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Panchakarma – Restore and Heal

person holding amber glass bottleHuman beings are probably the only species on this planet to go through a lot of stress and sadness every day, in some form or the other. Ayurveda and its practices are still relevant today, as its basis of harmonizing with the body and mind and maintaining balance, food habits, breathing, etc. all are still highly effective to relieve stress.

Panchakarma is one such practice. Well, there could be a question as to what is Panchakarma, to that, a simple answer is that it is a healing practice that has been followed for ages which help rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul, as the person goes through a journey of self-discovery, mind and spiritual awakening and healing their energies, coming in tune with themselves.

Panchakarma Process – path to healing:

The origin of the word comes from ancient Sanskrit scripture, “Pancha” meaning “five”, and “Karma” denoting actions. To better understand what Panchakarma is and how its five-step detox process allows the detoxification and thus rejuvenation of a person, stay tuned, as it shall be explained further in this article.

The toxins in the body and mind accumulate as time passes, it could be due to poor habits, pollution in the environment, or even bad food choices. This accumulation happens without their conscience, and this can be healed over time with some patience, yoga, and practicing mindfulness, which will improve their quality of life.

Panchakarma practice is based on the belief derived from Ayurveda that the body has all the capacity to heal itself, but this ability could be lost due to certain daily practices such as regular alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of sleep, extended work hours, or even a poor diet.

Panchakarma treatment typically follows the following steps, to heal the body and makes sure the body is immune to diseases:

  • The healing process starts from within, so they usually prepare the person mentally by asking them to follow practices such as breathing, clean eating, and so on to encourage toxicity removal from both mind and body and initiate the healing system’s functioning.
  • The ayurvedic form of Panchakarma treatment includes a very detailed methodology to start the process of mind-body purification. It trains the body muscles and tissues to accept the full benefit of nutritious food, a good exercise routine, and adequate rest.
  • Stress elimination is a 3-step process: Purva, Pradhana, and Paschat, meaning pre-operative, operative, and post-operative, respectively.

Prevent Diseases and Healing:

It is believed that any illness that a body goes through is nothing but an imbalance in the body, and it is entirely preventable. Ayurvedic practices identify these imbalances and rectify them if the person follows the healing remedies diligently.

An individual might ask, what is Panchakarma’s healing power and its benefits, and what are the illnesses it has proven to cure? Well, the list below is a few that people have been cured from:

  • Insomnia.
  • Paralysis / movement disorders / consequence from brain apoplexy.
  • Slip disc problem.
  • Fertility related issues such as PCOS / PCOD, irregular period cycle, infertility, and fibroma.
  • Psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, intoxicating substance addiction, etc.
  • Dermatology related problems such as eczema, hair loss, and psoriasis.
  • Joint problems such as arthritis, spondylitis, etc.
  • Stomach problems, such as indigestion and stomach ulcers.

Types of Panchakarma:

Now that the philosophy and mechanism behind Panchakarma have been explained thoroughly. It is time to learn about the types of Panchakarmas:

1. Snehan Karma: This Panchakarma is also known as Oleation Therapy. In this type of Panchakarma, the individual is either anointed or medicated with oil. This oiling could be on the surface of the body or could be taken internally.

This is done to liquefy the bodily toxins present in the tissues. This healing therapy is done using vegetable extract and substances. Some examples of substances used are:

  • Sarson
  • Neem
  • Karanj
  • Bahera
  • Til

It also uses animal-based products such as ghee, curd, bone tissues, etc.

2. Swedana Karma: This Panchakarma is also known as Sudation Therapy. In this therapy, the methods involved to detoxify the body include ayurvedic massages, oil, and steam baths, to stimulate movement in the body and digestive tract.

The logic is, by stimulating the body with hot baths and hot oil massages, the sweat glands activate circulation to the digestive system, basically channeling the ama which is nothing, but toxins stacked up in the body over time.

This therapy specifically helps treat issues such as digestive problems, weight issues, and asthma, as it helps relieve stress and cleanses the body inside out.