Panchkarma: The Best Kept Ancient Ayurveda Secret!
Ayurveda is not based on magic; it relies on grasping medical principles and the phases of illnesses. According to Charak Samhita (the oldest and the most authentic Ayurveda's definitive treatise), Ayurveda is a scientific and logical interpretation in which Tridosha theory was enumerated along with the management of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Ayurveda is a highly accurate and personalized method of analyzing people’s body constitutions and illnesses; it recommends and provides gentle, natural, and effective therapies.
Ayurveda offers extraordinary remedial measures that recuperate mild and ongoing illnesses. Indeed, even infections accepted to be hopeless by modern science have been healed. Stories flourish of individuals being carried into Ayushakti Panchkarma Centers and walking out on their own two feet half a month later, healthy and rejuvenated.
Panchkarma's healing technique is one of the traditional limbs on which a greater part of the Ayurvedic technique stands. The name Panchkarma signifies "Five Actions”, which is appropriate given that this technique depends upon five basic activities that control the body: Vomiting, Purgation, Niruham, Anuvaasan, and Nasyam.
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Panchkarma permanently dispenses with these toxins (ama) from the body that causes illness is weighty and sticky, dwelling in the deepest tissue layers, permitting healing and rebuilding of the tissues, channels, assimilation, and mental capabilities.
Five Panchkarma Therapies
1. Vamana (Therapeutic Vomiting)
Vamana implies remedial vomiting, which is a sedated emesis. This therapy is done for the aggravated Kapha dosha, which predominantly removes toxins from the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. This therapy is practiced for preventive and therapeutic purposes.
The best time to practice Vamana is late spring or early summer.
- Before inducing Vamana, the patient is approached to take Kapha aggravating food like yogurt, desserts, and basmati rice in the earlier evening. It is done to build the Kapha with the goal that it gets disposed of totally and forcefully from the system.
- The following day, a decoction made of vomiting instigating herbs - Madanaphala, Licorice, and Calamus root tea. This drink triggers retching in the patient, and if it doesn't occur, it is induced by rubbing the tongue.
- The patient ousts the entire Kapha outside and feels far improved and lighter after at Vamana.
- The patient should take a rest totally and devour light food. Fasting is suggested after Vamana therapy as the entire body goes under heavy work.
- It relieves recent fever, diarrhea, pulmonary TB, and all lung conditions, skin diseases (e.g., eczema, psoriasis, leukoderma), diabetes mellitus, goiter, tumors, cough, asthma, and difficulty in breathing.
- It helps to heal hemorrhoids, anorexia, cervical adenitis, edema, epilepsy, confusion, abscesses, and sore throats.
- Vamana is also useful for nausea, herpes, head and sinus diseases, allergies, chronic colds, rhinitis, rheumatic diseases, arthritis, viral disorders (e.g., herpes zoster), parasites (filariasis), and excess salivation.
- Vamana therapy helps to heal obesity, ear discharge, epiglottis, uvulitis, stiff neck, acute fever, Kapha fever, and nasal discharge.
- It is also useful for indigestion, gastroenteritis, poison, chemical burn, and diseases due to bad breast milk.
2. Virechan (Purgation)
Virechana is the sedated purgation treatment that scrubs the body from the Pitta Dosha and eliminates toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and nerve bladder.
Virechana is a sodhana(purification) treatment. This is typically finished after Snehapana and three days of fomenting. Medication will be in any structure, fluid or powder, or decoction and should be taken while fasting. Before taking the medication, the patient should hydrate regularly until defecations start.
- The treatment includes consuming Ayurvedic and natural medicines that annihilate the doshas and toxins from the body and carry them to the abdomen.
- Since Pitta is arranged at the degree of digestion tracts, removing it from the anal route is ideal.
- The Ayurvedic medicines utilized for the treatment might shift from one individual to another relying upon the patient's processing strength.
- During the Virechana Ayurvedic therapy, the patient will be exposed to oral admission of Ayurvedic medications followed by fermentation. The patient will also be exposed to a customized light and warm eating routine.
- The treatment techniques will generally change depending upon the factors like body and mind constitution, age of the individual, state of mind, and emotional stability.
- It is an excellent method to heal various conditions, including abdominal tumors, hemorrhoids, smallpox, patches of skin, discoloration on the face, jaundice, chronic fevers, and an enlarged abdomen.
- Virechana helps to treat poisoning, vomiting, spleen diseases, abscesses, blindness, cataracts and other eye problems, colon pain, and colitis.
- Virechana also heals vaginal diseases, diseases of the semen, intestinal parasites, ulcers, gout, bleeding diseases in the upward direction, blood toxins and diseases, suppression of urine, and obstructed feces.
3. Basti Therapy (Medicated Enema)
Basti therapy is primarily used for Vata excesses, alone or as the predominant dosha deranged. Basti is the Sanskrit name for the urinary bladder. The colon is the main organ that absorbs all the nutrients. A healthy, functioning colon is imperative for the proper assimilation of nutrients. The colon is related to all other organs and tissues, so the entire body is healed and rejuvenated by cleansing and toning the colon.
Basti Karma is separated into two types per the consistency of the medications Sneha Basti(Anuvasan) and Niruha Basti (Aasthaapana).
Anuvasana Basti is also known as Sneha Basti (Sneha = Medicated fats, basically ghee and oil). Here, fats or oils are managed as purification to treat Vata dosha aggravation issues.
Anuvasana Basti should never be regulated on an empty stomach. If managed, the medication rapidly goes towards the upper body parts, which isn't wanted. After having food, the food in the stomach and digestive tract will hinder the entries because of their occupancy. This doesn't permit the Sneha Basti to move past the colon. The medication stays back in the colon for the ideal time and gives beneficial outcomes.
Niruha Basti (Aasthaapana Basti)
Niruha Vasti is an Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment wherein decoction blended in with honey, rock salt, Medicated ghee, and so forth is managed through the anal route, similar to an enema. It is likewise called Asthapanabastior Kshayavasti. Since this Basti expels (eliminates) the morbid Doshas or sicknesses from the body, it is called NIRUHA VASTI (Niruha - To take out).
Niruha Basti (Enema for removing Doshas) This therapy is demonstrated principally in the vitiation of Vata. Alongside the Snehavasti, Kashayavasti grants significantly more advantages to the body. The medication for Basti is a mix of decoction, cured oil, paste, and so on. The method is to be finished between 10 am and 12 early afternoons. Individuals should go through every one of the preliminary procedures. This will be directed through the anal route utilizing an extraordinary instrument. The individual will be noticed all through the technique. After some time, he develops the urge to empty. After clearing, Ayurveda Practitioner will give a hot water shower and customized eating diet.
Benefits of Sneha Basti(Anuvasan) and Niruha Basti (Aasthaapana Basti)
- Basti is useful for many disorders, including chronic constipation, sciatica, lower back pain, arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.
- It also heals numerous neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, MS, muscular dystrophy, paraplegia, hemiplegia, poliomyelitis, osteoporosis, and muscle and nerve atrophy.
- Basti also helps with mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, mental retardation, and sensory disorders.
4. Nasya (Nasal Therapy)
Ayurveda suggests that the nose is the gateway to the Head. Nasya is the nasal administration of herbal oils and ghee. This treatment opens mental channels and restores focus, concentration, and awareness. With long-term use, it can also enhance memory.
- Before beginning the Nasya treatment, Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (fomentation or steam shower) are finished over the patient's head, neck, and face.
- Then the patient is approached to rest on the back. The patient's Head should be put somewhat down and legs higher.
- Medication is made for streaming into one nostril (utilizing a q-tip or dropper) while the other is kept shut. A similar cycle is completed in the other nostril.
- After instillation, the shoulder, face, and neck should be tenderly massaged. The patient is asked to let out impurities in the mouth by spitting them out.
- Nasal herb therapy is used for healing diseases of the throat, neck, Head, and senses (e.g., ears, nose, eyes, etc.).
- Nasya is also used for toning and strengthening these areas.
- Nasya is useful in relieving stiffness in the Head, neck arteries, throat, and jaw obstructions, coryza, uvulitis, tonsillitis, cornea, vision and eyelid disorders, migraines, disorders of the neck, shoulders, ears, nose, mouth, head, skull, and scapula.
- Nasya also helps with disorders such as facial paralysis, convulsions, goiter, pain, tingling sensation, loose teeth, tumors, hoarse voice, speech disorders, and Váyu disorders of the mind, Head, neck, and throat.
- Nasya is also helpful in head diseases caused by Kapha such as stiffness, numbness, and heaviness in the head.
- Saturating Nasyas are recommended for Vata disorders (e.g., facial paralysis, trembling Head).
- Pacifying Nasyas are useful for internal bleeding and other Pitta head and neck disorders. Snuff is suggested three times daily in the rainy, autumn, and spring seasons when there are no clouds in the sky.
- Nasya is said to improve vision, smell, and hearing; keep hair from graying and falling out; prevent stiff neck, headache, and lockjaw.
- It is also said that snuff relieves chronic rhinitis and head tumors.
- The veins, joints, ligaments, and tendons of the skull gain greater strength.
5. Raktamokshana (Bloodletting Therapy)
Raktamokshana is a powerful blood cleansing treatment, in which carefully controlled evacuation of little amounts of blood is led to neutralized amassed Pitta poisons of many blood-borne illnesses. This is because it diminishes the quantum of improved Pitta dosha and consequently the illnesses brought by Pitta are additionally feeling relieved.
- Phlebotomy (bloodletting method) is performed under every aseptic safety measure.
- The use of leeches to suck the impure blood from a body part is called Jalaukavacharan in Ayurveda.
- The area is cleaned, and leeches are applied.
- After some time, the leech gets confined, and the wound is compressed.
- Helps to remove impure blood and toxins from the body.
- Helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Raktamokshana is recommended for skin diseases, acne, diabetic foot, and abscess, etc. It is mainly indicated in Pitta aggravated disorders.
Panchkarma works best with sedated oils that aid in wiping out the toxins(ama) from the human body. Panchkarma is the genuine manifestation of Ayurvedic values, and it satisfies its standing.
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Author of the Blog: Dr.Ronak Naik
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd.