Rejuvenation Therapy and Panchakarma
Rasayana Chikitsa, or Rejuvenation Therapy, is a holistic Ayurvedic healthcare treatment. It revitalizes the human body, equipping it to regain and maintain health. Panchakarma is the modern form of Rejuvenation Therapy composed of a unique set of therapeutic methods that cleanse and heal the body physically, mentally and spiritually.
The legendary Rasayana Chikitsa, or Rejuvenation Therapy, is often considered synonymous with rebirth, for it completely revitalizes the body, eliminating the ill-effects of all previous disorders. Its cleansing effect gives a second lease of life by completely decontaminating the body, mind, and spirit.
Rasayana is derived from two separate Sanskrit words: Rasa meaning the "basic essence that nourishes the body," and Ayana meaning "path". Hence, Rasayana stands for a nourishing pathway. Rasayana Chikitsa is a holistic revitalization therapy aimed at treating nutrient deficiencies, with a focus on the constituent elements of the body.
Panchakarma is a rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda. The Pancha (Five) Karma (Action) approach to disease prevention is a combination of five tried-and-tested treatment techniques that revitalizes patients by restoring their physical and mental equilibrium.
Panchakarma's value lies in the herbal and organic medicines used, which exempts it from the risks of side effects, common to many modern-day drugs. The concept behind it is that a majority of sicknesses are caused by consumed foods and environmental toxins. Panchakarma treatment is unique since it ensures both short-term and long-term well-being of the individual. It scrupulously avoids the instant gratification approach. Shamana and Shodhana are the two categories of rejuvenation therapies practised.
The Panchakarma Procedure
Panchakarma is performed in three stages that methodically lead the body through a variety of therapies.
The first stage is Purvakarma, where oleation therapy and induced intense sweating loosen excess doshas and toxins accumulated in the body.
In the actual treatment, Pradhanakarma, a specialized treatment is administered to expel impurities, and revitalize the system.
The final stage is Paschatkarma, where a rehabilitation plan with diet, rest and lifestyle modifications is prescribed to prevent recurrence of the disease. This post-treatment care sets Ayurveda apart from other fields of medicine.
Ayurveda offers a plethora of unique treatment techniques that can relieve any specific organ-related issues. Raktamokshana is recommended for patients suffering from build-up of toxins in their blood stream. Leeches (Hirudo medicinalis) are used in leeching procedure to draw out impure blood through a specially-made incision. This helps treat blood-related deficiencies in the system.
Netravasti deals with eye-based disorders. Karnapoorana is a treatment for ear problems and Talapotichil is recommended for hypertension and anxiety issues. Each treatment follows a unique treatment methodology.