While experiencing chronic ear, nose, head throat pain and congestion, I researched my local area for an ayurdedic practioner. I came across Dr. Aruna Patki in Concord, NC which is about 20 minutes from where I live in Charlotte, NC. I initially wanted to go in for a couple of treatments; the herbal eye bath, and the sinus treatment. After a consultation, I decided to go in for the 7 day Panchakarma program. I was suffering not only from sinus issues, but my entire body was full of inflammation, sluggish elimination, and a heightened sense of anxiety and depression. My first massage treatment was relaxing, but the Sweden steam therapy gave my body internal warmth that I had not felt before. I knew then that I had found the treatment plan that was going to make a definite improvement in my body. As I went through the different treatments like third eye therapy; cardiac care heart wellness basti, and other chakra healing, my whole body became lighter.
My most intense reaction in my treatment was the cardiac care basti. During my treatment I felt a great sense of anxiety come over me, and I began to cry and didn’t want to finish my steam therapy. I was embarrassed but was reassured by Dr. Patki that this reaction was not unusual. Different body areas release different energies. Because I have suffered from PTSD since 1996 while serving in the military, I spent more time on synthetic medications, than on healing. The overwhelming feeling of anxiety was a release of years of fear and sadness. My nasal and eye treatments calmed my initial complaints of sinus issues. Dr. Patki’s passion for people, wellness, and the power of self-healing through ayurdedic is contagious and encouraging. Ayurveda is about reawaking the natural healing power of our digestive fires.
Strengthening our digestive systems is crucial to long-term health, and finding an experienced practitioner and student of Ayurveda like Dr Patki, is a true blessing. Understanding our eating habits, the importance of being responsible for what we put into our mouth, empowers us to make a crucial difference in how we detoxify our bodies and our lives. Dr. Patki has written two books that I purchased titled Healing the Mind Body and Soul. Both of these books reflect a simple and easy to read guide to the ayurdedic principles taught by Dr. Patki . With an eager desire to share this important information, the formatting of the books is off, but please look past that and focus on the content, the information is mind changing and informative.
As a retired military female, I’ve always had a strong body, but I realized strong doesn’t mean healthy. I would change some things about my experience. First, I would write down what I expect to achieve through Pranchakarma. I would set aside the days of treatment as downtime (clear my schedule of other appointments), and I would be more mindful of easing back into a healthier eating and exercising routine. I didn’t completely understand what I was getting into at first, but on the back side of it now, I would like to do it over again with the knowledge I have now. We live in a terribly toxic world, we eat and feed out families’ toxic food, and we don’t realize how awful we feel until we feel better. Let Dr. Patki guide you to better health and wellness. The best investment we can make is an investment in our health and wellness. I expect this to be an annual practice in my life forever. Let me not forget one of my most favorite perks of my program was that Dr. Patki cooked my meals for me for 7 days! The food was amazing and I didn’t even realize my entire 7 day diet was vegetarian!