In Sanskrit Pancha means five and Karma means actions. Thus Panchakarma therapies are five profound healing modalities unique to Ayurveda. Panchakarma is unique for two reasons:

  • Not only do these therapies remove the diseases from their site (i.e., arthritis in the hand) but remove the toxins from the body once and for all.
  • Panchakarma therapies are able to heal diseases previously thought to be incurable according to Western medicine. It is a common occurrence to see people wheeled into Ayurvedic hospitals in India and walk out on their own two feet healthy after treatment.

Each dosha benefits specifically from a different Panchakarma therapy.

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

In Purva Karma the toxins are dislodged from various tissues and mobilized towards the digestive system by giving snehana (oleation) and swedana (steam) therapies. Pradhan karma, is actually the main step in panchakarma. The name Panchakarma literally means five purificatory procedures.

  • Vamana – Medicated Emesis
  • Virechana – Medicated Purgation
  • Basti – Medicated enemas
  • Nasya – Medicated nasal drops
  • Rakta moksha – Blood letting

Paschat karma is a third stage of panchakarma. It involves restoration of strong digestive enzymes and rejuvenation of tissues. This paschat karma is designed to nourish, strengthen, and balance the newly detoxified tissues. The aim is to establish increased energy level, strengthen the immune system, and increase longevity. It is done by taking strengthening herbs for a month.

Panchakarma procedures have been tried successfully around the world. Many studies show increase in energy, appetite, and mental tranquility and sound sleep, reduction in stress level, and decrease in blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, pain and fatigue.

Panchakarma can be successfully used as preventive measure in conditions like heart problems, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, arthritis, MS, allergies, asthma, Depression, stress, insomnia, anxiety, ADD, SAD, digestive disorders, and many more.

Panchakarma therapy is a thorough and elaborate detoxifying procedure that people of all ages enjoy