Panchakarma is the basic treatment for detoxification and purification within the Ayurvedic Treatments. Panchakarma implies the combination of five different therapies in order to clean the body of waste, diseases and misleading nutrition.
Ayurveda says that imbalances in the doshas create waste; we call this waste “Ama”, which is a smelly, sticky substance harmful to health. Then, we need to stop production of Ama through adequate food, a good style of living, healthy habits and proper exercises and, the implementation of Panchakarma.
Panchakarma consists of 5 procedures; they are Vaman, Virechan, Nasya, Basti and Rakta Moskshana. During the restoration of the balance of doshas, these five procedures help dissolve stress and accumulated toxins, which cause diseases. Thus the balance of the doshas is restored and the body is released from Ama.
preparing the body before Panchakarma
Snehan is the massage with oils. This oil is applied throughout the body by using a special technique. These massages also soften the surface of the body and deep tissues, which helps dissolve stress and contribute to the construction of the nervous system. Meanwhile Swedana is the process of inducing sweat with the help of steam generated from medicated herbal decoctions.
Vamana, the therapeutic vomiting
Vamana helps eliminate toxins from the respiratory tract and is an optimal treatment to relieve kapha excess (mucus, bronchitis, colds, coughs, asthma, allergies, overweight, diabetes, chronic indigestion and edema).
This therapy helps to release pent-up emotions that the lungs and stomach retain , and to eliminate emotional and energetic blockages, heaviness, laziness, depression, dissatisfaction and “undigested” thoughts.
An ayurvedic practitioner always has to follow this practice because it can involve risks.
Virechana, the laxative therapy
Excess secretion of bile accumulated in the small intestine, liver and gallbladder, cause skin irritation, acne, fever, nausea, urinary problems, anemia, anorexia, eye problems and other Pitta imbalances. This practice helps eradicate these toxins and purify organs of Pitta.
This practice is to retain a certain amount of medicated oil or decoction of herbs in the colon or other parts of the body for a certain time. Then, the Basti therapy helps remove Vata excess(constipation, bloating, back pain, sciatica, and other joint problems, arthritis, rheumatism, cramps, migraines) and accumulated toxins in the colon.
Nasya, purification of the nasal cavity
The practice of Nasya involves administration of medicinal herbal powders or oil in the nasal cavity to remove excess doshas accumulated in the head, throat and sinuses. It is a useful tool to unlock the emotional processes and improve visual perception practice.
RaktaMokshana, blood purification
This practice involves the extraction of impure blood to remove excess Dosha and toxins in the blood. There are different procedures for this practice, being the expert who deemed appropriate Ayurveda which method to use.
Toxins that accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract are absorbed by the blood and from there go to the whole body, causing a state of general toxicity and remains the leading cause of recurrent infections. It also includes certain types of circulation problems at skin level such as hives, rashes, herpes, acne, eczema, chronic itching, etc.
A series of actions during or after Panchakarma
During or after Panchakarma, Ayurveda advises to follow a series of actions such as support for maintaining the welfare state, such as self-massage, washing your nose, the Basti therapy, Shirodhara massage, applying oil in your nose, eyes and ears), gargling with medicated oil, etc.
Once you complete Panchakarma, which should last at least 7 days, you must carry a specific diet; this means you have to consume light and easy to digest foods that help stimulate gradually the digestive system.
In conclusion, Panchakarma is a cleansing process that eliminates toxins and restores the body healing ability. Do you want to heal your body through panchakarma?, check out our Ayurveda Retreats