Panchakarma


Health is not mere the presence of well being but it is complete fitness of body, mind and soul. To achieve this goal is not easy, one needs Determination, Dedication, Discipline, Devotion, Destination and Persistence to reach this goal.

AYURVED is one of the ancient sciences, which has defined this health and explained the techniques to maintain the same. To attain this health ayurved recommends the five methods of body cleansing which are known as PANCHAKARMA. These methods are employed to cure as well as to prevent diseases and to improve the immunity. Thus Panchakarma therapy is a healing and preventive measure.

Method I : Vaman


This can be explained as medically induced emesis. After proper external and internal snehan (oleation/ Massage) and swedan (sudation/ foementation) of the body, specially prepared decoction of herbs is given to the patient and emesis is induced. This procedure is indicated in the vasant ritu (Spring season) to prevent disease due to kapha dosha in a healthy person. Vaman is highly beneficial to treat the diseases of the respiratory system like rhinitis, Asthma and other diseases like amlapitta, various skin diseases and many more.

Method II : Virechan


This can be explained as therapeutic purgation. The preparatory procedures are same as in vaman. In healthy individuals the procedure is done in sharad ritu (autumn season) to prevent the disease arising due to pitta dosha. It is recommended in Jaundice, Hemiplegia, Ascitis, Acne vulgaris, Osteoarthritis, Lumbar Disorders, Constipation, Skin diseases like eczema, Psoriasis.

Method III : Nasya


This means instillation of medicines through the nasal route. The medicines are in the form of medicated oils or medicated ghee. Nasya therapy is primarily used in treating the diseases like sinusitis, rhinitis , hairfall, epilepsy, facial paralysis, Cervical Spondylosis, Migraine and hemiplegia and various other psychological and neurological disorders. Nasya is also known for improving the intellect of an individual.

Method IV : Basti


This can be termed as the medicated enemas. Here medicines in the form of decoction {niruha basti} or oils/ghee (anuvasan) are administered through the anal route. Basti is used primarily in treating diseases due to vata dosha. It is indicated in Lumbar disorders, Spondylosis, Osteoartritis, Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, Hemiplegia, Diabetes Mellitus, etc.

Method V : Rakta Mokshan


This is a process of blood letting. This can be done by various methods like sira veda, jaloukavacharan (leech application) etc. The process is basically meant for purification of the blood and to treat blood related disorders, skin diseases, hypertension and many other diseases.

MASSAGE : Abhyanga


Abhyanga is a massage done by experienced massage therapists using herbal oil. The oil is specially selected for the particular body constitution. The process is long and thorough. More force is used to loosen the excess doshas and direct them toward the organs of elimination. There is a related treatment called Shirodhara, in which warm, herbalised sesame oil/ butter milk is dripped in a stream onto the forehead to profoundly relax the nervous system and balance the prana Vata, the dosha that exerts control over the brain.

Physical Benefits : It is easy to imagine that moisture retention and general circulation would be enhanced creating lustrous skin, but this practice actually accomplishes much more. The combined knowledge of Western and Eastern sensibilities professes that energy blockages are the foundations of all disease, because they produce the ill formed cells commonly called free radicals. Specifically within the ayurvedic sensibility, we all have seven dhatus or levels of bodily tissue that are responsible for the entire structure of the body, and its organs and systems. Regular practice oof abhyanga energetically penetrates to progressively deeper dhatus, removing blockages of energy. So the prolonged practice of abhyanga effectively supports the body on this cellular level, too.

Psychological and Spiritual Benefits : What we more consciously experience when we do abhyanga regularly, simply a feeling of calm, well-being. Just like when one practices yoga, eats well, or prays, we are not conscious of some enormous effect. It is because of the nature of the mind-body-spirit relationship.

Swedana


Sweating leads the doshas to fluidity, making it easier for it to flow out of the system. It opens up the pores and rid the body of impurities through the sweat glands.