Historical Background of Panchakarma
It is interesting to note that a few elements of Panchakarma were prevalent during the vedic period itself though the word Panchakarma appears only in Ayurvedic literature. There are references tovirechana and vamanadravyas (materials for emesis or purgation) in the vedic and post-vedic literature.Dhanvanthari, the lord of Ayurveda holds a jalooka (leech) in one hands symbolizing surgical procedure. It is understood that different forms of blood letting as a purifying method were prevalent even during ancient period. Similarly one can see references to nasya (nasal medication) in pumsavana(eugencies) in vedic literature. For example, to achieve conception by an infertile woman, nasya is done with root juice of white flowered Brihati (Solanum anguivi) collected on Pushya nakshatra (Tewari 1992:72). Even though some of these techniques have been described in vedic period itself,Panchakarma as a comprehensive system of therapy took shape in Carakasamhita period.
What is Panchakarma ?
Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one the most effective healing modality in Ayurvedic Medicine. It promotes Detoxification and Rejuvenation. It is recommended on a seasonal basis, as well as when an individual feels out of balance or is experiencing illness.
Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas
Benefits of Panchakarma
- Helps restore metabolic fire (AGNI)
- Eliminates AMA (toxins) strengthens tissue functions.
- Assists balance all three doshas.
- Helps implement a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Reduces stress, improves relaxation & tolerance.
- Slows the ageing process.
- Boosts the bodies immunity levels.
- Improves strength, endurance and vitality.
Methods of Panchakarma
The process which imparts softness and removes dryness of the body is called Snehana. This is the first stage of detoxification. Medicated oils, ghee, animal fats and bone marrow were recommended for Snehana by ancient sages. Snehana is of two types.
1. BAHYA SNEHANA (External application of oil)
2. ABHYANTARA SNEHANA (Internal administration).
Importance of Snehana: – VAGHBATA has stressed about the importance of Snehana as ‘When we try to bend a dry stick, instead of bending it breaks. But when the same dry stick is seasoned with oil it bends smoothly’. Human body also responds like this. Due to Snehana the vitiated Doshas, get loosened and blocked Srotas (channels) become soft and slippery.
Persons not eligible for snehana: – Persons who are very obese, pregnant, very weak, alcoholics or workaholics, are not eligible. Also patients who are suffering from indigestion, ascites, diarrhea and fever are not recommended for snehana.
The process which makes us to sweat is called ‘Swedana’. This is the second stage of Panchakarma. There are two major types of swedana.
2. Anaagni sweda
Importance of swedana: – The process of sweating removes Srotovarodha (obstructions in channels). Now the soft and loosened (by Snehana) vitiated Doshas move towards Koshta (stomach) through opened slippery channels.
After snehana and swedana the vitiated doshas move towards Koshta (Stomach). The process of expelling of these Doshas by induced emesis is called ‘Vamana’. Detoxification through vamana is preferred in diseases of head and chest and in diseases which have ‘Kapha’ as predominant dosha.
Persons not eligible for vamana:- Persons who are very obese, very weak, pregnant, children, aged, students, and workaholics are not eligible .
The process of expelling vitiated Doshas which have accumulated in Koshta after Snehana and Swedana ,by induced purgation is called ‘Virechana’. This method is adopted in diseases in which Pitta is predominant Dosha.
Persons not eligible for virechana:-Virechana is contraindicated in pregnancy, diseases of rectum, diarrhea, alcoholics, and cardiac ailments.
‘Basthi’ means urinary bladder. The process of administering medicines with the help of urinary bladder of animals is called basthi. The urinary bladder removed from dead animal is cleaned and processed. A long metallic hollow tube like structure is tied to one end and other openings of bladder are sealed. Liquid medicines are filled in this processed bladder and administered. Basthi is usually correlated with enema. Medicines are administered with the help of basthi through
Importance of Panchakarma: – The channels (srotas) become devoid of obstructions (obstructions by vitiated doshas) after shodhana. The medicines administered after shodhana assimilates and reaches every part of the body through these clear channels. Hence the efficiency of medicines increases.
Benefits of Detoxification:- Disease subsides, vitality increases, sense organs get rejuvenated, memory power increases, energy level increases.Increases quantity of semen and sperm count and helps to lead disease free long life.Pancha karma therapy can be adopted in healthy man also to rejuvenate him
Disposal of metabolized products happens in each living being. Human body is an intricate kind of machine, which has a great many capacities: – majority of them are voluntarily controlled and few work involuntarily. A large number of cells in the body are working day & night to deliver vitality and to look after life. In this procedure lot of wastes are created at the level of cells.
Aggregation of few toxins is the natural process of the body as a consequence of different metabolic exercises, which the body performs automatically. Certain poisons still stay in the body creating numerous illnesses, when their amount increases past a certain level. Unless these wastes are removed from the body they tend to stick into minute channels called as “srotas” and begin creating disease. Consequently to remain healthy, it is important to dispose of wastes from these channels.
To realize harmony in the body, Ayurveda recommends Panchkarma – a corrective line of treatment that works in the standards of Shodhana Chikitsa (purification procedure).
Panchkarma medications have been appeared to make measurable brain wave coherence and to bring down metabolic activity. They permit the body and brain to drop into a significant level of peacefulness. In this condition of unwinding, it is possible to cleanse toxins from tissues as well as to release deeply held emotional tensions. This is how panchkarma works.
Panchakarma is both a safeguard support program for your brain and body and in addition a treatment for unending wellbeing issues. Each Panchakarma regime is customized according to persons’ requirements. A portion of the treatments may be included, some dropped or stretched out according to the need (please see the points of interest of different methodology incorporated into Panchakarma). As a preventive health measure, Panchakarma is recommended for each individual once a year – man or woman, young or old, healthy or sick. As a treatment, Panchakarma is prescribed for individuals who work in high stress situations, or have sporadic dietary patterns or those affected from different chronic ailments on “as required” basis. This is how panchkarma works.
Our specialist will arrange Panhkarma treatment just according to the wellbeing state of patient, Normally Treatment based Panchakarma is a 7 day program. Every day, a man undergoes different therapies, which keep on going for around 2-3 hours consistently. However relying upon the need, Panchakarma can likewise be a 14 or 21 day program which is decided by the individual’s health condition.
No, there are no side effects. Initially, after the treatment, your body might experience a temperature rise and sudden fever. But this is a natural phenomenon as this is your body’s way of getting rid of the toxins. Few individuals can experience cold for few days as the herbs, and the oil use can cool your body. But these symptoms are very much temporary and should heal within a few days.
Constitutional fire is responsible for digestion. It is availiability of fire that determines the production of gastric juices that are required for the breakdown of food and its conversion into micronutrients that can be assimilated by the body and bulk that needs to be eliminated. Whenever this fire is weak, there is not enough digestive power to metabolize food.
Ayurveda describes three types of toxins that may build up in the body. The most common type is ‘ama’, which is formed when the digestive tract is either weak or overloaded with the wrong foods. If ama is not cleared from the body, it will continue to build and cause an imbalance of the ‘doshas’, or the natural forces at work in the body. A temporary lapse in good dietary habits will create ama. long term eating habits that are not appropriate for a person’s dosha will cause the development of amavisha. Digestive disorders are related to amavisha, indicated by their chronic nature.
There is nothing as delicate or sensitive to our personality as our skin and hair. Ayurvedic experts at our Panchakarma understand this aspect of health and are trained to provide:
- Dandruff Treatment
- Hair Fall Treatment
- Meditative Facial
- Pancha Tattva Facial
- Facial Marma
- Paada Subhakari
The treatment of arthritis, pain joints, spinal and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) can be initiated only after understanding the ailment in detail (nidanapanchaka) and after a thorough examination of the patient through Dashavidapariksah (10 fold examination of the patient), Trividha (3 fold examination) and Ashta Stana Pariksha (examination of 8 essential parameters)
Sthanika Chikitsa(Local treatment):
- Janu vasti (oil pooling around the knee joints in a chamber constructed around the joint using flour so as to accomodate oil) – in sandhigata vata
- Patra pinda sweda (sudation to the painful joint using medicated leaves tied in a cloth in the form of a bolus) – in sandhigatavata
- Shastika shali pinda sweda (sudation to the painful joint using processed rice tied in a cloth in the form of bolus) – in sandhigata vata
- Lepa and Upanaha ( annointments and poultices) – in all types of arthritis
- Abhyangam and swedana (massage and fomentation) – in sandhigatavata
- Vaaluka sweda (sudation to the painful joint using heated sand tied in a cloth in the form of a bolus) – in amavata
- Parisheka (sprinkling or spraying medicated fluids) – in vatarakta
- Sandhi pichu (keeping a cotton pad dipped in medicated oil in contact with afflicted joint and wrapping it with a bandage to keep it in position) – in sandhigata vata
Shamana Chikitsa: (Palliable treatment in the form of oral medication)
Rasayana Chikitsa: Rejuvenating treatments and medicines to avoid recurrences
We all living beings breathe air (oxygen) as it necessary for our living. But increasing air pollution has become a serious global concern. The air we breathe is full of impurities, dust particles & harmful gases. This makes our body more prone to diseases caused by these impurities & that too very easily. Diseases of the lung and airways are few common cause of illness among children in developed countries and a leading cause of their death in children.
The whole system of breathing process is called respiratory system. In humans, the anatomical features of the respiratory system include airways, lungs, and the respiratory muscles. Molecules of oxygen and carbon dioxide are silently exchanged between the external gaseous environment and the blood. When we breathe, we inhale oxygen, Red blood cells collect that & carry it to all the body parts where it is required and then collect Carbon dioxide & transport it back to the lungs so that it can leave the body when we exhale. This exchange of gases is the way our respiratory system gives oxygen to the blood.
- Recurrent breathing problems
- Painful cough
- Harsh & shallow breathing
- Chest tightness/congestion
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Itchy or wateryeyes
- Labored breathing
- Panchkarma Treatment restores your constitutional harmony in this manner enhancing well being and health.
- Panchkarma Treatment kills the negative impacts of anxiety and slow down the maturing process.
- It strengthen the immune system and constructs a resilient you.
- Panchkarma Treatment de-stress you and keeps you calm.
- Panchkarma enhances your wellbeing, supports your vitality levels and gives you clear mind.
- Panchkarma increases lost vigor and stamina.
- Virechana therapy is medicated laxation therapy which expels Pitta toxins from the body that are amassed in the liver and roots out Chronic Diseases.
- Totally cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract and It is a safe practice without any side effects.
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