WHAT IS PANCHAKARMA?
What are the benefits?
Who must follow this program?
How many days stay?
Minimum 8 days to 60 days, depending upon the treatment procedure and how well your body is responding.
What is the daily program?
Phases of Panchakarma
Purvakarma-the pre-purification preparation
Before the detoxification programs begin, there is a need to prepare the body in prescribed method to encourage it to release the toxins. These procedures are used for this:
Deepna and Pachana
At first, patient is administered with medicine such as Trikatu Choorna, Chitrakadi Vati etc. for a period of 3 days. This is to boost digestion strength and to relieve Ama (product of indigestion).
Once good digestion strength is established, person is given with ghee/oil etc, fat to drink for 3 to 7 days, based on digestion strength. Snehana/Oleation means, administering a person with any kind of fat – may be herbal ghee, herbal oil or animal fat. Oleation helps to mobilize the Doshas from the disease places in the body. Hence, it is considered as the important preparation step for Panchakarma.
Swedana means sweating or sweating therapy. The patient is made to sweat on purpose. Usually this procedure is done after doing the oleation therapy (Snehakarma)
Pradhanakarma-The main Purification process
Vamana- Vomiting Therapy
Vamana treatment is design to expel increased Kapha Dosha out of the body. When Kapha increased to a large extent and if it has moved from its natural place to other place, then it needs to be expelled out of the body. By expelling it out, disease gets cured. Since kapha is situated in the chest region, expelling it from the oral route is very easy.
Virechana -Purgation Therapy
Virechana treatment is designed to expel increased Pitta Dosha out of the body. When Pitta increased to large extent and if it has moved from its natural place to other place, then it needs to expelled out of the body. By expelling it out disease gets cured. Since pitta is situated at the level of intestines, expelling it from anal route is very easy.
It is the blood cleansing and purification therapy. The blood is expelled out from the body to reduce the quantity of toxic substances in the blood borne disorders.
Nasya- Nasal Administration
The nose is the gateway to the head region. The nasal administration of medicated drops is recommended for an excess of bodily humors accumulated in the sinuses, throat, nose or head areas. They are eliminated through the nearest possible opening – the nose.
Basti is a treatment procedure in which the liquid medicines are administered through the anal route (through urethra and vaginal orifice and wound openings also) Basti therapy is the best for dealing with Vata related disorders. This treatment method has both preventive and curative perspectives. It is an ultimate remedy for many psycho-somatic diseases. It boosts immunity and promotes longevity. It helps in delaying ageing process, strengthens body and mind, fortifies tissues, cleanses the body of its impurities, acts as best rejuvenator and aphrodisiac and has many more beneficial effects on health.