and carminative in nature. This can be given with solanum seeds, moong dal, etc. Kanji is contraindicated in diabetic patients because the starch increases blood sugar. Otherwise kanji along with moong dal is a very good food.
7. What type of water the patient should drink?
The water should be pure, clean and warm. In our hospital we buy mineral water, heat it and then give it to the patients.
There is a mineral water tank near the well. The patients or bystander can go and bring sufficient water to the room. So the patient is advised to bring 1 to 2 liter bottle or a flask to keep water.
8. What are all the materials the patients should bring to the hospital?
Torch light, spoon, candle, match box, plates, tumbler, towels, bed sheet, mosquito net, soap, books for reading, tape recorder, laptop, all your medical case report, glucometer if you use, any personal medicines.
9. Can a patient watch TV?
Half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the night just for relaxing is okay. Sitting in front of TV all the time pollutes the mind and we do not advise that.
10. How many persons are allowed to stay along with the patient?
One or two persons can stay. We do not charge anything extra for that. But, those persons who are accompanying the main patient or the bystander should bring bed sheet, etc., from their house.
11. How many times will the doctors come and see the patient?
Morning, noon and night and even in interval doctors will come and see you. If you call they will come.
12. How many doctors are there?
More than 10 assistant doctors for Dr. L. Mahadevan are there.
13. What are the investigations we will do?
After thorough clinical examination we take the case. Weight, complete blood analysis, ECG, X- Ray, EEG, CT-Scan, MRI Scan, can be done. All facilities are available in Nagercoil town. Only if it is absolutely essential these tests are taken.
14. Why are you doing investigations being an ayurvedic doctor?
In order to understand the hidden pathology, investigations are useful. This is the style we follow. This is the style we train our students. Our success rate is high and failure rate is very low by this method. At the same time we are strong and give high importance to mula siddhanta, guna concepts of ayurveda. To find tumor using a MRI or asking a person to wear glasses for better vision, checking sugar through a glucometer, is not a sin nor is it against ayurveda.
Many things are not possible to tell pin pointedly by pulse examination, even though pulse examination is a very good tool. There is nothing wrong with incorporating the good ideas from other systems of medicine.
15. Do you have an emergency unit?
No. We have contacts with very good centers in Nagercoil town. Whenever there is clinical emergency our panel of doctors will take the patient to nearby hospital to which we are associated and best possible treatment will be given.
16. Is ayurvedic treatment indicated during menstrual cycle?
No. As menstruation itself is considered as a purification, oil based treatments are not done during this time.
17. What will be the total expenditure?
The total expenditure will be answered only after thorough examination. Kindly decide whether you will be able to pay the money. Sit with duty doctor or the RMO and understand what will be expenditure, then decide and you can come. It is true that an ayurvedic therapy is now a days little bit costly.
18. What are all the things that are not included in the hospital bill?
Food for the patient and guest.
Scan, blood test, your travel expenditure & specialist consultation. Buying modern medicines as per the advice of modern doctors if needed will not come under hospital bill.
19. Does investigation come under your bill?
No. Based on the clinical condition, the chief physician will prescribe investigation. You have to pay for the investigation. You have to pay the money directly to the lab.
20. What are all the things included in your bill?
Fees of the physician, all panchakarma procedures, room rent, In-house treatment, medical expenditure, physiotherapy, and the medicines that you are going to take for next two months are included in the bill.
21. If I need any help which number I should contact?
If it is a non medical help you should contact the following numbers -
9382217268 / 9443361086 / 9345580473
If it is for medical help, you can contact RMOs -
9362229902 / 9488341852
22. What will the ward manager do?
The ward manager will check the room, the water availability, whether the bed sheets are changed properly and the food. He will also check treatment is taking place on time. His phone no is 9345580473
23. What are all the things contra indicated during panchakarma?
You should avoid spicy and oily food. Day time sleep is prohibited. Walking in the sunlight is prohibited. 20 minutes light walking is adviced in the late evening. Drinking cold water is prohibited. Drinking alcohol, smoking is totally prohibited. Eating pan is totally prohibited. Over usage of cell phone and seeing TV is not good. Sexual life is prohibited.
Going to the bed by 9 O’ clock in the night is advised.
24. Can ayurveda cure all the diseases?
No. No system of medicine will be able to cure all the diseases. Some of the diseases are only manageable. Some diseases need life time treatment, some diseases cannot be cured by any medicines. Some diseases are better treated by modern medicine only. In certain conditions modern medicine is better than ayurveda. This truth will be revealed after individual case examination.
25. Can I take modern medicines along with ayurveda?
Yes. Diabetic medicine, hypertensive medicine, epilepsy medicine, TB medicine should never be stopped at any cost. It will produce harm to you. Regarding other medicines doctor will examine you and give his opinion. If there is no drug interaction the medicines can be taken. This will be explained you by the chief physician.
26. What is meant by pathya? People say ayurveda has severe pathya?
Pathya has Hitam (Beneficial) - the food that is good for the person. Which controls the disease and improves the health is called pathya. The concept of pathya exists in every system of medicine.
- Diabetic patients should not take sweets.
- Thyroid patients should not take cabbage.
- People suffering from kidney, renal disease should control the salt.
This is the pathyam told in modern medicine. Like wise in vata diseases we are advising a less spicy, less oily, vegetarian diet. Because these foods increases auto immunity.
27. What about tamarind? Is it true that we have to use less tamarind in the food?
They will increase pitta and vitiate rakta in the body. It is an auto immune enhancer.
28. Can we touch cold water?
You can touch cold water and you can use regular water for cleaning hand and leg. There is nothing wrong with that.
29. Is Ayurveda – a vegetarian system?
No. Ayurveda is not a vegetarian system. It is a mixed system. So many non-vegetarian food and medicines are told in ayurveda. Vegetarianism has got lot of good qualities that is why we stress on that. In some of the diseases goat’s soup and fish are advised but in the campus only vegetarian is advised. We do not allow the patient to cook non-vegetarian food in the campus. Non vegetarian food increases fat in the body. In some cases non-vegetarian food is advised as medicine. People are not supposed to buy non vegetarian food from outside and eat in the campus.
30. Can we do prayer, meditation in the campus?
You can always pray based upon your religious tradition inside the room. You should not hurt others. You should not compel others with your ideas. You should not go and tell that your method of worship is superior and you should not hurt other poor people by implementing or forcing your ideas. We are spiritual people and we do allow prayers and meditation.
31. Do I have to pay advance?
Yes. Rs.15000/- is the advance. It must be paid on day one. Then the bill can be paid intermittently.
32. Will I get a discharge summary?
All the original reports will be given to you. Discharge summary will be written and prepared in the form of book. The book will be given to you. The book will contain all the details. It will be signed by a doctor.
33. Does Ayurveda have insurance?
Only you have to enquire whether ayurveda has insurance. You have to pay money to us, then you can get insurance from the company. That is your responsibility. Hospital does not accept money from insurance company. If you need any bill or any supportive document to get the insurance, we will support you. We will write and give it to you as per your need.
34. Are there mosquitoes in the hospital?
Yes. The hospital is situated in the middle of paddy field. So it is natural that mosquitoes are there, but in this village malaria, etc., are not seen. You can use mosquito repellent, mosquito net, etc., After 6 pm close the windows.
35. Do you have internet facility?
Yes. Internet (WiFi) is arranged in the ward. Per day is Rs.50/-. You can contact system administrator for password request.
36. Is there power cut in the hospital?
Yes, there are power cuts, however we have a generator.
37. Is there facility for washing clothes?
Yes. There is facility for washing clothes. 24 hours water supply is available. It is better if you wash your clothes yourself. If it is not possible, a lady who comes there for room cleaning will wash clothes. The charges that she demand for it has to by paid directly.
38. Is fruits available are your village?
Fruits are available only at Nagercoil. If you need you can inform the manager or driver, they will buy fruits for you. You can enquire the doctor whether you can take the fruit or not for. your clinical condition.
39. Is there Credit / Debit card facility? What are the other means to pay money?
Credit card facility available in our hospital. Money will be accepted as cash, demand draft or it can be transferred to the hospital account from your account.
40. Pickup from the Airport (Car facility)
- It will take about 3 ½ hours to reach from airport to our village. In the morning and evening hours the traffic will be heavy, so it will take one more hour extra.
- Usually the taxi people whom we will send from here they charge around Rs.1600/- to Rs.1750/- for non A/c Ambassadar car. You can also book a car from the airport. Charges will be high for vehicles like Innova with air condition facility.
41. Power failure
At present Derisanamcope Village like any other village in Tamilnadu is experiencing 8 to 9 hours of intermittent power cut in one day. But hospital has got generator.