Panchakarma

Panchakarma, which includes five major procedures, is meant to purify the whole body by eliminating the accumulated toxins from it.

The name of the treatment process is ‘Panchkarma’. The name is so carelessly used that it’s
curative effects have been totally sidelined.

Man is a complex being who is constantly perceiving his environment to strike a balance between
himself and nature. As both the internal and external environments are in a flux man is constantly
fighting a battle where the complex mechanism of his mind and it’s association with his sense
organs is displaying an illusory image of peace and solitude. I call it illusory because, through his
perceptions, he assumes and expects a particular result from his actions and when they do not
manifest, his illusory world of peace and solitude is destroyed. Man thus finds himself back in the
same old game of perception and finding peace and solitude.

During this intellectual battle man finds himself in a state of imbalance as his misunderstood
perceptions challenge the very core of his belief system. In an effort to bring harmony, man gets
into various inharmonious activities and indiscipline which totally disrespects the biological clock as
well as his ability to consume food. These inharmonious activities create a lot of toxins and man
begins to suffer illnesses.

To relieve man of his suffering Ayurveda introduced a system of detoxifying and rejuvenating the
body and mind to strike a cordial balance between the two. These groups of various therapies is
called Panchakarma.

Panchakarma literally means five acts of detoxification.

  1. Vamanam

    This is therapeutically induced vomiting. In short, It has the following benefits;

    1. It clears the excess mucous accumulation in the oesophagus and upper digestive track.
    2. It relieves the accumulated stress, stored in the form of emotions in the heart and region of the
      throat.
    3. It activates hunger, enhances diaphragmatic movement, leading to proper digestion. (due to
      accumulated stress, the abdomen becomes taut and the rectum gets sucked in. As a
      psychosomatic response to stress, this reverses apana vaayu and stagnates samana vaayu.
      Further, huge amount of lactic acid is released along with other acidic juices and kills the
      appetite. But due to emotional turbulence one indulges in emotional eating with wrong food
      combinations to stimulate the palette. This release accumulated stress temporarily. Therefore a
      lot of undigested matter and accumulated mucous remains in the upper digestive track which is
      responsible for ailments like acid regurgitation, acid reflux, regurgitation of food, belching,
      bronchial congestion, migraine etc.)

Virechanam

It is a therapeutically induced purgation. This is done to;

  1. Release abdominal distension and evacuate accumulated gases
  2. Balances the tridosha ( three humors – vpk )
  3. Activates the function of apana vaayu
  4. Keeps the person grounded and restores mental and emotional balance. (the abdomen is a site for psychosomatic expressions connected with fear,anxiety, restlessness. When Virechanam is introduced it removes these blockages from these channels and reverses the energy- apana vaayu in right direction. So a person feels calm, composed and finds himself in enjoying emotional stability.)
  5. Releases all undigested matter from the large intestine thereby rejuvenating colon and
    improves water metabolism.
  1. Matra Basti

    It is a medicated oil enema which is administered into the rectum. This procedure gives the
    following benefits;

    1. It helps improve the digestive fire or Agni and helps in the digestion of toxins.
    2. It rejuvenates the skin which is the direct result of rasa and rakta dhatu. Rasa dhatu is the
      outcome of consuming food where acids, alkali and food are mixed in harmony where food is
      consumed in a pleasant state of mind. Rasa is useful to nourish every tissue of the body.
    3. It helps in maintaining the water metabolism by nourishing the walls of the large intestine.
  2. Niruha or kashaya Basti
    It is a process where medicated decoction enema is administered into the large intestine.
    The benefits are;

    1. The medicated decoction balances the vaayu, thereby improving the life of tissues in the body.
    2. It activates the life force which originates at the pelvic diaphragm and enhances the overall energy in the body.
    3. When vaayu is toned, it also helps in toning the nerve impulses thereby relaxing the nerves
      and muscles
    4. It induces deep state of relaxation.
    5. It eliminates constipation.
  3. Nasyam 

    Medicated oil or herbal juice is administered in the nostril.Benefits are;

    1. Improves the cognitive faculties, strengthen the mind and improves the concentration
    2. Tones the CNS and therefore calms the mind
    3. Decongests the excess mucous lodged in the sinus cavities
    4. Gives relief from frozen shoulder and cervical spondylosis

To compliment Nasyam, a powerful therapy called Shirodhara is performed on a patient that
rejuvenates and enhances the function of pituitary gland.

It is a continuous thick flow of medicated oil or herbal decoction poured on the forehead.

Following are the benefits;
1. Prevents hair fall and baldness, greying of hair
2. Improves the ability of the sense organs
3. Induces sound sleep
4. Very effective in the management of stress
5. Bring down blood pressure in hypertensive person
6. Useful in the management of cranial nerve disorder.

There are group of other complimentary therapies which can be clubbed together or added with panchakarma
to increase the efficacy of the treatment and enhance the healing effect of the patient. These are a few classical, powerful therapies practiced in Kerala which we have adopted successfully and have shown very good results on patients. These therapies in the most effective way, compliment the classical Panchakarma route of therapeutic intervention. I will give you a very short description of these therapies.

The names of these therapies are;

Pizhichil – the body below the neck is made to perspire by the means of application of warm
medicated oil or ghee or milk or decoction. The benefits are;

1. Improved stability and stamina of the body
2. Complexion of the skin becomes lustrous
3. Slows down the ageing process and various other benefits

Navarakizhi
One of the popular and special treatments in Kerala. It is a process by which the body or any specific part is made to perspire by the application of certain medicinal puddings externally, in the form of boluses tied in a muslin bag. The benefits are;

1. Makes the body supple and removes stiffness joints
2. Cleanses the channels and brings about better blood circulation
3. Removes sluggishness and excessive sleep
4. Useful in all degenerative diseases and muscular distrophy

Podikizhi
It is a variety of sudation conducted by means of heated boils bags filled with
powders of seeds of certain plants. Benefits are;

1. Helps to reduce weight in obese patients
2. Effective in low backache

Our package includes treatments like Virechana (Purgation), Vamana (Emesis), Snehavasthi (Medicated Oil Enema), Kashayavasti (medicated decoction enema) & Nasya (Nasal Administration). The specialty of this treatment is that it can be administered both in a healthy, as well as the diseased person.

When a healthy person subjects himself to Panchakarma, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.

Please Note :
Ayurvedic therapy requires a prescribed time frame. Treatments come in modules of 7, 14, 21 & 28 days. For rejuvenation therapy. A minimum period of 7 days is normally required. Duration for other treatments vary for case to case.

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