Panchakarma is a medical procedure prescribed after a thorough medical examination and evaluation by a fully trained and credentialed Ayurvedic physician. It is not a glorified spa therapy. Like any medical procedure it has established indications and contraindications, as well as possible adverse effects, and is performed under close medical supervision by trained and experienced panchakarma therapists.
The above statements which Dr. Scott Gerson wrote more than 30 years ago, still epitomize his personal philosophy--now supported by many years of medical study and experience. For centuries, Ayurveda has been re-shaping what wellness looks like through a holistic perspective, focusing on the mind and body as one and inseparable. For more than thirty years, he has offered evidence-based natural interventions for the prevention and recovery from disease in a safe, comfortable environment. Ayurvedic medical consultations aim to identify underlying causes of illness rather than just managing the symptoms. These medical consultations are a different approach to looking at the whole person in an in-depth way, considering your dietary and family history, environmental and lifestyle factors, interpersonal relationships, as well as stressors at home or work. Dr. Gerson spends time with you to learn about your personal and medical histories and develop an individualized care plan often made in consultation with your primary care doctor.
About Dr. Scott Gerson &
The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine
Dr. Gerson is widely regarded as this nation's most experienced Ayurvedic physician and researcher and works principally as a physician specializing in diagnostically difficult cases.
Currently, Dr. Gerson is the only Westerner to hold a Ph.D. degree in Ayurveda--the highest level of Ayurvedic education--and the only physician in the United States to have complete formal training in both conventional and Ayurvedic medicine. His Ph.D. thesis in Panchakarma Chikitsa (Detoxification Therapy) was accepted jointly by the University of Poona and Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in 2003. He was appointed Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Ayurveda of University of Pune in 2004 where he is active in academic and research activities. Dr. Gerson is a member of the teaching and research faculties at the prestigious Institute of Indian Medicine in Poona as well as numerous other academic affiliations including the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine, the Indian government¹s principal Ayurvedic organization. Dr. Gerson holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. He published Ayurveda: The Ancient Indian Healing Art (Element Books) in 1993, The Ayurvedic Approach To Diet and Weight Loss (Lotus Press) in 2001, and 101 Dietary Myths (Ayurveda.MD Press) in 2015. Dr. Gerson conducts botanical research in his R&D laboratory located on the campus of SUNY Farmingdale and is on the Board of Directors of The Foundation For Holistic Medical Research. He is proud to be the Medical Director, Department of Integrative Medicine, Division or Research and Education at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, FL.
Panchakarma 6-Day Retreat
After several years hiatus, GIAM is once again proud to offer our comprehensive and personalized Residential Panchakarma Retreat program for a small and intimate group of guests.
Panchakarma is the ancient system of Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapies designed to facilitate the removal of deep-rooted stresses and toxins in the physiology. Ayurveda recommends these cleansing therapies up to three times a year--at the change of seasons--in order to maintain well-being in healthy individuals or to restore balance in those experiencing illness. The purpose of panchakarma is to extend the lifespan. By undergoing panchakarma on a regular basis muscle tissue, bone, immune function, digestive function, nervous tissue as well as teeth and hair (upadhatus or "secondary tissues") can be maintained, essentially adding years to ones life. Today, even modern science estimates that longevity is determined 30% by one's genetics and 70% by lifestyle choices.
For seven days and six nights you will be in an Ayurvedically balanced environment, away from your busy life with its patterns, stresses, and responsibilities. You will be nurtured every day with Panchakarma treatments tailored to your particular needs as determined by Dr. Gerson.
During the period of Panchakarma treatments you can expect to feel relaxed and will be invited to rest alot as inner channels ("srotas") open to create feelings of freshness and renewal. Physical and emotional toxins lodged deep within the tissues, often for many years, are released along with their associated bodily symptoms.
Featured Written Content by Scott Gerson M.D., Ph.D. (Ayu)
The Ayurvedic Approach to Candidiasis by Scott Gerson, MD, M. Phil. (Ayu), Ph.D.
Ayurveda advocates a natural, safe systematic approach to bring Candida back into equilibrium with the body. The following five parts of treatment together have been shown to be an effective anti-candida regimen. However, the exclusion of even one of these will almost inevitably lead to unsatisfactory outcomes. Bear in mind that candidiasis is in the Ayurvedic category of kruchchhasadhya, meaning a disease which curable but with difficulty.
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The Ayurvedic Approach to Parkinson's Disease (Kampavata) by Scott Gerson, MD
While modern medicine has only recently acknowledged that these preceding preclinical non-motor symptoms represent the beginning of the PD disease process, these symptoms and many more and even more subtle are documented in the Ayurvedic description of the purvarupas (lit. “preceding form”) of this disease. In fact, the ancient observations of the beginning of Parkinson’s Disease goes far deeper than the physical realm, or even the mental realm, and ultimately focuses on the earliest changes of the innermost fundamental energies at the core of our being.
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The Ayurvedic Approach to Lyme Disease—Part 2: Treatment by Dr. Scott Gerson
By the 1990’s, “Lyme Disease” had become epidemic. Clearly it was not caused by any single pathogen or process. What was needed was a more holistic approach, one that could up-regulate the body’s immune response to combat this complex multi-component disease. So I began to consider how Ayurveda, and panchakarma in particular, might be used to treat these patients and over time developed effective protocols.
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The Dhanvantari Mantra
Dhanvantari Mantra glorifies the healing power of Sri Lord Dhanvantari and describes his physical appearance. This mantra has been taught in Ayurvedic colleges throughout India for several millennia.
Om shankham chakram jalaukam
dadhad amruta ghatam charu dorbhi chaturbhih
Sukshma svacch ati hridyam sukha pari vilasanam
maulim ambhoja netram
Kalam bhodojo valangam kati tata vilasan
charu pitam baradhyam
Vande dhanvantarim tam nikhila gada vanam
praudha davagni leelam
We bow to Lord Dhanvantari holding in his graceful four hands a Conch shell, a Wheel, a Leech and a pot of heavenly nectar.
Within whose heart shines the most pure and gentle beautiful blaze of light, which surrounds his head and emanates from his lotus eyes.
On the dark water whose body is luminous and gleaming.
Waist and thighs are covered in yellow cloth and by whose mere play
All diseases are vanquished as if by a mighty forest fire.