वमनं रेचनं नस्यम निरुहस्य च अनुवासनम ऐतानि पंचकर्मणि कथितानी मुनिश्वरे !!
Panchakarma – The Perfect Ayurvedic Detox
Panchakarma is that the last word mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the system, and restoring overall balance and wellbeing. Meaning ‘five actions’ or ‘five treatments’ in Sanskrit, this process is highly effective in cleansing the body of ama (toxins) produced due to faulty diet-lifestyle habits and poor nutrition. When ama accumulates within the body, it blocks the flow of energy and nourishment throughout the system. Ayurveda considers this build-up of toxins to be the underlying cause of all disease.
Panchakarma is a unique treatment procedure as it can be easily tailored to meet each individual’s needs according to their body constitution and dosh imbalances. The therapies involved in this process work to loosen ama (toxins) from the deep tissues in order to be removed through the body’s natural channels of elimination.
The Ama Elimination Process
Before you undertake the process of Panchakarma, you should visit an Ayurvedic doctor who will determine your body constitution and current state of doshas. After identifying the cause of ama production in your body, he will be able to pick the tissues, channels and organs that need to be addressed through Panchakarma and accordingly devise the proper detox program specific to your needs.
Panchakarma consists of three Stages – Purvakarma, Pradhankarma and Paschatkarma
Purvakarma – Snehana, Abhyanga and Swedana
These pre-treatment techniques serve to organize the body for the ama elimination process. Snehana (oleation) is that the initiative of Purvakarma and it consists of saturating the body with medicated oils so as to loosen ama and move it from deeper tissues into the gastrointestinal tract, from where it can be more easily cleansed. External oleation is named Abhyanga, which suggests complete body massage with medicated oils. Once the massage is completed, Swedana (steaming) is performed so as to dilate the channels and foster easy removal of ama.
Pradhankarma – Vaman, Virechan, Basti, etc.
After Purvakarma, the ama moves into the alimentary canal. Here, some main Panchakarma therapies like Vaman (emesis), Nasya (nose cleaning), Virechan (purgation), and Basti (enema) are often used to remove ama through the body’s normal channels of elimination.
Paschatkarma – Right Diet and Lifestyle
Paschatkarma refers to the set of procedures that are followed after the most Panchakarma therapies. This phase is aimed at re-establishing body immunity and metabolism. Most people do not realize that neglecting these post-treatment procedures may end up destabilizing the digestion process, thereby leading to continued ama production. Even after your Panchakarma treatment is over, it’s advisable to stay eating light, nourishing foods, like khichari and mung dal soup for a couple of days. Also, remember to gradually return to your regular activities and diet so that your body – which is in a sensitive state – does not become vulnerable after treatment.
If you want to go for an Ayurvedic detoxification treatment, it is recommended that you give enough time to your body to get into the cleansing mode and then gradually get out of it.
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