Panchakarma is a classic Ayurveda detoxification treatments and includes five major procedures. It is designed to purify the whole body by eliminating the accumulated toxins from it. The ideal duration for carrying out the Panchakarma is 14 days – 6 days for preparation, 1 day purge and 7 days for the build up and healthy lifestyle phase.
This therapy includes the following – Virechana (purgation), Vamana (emesis), Snehavasthi (medicated oil enema) Kashayavasti (medicated decoction enema), and Nasya (nasal administration).
The specialty of this treatment is that it can be administered both to a healthy, as well as an ailing person. When a healthy person is subjected to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body, whilst for an ailing person, it has curative benefits.
At the beginning of the therapy, the body is prepared for the actual process of elimination. This is done by the following processes, administered for the first 4 -5 days:
1. Deepana and Pachana – The purpose of these treatments is to keep the digestive fire at its best, by means of oral medication.
2. Oleation and Sudation – These are the most important preparatory measures prior to the Panchakarma therapy. This includes various types of whole body therapies like Abhyanga (synchronized massage), Pizhichil (kayaseka), Njavarakizhi, Choorna swedam, Pathrapotala swedam, etc. Medicated ghee or oils are also administered orally for the purpose of internal oleation (snehapana); both these methods lubricate the body channels and loosen the toxins accumulated in the body. Apart from this, localized therapies like Shirodhara, Shirovasti, Greevavasti, Kadeevasti, Nethratharpanam,Thalam, and Lepanam can be also done in specific cases.
In the Eliminative Phase, the physician, based upon the condition of the patient’s disease, decides the type of the Panchakarma treatment.
Panchakarma results in metabolism speeding up, purification of the blood, de-stressing and focusing the mind. The skin glows, hair becomes thicker, you lose weight and feel calmer.
The proper Panchkarma means not just massages, but internal herbals, yoga, pranayama,meditation, a special sathvik diet (the food’s tasty but it is different in composition…6 colors in every meal, less oil, less salt etc) and concentrating on yourself for a healthy lifestyle.