A person is said to be healthy if the body is clear from all the toxins and has a stress free and peaceful mind. Due to stressful life, there are chances of various types of toxins getting accumulated in the body. All these adverse effects can be removed by the Panchakarma treatment and helps to return the natural health back.
Pachakarma is an ayurvedic treatment for purification of the body. The word meaning of panchakarma is “five therapies”. These therapies are used to expel the toxics from the body. The five methods of treatment include Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Vasti and Raktamoskshana. They help to eliminate any stress and toxins from the body together with balancing the doshas. The process appears to be simple and its results are very powerful. The main specialty of this treatment is that it can be done both on a healthy person as well as a diseased person. A healthy person does this in order to prevent any diseases and thereby rejuvenate the body.
Along with the treatment a special diet also need to be included for the Panchakarma to be effective. So a person undergoing Panchakarma treatment is provided with a special diet.
Vamana is the treatment method in which the Kapha inside a person’s body is expelled out. The Kapha is the toxins which accumulate in the respiratory tracts of the human body. The Vamana treatment is given for those people who have high kapha imbalance. When this treatment is conducted daily, these toxins loosen and are vomited out.
Virechana is the treatment method in which the pitha inside a person’s body is expelled out. The pitha is the toxin that is accumulated in the liver and gall bladder. When the Virechana treatment is provided, the person’s gastro intestinal tract is cleared and purified and this treatment is beneficial as it has no side effects.
Vasti is the treatment method for cleaning all the toxins that are accumulated inside a person’s body. It is called as the mother of all the panchakarma treatments because all the toxins namely vata, pitha and kapha are expelled by this treatment alone. The method of this treatment is similar to that of enema where medicated oil and an herbal decoction is given through the colon. It is beneficial because it acts as a rejuvenating treatment. Depending on the condition of the patient, this treatment is carried out for about 8 to 30 days.
Nasya (Nose cleaning)
Nasya treatment is done to remove the toxins that are accumulated in the head and neck area. The medicated oil is passed through the nose for about 30 days depending upon the condition of the patient.
Raktamokshana is a treatment for purifying the blood. It is not used in all cases of Panchakarma as it involves high risk in cleaning the blood.