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Panchkarma : Details & Benefits


Panchkarma Ayurvedic Treatment : Details & Benefits

Panchakarma Proccess – Full body cleanse and rejuvenation


*    Rheumatism    *    Gastric problems & constipation *  
 Dysentery   *    Severe anaemia  *    Rectal bleeding  *    Diabetes   
*    Lower back pain

One of the miracles of the human body is its capability to constantly
rejuvenate and heal itself.  However, when body energies (tridoshas)
are imbalanced, due to either natural and unnatural causes, the
digestive capacity is weakened, leading to the formation of toxic
impurities which hinder the body’s healing capabilities.  Panchakarma is
used as a remedy to restore the body to its natural, inherent healing
state, expelling toxins and foreign substances.

Pancha means five in Sanskrit, and karma means actions or
therapies.  Each of the five therapies are toxin elimination techniques,
which target a certain dosha.

The Panchakarma programme is comprised of three phases as detailed below:
Phase 1:    Purvakarma (preparation phase)
    Breaks down and clears blockages, and liquefies toxins, moving them to the intestinal region.  Treatments include:

·    Abhyanga –

Abhyanga is a full body massage – from head to toe – using warm herbal oils.  Its long strokes follow the body’s main circulatory channels.  It is recommended as a daily Ayurvedic practice in the scriptures, and is one of the main therapies in the Panchakarma programme.

·    Udwarthanam

Udwarthanam is an ancient Ayurvedic therapeutic deep tissue massage using herbal powders. It involves upward stroking where the powder is forcibly rubbed on the body to break down toxins and fat blocks under the skin while nourishing it with detoxifying ingredients.  It is one of the most sought after treatments for weight loss as it targets fat cells directly.

·  Kizhi

Kizhi is a special Ayurvedic massage where herbal powers are poured into cotton bags, immersed in warm herbal oil and gently padded to the whole body.  Sweating is induced during the therapy, opening skin pores to release toxins while absorbing relaxing and nourishing herbal ingredients.  The padding also relaxed body muscles, releases stiffness and stimulates internal organs.

·    Steam

Bashpa Swedanam (herbal steam bath) is where herbs and leaves are boiled, and the medicated vapour is passed into a closed steam chamber.  The process opens up the small pores of the skin, removing toxins while balancing body energies through induced sweating. 

·    Snehapanam –

Snehapanam is the oral intake of medicated oil preparation with gradual dose increase as needed.  The oils lubricate the internal body channels and tissues, forcing embedded toxins out towards the gastro-intestinal tract and cleansing body cells.  Snehapanam can be considered both as a therapeutic treatment or a preparatory procedure before purification therapy, as in Panchakarma.

Duration, frequency and dosage to be recommended by doctor.

Variation:  Use of ghee-based preparations.

Phase 2:    Pradhankarma (elimination phase)
    Eliminates toxins from the body suing the five (pancha) ejection therapies (karma). 

Treatments include:
·    Vamana – induced vomiting (dosha:  kapha)
·    Virechana – induced purgation (dosha:  pitta)
·    Nasya – medicated nasal drops (dosha:  kapha)
·    Sneha Vasti – lubrication enema (dosha:  vata, all)
·    Kashaya Vasti – cleansing enema
    Depending on personal requirements, your program may not include all 5 therapies.

Phase 3:    Paschatkarma (post-treatment phase)
    Nourishes exhausted body tissues and establishes balanced metabolic and immune functions.

    2-4 weeks of simple, healthy, vegetarian diet (freshly cooked
meals free from processed foods, caffeine, sugar) accompanied by a
positive lifestyle (regular sleep cycle, meditation, yoga, mild



The definition of health according to Ayurveda – One is in balanced health when the entire physical and mental body:  the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), digestive fire (digestion, metabolism and assimilation), all the seven body tissues and components (dhatus), and all the excretory functions (including the functions of urination and defecation) are balanced with a pleasantly disposed contented mind, senses and spirit.

Overall, Ayurveda refers to the state of health when your mind, body and soul are in alignment – or you can say your physical, astral and causal bodies are in alignment.

Ayurveda is a holistic medicine that treats your body as a whole rather than focusing on its different parts.  Ayurvedic literature suggests that when one part of the body ails or fails, it is usually a symptom of a larger problem manifested throughout different parts of the body.  Hence Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatments cover the body in its entirety, rather than addressing one or more of its parts.

The guiding principle is harmony – the different parts of one’s body should function well together as a system in order for one’s health and well-being to thrive at all times.


About Us: The Vedic Yoga Centre offers a 10-14 day detoxification program which is a combination of Ayurvedic therapy and yogic practice. Our Ayurveda centre is in Rishikesh, India

We also offer an option of diagnosing the body nature with the help of a senior therapist, and for any chronic health issue, we appoint senior doctors/professors who will offer professional help for your disturbance.