What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma utilizes a set of therapeutic procedures which are given in a particular order to promote the removal of toxins from the body via the nearest route of elimination. The resulting purification induces and supports the body’s capacity to cure itself from many conditions and diseases. The purpose of Panchakarma is to extend one’s lifespan. Longevity is determined not only by genetic make-up, but by lifestyle choices as well.
Panchakarma is of incontestable value as a detoxification modality in the treatment of disease. It is extremely effective as a preparatory measure to strengthen a patient prior to surgery, as a way to promote weight loss, to increase the effect of rejuvenative medicines, prior to libido-improving procedures, and before administration of certain medicines. In all its uses, Panchakarma accomplishes the removal of accumulations of toxins and the return of the psychosomatic energies (doshas) to normalcy and balance.
Panchakarma is comprised of five actions, or therapies, and when properly administered it has profound effects on the detoxification mechanisms and metabolism of the human physiology. Ayurveda recommends these cleansing therapies up to three times per year, at the change of seasons. This maintains well-being in healthy individuals and restores balance in those who experience illness.
The five classical karmas of Panchakarma are:
- Vamana: the use of emetics to induce therapeutic vomiting
- Virechana: purgation therapy
- Basti: herbal enemas
- Nasya: nasal administration of herbal preparations
- Rakta mokshana: removal of toxins from the bloodstream through blood letting
Not every patient requires all of these therapies at any given time, and the specific treatment program varies. The choice of the many auxiliary procedures such as herbal oil treatments, shirodhara, herbal steam therapy or abhyanga massage a patient is to receive is determined based on a number of factors including the season, climate, length of treatment, diet, emotional state and constitution of the patient, and the knowledge of the practitioner.
The ultimate purpose of Ayurveda is to heal imbalances at their root. Panchakarma therapy is the most powerful method of addressing the primary causes of disease, as it purifies both the digestive tract and the mind – the two places where the root imbalance most often lies. The removal of impurities from the body via cleansing the digestive system while bringing balance to the mind is the art of Ayurvedic Panchakarma.
Customized Panchakarma programs are available at The Healing Temple. Contact Illeana to make an appointment today.
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