What is Panchakarama?
Panchakarma (five actions) is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing.Its a part of Ayurveda Treatments.
Literally translated from Sanskrit as “five actions”, Panchkarma is a deep cleansing and rejuvenation program for enhancing longevity and vitality. In ayurveda, Pancha Karma therapy is considered a complete, holistic approach to the elimination of the root cause of each and every chronic health problem.
The great sage and healer, Acharya Charaka, has described that imbalances in doshas can be pacified by shamana therapies (palliation methods) such as administration of herbo-mineral supplements, lifestyle changes, adopting fasting, etc., but that deep-rooted imbalances in doshas can be completely eliminated by the administration of shodhana therapies (purification methods), such as panchakarma. Using traditional ayurvedic methods, we provide affordable panchakarma with its maximum benefits.
Panchakarma is not for all, but for those who are completely committed to all phases of the panchakarma program. One must undergo a pre-cleansing program (Poorva Karma), main cleansing program (Pradhana Karma) and post cleansing program (Paschat Karma).
“The value of Pancha Karma is that it offers systematic treatment for dislodging and flushing toxins from every cell, using the same organs of elimination that the body naturally employs — sweat glands, blood vessels, the urinary tract and the intestines.”
Lets see which are they—
Specialized Panchakarma Therapy:
Vamana is therapeutic vomiting,it is a medicated emesis therapy.People with high imbalance of kapha are given this type of treatment, which loosens and mobilizes the toxins, in an effort to eliminate them from the body. Waste products (dosha) are eliminated through the upper gastrointestinal tract. The kapha are eliminated through the mouth. After vomiting, the sinus is cleared, which in turn provides relief from congestion, wheezing and breathlessness.
Vamana is effective for: Chronic Cough, Asthama, Allergic Rhinitis, Bronchitis, ENT disorders, Skin disorders including psoriasis & cosmetic problems, Weight loss, Hyper acidity & Gastric problems with IBS, Hypertension & Diabetes.Virechana
It is the medicated purgation therapy, which cleanses the Pitta and purifies blood, by clearing the toxins from the body. The treatment concentrates on the toxins that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder. The gastro-intestinal tract is also cleansed by Virechana therapy. This treatment is usually administered for three days after Vamana treatment, but its duration may vary from case to case. In fact, Virechana can be administered directly after purvakarma, without undergoing the Vamana therapy that precedes Virechana.
Virechana is Effective for: Pitta dosha, Worm manifestation, Gastric problems, Blood purification, Jaundice & Hepatitis, Ascitis, Gynaec disorders, Infertility disorders in Male & Females, Urinary track disorders & chronic constipation.
Basti karma concentrates on the elimination of the loosened vata dosha out through the rectum. The treatment involves the introduction of medicinal substances, such as, herbal oils and decoctions in a liquid medium, into the rectum of the person. This is because vata is predominantly located in the colon and bones. Herbal concoctions made of sesame oil are generally used for the purpose. Vata disorders can be effectively cured by Basti karma.
Basti is Effective for: Constipation & gastro intestinal disorders, kidney! It is also effective for joint pain & lumbar disorders, Spinal cord disorders, pain in the neck region, weight loss & weight gain, vomiting and hyperacidity can also be cured by Basti karma! Uttar Basti is specialized process Beneficial for treating Infertility & unrinary disorders in male & females.
Nasya therapy is a process wherein the herbal oils and liquid medicines are administered through the nostrils. Since nose is the gateway of the head, the therapy is highly effective in curing a number of diseases pertaining to the head. The therapy cleanses and opens the channels of the head, thereby improving the process of oxygenation (prana), which has a direct influence on the functioning of brain. Nasya is main process in punsavan vidhi during Garhasanskara! (See more information on Garbhasanskar)
The therapy is beneficial if done on a regular basis, because it keeps the eyes, nose and ear healthy. It also prevents the early graying of hair and bear. It is effective on ENT disorders, Allergic conditions of Respiratory track, Increase height, Concentration, Sleeping disorders!
- Raktamokshana (Siraveda & Jalokacharana)
Literally meaning Blood Letting, Raktamokshana is performed to eliminate the toxins from the bloodstream through the veins. It is a safe, painless and highly effective form of Panchakarma. Raktamokshana entails the refinement of blood, hence administered to treat disorders pertaining to skin, such as urticaria, rash, eczema, acne, scabies, leucoderma, chronic itching and hives. Enlarged liver, spleen, hemochromatosis and gout can also be cured by applying the blood letting therapy. The therapy develops the immune mechanism in the blood system by stimulating the antitoxic substances in the blood stream. Barring a few exceptions such as people suffering from anemia, edema, weakness or those who are too young or too old, everybody can opt for Raktamokshana therapy.
Other Panchakarma Treatments:
Medicated Oil is applied for a complete body massage! This is proved to be effective for Vatdosh in all age groups!
Effective for: Body & Mind relaxation, Rejuvenation, Skin Toning, Gain physical strength, Enhance blood circulation!
- Swedana – Steam Bath, Patrapottaly Sweda, Shalishashtika pinda Sweda, Valukapottaly Sweda
To penetrate medicated oil in the skin & body tissues!
Effective on: Pain relief, Vata Shaman, Enhance blood circulation! Especially effective for Joint related disorders like Arthritis & Rh-Arthritis, Spondylitis & Paralysis! Also for Asthama & respiratory disorders!
Shirodhara involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead. It is developed for use in sukhachikitsa (restorative therapy) and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. The liquids used in shirodhara depend on what is being treated! It can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water.
Effective for: Stress & Anxiety management, Sleeping disorders, Hair problems, psychological disorders, Thyroid Problems!
Janudhara involves gently pouring lukewarm medicated oil over the knee joints.
Effective on: Acute pain relief, inflammation & restricted movement in knee joint! Effective for Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis! Can be used for other all joints of body!
Rasayana is Body Rejuvenation process in which body is detoxified & supplemented to increase immunity levels & offer strength! It is helpful to keep up body young, energetic & youthful internally as well as external appearance!
This process involves herbal medication to increase the sexual power & Stamina in both men’s & Women’s! It is also useful for treating infertility problems in males & females! It increases quality & quantity of Stree beej (Ovum), purush beej (Sperm)!
- Shiro Abhyanga
Head Massage with Medicated & Herbal oils!
Effective for: Stress & Anxiety management, Sleeping disorders, Hair problems, psychological disorders
This is one of the most nourishing and rejuvenating therapies for the eyes. It is performed by filling a dam (made out of dough and placed around the eyes) with lukewarm medicated oil or ghee. This therapy helps relieve eye strain, improve vision, pacify the doshas in the head area, and is used to prevent and treat a wide variety of eye ailments, including poor vision, eye fatigue, glaucoma and cataracts.
- Hrud Basti
This treatment is performed over your heart to de-crystalise deep seated emotions, clear toxins and nourish, strengthen, and regulate heart functions. Hrud Basti uses flour dough placed over heart area, filled with the appropriate oil.
- Kati Basti
This is a popular herbal oil treatment for relieving stiffness and nourishing lower back. The lower back is one of the primary sites of vata. A flour dough dam is made, filled with the appropriate herbal oil and placed on your lower back. By soaking the area in heated oil for about 40 to 45 minutes, pain, soreness and tension are relieved. By placing several doughs, this treatment can also be applied to your entire spine.
- Janu Basti
Janu Basti is a special ayurvedic treatment which offers relief from pain of knee joints and osteo arthritis of the knee joint. The treatment also strengthens the knee joint by improving blood circulation. Warm medicated oil or herbal decoctions are used for the process.
All herbs & herbal medicines used for Panchakarma treatment are sourced from authentic & genuine sources!
Ayurveda Physician do Panchkarma after proper Ayurvedic examination of patients. Choice of Panchkarma therapy and Medication are depends on Patients age, gender, diseases and It changes according to atmosphere changes. Still so many aspects of Panchkarma is not given here, this is just overview of the therapies.For more detail you can contact us.