Panchakarma – A Complete Detoxification and Cleansing process
Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means the “five therapies”. These 5 therapeutic means of eliminating toxins from the body are Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana. This series of five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions).
Vamana is a medicated emesis therapy which removes Kapha toxins collected in the body and the respiratory tract. This is given to people with high Kapha imbalance. Daily treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins in an effort to finally eliminate them.
Benefits of Vamana: Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Allergies, Hay Fever, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Hyperacidity, Chronic Indigestion Nasal Congestion, Edema, Obesity, Psychological disorders, Skin disorders.
Virechana is medicated purgation therapy which removes Pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gallbladder, it completely cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract. It is a safe procedure without side effects. Benefits of Virechana help root out Chronic Fever, Diabetes, Asthma, Eye disorders, Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia Joint disorders, Digestive disorders, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Headaches, Elephantiasis and Gynecological disorders.
Basti (Enema or Colonic Irrigation)
Basti (Enema) is considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments since it cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the colon. Basti is also highly beneficial as a rejuvenating treatment. Medicated oil or ghee and an herbal decoction is given as enema to clean the colon and increase the muscle tone. This procedure is usually applied for 8 to 30 days, based on the medical condition of a person. Benefits Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Colitis, Convalescence, Cervical Spondylosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation, Digestive disorders, Backache & Sciatica, Hepatomegaly & Splenomegaly, Obesity, Piles, Sexual Debility & Infertility.
Nasya (Nose Cleaning)
Nasya involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha toxins from the head and neck region. Based on the medical condition of a person, it can be given up to 30 days. Nasya benefits include Trigeminal Neuralgia, Bel’s Palsy, Improves memory & eye sight, Insomnia, Elimination of excess Mucus Hyper pigmentation in the face, Pre-mature graying of hair, clarity to voice, Headaches of various origin Hemiplegia, Loss of smell and taste, Frozen shoulder, Migraine, Stiffness of the neck, Nasal Allergies Nasal Polyp, Neurological dysfunctions, Paraplegiar, Sinusitis.
Raktamokshana is procedure to cleanse the blood and is advised only in very rare conditions. It is not advisable during general Panchakarma. Most Ayurveda Centers including ours do not offer Raktamokshana due to the high risk of infection involved in blood cleansing.
Rejuvenation (Rasayana Chikitsa)
Rejuvenation therapy tones up the skin and rejuvenates and strengthens all the tissues, so as to achieve ideal health and longevity. Increases ‘Ojas’ (primary vitality) and improves ‘Sattva’ (mental clarity) and thereby increases the resistance of the body.
After purification of body internally Rasayana sevana is advised to the patient in order to achieve the goal of rejuvenation .For this purpose different type of herbomineral preparation in the form of leham & kwath is given for example: Bramharasayana, Ratna kwath, Hirak kwath, Dhanwanthri kwath etc.
And externally head and face massage with medicated oils and creams, body massage with herbal oil or powder,& medicated steam bath. Herbal baths are also used. Some of these treatments are:-
In this procedure massage is done on the whole body with suitable medicated oils. This helps in the cleansing and detoxification of the body. It cleanses and removes the metabolic wastes. This process is generally followed by vashpa swedana.
It is a specialized massage with is done with herbal powders. It helps to burn out the excess fat of the body. This process is generally followed by vashpa swedana. It is an effective procedure in the treatment of obesity and related disorders.
Pizhichil is a treatment which involves application of luke warm herbal oils in the body. The treatment is quite beneficial for Rheumatic diseases like Arthiritis, Parlysis, Hemiplegia, Paralysis-Agitanus, Sexual Weakness, Nervous Wakness and Nervous disorders etc. Pizhichil is one of the special massages for rejuvenating the whole body. The prescribed oil is first applied on the head. Then the whole body is smeared with this medicated oil. This requires a specific posture ; the person is made to lie on a droni (a wooden bed specially designed for the purpose). Then pieces of linen dipped in warm medicated oil are squeezed over on to the patient’s body while massaging the body with the hand all the time.
The massage is very slow and light without exerting much pressure. Apart from being a lavish treatment, it also protects from illnesses by building immunity; Pizhichil is also beneficial for rheumatic diseases, blood pressure, pain in the joints and diabetes.
In this method, the entire body is made to perspire by the application of certain medical pudding (cooked Navara rice) which is rubbed all over the body by heating it in milk. It is very effective procedure in paralysis, motor neuron disease, muscular dystrophy etc. the procedure is done for about a period of one hour.
This is heating up of the body with the help of linen clothes filled with medicated herbs and dried powders followed by a massage. It soothes the inflamed area and relieves from pain in many diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, spondylosis back pain etc.
Patient is made to lie on the dhara table. Medicated oil is poured on the forehead continuously for about a period of 45 min. This process gives strength to the nervous system and increases the blood circulation of the optic nerves. It is also effective in many degenerative diseases of the brain like paralysis, cerebral atrophy, Parkinson’s disease and degenerative diseases of nervous system. Medicated oils, milk, buttermilk mixed with medicated decoctions are used.