Panchakarma is a cellular cleansing process. It is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is an elegant cleansing process that releases built-up toxins and restores the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is recommended on a seasonal basis, as well as when an individual feels out of balance or is experiencing illness or indeed any form of physical or mental distress. Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word meaning“ the five actions”. Firstly, the body is prepared for cleansing by drawing toxins out of the tissues and bringing them to the alimentary canal. Once concentrated in the alimentary canal, these waste by-products will then be removed via different channels using a five-fold methodology, the legendary ‘five actions’ of Panchakarma. Below is a brief summary of the process involved-
Step One: Preparatory Process: Panchakarma begins with oleation, that is, ingestion of pure oil or ghee. This is followed by Ayurvedic massage. During massage, pure Ayurvedic herbal oils are applied to the body in order to loosen and move accumulated toxins, known as ‘ama’ in Sanskrit. This is followed by a herbally medicated steam bath. Following massage, the patient is placed in a specially designed steam ‘box’. Sudation or the action or process of ‘sweating’, is known as ‘swedana’, in Sanskrit. Indeed, if you take a closer look at the word ‘swedana’, you will see that it bears a close resemblance to its English counterpart ‘sweat’. Not only does ‘swedana’ relax the body, release tensions and allow impurities to be released through the sweat glands, but it naturally assists in opening the body’s circulation channels, (known as ‘srotas’ in Sanskrit) thereby facilitating the outflow of toxins from the tissues and into the GI tract for elimination and evacuation.
Step Two: Elimination and Release Once the body’s toxins have been mobilized, gentle therapies are used to release them from the body. These are the main five actions:
1)Vamana –removing toxins from upper alimentary canal.
2) Virechana- Herbal purgation, removing toxins from small bowel.
3) Basti- flushing toxins from lower bowel with herbal enemas.
4) Nasya- Sinus and upper respiratory tract cleansing.
5) Raktamokchhana- removing toxins from the blood tissues. Treatments are determined and selected for you personally by our team of experienced Ayurvedic doctors on the basis of your individual needs and requirements and according to your particular health issues and body-type. At our center, we are offering the most effective and important Panchakarma i.e. Virechana and Basti
Step Three: Rejuvenation The final step of panchakarma is Rasayana, a term that means “that which is nourishing.” Once the toxins have been released, this is a critical time to begin replenishing the body with natural foods and herbs, revitalizing massage treatments, and healing practices such as meditation and yoga.