Karma Centre invited to present at the 13th congress for integrative medicine in London in September 2020

We have some exciting news this month as we announce that world renowned academic Dr Madan Thangavelu is coming to the Karma Centre in Kings Heath and Kerala Ayurveda Spa Clinic in Birmingham. Dr Madan is a Genome Biologist with a PHD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Cambridge as well as being General Secretary of the European Ayurveda Association. As well as holding multiple academic titles in various scientific fields, Dr Madan has worked with a number of international bodies related to Ayurveda, holistic therapy and natural remedies.

As part of his research into the benefits of Ayurveda we give a warm welcome to Dr Madan who will visit our practices this month. His research will encompass a number of different facets of Ayurveda as well as looking into why it has grown in popularity in Birmingham. Kerala Ayurveda Spa Clinic and the Karma Centre are both fortunate to be based in Birmingham, the city with the largest South Asian community in Europe. In recent years we have seen a boom in Ayurvedic clinics opening or at least those which offer Ayurveda-derived massages and therapies.

Dr Madan will look into why Ayurveda is so popular at our practices and what the effect of Ayurveda on the individual, community and society at whole is. Dr Madan will be working closely with our trained Ayurveda doctors at both our Sparkhill and Kings Heath practices to build up his understanding. We are proud to say Dr Madan has chosen our practices precisely because we are considered one of the most popular and well known Ayurveda clinics in the Midlands.

Thanks to Dr Madan’s studies we hope Ayurveda will gain a foothold in medical practices around the UK as well as gain more respect as a healing therapy. With more scientific studies and in depth analysis of Ayurveda we hope the public and media at large will realise its full potential. We believe this collaboration with Dr Madan will allow the Karma Centre and Kerala Ayurveda Spa Clinic in Birmingham reach a larger audience to promote Ayurveda.

Winter Demands on the Human Body

Ayurveda originated over 6,000 years ago in a culture very different from ours, a time when life was closely connected with nature. Life was mostly governed by the changes in seasons and the time of day or night. Being in tune with nature, our ancestors adapted themselves to these changes. Indian Sages observed individual constitutions, or prakruti and were able to classify them into three subtle energies: vata, the energy of movement; pitta, the energy of digestion or metabolism; and kapha, the energy of lubrication and structure. The seasons are also classified into vata, pitta, and kapha.

The Indian Sages believed that for our system to remain in balance all year long we need to adjust to the environmental changes through diet, exercise and routines.

Ayurveda advocates the following winter routine:

  • Wake up around 7.00am.
  • Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue
  • Drink warm water.
  • Do some yoga and deep breathing.
  • Rub warmed sesame/mustard oil all over your entire body, letting the oil soak in for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take a hot shower and exfoliate your skin.
  • Eat nourishing meals at regular times. Eat more warm foods like stews, pasta dishes and casseroles and avoid raw foods, salads etc.
  • Avoid cold drafts, wear warm clothes, and don’t forget to wear a hat, scarf and gloves when going out.
  • Ginger is a good remedy for colds. Drink ginger tea.
  • Drink hot water several times a day to remove toxins.
  • Try to avoid dairy products, including yogurt, cheese, milk, and ice cream, if you are congested.
  • A full body oil massage is one of the most pleasant Vata balancing measures.

These are general guidelines and do not apply to people with other disorders, always check with your physician for diet/exercises/lifestyle suitable to your condition.


Ayurveda at the Tree of Life Celebration in Birmingham

The Tree of Life festival is about inspiration, wellbeing and vitality, we were very proud to represent Ayurveda and Yoga amongst other holistic therapies and medicines. Based at Beeches Hotel in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

It was a great occasion for the Karma Centre to have a stand and present the Art of Healthy Living and the Healing Benefits of Ayurveda and Yoga, which forms an important part of Indian medicine. Our team found the whole experience to be very productive, we had several conversations, several visitors and a number of exhibitors who had questions about Kerala Ayurveda and the disciplines of Yoga.

Mary, the Centre Manager, introduced the Karma Centre as a House of Lifestyle and Healing where the Eastern and Western Art of Living and Health management are practiced. Dr Anil covered the concepts of Ayurveda, Dr Shinny talked about the benefits of Ayurveda and Dr Jacob elaborated on the traditional values of Yoga.

Many people are aware of Yoga, but Ayurveda is only known to those who have actively explored alternative natural therapies. We were also joined by Master Satpal who teaches Kundalini Yoga and Dr Daljit Sandhu who practices Psychotherapy and Tai Chi Yoga classes at the Karma Centre.

The Tree of Life festival was a great opportunity to speak to members of the public and find out what they knew about Ayurveda and answer any questions they had. We were able to show that Ayurveda is accessible to everyone regardless of age or background.

If you are interested in Ayurveda please contact us at The Karma Centre, Kings Heath.


These are general guidelines and do not apply to people with other disorders, always check with your physician for diet and exercises suitable to your condition.

Sciatica is a pain originating from the sciatic nerve causing mild to sharp and sometimes excruciating pain. It generally travels from the buttock, down the back of the thigh, and into the leg, sometimes from the lower back all the way to the foot.

Compression of the spinal nerve due to ruptured vertebral disc in the spine or 2 faulty posture such as slumping on a chair or sleeping in a curved position or injury that hurts the lower back region can be triggering causes for sciatic pains.

Ayurvedic treatment of Sciatica consists of cleansing herbs that eliminate the toxic build up, digestive herbs that restore proper digestion. Medicated oils can be applied to soothe the sciatic nerve. Panchakarma, massage therapies are very effective in subsiding the pains of sciatica.

Ayurvedic Consultation with a qualified and experienced Ayurvedic Doctor is necessary.Ayurveda has a high rate of success in the treatment of Sciatica.

A large proportion of the diet must be carbohydrates, which facilitate proper movement of bowels, thereby bettering the body’s digestion. Green leafy vegetables should be incorporated in the diet as they provide fibre which improves digestion and elimination of wastes. Fruits such as bananas and apples are recommended. Heavy meals must be avoided as they take a long time to digest. This may exert undue pressure on the lower back region.

External oil application with medicinal oil and “Bolus” or bundles of fresh and dry hers wrapped in cloth is applied to improve the blood circulation, stimulate and strengthen the nerves and reduce the aggravated Vatha Dosha which helps reduce the pain.Usually the treatment period is 4 – 5 weeks according to the severity of the disease.

While sleeping, lie straight on your back or with bent knees supported by a pillow. Do some light sciatica exercise such as light walking and jogging. Do not exercise if your condition is extremely painful. Taking hot and cold compresses on an alternate basis can be quite helpful in relieving pain.

Age-related changes in the spine, are the most common causes of sciatica.

Obesity causing stress on your spine, Occupation where you to twist your back or carry heavy loads or drive a motor vehicle for long periods might play a role in sciatica, Prolonged sitting and Diabetes which affects the way your body uses blood sugar, increases your risk of nerve damage.

Exercise your core muscles — the muscles in your abdomen and lower back that are essential for proper posture and alignment. Maintain proper posture when you sit. Avoid standing for long periods, Find a lifting partner if the object is heavy or awkward. once pain is under control join a therapeutic Yoga class.

This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please check the authenticity of their qualification.