What is Panchakarma? How Does it Help in Restoring Good Health?

What is Panchakarma? How Does it Help in Restoring Good Health?

Bajaj Finserv Health
December 15, 20214 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • Panchakarma treatment balances both your body and mind
  • Improving digestion is one of the unique panchakarma benefits
  • Taking this ayurvedic treatment can help balance all doshas of your body

Ayurveda employs different methods of rejuvenation and purification in the form of healing therapies. These help you lead a healthy and active life. Going for an ayurvedic treatment helps your body and mind work harmoniously with each other. One such cleansing process is panchakarma. This technique involves five actions that help eliminate impurities from your body. Panchakarma advocates the use of medicated oils for boosting immunity and relieving stress [].

Read on to know more about ayurvedic panchakarma treatment and how it is beneficial for your well-being.

Additional read: Ayurvedic Cleansing: How do You Know it is Time For a Body Cleanse?


What Are the Different Steps Followed in Panchakarma Therapies?

This is a natural therapy to detoxify your body and helps in maintaining a balance between the three doshas. The five main steps included as a part of this treatment are

  • Vaman
  • Virechan
  • Basti
  • Nasya
  • Raktamokshan

This treatment works on two main principles called oleation and fomentation. Oleation is a technique in which oil or any oily substance is used externally on the body. This also includes ghee for internal application. Ghee and oil help in removing toxins from your body. Fomentation is a method that produces sweat. It is usually done after oleation. This way, toxins that have released after oleation are flushed out of your body in the form of sweat.

A vaman treatment includes both oleation and fomentation, both internally and externally. These include ayurvedic medicines and different therapies. After oleation, the toxins melt and accumulate in your body’s upper cavities. At this point, you are given herbal medicines that induce throwing up, which eliminates toxins from your body [2].

Virechan involves a purgative to clear your guts. This method of clearing bowels helps in flushing out toxins from your body.

Basti is a technique in which a herbal decoction is administered via the anal route. This is an effective way to treat constipation, arthritis and piles.

In nasya, massage and fomentation are done on your head and shoulders using medicated oils. After this step, nasal drops are added to both your nostrils. This is effective in treating sleep disorders and other neurological problems.

Raktamokshan is a way to clear the impurities from your blood. This blood letting treatment is called leech therapy.


How Is Panchakarma in Ayurveda Beneficial for Your Health?

Panchakarma benefits your body in many ways, a few of which are listed below [3]:

  • Eliminates toxins from your body
  • Purifies your system
  • Enhances digestion
  • Minimizes weight
  • Increases metabolism
  • Boost immunity
  • Reduces stress
  • Relaxes your mind and body

How Does This Therapy Purify Your Mind and Body?

Ayurveda believes in absorbing only those things that are vital for your body. What is unnecessary needs to be disposed of from the body. This ancient science also believes that we are what we eat. If we are unable to digest food properly, there may be an accumulation of toxins in the body. This can affect your mental and physical well-being by causing an imbalance of doshas. With the help of panchakarma, these unwanted toxins stored in your body are flushed out. This helps in kickstarting the healing ability of your body. As a result, your physical strength and immunity increase.

What Is the Diet and Lifestyle Recommended During a Panchakarma Treatment?

You need to be careful about your diet when undergoing this therapy. During the preparatory phase, have foods that are easily digestible and do not cause bloating. If you have a low appetite, you may be asked to consume certain herbs to strengthen your metabolism. During the purificatory phase, you may be asked to eat a specific type of food according to the type of toxin identified in your body. Sour foods like tamarind and pineapple enable quick elimination of toxins from your body. After the therapy is the post-purification recovery phase. During this time, you need to have light foods like porridge and soups, which can be digested easily.

Additional read: How to Improve your Diet and Lifestyle with these Simple Ayurvedic Tips

Panchakarma is a purifying procedure that brings about positive changes in your physical, emotional and mental health. This healing process works towards restoring your innate balance. To understand this therapy even better, talk to ayurvedic specialists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an online doctor consultation and ask your queries from the comfort of your home before you opt for this ayurvedic treatment.

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/mid/NIHMS116241/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296337/
  3. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2009/707496/

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