Ayurveda Panchakarma Detoxification
Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means “five therapies”. These 5 therapeutic treatments that help in eliminating toxins from the body are: Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamokshana. The series of these five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions).
Before conducting any Panchakarma treatments, your body is well prepared/conditioned by massages, ghee drinking and steam therapy (pre-PK therapies last between 3-7 days).
Pre-operative procedure- snehapana
Sneha oushadhas when used properly
Before doing any pradhana karma (operative procedure), purvakarmas (pre-operative procedures) are to be employed properly, pachana (appetizers, carminative food and medicine), snehana and swedana are said to be purvakarmas. Snehana and swedana helps to detach the doshas from shakaas (extremities) and bring them to the Koshta (stomach & intestine). They (Snehana and Swedana) play a very significant and important role in the Poorva karma (pre-operative procedure) of Panchakarma (bio purification therapy).
Snehapana (medicated ghee drinking) is a process of administering Sneha dravya (medicated ghee) to a person in order to achieve the desired effect of shodhana (purification/toxin removal (Vamana -emesis/induced vomiting& Virechana- purgation/purging).
Both Abhyantara and Bahya Snehana karma are administered as Purvakarma of Shodhana Chikitsa.
Abhyanga which is a bahya Sneha is advocated after the completion of Abhyantara Snehapana for 2 to 3 days prior to vamana or virechana (depends on the patient).
Abhyantara snehapana is administered for a minimum of 3 days and maximum of 7 days.
Vamana is a medicated emesis therapy which removes Kapha toxins collected in the body and the respiratory tract. It is very good for various kapha diseases and vata associated kapha diseases. Vamana is also very good for various skin diseases upper respiratory tract problems and various ENT diseases. Before vamana snehapaana (medicated ghee drinking is advocated for 3-7 days followed by abhyanga and bhashpa sweda for 1-2 days then medicated emesis is administered. vamana treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins in an effort to finally eliminate them.
Beneficial in treating: Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Allergies, Hay Fever, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Hyperacidity, Chronic Indigestion Nasal Congestion, Edema, Obesity, Psychological disorders, Skin disorders, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, hives, allergies, GERD etc.
Virechana is a medicated purgation therapy which removes Pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gallbladder. It cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract. It is also very beneficial for pitta associated kapha conditions. Your body is prepared with snehana and swedana (internal oleation, abhyangam and steam) followed by virechana. (The days of snehapaana-internal oleation varies from person to person it is administered minimum of 3 days and maximum of 7 days depends on dosha, agni, koshta etc)
On the day of purgation (virechana) the medicated paste or tablet is given which contains purgatives to the patient around 6-7.30 am and the patient is asked to hydrate himself with warm water and after some time the patient will have watery stools (like diarrhoea). Once these watery stools are stopped the patient is adviced to take light food (until the procedure is over no food must be taken)
Beneficial in treating: Chronic Fever, Diabetes, Asthma, Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia, Joint disorders, Digestive disorders, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Headaches, Elephantiasis and Gynecological disorders, Bad smell of the body, obesity, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, migraine, acid peptic disease, gastritis, Diabetic retinopathy, feet burning, headaches and many more diseases.
Basti or vasti (Enema or Colonic Irrigation)
Basti (Enema) is considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments. It cleanses the accumulated toxins. And best for all the 3 doshas (body homers) i.e-Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is administered through anus and its not a simple colonic irrigation therapy. The vasti or basti is prepared with herbal decoction, herbal powder, honey, medicated ghee or oil (माक्षिकं लवणं कल्कं क्वातम् इति) क्रमात् in a particular order.
Vasti is of two types- one is with decoction, powder, honey etc and the other one is with medicated oil or ghee. (Nirooha vasti /Asthapana vasti and anuvasana vasti.) one more variety is maatra vasti where the oil or ghee quantity is lesser than anuvasana vasti. The anuvasana or maatra vasti is more nourishing and it is given in pure vata condition like neurological and musculo skeletal diseases where as nirooha vasti or kashaya vasti is given in pitta and kapha diseases also. Vasti is best for a number of diseases especially in all vata vyaadis. Vasti acts as rejuvenator also. Depending on the medicines, decoctions etc vasti can be used as pain reliever, anti-obesity agent etc.
In this procedure local abhyanga and steam is given, the patient is asked to lie down left laterally and asked to relax. The vasti dravya (medicine/oil) is administered through his anus with the help of an auto calved catheter tube.
Vasti is good for Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Colitis, Convalescence, Cervical Spondylosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Digestive disorders, Backache & Sciatica, Hepatomegaly & Splenomegaly, Obesity, Piles, Sexual Debility & male and female Infertility, alzhimers, Parkinson’s disease, oligospermia, Asthenozoospermia ,diabetes, chrons disease, Lyme diseases, oestio arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, vascular problems, endometriosis, various gynecological diseases, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, psychological illness, psoriasis, eczema and various skin diseases, diabetic peri arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and many more diseases.
Nasya (Trans nasal drug administration)
Nose is the entrance to brain so the diseases which affects the head and neck is cured by nasya. Nasya is very good for ear diseases, palate related diseases, eye diseases and various diseases which affects the head.
Nasya involves administration of medicated oil /juice/powder through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha and other toxins from the head and neck region. In this procedure, the patient is asked to lie down on the table, local massage and steam is given (head, neck, back and shoulder), head is tilted down and the medicine like medicated oil, juice etc is instilled in side the nostrils.
Beneficial in treating: Trigeminal Neuralgia, Bel’s Palsy, improves memory & eye sight, insomnia, elimination of excess mucus, hyper pigmentation in the face, pre-mature graying of hair, hair fall, tonsillitis, nasal congestion clarity of voice, headaches of various origins, Hemiplegia, loss of smell and taste, frozen shoulder, migraine, stiffness of the neck, nasal allergies, nasal polyp, neurological dysfunctions, Paraplegia and chronic sinusitis, TMJ arthritis, cervical problems, alzimers disease, loss of memory, Parkinson’s disease.
Phlebotomy is drawing blood from a vein. Also called as venesection.
In ayurveda bloodletting is done through medicinal leeches (Hirudo medicinalis), or with needles. It is very good for skin diseases, back pain, knee pain, eczema, psoriasis, skin discoloration, vitiligo and various blood diseases. It acts as a blood cleanser also.
Duration and stay needed for panchakarma treatments.
Depending on the condition of each individual, Panchakarma therapies are chosen and prescribed for best results. Minimum of 3-6 weeks stay is advised for optimum results. We also offer Mini Panchakarma for 2 weeks.