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As the name suggests, Pancha in Sanskrit stands for Five and Karma are the therapeutic measures, therefore Panchakarma mean five types of therapeutic measures. These are undertaken for the purification of the body and Ayurveda considers it necessary before the start of any other therapy. The logic being that as a cloth needs to be purified or cleaned of impurities and dust before it can be permeated with , similarly the body needs to be purified before it can be permeated with new colors of youthfulness, health and vigor etc.

In Ayurveda treatment consists of four basic forms, namely - medicine or drug therapy, pancha (five) karma (actions/ systems), dietary regime and regulation of lifestyle. It works in two fundamental ways - cure and prevention.

The preventive aspect of treatment is further subdivided into swastha varta (personal hygiene) - consisting of dinacharya (daily routine), ritucharya (seasonal corrections) , sadachara (appropriate behaviour) - rasayana & vajikarana (rejuvenation & virlification) and yoga.
The curative aspect consists of three parts antati parimaijana (internal medicine) - consisting of samsodhana (internal purification through panchkarma), samsamana (external medicine) as massage, use of pastes & powders and finally surgical treatment.

Panchakarma consists of medicated emesis (vamana) to remove excess kapha, therapeutic purgation (viracana) to clear excess pitta, medicated enema (vasti) to eject excess vata, nasal drops or snuffs (nasya) for diseases of the head & neck and bloodletting (raktamokshana) in case of blood disorders. These are the five purification procedures for removing accumulated toxins and other waste material in the body. As the humors and tissues are related closely to each other, this discharge procedure affects the tissues indirectly ,through strong elimination of related humor.

Three stages of Panchakarma:

  • Poorva (pre) Karma - These important preparatory procedures have two parts

  • Paschat (post) Karma - Crucial follow-up therapies that include diet, medication & lifestyle.

This whole treatment of nearly a months duration is generally broken up in this manner :

1st cycle
1st-7th days of oelation, fomentation and nasal therapies.
8th day emesis therapy.
3 days off.

2nd cycle
1st-7th days of oelation, fomentation and nasal therapies.
8th day purgation therapy.
3 days off.

3rd cycle
1st-7th days of oelation, fomentation and nasal therapies
8th day enema therapy


  • Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind

  • Restore your constitutional balance improving health and wellness

  • Strengthens your immune system to become more resistant to illness

  • Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind thereby slowing the aging process

  • Enhances your self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity

  • Bring about deep relaxation and sense of well-being


Ayurveda emphasizes that the diet we take has a close influence on our mind and body. According to ayurveda, the mind has three possible states (tri-gunas) that are related to the three states of our physical constitution or the three-dosha types. Sattva, or peaceful equilibrium, rajas, or excessive activity and tamas, or inertia—the three tendencies or gunas of mind influence the imbalances in the three doshas. Specific dietary adjustments serves to maintain the balance of specific doshas and thus entail perfect health. Appropriate diet can be used to remove or neutralize toxins in the body, also. Some of the commonly followed rules on food habits according to ayurveda are as below:

• Segragating high-protein or high-fat foods from lighter foods such as starches and vegetables.
• Not mixing milk with yogurt.
• Not eating cooked foods and raw foods at the same meal since they require different types of digestion.
• Avoiding milk while eating radishes, tomatoes, meat, fish, eggs, citrus fruits.
• Eating fresh fruit separately from other meals (except the cooked fruits).
• Some specific vegetables and grains are forbidden in some specific days of a month. Diet should be compatible with changing seasons.

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