Panchakarma Treatment:- In order to assist rid the body of accumulated toxins and restore health, Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic therapy that consists of five karmas. Your doctor is the best person to choose which cleansing process or procedures are ideal for you, having assessed your numerous physical and mental factors. Toxins are eliminated via many channels during the cleansing process.
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What is Panchakarma Treatment
A cleansing and rejuvenating programme for the body, mind, and consciousness is called panchakarma. According to Ayurvedic teachings, each individual is a unique phenomenon that is expressed through the five elements of Earth, Fire, Water, Ether, and Air. Each person has a different balance of the three doshas (tridosha) that result from the combination of these elements: Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. Disturbances in this doshic balance lead to dysfunction and eventually disease. Since panchakarma is performed uniquely for each person, taking into account their unique constitution and particular disorder, it necessitates careful observation and supervision. Pre-purification measures such as Snehan and Svedana are the first step in the treatment process. Next, cleaning techniques called Shodanas are used.
Benefits of Panchakarma
Some of the key benefits of the Panchakarma are as follows:
- An Ayurvedic therapy called panchakarma helps cleanse the body and mind of toxins and pollutants.
- It aids in the optimal operation of the lymphatic, neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems.
- The procedure aids in preserving the Dosha balance and regaining optimal health.
- It strengthens the immune system and makes the body resistant to illnesses.
- It can help slow down the ageing process and revitalise the body.
- It facilitates mental and physical relaxation. It aids with stress relief.
Ayurvedic Principles of Panchakarma
Ayurveda places a strong emphasis on healing and preventative treatments in addition to different purification and rejuvenation techniques. Ayurveda is a science and an art of proper living that promotes longevity, not just a medical system. It can assist each person in making the right decisions regarding nutrition, lifestyle, and physical activity in order to reestablish bodily, mental, and conscious balance and ward against illness. The five essential elements of Ayurveda are Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether, and each human being is a unique manifestation of cosmic consciousness. The tridosha is made up of three elements: kapha, which is earth and water, pitta, which is fire and water, and vata, which is ether and air. These are the three bodily organisations, or humours, that are also derivable from awareness. At fertilisation, the relative quantities of these three doshas determine each individual’s constitution or psycho-somatic temperament.
The constitution is set during embryonic development. Ayurveda recognises seven fundamental constitutions, each of which is dominated by one or more doshas. The prevailing vata, pitta, or kapha are as follows: vata-pitta, pitta-kapha, or kapha-vata dominating; and the infrequently occurring vata-pitta-kapha in equal balance.
Five Panchakarma Ayurvedic Treatments
Pancha karma is the term for five deeds or five cures. Panchakarma consists of five main treatments, which we go into more detail about below.
- Vamana: In order to get rid of extra mucus and toxins from your body, this Ayurvedic cleansing technique involves making you vomit. Usually, it is used to treat digestive and respiratory issues.
- Virechana: Ayurvedic herbs are utilised in this treatment to encourage bowel movements, which aid in the removal of toxins from the body. It supports general health, hormonal balance, and the removal of harmful buildup in the body.
- Rakta Moksha: Usually through the use of leeches on the body, this treatment entails bloodletting. Although this Ayurvedic therapy is not offered by us, it is helpful in treating blood and skin issues.
- Basti: Enemas are used in this treatment to help the colon rid itself of toxins. Usually, it is used to treat haemorrhoids, constipation, and digestive issues.
- Nasya: Using a nasal spray or drops to clear toxins from your sinuses and respiratory system is part of this all-encompassing treatment plan. It is intended to relieve sinus problems, allergies, and headaches.
Preparing the body with recommended techniques to help it release toxins is necessary before the purification process starts. Snehan and Svedana are these two methods.
- Snehan: The Snehan massage uses oil. With a specific kind of massage, oil is applied all over the body to facilitate the movement of toxins into the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, oil massage softens and suppleifies both deep and superficial tissues, which supports and relieves the nervous system and reduces tension. As said, snehan is administered once a day for three to seven days.
- Svedana: Svedana, which means sudation or sweating, is administered daily right after the snehan. To help further release the person’s toxins, a herbal mixture may be added to the steam. Toxins are liquefied and are more easily transported into the gastrointestinal tract by Svedana.
Guidelines for Nutrition and Lifestyle during Panchakarma Therapy
In every stage of panchakarma therapy, conventional Ayurveda prescribes certain dietary and lifestyle advice. During the panchakarma experience, it is recommended to acquire enough of rest and to abstain from sexual activity, heavy exercise, late nights, loud music, watching television, and other such stimulating activities. Aside from being cautious to stay warm and out of the wind, it’s also advisable to pay close attention to one’s thoughts and experiences during this period. A rigorous ban on cold beverages, cold food, caffeine, white sugar, alcohol, recreational drugs, and dairy products is advised, along with a mono-diet consisting of kitchari and ghee. These things should not be resumed (if at all) until after panchakarma is finished. This diet is prescribed because the digestive fire, or agni, rests throughout the cleansing process. Additionally, the rate of digestion is further slowed down as toxins return to the gastrointestinal tract.
Result of Panchakarma
After the completion of the Panchakarma procedure, the rejuvenation phase begins. Rejuvenating the body and mind can be achieved with a balanced diet, yoga poses, abhyanga (oil massages), and meditation. This aids in getting the body ready for a regular life after the treatment.