Ayurvedic Treatment: Panchakarma Therapy and its Benefits
In today’s world, there is a lot of work stress, relationship stress, poor nutrition, and what not! With increasing pollution, the environment is becoming toxic day by day. These toxins accumulate in our body and mind and deteriorate body functioning which leads to certain diseases and creates an imbalance of three doshas our body, i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas are the vital energies in the human body and mind.
Panchakarma is detoxification of the body and minds the Ayurveda way. It is an Ayurvedic process that involves 5 therapeutic methods which balance the three doshas and rejuvenates mind and body. These five processes provide ultimate detoxification which flushes out toxins from our system entirely, strengthens the immune system, treats digestive issues, treats diseases, balances doshas, cleanse and repair body tissues, rejuvenates system and treats many other conditions like stress, etc.
Each therapy is customized and depend on according to the individual’s needs, age, dosha imbalances, immunity levels, and digestive strength.
The process of treatments starts with the initial consultation with an Ayurveda professional to determine the health conditions first and then design the programme according to the individual’s needs.
Types of Panchakarma Treatments
Vamana - Vomiting Therapy
Vamana is an ayurvedic treatment which releases congestion from the lungs and the upper part of the body through therapeutic vomiting. It eliminates the excess Kapha causing the excess mucus.
Once the mucus is released, it provides instant relief. Ailments like congestion, breathlessness due to excess mucus, and sinuses becoming clear.
Vamana therapy has the power to treat cold, cough, asthma, bronchitis, indigestion and congestion from lungs and stomach.
Virechana – Purgation Therapy
Virechana therapy is a procedure to treat excess pitta through therapeutic purgation or natural laxatives.
When there is an excess of pitta, it gets accumulated in the liver, gall bladder and intestines and is a root cause of the majority of diseases. It’s an excretion process where toxins are eliminated from the human body by cleansing bowels through herbal laxatives.
Virechana therapy has the power to treat jaundice, nausea, acne, skin inflammation, rashes, and vomiting.
Basti – Enema Therapy
Basti therapy treats excess vata in the human body through medicated oils, ghee; herbal decoctions into the rectum for the colon clean up. These medicated substances go into the deeper tissues of bones and correct vata disorders which are a root cause of the majority of diseases.
Basti therapy treats chronic constipation, piles, arthritis and has the power to correct the imbalance of all the three doshas. It eliminates the retention of urine, acidity and other body waste like excreta.
Nasya – Nasal Irrigation
Nasya therapy clears the head region of the human body. It’s a process of nasal irrigation by ghee and medicated oils. In this therapy, the inner walls of the nose are slowly massaged by ghee, and nasal drops are dispensed into nostrils.
Nasya therapy treats headaches, migraines, sinus, hair problems, and certain types of eye and ear problems. It clears the Kapha toxins present in the head and neck areas.
RaktaMoksha – Blood Purification
Rakta moksha therapy is a blood purification technique where a small amount of blood is extracted from the veins to relieve the tension created by toxins in the blood. The alternative treatments in rakta moksha for blood purification include gem therapy, herbal medicines therapy, and colour water therapy.
Rakta moksha therapy treats skin irritation, herpes, leukoderma, rashes, acne, eczema, pigmentation, and hypertension.
Benefits of Panchakarma
- Panchakarma cleanses and revitalizes the body organs and assists the optimal functioning of the body.
- Eliminates deep accumulated toxins from the body and boosts immunity levels.
- Brings back all three doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha into balance.
- It treats physical and mental ailments like joint pain, arthritis, muscle soreness, muscular tensions, migraine, constipation, skin diseases, mental stress and, neurological disorders.
- Slows down the ageing process and improves overall health and wellness.
- Unblocks the blocked channels of the body, enhances immunity, physical and mental strength.
- Rejuvenates the mind and body from within and outside.
- Promotes a healthy diet and lifestyle change.
Pregnant ladies and people with injuries should avoid Panchakarma.
This treatment should be taken only after consultation with a trained and qualified ayurvedic physician.
Panchakarma is a special ayurvedic procedure requiring guidance from a trained and qualified ayurvedic practitioner. It’s different for each person as per their specific disorders. It should not be performed without proper guidance.
Ayurveda is gentle and slow, have patience in the process for best results.