Panchakarma is a combination of two words; “panch” means “five” and ‘karma’ means “actions”, so a combination of five actions is known as panchakarma. It is used by Ayurvedic therapists since ancient times for a number of illness as well as rejuvenation purposes. Ayurveda describes panchakarma as the base of all treatments as it focuses on balancing the biological body. Once done, the mind and body gets synchronized and hence function in the best way possible. Doshas (imbalance) in the body are of three types as per Ayurveda named as vata, kapha and pitta, all begins in the digestive tract. Panchakarma therapies identifies the dominant doshas and work on creating a balance amongst tridoshas.
The process of panchakarma is conducted in three steps, every step has unique set of therapies and prescribed session’s takes place as per the body type and the predominant doshas in the body. SIYA has a team of doctors and therapists who specializes in their field extensively and are dedicated toward the wellbeing of guest who need help for any issue to be treated with panchakarma. After consultation with doctor, treatment and therapies are prescribed and carried out. Steps taken are Poorvakarma, pradhankarma and paschatkarma.
Poorvakarma is a process performed before the main treatment required under panchakarma. This is done to channelize the toxins in the body to be pulled out later in detoxification process of pradhankarma. Fire elements in the body is increased by therapies and administration of herbal medicines through the openings under the supervision of esteemed team of doctors and is known as deepana or pachana. After this the process is carried out to oleate the body internally and externally for a period of 3-5 days known as snehana, depending upon the condition of the patient. Technique of oleation is called Snehana, Ghrita (clarified butter) is administered in the body for internal oleation; quantity is determined by the body type of the individual.
External oleation is performed by several methods as described under ayurveda.
Pizhichil treatment in ayurveda uses a combination of herbal oil massage with heat treatment. Massage is done by 2-4 trained therapists under the supervision of a physician at a time in 7 standard positions to cover every part of the body.
Sirodhara literally means continuous flow of liquid on head. Jet of Herbal oil, milk induced with medicinal herbs or buttermilk is streamed in a peculiar way on forehead constantly for 40-60 minutes.
Marma points are focused in this type of treatment while giving the oil massage. The therapist identify the point and stroke it circulatory channels accordingly.
Medicated herbal paste is applied on the body. After massage by therapist it is left as it is, dried layer is washed with herbal concoction.
Fingers and fists are used to massage the whole body intensively or a body part to remove all the physical stress.
Whole body is trampled by foot by applying herbal medicated oil, to make the muscles and joints flexible.
Post oleation body is treated with steam bath, which stimulate toxins to excrete through sweat glands. This process is known as swedana and helps in mobilizing toxins to be pulled out thoroughly in the main process of pradhanakarma.
This is a combination of five procedure of purification of the whole body. Vamana (Emesis), Virechana (Purgation), Niroohavasti (Decoction enema), Nasyam (administration of medicine through nostrils), and Raktamokshana (bloodletting).
Internal and external oleation is performed followed by cold therapy (fomentation) and hot therapy (steam bath) is given subsequently for liquefaction of the toxins in the body. The medications induced stimulates the body internally and toxins are released through sweat glands and vomiting. This process is beneficial for body type dominant with kapha tendencies. Asthama, acidity and other forms of diseases related to lungs are cured through this process.
Toxins from bowels are eliminated with this procedure. The oleation done in the poorvakarma helps the liquification of toxins in the bowels. Herbal Laxatives are administered to clear the clutter from bowels easily. This procedure is very effective for all the problems related to intestine, bowels and stomach. Such type of illness is found in people with predominant Pitta dosha and purgation is an effective procedure to cure such ailments.
Enema treatment (Vasthi)
This is vital part of panchakarma treatment beneficial for chronic diseases. Herbal oils and medications are administered through rectum for a period of 5-10 days for detoxification of bowels and intestinal strength. This treatment is also known as medicated enema and beneficial for Vata dominated individuals suffering from arthritis, gastric issues, rheumatism and chronic constipation.
As the name suggests Nasyam is therapy in which herbal medicines and juices are administered through nose for a period of 7-14 days for optimum result. Massage on the soldiers and head is done to relax the upper body and head prior to the induction of herbal medicine through nostrils. This treatment is used to for headache, mental disorders and nasal problems including sinus and certain skin diseases.
Blood is the carrier of oxygen and nutrients in the body, it also carries impurity and toxins which can cause many problems to the internal organs. Blood is released through by certain parts of the body by treatment under medical supervision to release toxins and impurities. This can be helpful in many skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and abscesses to name a few.
Panchakarma therapy is incomplete without a strict diet regime, as Ayurveda describes “you are what you eat”. Diet chart is prepared according to body type and predominant dosha to keep the body in balance with its true nature. The specific dietary requirement are as follow:
We at SIYA will guide you follow every step for a healthy lifestyle. You will feel the difference during the treatment and following the guidelines will bring out happiness from within. Skin will be radiant and you will feel energetic and spiritually high at all times. It can be a little tough to follow the diet plan, so we will keep updating you via email and messages about the dietary requirement and recipes helpful for your taste buds as well. Join us for the holistic wellbeing and make a difference to your life.