Kerala Panchakarma Treatment
Panchakarma is a set of five therapies designed mainly for cleansing the body of toxins. Ayurveda considers that the purification of the body is important before the commencement of any other therapy. Ayurveda believes that our body needs to be purified before replenishing it with the new colors of health, youthfulness vigor and vitality.
Panchakarma therapy constitutes three steps of purification:
- Purva Karma – Pre Purification Procedure
- Pradhana Karma – Main Purification Procedure
- Paschat Karma – Post Purification Procedure
Purva Karma procedure starts with two sets of therapies: Oleation and Fomentation.
Snehana (Oleation): Snehana involves the application of oil or oily substance on the body. Medicated oils and ghee are particularly used for the internal application. The oils or ghee acts as an effective medium and nourishes the deeper tissues and it also helps in carrying the medicinal ingredients to every cell of the body and loosen up toxins stuck in the cells.
Swedana (Sweating): Snehana therapies are generally followed by swedana therapies. The tissues made soft by snehana therapies become more flexible by subsequent sweating. The toxins accumulated in the body loosened by snehana liquefy due to swedana and help to flush out of the body.
Pradhana Karma – Main Purification Procedure
Vaman: Vamana is known as therapeutic emesis and is the first panchakarma procedure. The induced vomiting helps to eliminate toxins from the body tissues. Vaman therapy is especially recommended primarily for Kapha – dominated conditions such as obesity, asthma, and hyperacidity.
Virechan (purgation): Virechana refers to removing the toxins by means of purgation. In this treatment, the patient is given an herbal laxative to facilitate the evacuation of bowels that helps in cleansing the body of toxins. Virechana therapy is recommended for Pitta aggravated conditions.
Basti: Basti is known as a medicated enema. Basti is especially recommended for aggravated Vata. Anus and urinary tract are used as a medium for injecting the medicine. This therapy has enormous effects, especially in complicated and chronic diseases.
Nasya: Nasya is known as nasal administration of the drug. The therapy is effective in clearing and cleansing the head region. The nasal drops are administered in both the nostrils. Nasya treatment is usually prescribed for diseases of ear, nose, throat, and headache etc.
Raktha mokshana: Raktha Mokshana is known as therapeutic bloodletting. It is used in curing diseases caused by vitiation of blood. Raktha Mokshana although less practiced but is the highly efficacious procedure. medicinal leeches are best employed for this procedure. This sums up the entire Pradhana Karma Procedure.
Paschat Karma – Post Purification Procedure
Diet: After the elimination of toxins a special diet regimen is planned which reestablishes the normal digestive capacity of the person who underwent Pradhana Karma. The diet is so structured that it starts with more liquid preparations to gradually increase to solid food.
Rejuvenation / Rasayana Therapy: We also recommend for a Rasayana therapy to nourishes the tissues, build up the immune system and rejuvenate the body and mind.