• What is Panchakarma Treatment?
    January 9, 2016

    The primary detoxification and purification carried out in Ayurveda is known as Panchakarma. It means use of five therapies. These five different therapeutic treatments eliminate harmful toxins from the body. The panchakarma treatments include Virechana, Vamana, Raktamoskshana, Basti and Nasya.

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    Panchakarma treatment

    Diet during Panchakarma treatment

    Panchakarma is considered effective only when a special detoxification diet is followed along with the regular treatments. The diet has to be vegetarian and natural and usually include fresh fruits, vegetables, wholegrain and organic dairy products. Use of eggs, meat, fish and any other non-vegetarian food items is strictly prohibited by Ayurveda. However, diet is only the first step towards the treatment.

    Vamana

    Vamana is a type of medicated emesis therapy. It removes toxins of Kapha that are collected over the time in the body as well as the respiratory tract. This type of panchakarma treatment is given to the patients who suffer from high imbalance of kapha. The daily treatment includes mobilizing and loosening the toxins so at to eliminate them. Vamana is highly beneficial in chronic allergies, bronchial asthma, Vitiligo, Hay fever, Edema, Psychological disorders, Psoriasis, Chronic indigestion, Hyperacidity, obesity, Nasal congestion, Edema, skin disorders and more.

    Virechana

    Purgation or Virechana is used to remove Pitta toxins from your body. These toxins accumulate in the gallbladder and the liver. With the help of Virechana the gastro-intestinal tract is cleaned. It is beneficial in treating diabetes, chronic fever, asthma, paraplegia, herpes, joint disorders, constipation, digestive disorders, psoriasis, vitiligo, hyperacidity, gynecological disorders, headaches and elephantiasis.

    Basti

    Enema, colonic irrigation or Basti is the most important or mother of the entire panchakarma treatments. This treatment is used to clean the accumulated toxins of all the 3 doshas: pitta, kapha and vata through colon. Basti is also given as a rejuvenating treatment. In this treatment, herbal decoction or ghee is given for cleansing colon. It is helpful in Colitis, cervical spondylosis, paragplegia colitis, hemiplegia, irritable bowel syndrome, backache, digestive disorders, constipation, infertility and sciatica.

    Nasya

    In this panchakarma treatment, medicated oil is administered through the nose and the accumulated kapha toxins are cleansed from the head and the neck area. Depending upon the type of medical condition of the patient, the treatment of Nasya can be administered for maximum 30 days. Benefits of this treatment include improvement in eye sight and memory, eliminates hyper pigmentation, effective in treating frozen shoulder, nasal polyp, stiffness of neck, migraine, loss of taste and smell, premature graying of hair, nasal allergies, sinusitis, neurological dysfunctions and more.

    Raktamokshana

    In this process, the blood is cleansed. This panchakarma treatment is advised only in very rare conditions and carries high risk of getting an infection.

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