Panchakarma Therapy

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Panchakarma therapy of Ayurveda has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years in India for the treatment of various diseases. Panchakarma therapy can treat many diseases like fatigue, arthritis, hypertension, constipation, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, insomnia and many others.

According to Ayurveda each person has a special balance of vata, pitta and kapha (VPK) dosha (toxin), which when disturbed causes problems. Any excess or deficiency in the amount of these toxins causes imbalance and disorder in the body. Panchakarma therapy helps in bringing back the balance in the body.

Once a person undergoes Panchakarma procedure, his/her body, mind and soul feels rejuvenated. This therapy also helps in relieving mental pressure, tension, physical pain, etc.

Panchakarma is made with the combination of two words: ' Pancha' that means 'five' and 'Karma' that means 'actions or therapeutic measures'. In Panchakarma therapy 5 procedures are followed that ultimately helps in purification of body and mind.

Panchakrma involves Purvakarma where person's body is prepared for the procedure to be followed then Pradhankarma where they five therapies take place and finally the Paschatkarma where a person is slowly brought back to normal life.

Various herbs, herbal oil, medicated milk and other Ayurvedic medicines are used during this therapy.

5 therapies that are followed during Pradhankarma are:

  1. Vamana therapy (Use of emetics)
  2. Virechana Therapy (Use of laxatives)
  3. Basti Therapy (Medicated enema)
  4. Nasya Therapy (Nasal administration)
  5. Raktamokshana Therapy (Bloodletting)

Vamana and Virechana therapies are performed to cure Kapha and Pitta toxins respectively.

Basti Therapy can cure all the three VPK (vata, pitta and kapha) toxins. This process must be performed under strict supervision of experts.

A regular use of Nasya Therapy can helps in bringing relaxation to brain, eyes, nose and ears. However a strict guidance is required during its procedure.

Raktamokshana Therapy is performed rarely and involves bloodletting through various methods that purify blood.

During and after the Panchakarma therapy a strict hygienic and vegetarian diet must be maintained as prescribed by the Ayurvedic practitioners. These diet are specially made and are easy to digest. At the same time they also provide important nutrients required by the body.

The diet includes fruits, nuts, cereal, grains, milk and milk derivatives and honey.

Duration of the whole process of Panchakarma therapy completely depends on the health of a person and the diseases he/she suffers. According to the problems experts advise which therapies to be followed.

Panchakarma therapy helps in bringing peace to mind, body and soul. If followed perfectly, it rejuvenates the body and helps in keeping it healthy.

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