Panchakarma is an important aspect of Ayurveda philosophy that helps extend the goodness of Ayurveda to a holistic way of living. Known as the cornerstone of the Ayurveda treatment system, Panchkarma essentially stabilizes the intrinsic balance of Tridoshas in one’s body. It is highly suggested during season change as an excellent way of maintaining health and keeping sickness and diseases at bay.
Literally translated to ‘Five Actions’, Panchkarma basically involves five theories under Ayurveda to cleanse the body and flush out all the toxins and impurities, thereby restoring the balance of Tridoshas (Kapha, Vata, Pitta). Panchkarma significantly improves the metabolism and helps in controlling/curing chronic diseases as well.
As per one’s predominant dosha, the appropriate therapy (out of the five) is performed on the patient focusing on the specific problem areas. This is a major boost to the body’s detoxification system and keeps the body healthy and stable.
The five theories that come under Panchkarma are as follows:
Vamana (Vomiting): In order to detoxify the stomach as well as upper elementary system, this procedure induces therapeutic vomiting in order to achieve the same. Great for people suffering from imbalance of Kapha!
Beneficial for those with Pitta disorder, this procedure is a medicated purgation therapy and helps purifying the blood while focusing on the liver and gall bladder.
Vasti (Therapeutic Enema)
This one comprises of certain herbal oils infused with natural extracts which is then applied on various parts of body on regular intervals. This induces healing in the body.
Nasya (Nasal Therapy)
This procedure helps increase the flow of energy to one’s brain. It basically opens the channels present in one’s head, leading to more energy flow to brain. Highly beneficial in treating cold, flu, sinus and environmental allergies!
Rakta Mokshan (Blood Purification)
Here, the highlight is the blood circulating throughout your body which is treated and purified. This helps in removing the congestion and other irregularities in one’s blood circulation due to eating disorders and stress accumulation.