Panchakarma translated as ‘five therapies’ or ‘five actions’ is the cornerstone to Ayurvedic treatment of disease. Pancha Karma is the process which aims at correcting the essential balance of ‘Tridosha’ in body. Panchakarma is not only good for alleviating diseases and removing toxins, but is also if pursued regularly with perseverance, a sure key in maintaining excellent health.
Ayurveda advises undergoing Panchakarma at the change of seasons to cleanse the body, improve the digestion and to improve the metabolic processes. Panchakarma Ayurvedic Therapy is a bunch of five therapies. However, not the same combination of therapies is offered at all the hospitals and treatment centers. The combination varies according to the requirement of the patient.
Panchakarma comes with a special detoxification diet which is given along with the treatments. Every individual undergoing Panchakarma receives special diet which must be monitored every day by the specialist.
Vamana is a medicated emesis therapy which removes the Kapha toxins from the body and the respiratory tract. This is recommended for people with high Kapha imbalance. Daily vamana treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins in an effort to finally eliminate them.
Vamana relieves and cures 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 is believed to remove Pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder; it completely cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract in a safe procedure without side effects. Benefits of Virechana help cure Chronic ailments like Fever, Diabetes, Asthma; Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia Joint disorders; Digestive disorders like, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Headaches, Elephantiasis and Gynecological disorders.
Basti (Enema) is considered the mother of all Panchakarma treatments since it cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas, namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the colon. Basti is also highly effective as a rejuvenating treatment. Basti includes the use of medicated oil or ghee and an herbal brew which is given as enema to clean the colon and increase the muscle tone.
This procedure is usually continued for 8 to 30 days, based on the medical condition of a person. Basti cures Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Colitis, Convalescence, Cervical Spondylosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation, Digestive disorders, Backache & Sciatica, Hepatomegaly & Splenomegaly, Obesity, Piles, Sexual Debility & Infertility.
Nasya involves passage of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha (mucus) toxins from the head and neck region. Based on the medical condition of a person, the treatment is 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. It is a rather complicated procedure and is advised only in very rare conditions. It is not advisable during general Panchakarma. Most Ayurveda Centers that are now flourishing due to the hype in ayurveda tourism in India, do not offer to perform Raktamokshana due to the high risk of infection involved in blood cleansing.