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Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation, Nagpur

Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation

Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation
Dr. Sunil Joshi is one of the most respected physicians well known in India and also in the west. He has decades of experience with Panchakarma and runs a very well organized and renowned clinic in the heart of Nagpur. He is author of a well known book on Panchakarma. He also is involved for many years in Ayurvedic education.


Dr. Joshi and his wife are the two resident Vaidyas or Ayurvedic physicians. Both are exceptionally experienced and of the highest renown. Many patients come year after year due to the wonderful clinical skills of the Joshis. Dr. Joshi is also author of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, a very beautiful book introducing Panchakarma.
Dr Sunil Joshi
B.A.M.S MD (Ayu) 
Government Ayurveda collage, 
Nagpur Maharashtra

Dr. Sunil Joshi has been practicing Ayurveda since 1983. He received his BAMS from Government Ayurveda College, Nagpur in 1983 and obtained his MD Ayurveda (Charaka Samhita) in 1988 from Shree Ayurveda College, Nagpur. Dr. Joshi established his own clinic in Nagpur in 1986 (Vinayak Panchakarma Chikitsalaya) 
Dr. Joshi began traveling to North America in 1990 to help promote Ayurveda in the West. When he first came to the U.S., he was impressed with the desire of people living outside of India to learn more about Ayurveda. He realized that in order for Ayurveda to become established in the West, it would be necessary for Westerners to become Ayurvedic practitioners  to help assist the general public in developing their own wellness plans.

Dr. Shalmali Joshi

Shree  Ayurveda Collage,

Nagpur, Maharashtra, India


Dr. Shalmali Joshi has been practicing Ayurveda and Panchakarma since 1984. She received  her BAMS from Shree Ayurveda College, Nagpur. She specializes in both children’s and women’s health issues using Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle modification, and panchakarma.


Joshi has been travelling extensively to United States since 1995 and has been practicing Ayurveda in Nagpur, Albuquerque, Boston and Zurich. She has helped treat PCOS/PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease and symptoms), fertility issues, irregular menses, dysmenorrhoea ( painfully cramps during menses), peri-menopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal issues.


Dr Shalmali Joshi has lectured on womens health issues in Wittenberg University, Ohio, and Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Boston. 

She has been a clinical advisory and faculty member of Dr.Deepak Chopra Wellness Center in San Diego, USA and has taught a series of workshops on menopause at the National College of Naturopathic in Portland, Oregan, USA.

At Columbia University in New York, USA, she taught seminar on Womans Health, Diet and Nutrition.?

Gerhardt Horstman
Director of Vinayak Ayurveda

Gerhardt left his career as a wildlife biologist to study Ayurveda in 1991 with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. After completing the introductory program he remained in an intern position until 1994, when he started an educational company – Ayurvedic Foundations – to teach the principles of Ayurveda.


In the fall of 1994 he spent 3 months in India undergoing a clinical training program with Dr. Sunil Joshi, and in 1995, Dr. Joshi and Gerhardt started the Vinayak Ayurveda Center in Albuquerque, NM devoted to traditional Ayurvedic clinical practice.


For the last 25 years Gerhardt has continued to spend time in India each year and travels extensively with Dr. Joshi offering educational seminars and consultations throughout North America, Europe and India. He also oversees the operation of Vinayak Ayurveda in Albuquerque and manages the Panchakarma program there as well.


Currently, Gerhardt is branching out and has been traveling throughout the U.S. offering educational seminars, consultations, Ayurvedic cooking classes and traditional Ayurvedic treatments and therapies.

Mukul joshi
Director of Ayurveda and panchakarma Nagpur 

Mukul has been working and studying Ayurveda since 1987.Since then.he has been offering advance Panchakarma therapies and treatment’s with Dr Sunil Joshi. He has been traveling with Dr Joshi to Portland, Cincinnati, NYC, Boston, Santa Fe, Oakland, California, Atlanta, Salt Lake city , as his right hand in Panchakarma treatments and Ayurveda in general. 


He is the chief administrator of Ayurveda and Panchakarma for Vinayak Ayurveda Panchakarma center in Nagpur and he is one of the main Ayurveda therapist when in the United states. With 32 years of experience he offers outstanding traditional Ayurveda therapies. He is also a part of training program, who shares his expertise with the students who come for the training program in India.



Three $ out of a possible 5. Prices are moderate. One week of treatment is presently $550 and accomodation is $20 per day for sharing per person and $30 per day for singles. Patients from the Indian sub-continent who are born there can enquire for the pricing for residents of India which is less.


All meals are prepared by a chef trained personally and supervised by Dr. Joshis wife (also an Ayurvedic physician). The food is very sattvik (no onion, garlic, chilli, tea etc.) and very delicious. Everything is made to be tridoshic meaning good for all prakrutis. Ingredients are sourced locally and very high quality. Nothing is certified organic but the local vegetables seem to be very good. The wheat is freshly ground and all preparations are made fresh and stricktly according to Ayurvedic principals. No outside food is allowed. Home made Ayurvedic biscuits are served made with jaggery as a snack in the mornings. Tridoshic Panchakarma trea is available 24 hours a day.


3 apples out of a possible 5 are offered for the food at Vinayak Panchakarma Centre as the food is prepared very fresh with deep awareness of Ayurvedic principals. The food is light and sattvik and there is no compromise on Ayurvedic principals. Everything is fresh and cooked deliciously. They would get 4 apples if the ingredients, including the wheat, dal and rices were sourced from certified organic suppliers (there are a few major suppliers in Maharastra so supply is relativly simple) and if there was a little more variety in the diet otherwise it is very good and the most sattvik Panchakarma food we have yet seen.


All drinking water is filtered with RO (Reverse-osmosis) systems and completely pure. No dynamisation of drinking water is taking place as of yet.


Rooms are basic but very comforable. Hot water is available always from a wonderful solar heating system. Most rooms are quiete but those nearer High Court road have a bombardment of traffic noise which one tends to get used to but it by no means ideal for healing and rejuvenating. When the power is night the quieter rooms are closer to the generator and there is noise from that side so insulating the generator would be a good. There are desks and phones in all rooms and they are a good size sleeping two.


The hospital comprises of a modern three story building designed with lovely central lighting and neatly and simply furnished and decorated. There is a beautiful presence of Ganesh in the building in allignment with its name (Maharashtra is renowned for its very special Ganesh temples)



Vaastu is good. There is a beautiful brahmasthan that brings light down in the centre of the building. The building is facing North with entrances on the East and the North. It seems quite some awareness of Vaastu has been applied into its design. The good Vaastu compliments the treatments.


There is very thoughtfully an elevator in the 3 story building so patients who have difficulty walking can be easily catered for. The rooms have no special facilities for disabled patients but with assistance bathing and so forth would be not too difficult.


Recycling: None at present
Biofuel in use: None at present
Renweable Energy: Solar hot water system 


Full panchakarma protocols are offered all personally supervised by Dr. Joshi himself. Many patients return year after year having experienced his detailed approach and care. Each case is reviewed and treatments are planned accordingly.



The clinic is in a nice part of Nagpur called Civil Lines. It is a beautiful and peaceful city area with roaming cows and near to many parks and historical temples for morning walks. The actual road the clinic is set on is quite busy and rooms on the East and North side are subjected to some traffic noise. There is some bird and squirel life audible from time to time which nicely balances the nearly constant traffic noise.


Air quality is average to high due to urban setting. When the diesel generator is running a faint smell of diesel becomes noticible in parts of the building.

The sometimes noticable pollution goes against the very basis of Panchakarma and needs to be addressed. Perhaps more trees can be planted in the front of the property or a air filteration or ionization system with ionizers/rock crystal lamps/cacti can be implemented. In the long term a doctor of the calibre of Dr. Joshi would do well to have a in-nature centre too.


There are no visble cell towers very close to the hospital. There is a Wifi connction which is only used some of the time.


Urban (suburbs of Nagpur)


Vinayak Panchakarma centre get just one nature ranking Banyan out of a possible 5. The quality of the clinic staff, doctor and treatments are very good but the actually setting is urban and on a rather busy road. There is little greenery visible besides the park accross the road. There is no garden in the clinic and very few trees.



18 West High Court Road, Civil Lines, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India 440010.
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Nearest Railway Station: Nagpur (10 minutes drive)
Nearest Airport: Nagpur Airport (25 minutes drive)

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Phone: +91 712 2538983
Fax: +91 712 2552409

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