Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease, poor nutrition and environmental toxins. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas. However, due to one’s repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition, the digestive enzymes, metabolic co-factors, hormones, and agnis which regulate the body’s internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology resulting in disease. This waste matter is called ama in Ayurveda. Ama is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that needs to be completely evacuated from the body.
Vaman includes induced vomiting, which helps to get rid of waste products (vitiated doshas) from the body.
Vaman starts with oral intake of medicated ghee in ascending doses for a period of 3 to 7 days and includes a full body Abhyangam massage. This continues for a few days and ends with therapeutic vomiting.
Ayurvedic Vaman treatment is meant for
Virechanam is a component of Panchkarma Ayurvedic treatment in which a person takes oral medication that induces purgation. The unwanted Doshas are taken out of body by the anal route.
Virechanam starts with oral intake of medications in various forms such as medicated ghee, oils or churna (powders). The dosage is prescribed in such a manner that it ends with therapeutic purgation (excretion) at the end of therapy.
Nasya involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated toxins from the head and neck region followed with light face massage. Based on the medical condition of a person, it can be given up to 30 days. It can be used as daily routine to improve function of sense organ.
Benefits: Nasya is useful in
Duration: 30 min
Raktamokshan is a procedure where impure blood taken out from the body with the help of LEECH and other measures. It is very much useful in the diseases’ where there is an involvement of impure blood is present.
Benefits of Rakt Mokshan:
Duration: 30 min
Basti is king of all treatment since it cleans toxins from all over body.
Medicated oil or ghee, herbal decoction is given as enema.