What is Panchakarma?

Panchakarma is the ultimate, personalized mind-body cleansing, detoxifying and rejuvenating therapy. Regardless of your profession, lifestyle, or eating habits, many toxins are present everywhere in your environment. Chemicals in your food and water worsen the problem. Toxins build up in the body over time, like a snowball. Many of them mimic hormones in your body and interfere with your endocrine system. Once absorbed by the body, they attack cells, distort cell’s proper functioning and refuse to get out of your system, causing different diseases.
Ayurvedic Panchakarma subtly removes these toxins from your mind and body. Panchakarma procedures are designed to function synergistically to maximize the removal of toxins while maintaining the harmony of natural body functions. The purifying and eliminating actions of Panchakarma first dislodge the toxins from the cells and then flush them out of your body. Panchakarma also opens up all the subtle channels in the body and helps life energy and nutrients flow freely, nourishing each and every cell. By restoring your circadian rhythm, all systems in the body start functioning at their peak performance and the immune system becomes strong. Mental clarity improves and the body becomes healthy and well.

Who should do Panchakarma?

Panchakarma is both a preventative and a maintenance program for your mind and body as well as a treatment for chronic health problems. Each Panchakarma program is personalized according to each individual’s needs. Some of the therapies may be added, some dropped or extended as per the need (please see the details of various procedures included in Panchakarma). As a prevention program, once a year Panchakarma is recommended for every person – man or woman, young or old, healthy or sick. As a treatment, Panchakarma is recommended for people who work in high-stress environments, or have irregular eating habits or those suffering from various chronic illnesses on an “as needed” basis.

How long is a Panchakarma treatment?

A typical Panchakarma is a 7- day program. Each day, a person undergoes five different therapies which last for about three hours every day. However, depending on the need, Panchakarma can also be a14 or 21- day program which is determined by the person’s health condition.

Some of the Benefits of Panchakarma

Increased energy, productivity, and efficiency Improved digestion and elimination
Sound sleep A peaceful, stress-free, calm mind Improved mental clarity and focus

Panchakarma – The Essential Process

Panchakarma literally means “five therapeutic procedures” to purify the Mind/Body. It is a series of steps performed typically for 7 days, tailored to your unique body constitution. It involves three stages – Purva Karma, Pradhan Karma, and Paschat Karma.

Stage 1 – Purva Karma: Toxins are loosened from various tissues and mobilized towards the digestive system. Purva Karma begins with Abhyanga, an oil massage performed by two technicians simultaneously with synchronizing movements. During this procedure, the whole body, from head to toe, is massaged with herbal oil. Oil is also taken internally. The massage oil and oral oil help to loosen all toxins within the seven layers of tissue.

It penetrates the tissues, increases circulation and loosens toxins.
Lubricates and protects tissues from damage.
Calms the nerves and soothes the skin.
It opens the pores and relieves pain and tension in the muscles and ligaments.
Removes blockage in subtle energy channels.

SHIRODHARA – Warm sesame oil streamed across the forehead – profoundly calming.

Balances nervous system
Reduces stress and anxiety
Mind becomes peaceful
Improves hearing and vision
Life becomes peaceful and more enjoyable

NASYA – Herbal oil nasal drops preceded by and followed with a facial massage. It is an important step in removing toxins from the tissues above the neck.

Sharpens sense organs
Prevents diseases above the neck e.g. sinus problems, migraines, TMJ,
Prevents headaches, neck stiffness
Strengthens joints of the scalp and face
Improves skin texture and prevent wrinkles
Prevents early graying, balding, hair falling
Improves clarity of voice

SWEDANA – A therapeutic application of heat to different parts of the body.

It opens the pores and helps to move the toxins out of the body through sweat.
It dilates the body’s energy channels, and removes blockage.
Reduces coldness, stiffness, and pain in the tissues.
Loosens toxins

BASTI – Nourishing oil and cleansing herbal tea enemas. Used alternately every day, and produce 50-80% of the benefits of Panchakarma therapy.

Loosens the toxins
Cleanses colon and strengthen colon muscles
Improves absorption of food
Balances root energies in the body
Prevents constipation, hemorrhoids, chronic pain, fatigue
Rejuvenates the body
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