Saturday, 9 April 2011
Panchakarma (Shodhana Chikitsa) or the "five actions" are the therapeutic means of eliminating impurities from the body. It is a series of five therapies or steps that help remove deep rooted stress and impurities from the physiology while balancing the doshas - those energies or forces that govern all biological functions.
There are five basic, cleansing procedures or "Shodhanas".
Vamana (Therpeutic Emesis)
This is a package programme of 5-7 days, wherein preparation with oliation & steam is done to the individual followed by inducing therapeutic emesis on the last day. This therapy is indicated in the diseases of kapha, in general and in chronic cough, asthma, acid-peptic, obesity, high cholesterol, skin diseases, migraine, etc.
Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation)
This is a package programme of 7-8 days, wherein preparation with oliation & steam is done the individual, as in emesis followed by inducing therapeutic purgation on the last day. This therapy is indicated in the diseases of pitta in general and in chronic arthritis, gastro-intestinal, liver, skin disorders, paralysis, asthma, etc.
Basti (Therapeutic Enema)
This is a package programme of 8/15/30 days (depending on the condition). After abhyanga & swedana, medicated decoctions & oils are introduced into the rectum. This therapy is indicated in the diseases of all neuromuscular, gastro-intestinal, degenerative disorders, etc.
Nasya (Nasal Therapy)
This is a package programme of 7 days. Here a gentle facial & head massage and steam is done, followed by instilling stipulated quantity of medicated oil/herbal juice/powder to both the nostrils. This therapy is indicated in all types of eye, head, neck, shoulder, throat, ear & neurological disorders.
This is a very effective blood purification therapy, in which carefully controlled removal of small quantities of blood is conducted to neutralize accumulated Pitta toxins of many blood borne diseases.