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panchakarma

The aim of Ayurveda is to ensure good health for a healthy man and to cure the disease for a diseased man. In both the cases, Panchakarma detoxification is necessary to cleanse out the Doshas (TOXINS) at regular intervals.

After Detox, ayurvedic medicines absorb better and are more effective plus the entire process improves quality of life. Some benefits are as follows:-

  • Removes the root cause of disease.
  • Balances the bodily Humour Vata, Petta and Kapha.
  • Improves Immunity.
  • Balance the Nervous system, Blood circulatory system, Digestive system and also as well as Physiological equilibrium.
  • Remove the Toxins situated at the week point of body.
  • Increases Mental and Physical efficiency.
  • Increases skin glow.
  • Reduces extra fat.
  • Remove insomnia, anxiety and mental problem.
  • Increases loss of vigour and stamina
  • Increases joint movability.

Panchakarma therapy is performed in 3 stages:

  • Purvakarma: Preparatory procedures that help the body discard the toxins present in the stomach and tissues and help facilitate the toxins to move to the alimentary canal.
  • Pradhanakarma: Main treatment which is designed as per each individual's needs
  • Paschatkarma: Post treatment care includes the diet regimen and the other do's and don'ts.

Purvakarma - Pre 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
  2. 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 orally.

  3. Swedana –swedana means sweating.
  4. 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 – Intestinal Tract.


Pradhankarma - Main Purification Measure of Panchakarma


  1. Vaman – Emesis therapy
  2. 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, asthma etc.

  3. Virechana- Purgation Therapy
  4. 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.

  5. Nasyam-Nasal Administration
  6. 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 Rhinitis etc.

  7. Anuvasan Vasti - Medicated Oil Enemas
  8. 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.

  9. Asthapana Vasti- Niruha Vasti – Enema of Decoction
  10. 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 etc.


Paschata Karma - Post Purification Measures of Panchakarma


In this some changes in diet and lifestyle is advised after main purification course. Some Ayurvedic internal medicines are also advised to be taken for different ailments for prescribed duration.


Other miscellaneous 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.
  4. Nadisweda: useful in pain in joints.
  5. KatiVasti: useful in backache, slip disc, Prolapse or herniation of vertebras.
  6. Januvasti: useful in Osteo- Arthritis - knee joint pain.
  7. Shirovasti: useful in problems related with brain, neurological disorders.
  8. Uttara vasti: useful in Gynae problems, infertility, genitourinary problems.
  9. Udwartanam: good for skin and weight loss.
  10. Tarpanam: useful in the ailments of eyes.
  11. Pizhichil (Sarvang Dhara): useful in paralysis and other neurological problems, joint pains.