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MAY 2022

Panchakarma
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Panchakarma

Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. The word ‘Panchakarma’ means five therapies; namely Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Vasti and Raktamoskhana. This set of five therapies helps remove deep-rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas or energies that govern all biological functions. 

As the Panchakarma form of treatment uses herbal and organic medicines, it spares the client/patient from the risks of side-effects, common to many modern-day drugs. The principle behind this Indian branch of medicine is that a majority of sicknesses are caused by the food we eat and the environmental toxins we are exposed to. 

The five tried-and-tested treatment techniques in Panchakarma revitalize patients by restoring their physical and mental equilibrium. Through the Vamana (Emesis), Kapha (phlegm) toxins collected in the body and the respiratory tract are removed. Virechana (Purgation) is a medicated purgation therapy that removes Pitta (Bile) toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder. The mother of all Panchakarma treatments is Vasti (Enema) as it cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the three doshas, Vatha, Pitha and Kapha, through the colon. To remove Kapha toxins from the head and neck region, Nasya (Nose Cleaning) is done, that is, medicated oil is administered through the nose. The last form in Panchakarma is Raktamoksha (blood purification) which is not advisable during the general Panchakarma. This procedure is to cleanse the blood and is advised only in rare conditions.

The Panchakarma treatment is unique since it ensures both short-term and long-term well-being to the individuals. 

To see the videos on Ayurveda and Panchakarma, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQZ8z2CwRu4&list=PLHNlbP81U7jfNA_goTC7qHRJ13FaStx_D 

  Topics: Ayurveda   Health  

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