Frequently Asked Questions
How is Kayakalpa different from Ayurveda?
There are two ancient systems of medicine in India, tracing their origins to the divine beings: Shiva and Brahma respectively.
The Siddha system is Shiva Sampradaya: Shiva taught it to his consort Parvati and she taught it to Nandideva, who taught it to the sage Agasteya after which it was transmitted Guru to Disciple through the ages to the rest of the Siddhas.
Ayurveda is Brahma Sampradaya: Brahma taught it to Prajapati, who transmitted it to Ashwani and later Charaka, who wrote Charak Samhita, a foundational text of Ayurveda.
The term Siddha refers to those who attain Siddhi or Perfection. The practitioners of Siddha Medicine aimed at perfection of health. This is the first system to emphasize health as the perfect state of the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual components of a human being. Siddha medicine has existed from time immemorial, even before the advent of written history.
The prevention and cure of illness are the basic aims of all systems of medicine; the Siddha system has, in addition to curing disease, a transcendent motivation, a concern for what might be called the immortality of the body to match the immortal soul.
According to Hindu philosophy there are two modes of salvation. The first, attained after leaving the mortal body is called Deha Mukti. The other, attained within a lifetime is called Jeevan Mukti. The Siddhas aimed for Jeevan Mukti, hence the ultimate aim of this system of medicine is to have a perfect body-mind, maintained by a system to which they gave the name of Kayakalpa.
Though Ayurveda accepts the tripod of body, mind and soul upon which man stands, it confines itself to the treatment of the body and mind, keeping them in a healthy working condition and treating diseases if they occur.
While there are similar concepts found between Kayakalpa and Ayurveda, ultimately, there is a fundamental difference in the treatment goals that makes each practice unique. Kayakalpa is focused on total transformation of the body and the spirit by releasing dormant vital energy and expanding consciousness. In order to attain this goal any mental and physical impediments must be removed. The purpose of Kayakalpa is not only to cure disease but to achieve Perfection, or Siddhi. Ayurveda is focused on bringing elemental energies in the body, doshas, into balance as a way to address disease.
Indigenous versus Appropriated
Ayurveda comes from the Vedic tradition, originating when the Aryans migrated to India in 1500 BCE and adopted what they could comprehend from the indigenous Siddha medical system, thus forming Ayurveda. It is focused on finding your Dosha (fault) and then pacifying the Dosha. Ayurveda has gained much popularity in the West, where it is practiced with varying degrees of competency.
Kayakalpa originates from the mystical medicinal practices of ancient Dravidian Siddhas, the native peoples of India, and focuses on total rejuvenation of the body and spirit. Traditionally, Kayakalpa was reserved only for mystic sages and royalty and has remained a closely guarded secret. It was created to serve the goal of tremendous vitality, longevity, and fulfill spiritual realisation and liberation in this lifetime. It works with the vital energy of a person, eliminating blockages to allow one’s spirit to flow unobstructed. By altering the state of one’s energy, it is possible to address all the ailments and imbalance caused by one’s spiritual energy crisis.
Kayakalpa is based on providing purification and nourishment to the full person, from the gross to the subtle to the subtlest bodies. It allows the bodies to be free from any degenerative conditions in order to for natural regeneration to occur.
Kayakalpa uses a combination of therapies and supplements including alchemical metal compounds such as calcined gold, as well as mineral compounds, and rare herbs. Treatments like medical massage, purgation, and energy healing are executed with meticulous attentiveness and care by our expert staff. In this approach, we help you on the path to long term wellness and give you the tools to continue on your own with supplements and dietary guidelines.
What types of conditions do you treat?
Kayakalpa does not take a strictly “disease and cure” approach but rather is a holistic methodology that focuses on rejuvenation, wellness, systemic balance, and preventive medicine. Kayakalpa deals with vital energy that involves mind/ body/ senses. Kayakalpa therapies seek to eliminate degenerative conditions and nurture regeneration of the body and spirit. Kayakalpa purifies and nurtures the system to bring harmony and balance, between anabolic and catabolic to enhance metabolic state- known as disease free.
That said, we have treated people with a diverse array of medical conditions, including Cancer, Diabetes, Depression, Digestive issues, Migrane, Obesity, Thyroid conditions, Heart Disease, Arthritus, Chronic pain, Alergies, Asthma, Hypertension, and many more.
Is there an ideal time for Kayakalpa? What is the ideal time period for completing the recommended course of sessions?
How is an individual’s constitution identified?
How does illness occur according to Kayakalpa?
What is the difference between Kayakalpa and Panchakarma?
While you can enjoy the benefits of Kayakalpa at any time, Spring and Fall have been mentioned as ideal time for intensive Kayakalpa in ancient texts. Whenever you choose to start, we recommend that your sessions be completed in a maximum of 90 days.
Each individual undergoes a rigorous assessment of their entire body, mind and spirit- including such indicators as body frame, body weight, hair, nails, radial pulse, sleep, dreams, etc All these indicators are analysed to determine an individual’s unique nature and imbalance. Unlike other medical systems of India, Kayakalpa additionally uses urine analysis to aid in identifying one’s constitution. Your constitution can be an imbalance of Air element, Fire element, Water element, or a combination thereof. Identifying your imbalance is the first step in creating a comprehensive program of wellness including therapies, diet, Kayakalpa supplements and lifestyle.
There are many factors that can contribute to a loss of energetic balance within an individual. Heredity, environment, thought patterns and beliefs, stress, traumatic events, all of these affect your energy, and, if left unresolved, manifest in a mental/ physical illness. Behavior also can lead to illness: Food, sleep, and sex very play a vital role in the health and illness; Improper food, improper sleep, improper sex will affect one’s energy. Kayakalpa is designed to correct the energetic imbalance to make one’s energy and physical state strong and unyielding to environmental toxins and daily pressures.
Panchakarma means “five therapies” in Sanskrit. These five therapies are intended to cleanse the channels of the body, and remove toxins that may cause illness. The five traditional therapies of Panchakarma are: Basti= Herbalized oil enemas Nasya= Nasal irrigation, Vamana= Therapeutic Vomiting, Virechana= Purgation, Raktamokshana= Blood Letting.
Kayakalpa is an immersive experience that allows for full spirit transformation, and provides a more comprehensive and immediately accessible treatment as compared to Panchakarma. What Panchakarma spreads out over the course of days, Kayakalpa gives to the individual in each session-- and beyond. Kayakalpa treatments include more therapies than Panchakarma, and is practiced in a more traditional and meticulous manner.