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All you need to know about Panchakarma..

In Ayurveda treatment of diseases are classified into "SHODHANA (PURIFICATION)" & “SHAMANA (PACIFICATION)
SHODHANA CHIKITSA in Ayurveda is termed as PANCHAKARMA. It is a detox treatment which has a great therapeutic role in treating many diseases and also for rejuvenation and prevention of disease.

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Panchakarma Treatments
The word panchakarma comprises of two words namely Pancha and Karma. PANCHA means five and KARMA means therapy.

THE FIVE METHODS OR PROCEDURES (PANCHAKARMA) ARE:

  1. Vaman - emesis - induced vomiting.
  2. Virechan - purgation - induced laxation.
  3. Vasti - medicated enemas of decoctions or oils.
  4. Nasya - nasal medication.
  5. Rakta-mokshan - Blood letting

THE AUTHENTIC PROCEDURE AND PROTOCOL FOR PANCHAKARMA:
The Whole procedure is divided into 3 main stages, It’s Important to follow all the three stages of Panchakarma to achieve proper results.
 
THE THREE STAGES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Purva karma ( Pre-operative procedure)
  2. Pradhan karma (Main procedure)
  3. Paschat karma (Post-operative care).
     

1.  PURVAKARMAS (PRE-OPERATIVE PROCEDURES)

The Preparatory Procedures are used to soften our tissues, so that lipid soluble toxins which get deposited into our tissues and are hard to eliminate can liquefy, and flow back into the digestive tract from where they are taken out. Purva karma treatments are to be performed before starting the Panchakarma treatments. These treatments are directed to preparing patient mentally and physically for the main procedure. It includes three procedures:

  • Pachan karma-To improve digestion with some digestive herbs and fasting , so that patient can digest the Ghee properly, which is given to liquefy the fat soluble toxins.
  • Snehan karma- In this Process Medicated Ghee is given to the patient in increasing doses and it helps to aggravate and liquefy the fat soluble toxins deposited in the deep tissues.
  • Swedan karma-  Swedan means steaming , in this process full body Steam bath is given to the patient which helps to open up the body channels and heat helps to liquefy the toxins even more facilitates their movement from the tissues to the digestive tract.

(B) PRADHAN KARMA (MAIN PROCEDURE)

It includes all the panchakarma procedures. It is most essential step in curing the patients from the disease. And to remove the toxins, which are liquefied by the preparatory treatments.  These are :

Vamana (Therapeutic vomiting)
Vaman is one treatment among panchakarma for kapha predominating disorders. After proper preparation of the individual through poorvakarmas for about 5-7 days, therapeutic induced vomiting is done by giving emetic drugs orally along with a large quantity of medicinal liquids. The subject is allowed to vomit all the contents of the stomach. This treatment is very good for treating bronchial asthma, Sinusits,cough, psoriasis,eczema, epilepsy, and insanity etc.

Virechanam (Therapeutic Purgation or Diahorrea )
Virechanam is one of the Panchakarma procedure for pita predominating disorders. After proper preparation of the individual through Poorvakarmas for about 5 to 7 days, Virechanam is done by oral administration of Laxative herbs. This treatment is very effective for treating skin diseases, Acne, Hyperacidity, High Blood pressure, Depression, insanity, dermatitis etc.

Vasti:
Vasti means enema therapy, Vasti is one of the treatment among Panchakarma for vata predominating disorders.  it is of 2 types:

1. Sneha vasti:
This is medicated oil enema; it is beneficial for constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache and dryness. The treatment nourishes and rebuilds the body tissues (Dhatus), restores and fortifies the body's immunity. This promotes better nutrition while removing accumulated toxins (Malas) from the colon. Prior to this procedure the individual’s body is prepared by massage and steam bath specially for the stomach and lower back.

2. Niruha vasti
this treatment is normally done after a course of Snehavasti. This is a cleansing enema where combinations of honey, salt, oil, herbal paste, and herbal decoction are administered as per the patient's requirement and health condition. This treatment is effective for treating arthritis, constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, Ankylosing spondylitis, Gout, rheumatism, sciatica etc.

Nasya
Nasya means administration of medicine through nasal route. Prior to the administration of medicine face, shoulders and chest are massaged with specific herbal oil and steam inhalation is done to open up the channels. This treatment will cleanse and strengthen the nasal passages, allowing breathing fully and easily. This treatment is very good for treating headache, bronchial asthma, sinusitis, allergies, migraine, facial paralysis, neuralgia, earache, dark circle around the eyes etc.

Raktamokshan
This is mainly used in the diseases resulting from aggravation of toxins in the blood. It is done with needles, leeches or suction cups. This treatment is very good for treating eczema, psoriasis, Infections gout, Sciatica and in cases of stagnant blood causing local inflammation etc.

(B) PASCHAT KARMA (POST-OPERATIVE CARE)

Paschat Karma means after care, In this certain precautions are taken after finish the main procedures to get the full benefit of the Panchakarma. It includes certain rejuvenating treatments and Rasayan Therapy, lifestyle management, diet management, intake of herbal supplements etc. These includes following procedures:

  • Sansarjan karma (Food therapy after detox)
  • Rasayan adi prayogam  (The rejuvenating Rasayan Therapy)
  • Shaman chikitsa ( The Pacification therapy with Herbs and life style management)

Instructions about Panchakarma

  • It is important to notice that a specific Panchakarma protocol is selected for each individual after complete physical examination and pulse diagnosis.
  • That’s why to make a universal package for everybody is not recommended, especially when it is claimed to do whole panchakarma in 21 days package is unimaginable.
  • At Ayuskama Panchakarma is tailored according to individual needs and health conditions, and a specific program is made for every patient.
  • Panchakarma treatments can take from minimum 7 days if only one treatment is done to upto 2 months if all treatments are done.


 

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