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. However due to one's repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition the digestive enzymes, metabolic co-factors, hormones, and agnis which regulate the body's internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology resulting in disease. This waste matter is called ama in Ayurveda. Ama is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that needs to be completely evacuated from the body .
Panchakarma will remove the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them as well as eliminate the harmful ama out of your system through the body's own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc). Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths and is a very pleasurable experience. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.
Panchakarma is a five-fold therapy; it is highly individualized based on the needs of the individual depending on the Ayurvedic constitutional type, doshic imbalances, age, digestive strength, immune status, and many other factors. Depending on each individual's needs all or only parts of the five therapies are utilized. These procedures must be administered by specially trained therapists in a definite sequence for a specified period of time. In addition, although Panchakarma is for the most part a delightful and comfortable therapy, there can be periods of discomfort associated with the profound release of toxins which does occur. It is therefore essential that the therapy be supervised by a knowledgeable expert who can recognize the signs of properly and improperly administered Panchakarma. Fortunately these signs were meticulously recorded by the ancient vaidyas.
Like all medical procedures, Panchakarma Therapy always must begin with an initial consultation by a qualified health professional who can determine the individual's prakriti (constitutional type), the nature of the health problem (if any), and the appropriate degree of intensity of the prescribed therapies. There are certain special circumstances in which panchakarma should be administered only with strict medical supervision: recovering drug addiction, alcoholism, hypertension, diabetes, and eating disorders are the most common. Panchakarma may also not be appropriate for individuals who are significantly underweight or physically weak or for persons with inadequately treated (or undiagnosed) hypothyroidism or hypoglycemia. The same is true of persons with cancerous diseases, immune deficiency states, or those recovering from recent surgery. All potential patients, but especially those identified above, should always consult a qualified health professional before initiating any form of detoxification program.
About Pancha Karma
Deep physical, mental and emotional healing is often experienced as a result of Pancha Karma. People report a feeling of lightness in the body and clarity of mind, the weight naturally balances. The cleansing involves daily two-hour treatment consisting of a warm, nurturing oil massage given by experienced therapist. This is followed by a relaxing full body steam treatment, which enables the oils to penetrate and lubricate the tender bodily tissues. These tissues are called seven dhatus, they are the constituents that make up the physical body. In order from superficial to deep, they are: Ras (plasma), Rakt (blood),Maans (muscle),Meda(fat), Asthi (bone),Majja (bone marrow), and Shukra (reproductive tissue fluid ). Each day of your Pancha Karma works deeper, from superficial to deep affecting nurturing, dislodging toxins from all 7dhatus to be eliminated.
How many days does it take to have a complete Pancha Karma?
Each day of your Pancha Karma works deeper, from superficial to deep affecting nurturing, dislodging toxins from all 7 dhatus. So that all people have a complete experience, we focus on Pancha Karma programs that are at a minimum of 7 days. We offer 1-45 days of Pancha Karma for individuals & couples.
How does Pancha Karma cleanse?
These treatments prepare the body to eliminate the buildup of toxins that have accumulated over time in the tissues, as a result of lifestyle choices, genetic predisposition, environmental pollution, and stresses.
There are five actual cleansings in Pancha Karma. They are the cleansing of the nasal and sinus passages, or nasya; the cleansing of the colon, or basti; cleansing of small intestines, or Verechena; cleansing of the stomach and lungs, or vamana, and cleansing of the blood known as rakta mokshan. The daily oil massage and steam treatment is necessary to facilitate the movement of the build up of toxins in the body. They are carried from the periphery, through the many channels that feed the bodily tissues, to the central part of the body and into the gastro-intestinal tract from where they can be safely eliminated. The individual constitution and current imbalance(s) determines which cleansings are appropriate and necessary.
Ayurveda looks at the cause of all disease as the result of an imbalance in the body, mind and/or spirit. When you treat the cause, imbalance, you treat the effect, disease. The purpose of Pancha Karma is to support the body in creating balance, and in that way disease is addressed. Ayurveda states that food is 60% of the medicine it uses to treat disease.
Pancha Karma eliminates the causes of disease
In the new trend of health care, people are taking more responsibility for their own health by using alternative health care measures, rather than giving that 'power' away to various health care systems that are not designed for prevention longevity. Ayurveda is a perfect way to create longevity and health, by focusing on eliminating the causes of disease and prevention. Each Pancha Karma session expands on the previous one, healing of body, mind and emotion deeper and deeper with each consecutive year. The Ancient Ayurvedic texts suggest receiving Pancha Karma three times per year for optimum cleansing and rejuvenation. However some people only have the time and the means to receive it only once per year, which is a very good plan. With every year it is truly possible to grow healthier and younger, rather than older and diseased. It is possible to grow in health and Ayurveda shows us how.
The purvakarma procedures are often under appreciated in the grand scheme of proper administration of Panchakarma.The general purpose of the Poorvakarma Therapies is to begin to loosen, liquefy, and move the vitiated doshas from their abnormal sites in peripheral tissues to the appropriate central site within the alimentary canal. Oil massage and fomentation are administered on the night before the day of Vamana. Prior to the start of Vamana, the patient is asked to drink a specified quantity of ghee or oil until the stool becomes oily, or nausea occurs. If vamana is planned a Kaphagenic diet is given during this time to aggravate Kapha. Either during the same time period or for one week subsequently, oil massages are given..