Panchakarma Treatment and Therapy is prescribed by Ayurveda for the cleansing of Dosha or toxic materials from the body and is the most famous tratement in Kerala Ayurveda Packages in any Ayurveda resort
Pancha in Sanskrit stands for five and Karma are the therapeutic measures, therefore Panchakarma means five types of therapeutic measures. Panchakarma treatments are undertaken for the purification of the body and Ayurveda considers it necessary before the start of any other therapy. The logic being that as a cloth needs to be purified or cleaned of impurities and dust before it can be permeated with a new color, similarly the body needs to be purified before it can be permeated with new colors of youthfulness, health and vigor etc. In fact, most of the time, Panchakarma is an end in itself rather than a prelude to other therapeutic measures.
The treatments in panchakarma are Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Vasti. and Rektamosham. These practices are extremely helpful in relieving deep seated diseases as well as being beneficial for maintaining and improving physical and mental health.
Purvakarma invloves the Pre-purification Measures for Panchakarma and before the actual operation of purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body in prescribed methods to encourage the release of toxins.
Two procedures in Purva Karmaare Snehana and Swedana.
Snehana (Abhyangam) is the oil massage. Oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move towards the gastro-intestinal tract. Oil massage also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple, thus helping to remove stress and to nourish the nervous system. Snehana is given daily for three to seven days, as indicated.
Swedana is sudation or sweating and is given every day immediately following the Snehana. An herbal concoction may be added to the steam to further loosen the toxins from the individual. Swedana liquefies the toxins and increases the movement of toxins into the gastro-intestinal tract.
Vamana Karma ( Emetics Therapy )
It is the most suitable therapy for kaphaja (Mucous) disorders. In this method the specific doshas are eliminated from body through mouth (oral route). It involves induced and controlled vomiting with the help of medicines. It is used to treat chronic asthma, chronic hyperacidity etc.
Virechana Karma (PurgationTherapy)
This therapy is mainly used in cases of chronic disorders due to Pitta dosha. It involves induced and controlled purgation with the help of medicines. It is used to treat jaundice, chronic helminthes cases etc.
Nasya Karma is administration of drug through nose. This is an important therapy in Panchakarma. Nose is the gateway to brain. Herbal juice and medicated oils are applied through nostrils. Nasyakarma treatment is very effective in major diseases of the head. Nasya is used in cases of migraine, chronic rhinitis, epilepsy etc.
Vasti – Medicated Enema
Involves administering medicines as enema. The medicines used can be decoctions, pure / formulated oils, milk etc. It is used to cure arthritis, backache etc.
Rakta Mokshana – Blood letting
According to Sushruta – the father of Aurveda Medicine, certain diseases are caused by vitiation of the blood. He recommended bloodletting to get rid of the vitiated blood. Bloodletting was usually carried out with the help of precise surgical instruments or by leeching.
Other Misellaneous treatment in Panchakarma are
1. Shirodhara – Ayurveda treatment recommended in anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia etc.
2. Kati Basti – Ayurveda treatment for different backaches.
3. Janu Basti- Ayurveda treatment for arthritis of the knee joint.
4. Nadi Sweda- Ayurveda treatment for pain disorders of different sites.
5. Pinda Sweda- Ayurveda treatment for neurological ailments and in the management of different pains.
6. Shashti-Shali Pindasweda- Ayurveda treatment for neurological ailments.
7. Tarpanam- Ayurveda treatment for the ailments of the eyes.
8. Shirobasti- Ayurveda treatment for hair loss and the falling hair and other diseases of skull.
9. Uttara Basti- Ayurveda treatment for genitourinary diseases and infertility of female.
10. Udvartana- Ayurveda treatment for a medicated Ubtan to be applied over the skin for fair and glowing skin.
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A Word of caution -Panchakarma is a very special Ayurveda treatment requiring proper guidance from a highly trained and skillful Ayurveda practitioner. One should consult with an Ayurveda physician, not just someone with a modest amount of training prior to deciding on these cleansing procedures. Panchakarma is given individually to each person according to their specific constitution and specific disorder or needs; the treatment requires close observation and supervision.