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Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word. Pancha
Means Five and Karma means treatment methods- Therapeutic measures the
aim of Panch Karma Therapies is to
purify and detoxify the body. It is done for both - Unhealthy person
and Healthy person. It helps unhealthy person to get rid from many
chronic diseases as well as it helps healthy person as preventive
treatment to keep physically and mentally fit.
Ayurveda is more than a mere healing
system, it is a science and art of appropriate living which helps
to achieve longevity. Ayurveda emphasizes on preventive and healing
therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation.
Ayurveda prescribes Panchakarma therapies for cleansing of body toxins.
Panchakarma Therapies balances all Tridosha’s (Vata- Ether Plus Air,
Pitta-Fire Plus Water and Kapha-Water Plus Earth- Three Bio Energies-
Ayurveda Considers Panch Karma Necessary
Before the start of any other Therapy. The logic being-as a cloth
needs to be purified or cleanse of dust and impurities before it can
be imparted a new colour. Similarly the body needs to be purified
before it can be imparted new colours of youthfulness, Health and
Purification Measures for Panchakarma
This is done to prepare the body to
encourage let go the toxins. There are two main procedures.
1. Snehana- Snehana means Oleation-
Internal and External
For External snehana – Abhyanga – oil
massage is prescribed. In Abhyanga body is massaged with different
Ayurvedic oils which helps the toxins to move towards the gastro
–intestinal tract. Abhyanga- massage removes stress and nourishes the
nervous system. It makes the body tissues –both superficial and deep
soft and supple, Snehana is given for 3 to 7 days daily. For internal
Snehana some ayurvedic - Medicated Ghee (Ghritam) is given to take
2. Swedana –swedana means sweating.
It is given daily immediately following
the snehana-Abhyanga. In this steam added with herbal decoction given
to the body to loosen the toxins from the individual. It liquefies the
toxins and increases the movement of toxins in to the Gastro –
PURIFCATION MEASURES OF Panchakarma
Vaman – Emesis therapy
It is indicated in kaphavridhi means in
excess of kapha. Vamana
- the Ayurvedic treatment is therapeutic vomiting, to eliminate the
Kapha causing the excess Mucus.It is done for bronchitis, cold-cough,
2. Virechana- Purgation Therapy
It is indicated in excess of Pitta in
body. Ayurveda suggest therapeutic purgation for skin problems like
Rashes, Inflamation, Biliary Vomiting, acne-pimples and Jaundice etc.
3. Nasyam-Nasal Administration
In this therapy head –face and chest is
massaged with specific herbal oil and made to perspire. Then specific
Ayurvedic oils – powder are administered in nostrils. It is very
effective for Sinusitis, Migraine, Headaches, Allergic condition and
Anuvasan Vasti - Medicated Oil Enemas
It is indicated in Vata disorders like
backache, sciatica and other joint pains, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout,
Muscle Spasm, Sexual problems, Neurological problems Headache Etc. Vata`s predominant site is the colon. In this therapy medicated oil is
introduced into the Rectum.
5. Asthapana Vasti- Niruha Vasti –
Enema of Decoction
It is also done for vata disorders. In
this herbal decoctions are introduced in the rectum. It relieves
Constipation, Distention, Backache, Rheumatism and other joint pains
therapies of Panchakarma
1.Sirodhara - It is indicated in
Insomnia, Hypertension, Anxiety, Depression and Headaches.
2.Pinda Sweda – useful in joint
pains & in neurological problems.
3.Shasti-Shali Pindasweda - useful
in neurological problems.
- useful in pain in joints.
5.Kati-Vasti - useful in backache,
slip disc, Prolapse or herniation of vertebras.
vasti - useful in Osteo- Arthritis - knee joint pain.
- useful in problems related with brain, neurological disorders.
vasti - useful in Gynae problems, infertility, genitourinary
- Good for skin and weight loss.
Tarpanam - useful in
the ailments of eyes.
Pizhichil (Sarvang Dhara)
- useful in paralysis and other neurological problems, joint
PASCHATA KARMA - POST
PURIFICATION MEASURES OF Panchakarma
In this some changes in diet and life
style is advised after main purification course. Some Ayurvedic
internal medicines are also advised to be taken for different ailments
for prescribed duration.