Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments.” This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition. Literally five actions, Panchakarma refers to a range of cleansing and balancing therapies designed to flush out toxins from the body and nourish and balance the whole system.
The five basic Panchakarma Cleansing methods or treatments:
Vamana – Therapeutic emesis, for removing Kapha associated toxins
Virechana – Purgation, for removing Pitta associated toxins
Basti – Enema, mainly for removing Vata associated toxins, but alternative basti’s can be used to remove Pitta and Kapha toxins, depending on the medications used for the procedure.
Nasya – This is to eliminate toxins through the nose. This treatment is beneficial in removing Kapha toxins from the head and neck region. It is excellent treatment for hay fevers, allergies, chronic headaches, thyroid problems and migraine.
Raktamoksha – Is a Detoxification of the blood, where blood is removed from an affected skin area either by leeches. It is highly effective in chronic non-healing wounds, Diabetic carbuncles and ulcers. This particular panchakarma procedure is sometimes administered in combination with other panchakarma.
Steps of Panchakarma.
The first step in Panchakarma is the process of oleation. Oleation is accomplished by special massages using herbalized oils or by taking certain oils internally.
The second step is to heat the body using specific steam and warm oil therapies. This is known as Swedana in Ayurveda.
The third step in the Panchakarma process is to eliminate the toxins that have accumulated. This is done by the use of gentle herbal enemas, known as bastis, and gentle cleansing of the upper respiratory tract and sinuses, known as nasya.
The ‘Panchakarma’ treatments are administered over a period of several consecutive days (up to 14 days), and creates a profound and deeply purifying experience.
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- Udvartana massage – scrubbing body with herbal powder
- Podikizhi massage – treatment with warm bundles of herbal powder
- Pizhichil – a king among the traditional Ayurveda therapies
- Abhyanga massage – unique rhythmic massage with herbal oil
- Ksheeradhara – medicated milk bath
- Elakizhi massage – Herbal leaf bundle massage
- Takradhara Treatment – a form of shirodhara
- Njavarakizhi massage – effective rejuvenation therapy
- Sirodhara – a proven Ayurveda treatment for different types of Hair loss
- Susrutha Institute of Ayurvedic Science and Panchakarma Hospital