Panchkarma Treatment-Ayurveda’s all round solution to all health problems

Panchkarma Treatment-Ayurveda’s all round solution to all health problems

Panchkarma is a five step therapy unique to ayurvedic medicine. If literally translated from Sanskrit, Panchkarma means five actions or five steps for treatment. The purpose of this exercise is to free the body of toxic materials and improper doshas that are present due to bad lifestyle or disease.

Panchkarma deals with improving the body’s condition at a very basic level so that general well-being of the physical and spiritual self can be initiated. The body’s own channels of excretion are utilized to expel toxic materials and correct imbalances.

Panchkarma is not only highly beneficial but it's also a very individualized experience. Depending on the person’s doshas, immune system, age and digestive strength an expert in Ayurveda prepares a detailed plan of therapy for the individual.

Unlike modern medicine which believes in battling the symptoms of particular illnesses, panchkarma therapy represents the basic ayurvedic tenet of treatment of an illness through overall improvement of the body and mind.

The pancha-karmas

There are five types of therapy that are used in different combinations to achieve desired results.

  • Vamana

Vamana karma or medical emesis is carried out in the early morning on an empty stomach. Heat may be applied to the chest and back region to ensure the complete removal of all toxins. A special medicinal drink may be provided to remove wastes through the gastrointestinal tract.

Vamana is indicated in following diseases:

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Asthmatic bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Hypersomnia
  • Indigestion
  • Obesity

  • Virechana

This is cleansing of the bowel through laxatives mixed in milk or warm water.

It is used for

  • Diabetes
  • Skin diseases,
  • Urinary infections
  • Gynecological disorders.
  • Vasti or Basti

Vasti is enema with medicinal oils or decoctions. This practice completely clears all the toxins accumulated in the large intestine. It is useful to treat

  • Gastric disorders,
  • Piles,
  • Kidney stones,
  • Obesity and back ache.
  • Nasyam

Since the nose is an easy inroad to the head, this therapy is used to pour medicines into the nasal passage and clear the head and neck region from accumulation of toxins.

This is useful to treat

  • Asthma,
  • Sinus,
  • Migraine
  • Loss of smell or taste.

  • Raktamokshan

In this therapy, by removing vitiated blood from the body, the body is cleared from unwanted toxins. Raktamokshana, although less practiced but is highly efficacious procedure. Medicinal leeches are best employed for this procedure.

This is useful to treat

  • Skin disorders,
  • Swelling and inflammation.

Benefits of the Panchkarma treatment

  • Eradication of diseases and their root causes
  • Promotes immunity and strength and vitality of the body
  • Improves the functioning of sensory organs and the body
  • Helps the digestion process and metabolism

Delays ageing


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