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Panchakarma Therapy in Ayurveda

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Panchakarma Therapy Panchakarma Therapy
Panchakarma is a purifying therapy to enhance the metabolic process through food and herbal medicines. It is used in deep rooted chronic disease as well as seasonal imbalance of tridoshas. As the wastes are eliminated from the body the person becomes healthy. Literally Panch means five and Karma means action. So Panchakarma means five types of actions or techniques or treatment. These types of therapeutics are based on elimination therapy. Panchakarma treatment is very effective in diseases like hemiplegia, polio, rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, epilepsy, insomnia, hypertension, cardiac problems, intestinal diseases, peptic and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis and asthma. Besides this, it produces immunity and increases youthfulness of the body.

Panchakarma includes five types of treatment which are as follows
Vamana – Use of emetics
This therapy is mainly used in cases of chronic disorders due to Kapha dosha. It involves induced and controlled vomiting with the help of medicines. It is used to treat chronic asthma, chronic hyperacidity etc. Vamana should not be given to the very young or very old or during pregnancy and should always be administered under a physician’s supervision.

Virechan – Use of laxatives
This therapy is mainly used in cases of chronic disorders due to Pitta dosha. It involves induced and controlled purgation with the help of medicines. It is used to treat jaundice, chronic helminthes cases etc. Virechan should not be given to the very young or very old or during pregnancy and should always be administered under a physician’s supervision.

Basti – Medicated enema
Involves administering medicines as enema. The medicines used can be decoctions, pure/formulated oils, milk etc. It is used to cure arthritis, backache etc. Basti should not be given to the very young or very old or during pregnancy and should always be administered under a physician’s supervision.

Nasya – Nasal administration of medication
Nasya is administered through the nose. Medicated powders, decoctions or oil drops are introduced into the nasal passages. They remove residual doshas and toxins from the head and neck area. Nasya is used in cases of migraine, chronic rhinitis, epilepsy etc.

Rakta Mokshana – Blood letting
Rakta Mokshana is done either with the help of venesection, or using leeches. It is mainly used to cure gout, skin and blood disorders (pigmentation), elephantiasis, alopecia. Rakta–mokshan should not be given to the very young or very old or during pregnancy and should always be administered under a physician’s supervision.

Panchakarma therapy should always be followed by a special diet regime that includes khichadi among other things.


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sunita jaiswal
January 24, 2010
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i want join as physician , i did BAMS .

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nivedita
January 30, 2010
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i have done BAMS i want to join as trainee . please help

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Jagdishji
September 01, 2010
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Yogic alternative to Panchkarma

Shankha Prakshalan (instead of vaman, virechan and bhasti) and jal/vstra Neti (instead of nyas) are yogic kriyas that serve the same purpose with no medication. All you need is warm salted water. Done once every month (first time under expert supervision) these kriyas keep the blood free from toxins alleviating the need for Rakta mokshan altogether!

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