Panchakarma is one of the special and unique gifts that Ayurveda has to offer. In Sanskrit Panch means five and Karma means actions, so it is a set of five actions used for purification and rejuvenation of the body. It is a highly sophisticated approach to Purification and Rejuvenation therapy that has been refined and developed over a thousand years for the treatment of illness and the attainment of longevity. The most important part of this approach is the presence of both Purification and Rejuvenation stages. Panchakarma helps in balancing the aggravated ‘doshas’ and helps to flush out the accumulated AMA or toxins from the body using the normal modes of elimination like the small and large intestines, sweat glands and the urinary tract.
The body constantly removes AMA(toxins) from our body in the form of urine, stool and sweat. But due to imbalance of doshas and various other reasons the AMA produced may be more than the capacity of the body to expel it. If the body’s capacity to throw out the AMA is disturbed, it gives rise to favourable conditions for a disease to develop in the body. Panchakarma helps in purifying the body and eliminating the diseases caused by the imbalanced doshas.
There are two types in Panchakarma –
- Vamana, Virechana, Nasyam, Sneha Vasthi and Kashaya Vasthi.
- Vamana, Virechana, Nasyam, Vasthi and RaktaMokshana.
- Vamana (Medicated Emesis) – Vamana is therapeutic vomiting which is a medicated emesis therapy. People with a high imbalance of Kapha in their body are given this type of treatment. It helps in alleviating and assembling the toxins in an effort to eliminate them from the body. Toxins are eliminated through the upper gastrointestinal tract. The annihilated Kapha are eliminated through the mouth. After that, the sinus is cleared, which in turn provides relief from congestion, wheezing and breathlessness. Once the mucus is out, the patient will feel relieved. It is likely that congestion and breathlessness will disappear and that the sinuses will become clear. Therapeutic vomiting or emesis is indicated in asthma, diabetes, indigestion, chronic cold, congestion and edema.
After Vamana, resting, fasting and not suppressing natural urges like sneezing, coughing, urination, defecation, gas is recommended. If Vamana is done systematically, the person should feel the relaxation in the chest and will be able to breathe freely, clear thinking will have a clear voice, a good appetite, and all symptoms of congestion is disappeared.
- Virechana ( Purgation) – When excess pitta is secreted and accumulated in the liver, small intestine and gall bladder it tends to result in acne, rashes, skin inflammation, fever, vomiting and nausea. Ayurveda says that in these conditions the conducting of therapeutic purgation or a therapeutic laxative is suggested. Purgatives help relieve the excess pitta causing the pitta disturbance in the body. Problems of pitta can be completely cured by purgatives.
After Virechana, the patient should clean themselves in lukewarm water and should enter a room where not much air is exposed and should lie down there. Since the digestive capacity of the patient is very low he should not be given a regular diet. A liquid diet is suggested and then slowly and steadily regular diet can be followed.
- Nasyam (Nasal Instillation) – The nasal application of medication is called Nasyam. Nasyam is meant for the detoxification and purification of the head region.
In this treatment, the little finger is dipped into the medicated ghee and is inserted into the nose. The inner walls of the nose are slowly massaged. Most people have a deviated nasal septum, therefore one side of the nose will be easier to penetrate and massage than the other. The massage should proceed by slow penetration, the finger moving first in a clockwise and then anti-clockwise direction. Any blockage in the respiratory tract will be released. One may use this treatment every morning and evening. You will see changes in breathing pattern and the eyesight also will improve.
- Vasthi(Enema therapy) – Vata is a very active principle in any disease. If we can control Vata through the use of vasti, we have gone a long way in going to the root cause of the vast majority of diseases. According to Ayurveda Vata is the main root cause of all diseases. It is the motive force behind the removal and retention of faeces, urine and other excreta. Vata is mainly located in the large intestine, but bone tissue is also a site for Vata. Hence the medication administered rectally affects bone tissue. The mucous membrane of the colon is related to the outer covering of the bones, which nourishes the bones. Therefore, any medication given rectally goes deeper into the tissues and bones, correcting all the Vata disorders. There are two types of Vasthi- Kashaya vasthi(Medicated decoction enema) and Sneha vasthi(Medicated oil enema).
- RaktaMokshana(Purification of blood) – Raktamokshana is an effective blood detoxification therapy, in which carefully controlled removal of blood(small quantity) is conducted to Vnullyfy accumulated Pitta toxins in the blood which causes various diseases. Withdrawing a small amount of blood from the vein relieves the tension created by the pitta-genic toxins in the blood. Leeches have been used as an alternative to bloodletting. Bloodletting also triggers the spleen to produce anti-toxic substances that help to stimulate the immune system. Toxins are neutralized which in turn cures the blood-borne disorders.
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