What is Panchkarma?
Panchakarma is an effective natural body detoxification treatment described in Ayurveda. As the name suggests Panchakarma mainly is performed using five important Ayurvedic therapies such as vaman, virechanam, nasyam, basti and rakta mokshan. However, based on individual health status and needs, one might need lesser therapies for complete body detoxification. Panchakrma is recommended to be done from time to time to cleanse the body and remove unwanted toxins. This improves physiological functions and also rejuvenates the body. Panchakarma is recommended for both healthy as well as diseases person. In healthy person it helps to restore the physiological balance where as in case of diseases person it helps to correct the underlying pathology of a disease.
The five therapies in panchakarma include,
This is induced vomiting. The treatment begins with intake of medicated ghee in increased doses for about 5 to 7 days. After analysis by Ayurvedic doctor, vomitting is induced which helps to get rid of vitiated vatas from the body.
The process is similar to vaman, however it ends with induced purgation. In both vaman and virechanam, the induction of emesis or purgation is decided by the doctor. Some people may need lesser doses of medicated ghee based on the physical condition and health status.
This treatment includes administration of medicated oil, herbal extracts or powders through nasal cavity. As per Ayurvedic theory, nasal cavity is the doorway to brain. The medications instilled in nasal cavity clear the nasal blockages and also mucous deposition. This further rejuvenates mental health.
Basti refer to Ayurvedic enemas. It can be either sneha basti that uses medicated oils or kasaya basti that uses herbal decoction for enemas. The basti procedure completes cleanses the colon to get rid of unwanted gases and toxins accumulated over time.
5. Rakta Mokshan
This refers to bloodletting therapies. Raktamoksha is performed to eliminate the toxins from the bloodstream. This procedure is contracted in episodes of anemia, weakness, in young children, older patient, during pregnancy and during menstruation.
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