Panchakarma

Ayurvedic treatment is based upon various factors causing disease. According to which it is divided mostly into two categories shodhana(a part of treatment used to clean body having large quantum of doshas/toxins) and shamana(part of treatment used to clean body having little quantum). Panchakarma therapy is one of the types of shodhana / Sharirshuddhi (detoxification process of the body) therapies in ayurveda. It includes five types of procedures, vamana, virechana, basti, nasya and raktamokshana, so called panchakarma.

Panchakarma

  • VAMAN (induced vomiting)
  • VIRECHAN (purgation)
  • BASTI (medicated enema)
  • NASYA (application of small drops of medicine through nose)
  • RAKTHAMOKSHAN (blood letting/Leach Therapy)

Panchakarma means the five ‘kriyas’, which is to purify and eliminate the impurities from the body. It is one of the types of shodhana / Sharirshuddhi (detoxification process of the body) therapies in ayurveda.

Snehan

Making utilize of ghee or oil internally as well as externally for smoothing and soothing effect to body. It includes Shirodhara, pizzichil, katibasti, janubasti etc. for the process of vaman and virechan Snehan is required.

 

Swedan

It is a pre-procedure for main panchakarma process and done mandatory before. It gives temporary as well as long lasting relief from pain.

Vaman

It is a procedure in which the vitiated doshas are expelled-out forcefully through mouth in the form of vomiting.Vaman process is intended for diseases based on kapha dosha or kaphapitta dosha. The process is generally planned to cover diseases from upper part of the body, like bronchial asthma, recurrent sinusitis etc.

Virechan

It is a purgation procedure in which the vitiated pitta or pittakapha doshas are terrified from the body. The procedure is designed generally in the diseases like piles, skin ailments, semen disorders etc.

Basti

It is the chief procedure done for Vata disorders. It is the process in which medicine in liquid form is administered in intestines via rectal route. It is the only procedure accepted and done easily at any age.

Abhyanga (स्नेहन)

Abhyang – Is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves massage of the body with large amounts of warm oil. The oil is often pre-medicated with herbs for specific conditions. Abhyanga can be done as part of the steps of panchakarma therapy, especially in the first stage: Purva Karma (pre-treatment), or as its own therapy. It is often followed by swedan therapy, a warm bath, yoga or laying out in the sun.

Many times abhyang is performed by two or more massage therapists working in sync but it can also be done by an individual. Oils used can vary depending on the season and the individual’s constitution (dosha) but commonly used oils include sesame, coconut, sunflower, mustard and almond.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • To delay old age (anti aging treatment) to release fatigue. Relieves vata problem.
  • Relieves pain in the body.
  • Improves eyesight (vision)
  • Helps increase body strength, improves quality of life
  • Helps resolve all sleep issues.
  • Improves skin quality.
  • Protects skin from infection.
  • Improves skin colour.
  • Post child birth, normalise the vata dosha ,Soothens & enables the nerves & pulse to function properly
  • Reduces swelling.

SwedanaFomentation – Heating Process.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Vata Predominant prakriti and diseases.
  • Common cold, severe cough
  • Asthama, heaviness of body, pain in – neck, lumbosaral region, sacral region, back ,hips etc.
  • Laryngitis & pharyngitis, facial paralysis.
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, myopathies, tympanitis, constipation.
  • Stiffness in neck, hips & back ,lock jaw, sciatica, joint disorders.
  • Urinary problems, post delivery to normalise vata, muscular atrophy, contractures in joints to improve muscular functions.

BASTI(Medicinal Enema by using medicated oil & herbal decoction)

It is the chief procedure done for Vata disorders. It is a process in which medicine in liquid form is administered in intestines via rectal route. It is the only procedure accepted and done easily at any age. Vata’s predominant site is the colon. Basti, is the most effective treatment of vata disorders, The speciality of this treatment is that it can be administered both in a healthy, as well as unhealthy person. When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

Types of basti
1. Anuvasana (oil enema)
2. Niruha-Asthapana (decoction enema)
3. Uttara Basti (through the urethra with men or vagina with women)
4. Matra Basti (daily oil enema).
5. Karma Basti
6. Kala Basti
7. Yoga Basti
8. Bruhana Basti (nutritional enema).

Treatment Beneficial for

Constipation, distention, chronic fever, cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, backache, sciatica and other joint pains. Many other vata disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches.
All types of diseases occurred due to Vata dosha (vat vyadhi) constipation, obstruction in urination, loss of body strength, discolouration, loss of mansa & shukra, tympanitis, loss of sensation, worms, stiffness in body, fever, fistula, stiffness in back & hips, tremors. epilepsy & fits, joint diseases, arthritis, hemiplesia, paraplegia, sciatica, facial paralysis, pain due to calculus, gout, all gynaec disorders (dysmenorrhoea, uterine fibroid, polycystic ovaries, breast cyst. Infertility etc.)

Hrid Basti(Medicinal Enema by using medicated oil & herbal decoction)

The speciality of this treatment is that it can be administered both in a healthy, as well as unhealthy peeople. When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Heart diseases – like coronary artery blockage (Ischemic heart disease) Cardiomegali.
  • Valvular disease.
  • Mitral valve Prolapse etc.

Janu BastiKeeping warm medicated oil on the knee joint

The specialty of this treatment is that it can be administered both in a healthy, as well as thediseased person. When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Arthritis.
  • degenerative.
  • changes in the knee joint stiffness in knee joint etc.

Kati BastiKeeping warm Medicated oil on the Lumber region for some specific period.

The speciality of this treatment is that it can be administered both in a healthy, as well as unhealthy people. When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Diseases of spine like Lumber Disc.
  • Prolapse.
  • Loss of Lordosis.
  • Lumber Spondylosis.
  • Sciatica etc.
  • Severe backache.
  • Muscular spasm at the lumber region

Utter Basti

The speciality of this treatment is that it can be administered both in a healthy, as well as unhealthy people. When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

for ,
Female -> Introducing Medicated oil / or herbal decoctions in intrauterine cavity or up to the cervix.
Male -> the oil or herbal decoctions introduced into the bladder.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Female -> Cervical erosion.
  • vaginitis.
  • Cervical Polyp.
  • Cervicitis.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Uterine Fibroid.
  • Tubal Blockage.
  • Infertility, etc.
  • Male -> Diseases of Urinary System.

Vaman

The specialty of this treatment is that it can be administered both in healthy, as well as unhealthy people . When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Asthama, bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, skin disease, diabetes, indigestion, obesity, removes stomach toxins, gland enlargement, epilepsy, erisepalus, hyper acidity
  • Rejuvenation
  • To enhance sexual power
  • For relaxation
  • Vata related disorders
  • General weakness
  • Joint disorders
  • Muscles issues
  • Disorders of the nervous system
  • Muscular-skeletal problems

Virechan

It is a purification procedure in which the vitiated pitta or pittakapha doshas are removed from the body. The procedure is used generally in the diseases like piles, skin ailments, semen disorders etc. Use of purgatives in a scientific method for Purification of the body.

Types of Virechan
Snigdha
Ruksha

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Allergic rash skin inflammation acne.
  • Dermatitis.
  • Eczema chronic fever ascites biliary vomiting.
  • Jaundice urinary disorder.
  • Enlargement of the spleen internal worms burning.
  • Irritation in the eyes, inflammation of the eyes.
  • Deformities of Mother’s milk
  • Conjunctivitis gout.
  • Pitta Predominant diseases.
  • Before conception for a healthy child.

nasya

Nasya – The administration of drugs through the nose is called Nasya. Nasya is particularly useful in urdhvajatrugat disease. It specifically provides strength to the head, nose and neck by improving the functioning of the endocrine glands it works on the whole body . It will prevent premature wrinkling, greying and hair fall.

The speciality of this treatment is that it can be administered both in a healthy, as well as unhealthy people. When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Stiffness in the head, neck, teeth and jaw.
  • Pain / Loss of function of shoulder muscle, jaundice.
  • Chronic coryza (sinusitis).
  • Diseases of mouth, nose, ear, eye and head.
  • Facial paralysis
  • Hypertension, spondylosis, Infertility.
  • Hormonal imbalances, psychological disorders.

Pinda Swedana

is a process by which the whole body or any specific part is made to perspire. This is done by external application of medicinal boluses, which are tied in a potali. –
Snigdha
Ruksha

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Vat vyadhi.
  • Paralysis (pakshaghat).
  • Poliomyelitis (bala pakshaghat).
  • Pain (shul).
  • Osteo arthritis (sandhi vata).
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (amavata).
  • Lean and thin persons(karshya).

SHIRO BASTHI(Medicinal Enema by using medicated oil & herbal decoction)

This is a procedure in which a belt is fastened around the head covering the portion of the forehead so a well like formation takes place over the head. This well is then filled with oil and kept for some time

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Hair loss and fall and other diseases of the scalp
  • Anxiety
  • Facial paralysis
  • Insomnia
  • Neurological disorders
  • Psychological disorders
  • Skin disorders such as Eczema & Psoriasis,
  • Stress

Agnikarma

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Severe pain – in joints or any muscular area.
  • Frozen shoulder.
  • Lock jaws.
  • Stiffness of joints.
  • Cyst.
  • Piles.
  • Epileptic attack.
  • Heavy bleeding.
  • Warts.

Netra Tarpan ( नेत्रतरपण)

This treatment aims to provide optimum rejuvenation to eyes. Dough of Urad is put around the eye ball in such a way that a dam like appearance is seen. Then herbal healing ghee is put in this groove to lubricate eye and surrounding areas. This provides improved vision with beautiful eyes and strengthening of eye tissues

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Burning of eyes.
  • Dryness of eyes.
  • Vata diseases in the eyes.
  • Curved eyes.
  • Conjunctivitis.
  • Pain in the eyes.
  • Watering eyes.
  • Night blindness.
  • Squinting.
  • Myopia.

Shirodhara

Shirodhara is a purifying and rejuvenating therapy to eliminate toxins and mental exhaustion as well as relieve stress and any ill effects on the central nervous system. Shirodhara means pouring oil on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific period continuously allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair.

Treatment Beneficial for

  • Vata Disorders.
  • Insomnia.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Various mental disturbances.
  • Other disorders.

Panchakarma Centre

Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience. Through this process, your mind-body will get detoxify, strengthen your immune system, and restoring balance and wellbeing. As you know Ayurveda is the oldest complete medical system that cures the problem from the root.

Ayurveda is derived from ancient Vedic roots which allow you to adopt the lifestyle the maintain balance and harmony within the human body. Along with the coordination with soul, mind, senses, and the body revolving around the five elements of the human body. Ayurveda has developed thousands of years ago in India.

What is Panchakarma?

The word Panchakarma means, “Pancha” means five, and “Karma” means therapeutic measures in Sanskrit. Therefore, Panchakarma therapy involves five types of advanced treatment to remove toxin materials from the body.

Panchakarma is a detox program and its treatment was divided into three stages. These stages are:

  • Poorva Karma
  • Pradhan Karma
  • Paschat Karma

Every karma has its treatment measures and parameters. Each one provides different benefits to the body. So, let us understand karma properly.

  1. Poorva Karma

This process helps the body to discard the toxins present in the stomach and tissues. This helps to facilitate the toxins to move to the alimentary canal. Poorva Karma involved procedures like Pachana, Snehan or Abhyangam, and Swedanam.

  1. Pradhan Karma

This process includes many other procedures and every procedure plays a significant role in detoxifying the body. So, Pradhan Karma includes;

  • Vamana
  • Virachana
  • Basti (Ayurvedic Enema)
  • Nasya
  • Raktamokshana

 

  1. Paschat Karma

With Paschat Karma, they bring back the body to its normal physiological condition after drastic eliminatory detoxification. This detoxification procedure is specific for dietary regimens and different medicine.

Now, let us have a look at the benefits of Panchkarma

Benefits of Panchkarma

Panchkarma has many benefits to the body. As it properly detoxifies your body so that you enjoy the real happiness from the body. So, the benefits of Panchkarma are:

  • It helps to restore metabolic power and immunity of the body.
  • Panchkarma eliminates toxins and strengthens the functions of tissue
  • It helps to balance all three doshas.
  • With Panchkarma, improves your mental clarity, awareness, and forgiveness.
  • This will help you to reduce your dependence on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
  • It helps to reduce stress and improves the relaxation and tolerance of the body.
  • With Panchkarma, you will implement a healthy diet and lifestyle.
  • It slows the aging process and enhances the lifespan for a healthy life.
  • Your energy level and body immunity will boost.

Panchkarma has many more benefits as it helps your body to properly detoxify and keep your body toxins free.