Q. 1. What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare based on a belief in the healing power of nature. Our body has occult physiology – has awesome attributes of our miraculous self-repairing, self-replenishing, self-sustaining physique. Nature cure alone acts as an aid to support this natural mechanism of the human body.
Nature Cure treatments are based on the five great elements of nature that have immense healing properties. There is no role of internal medications or drugs in the nature cure system. The five great elements of nature and the treatments based on them are:
Earth– Mud baths, Mud packs, Mud Wraps.
Water– Hydrotherapy methods – Baths, Jets, Douches, Packs, Immersions, Compresses / Fomentations.
Air – Breathing exercises, Outdoor walking, Open air baths.
Fire – Sun baths, Thermoleum baths, Magnetized water.
Q. 2. Who are naturopaths?
Naturopaths are complete holistic health care practitioners, which mean that they can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including both acute concerns and chronic health conditions. If they are unable to treat your condition, they will refer to an appropriate specialist.
Q. 3. If I have a need for allopathic doctor or specialist during the treatment, can you provide us?
Of course, we will. We are happy to announce that we have started Integrative Medicine (IM) consultations at our centre for the benefit of all who come to us for a Holistic approach to Health and Disease management. We have observed that majority of the people who approach us come with large files full of multiple investigations and prescriptions (many a times unnecessary) and still unclear / confused about their actual problem. IM consultation is an attempt to make sense of you and your problems in light of your reports and clinical findings so that a holistic evaluation and approach to your health in a customized manner is possible. Our aim is to provide you the best guidance in an economical way and minimal or no medications.
We have been asking our patients what they want from us and holistic medicine in particular and they have been happy to tell us what is important to them: Addressing the cause of illness as well as the symptoms; being informed about many treatment options; having a balanced approach that recognizes body and mind; an approach that encompasses the uniqueness of the individual; natural, safe alternatives; focused on the whole person; positive; minimal drugs without associated side effects but having access to pharmaceuticals when needed; being listened to in a respectful manner; looking at the big picture; friendly and professional; generating wellness with the help of the patient; offering the broadest perspective possible in a way that supports and educates.
Q: 4. How is PIYAS different from other naturopathy and yoga centres?
PIYAS is a unique holistic health centre that operates on the principle that “Everyone of us has the inherent potential to heal. Our Lifestyle, Food, and Attitude can either Make or Break it.” We recommend – “Do not lose your health and even if you do, regain it the natural and spiritual way.”
Q. 5. What conditions are handled at PIYAS?
Anemia, allergic skin diseases, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, constipation, cervical/lumbar spondylosis, slipped disc, diabetes mellitus, eczema, facial paralysis, fever/PUO, gastritis, gout, hemiplegia, heart problems, hypertension/hypotension, hyperacidity, migraine/headache, obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, peptic ulcer, sinusitis, sciatica, rhinitis, varicose veins, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual problems, PCOD, and many more are handled.
Q. 6. Do you have any other branches in Bangalore or India?
No, however there are contact and information centres based in New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore and Dubai.
Q. 7. Do I need to schedule an appointment with the doctor at PIYAS and what if I have an urgent problem?
Yes, it is better to call and book ahead to see the doctor. The sooner you make an appointment, the more choice you have about the day and time. If you have an urgent problem, the doctor will decide how best to help you. You can refer to the “contact us” link on this website for the details.
Q. 8. Do you provide treatment for obesity?
Yes. Our treatment for obesity is customized and is based on principles of dietary modifications and exercise. Most of the people during treatment at our centre learn to make appropriate lifestyle changes and incorporate in their habit which gives them not only weight loss but long lasting good health. In fact, our track record in weight reduction across all categories has been excellent to say the least.
Q. 9. Is the course difficult at PIYAS?
No. After a few days with PIYAS, 99% of the people who come to us say “I can’t believe how easy this is.” We advise you to Experience and Realize. In fact this is one of our aims as also indicated in our logo.
Q. 10. Do you offer weekend courses at PIYAS?
Yes. We do offer weekend courses/corporate courses at PIYAS on Saturdays and Sundays. Please refer to the website for the timings.
Q. 11. I learnt from a friend that during the PIYAS Course there is a lot of focus on the breath. Why is that?
Breath plays a very important role in our life. It is the connecting link between the inner world of the mind and the outer world of the body. There are seven levels of existence: body, breath, mind, intellect, memory, ego and the Being. Meditation works by bringing an effect from the level of Being to the mind. With the breath we bring this effect to the physical level as well.
Q. 12. Do you conduct meditation classes at your centre?
Different types of meditation techniques to suit individual liking and temperament are conducted mostly on Weekends. An In-House developed and experimented Meditation technique – Shanti Meditation is highly sought after and can be done by most uninitiated persons also.
Q. 13. How do I enroll at the centre?
During your first visit, you will have to register by filling up a registration form. This will be followed by a detailed consultation. The naturopath will spend about 30-45 minutes interviewing your symptoms of any health problems you may be having as well as about your diet, sleep, bowel habits, etc. This will also include a thorough physical examination and he may use the same diagnostic tools as conventional physicians, including blood and urine tests and imaging studies as appropriate. Based on your consultation, you will be recommended 1-month, 3-month or 6-month course.
Q. 14. Are there any inpatient facilities for patients at PIYAS?
No, however, there are hotels in close proximity to PIYAS and the outstation patients can stay there and avail the treatment at PIYAS.
Q. 15. What if I am from outside Bangalore and cannot stay there for more than a week or so?
If your stay is short, we will give you intensive training of 3-4 sessions per day. You will need to have a minimum of 20 sessions with us.
Q. 16. What does treatment involve?
The treatment may involve wide range of therapies:
- Yoga & Pranayama.
- Meditation & Relaxation.
- Diet counseling with individually customized diet chart.
- Naturopathic treatments like:
- Enema (Bowel cleansing).
- Steam, Local and Whole body (in State-of-the-art Steam chamber with built-in shower facility).
- Massage (Local / Whole body).
- Foot Bath/ Arm Bath / Tub Bath (Hot & Cold) / Sitz bath / Spinal Bath (in specially customized equipment).
- Packs for Chest, Abdomen, Neck, etc.
- Hot and Cold Fomentation.
- Ice Massage and other treatments.
- Acupuncture & Physiotherapy.
Q. 17. Does it work?
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We suggest you to interact with the existing people who have first hand experienced the treatment programs and also attend one of our monthly free laughter / sharing sessions.
Q. 18. Can I take treatment at home?
Yes, you can take treatments at home, but it is important to understand and learn the treatments before you do so. Also for people suffering from chronic diseases, it is important to take treatment under direct supervision of naturopath until the physical condition and various parameters stabilize. Our patients go home with a follow-up plan which is a mix of treatments, diet, and yoga. This helps them continue the benefits that they have had during the treatment at our centre.
Q. 19. Can I just walk in and take enema or massage or steam bath if I want?
Yes. But you need to register and have a consultation with us if you are coming for the first time. Your registration and consultation will be valid for a period of 1 year.
Q. 20. Can I take only 1 or 2 sessions of yoga if I want?
Yes, you can take only 1 or 2 sessions of yoga provided you have already completed any of our courses before.
Q. 21. I am pregnant. Can I still do yoga?
Yes. Yoga during pregnancy enhances the vitality, mobility, general health and emotional well-being of the expectant mother and also prepares her for birth. The classes are suitable for all stages of pregnancy for learning and using yoga throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond.
Q. 22. I cannot sit on the floor. Does this prevent me from taking a yoga class?
Not at all, in fact, it is most beneficial for these types of physical difficulties which, without attention, can progressively worsen. We have arrangements for you to practice on the chair or the cot as needed.
Q. 23. I have heard something called “Mother’s Training,” at your centre, what is it?
Yes, we do have “Mother’s Training.” Program. The objective of this program is to train the mothers of young children to handle common childhood ailments. The program primarily focuses on enabling mothers to give a comprehensive nature cure treatment to their children along with home remedies for health maintenance and graceful upbringing. A Mother who completes the training along with her child is given a diet chart and other instructions at the time of completion of course which helps her to give right kind of diet for different needs and conditions like health and diseases.
Q. 24. Is acupuncture useful for aches and pains?
Yes. In fact, it is the most popular form of treatment used by Chinese and many other practitioners for arthritis, backache, migraine and many other forms of pain.
Q. 25. I do not have any problem? Is there any way the centre can help me?
Yes, Yoga & Nature cure is best practiced when healthy for maintenance and promotion of Good Health. The Best time to undergo a Preventive and Maintenance program is when you do not need it.
Q. 26. Is it true that patients are starved during fasting in naturopathy centres?
Fasting is scientific and is not to be compared with starvation. Every patient who is treated under Naturopathy is not put on fasting. In fact, there are conditions like acid peptic disease, diabetes, malnutrition, hyperthyroidism, chronic debilitating disorders, where we cannot put patients on fast.
The naturopaths examine the patients and only depending on their mental and physical state, blood pressure, pulse and state of hydration, they are put on a particular diet. Therefore, it is an absurd notion that patients are starved in Naturopathy. Long fasts for weeks together practiced in the past have been given up nowadays and instead of that short fasts and intermittent fasts (weekly or bi-weekly) are more practical and patients can implement easily at home.
Q. 27. Should I need to prepare myself before coming to your centre?
If you are coming for the first time, please bring along with you a passport size photograph, bed sheet, and a napkin, There should be a gap of at least 3 to 3-1/2 hours after a full meal before starting yoga.
Q. 28. Do you provide only Dietary counseling at your centre?
Yes. But we would prefer you to combine it with some Yoga & Nature cure program for maximal and long lasting benefits.