Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. This is a process used to clean the body of excess doshas which can cause or are causing diseases.
Normally the body has the ability to efficiently process and remove these vitiated doshas. However, due to faulty diet patterns & lifestyle, the digestive enzymes and agnis which regulate the body’s internal metabolism become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins (vitiated doshas) throughout the body resulting in disease.
Panchakarma will remove the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them out of your system through the body’s own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc). Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level.
Panchakarma not only helps in treating the diseases but also helps in preventing them.
Panchakarma is a five-fold therapy; it is highly individualized based on the needs of the individual depending on the Ayurvedic constitutional type, doshic imbalances, age, digestive strength, immune status, and many other factors. Depending on each individual’s needs, all or only parts of the five therapies are utilized.
Vaman starts with oral intake of medicated ghee in ascending doses for a period of 3 to 7 days and includes a full body Abhyangam massage. This continues for a few days and ends with therapeutic vomiting.
Benefits: Ayurvedic Vaman treatment is meant for purification of the upper digestive tract. It is beneficial in management of Kapha predominant disorders such as asthma, cough and Psoriasis.
Virechana starts with oral intake of medicated ghee in ascending doses for a period of 3 to 7 days and includes a full body Abhyangam massage. This continues for a few days and ends with therapeutic purgation or loose motions.
Benefits: Virechanam helps to get rid of Pitta toxins from the body that get accumulated in the liver and gallbladder. It is extremely beneficial in management of Pitta disorders such as dermatitis, skin diseases chronic fever, heartburn, jaundice, etc.
Vasti is an important part of “Panchkarma”. Basti refers to enema, which is administration of medication through anal route.
Sneha basti: Administration of medicated oil or ghee in the form of enema.
Kashaya Basti: Administration of medicated kadha or kashayam in the form of enema.
Benefits: Helpful in Vata related disorders like Pain in joints, neurological disorders, constipation, flatulence or gas troubles, lower backaches, gout and Rheumatism.
Nasya treatment refers to includes instillation of herbal oils, juices or powders through the nasal route. Benefits: It works specifically on disorders of ear, nose and throat, headaches, allergies , Sinusitis, hairfall etc.
Blood letting is done by puncturing a vein with a needle or by application of leeches.
Benefits: Imbalance between blood and pitta related disorders like skin diseases, non healing ulcers, varicose veins, gangrene, localized swelling or Pain can be effectively managed with this treatment.
HOWEVER, ALL THESE TREATMENTS SHOULD BE DONE UNDER STRICT SUPERVISION OF AYURVEDIC PHYSICIAN ONLY.