The Benefits of Panchakarma
Panchakarma is a means of flushing ama (toxins) out of the body. It is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. This five-fold therapy is targeted to the specific needs of the individual, depending on their Ayurvedic constitutional type, their doshic imbalances, age, digestive strength, immune status, and many other factors. All or only parts of the five therapies may be utilized.
These involve oil massages, steam therapy, herbal enemas, nasal administrations of herbs and oils, and/or gentle laxatives and emetics. All of these techniques cleanse the body of the ama that the tissues have absorbed, and which can contribute to illness. One of the most effective healing processes in Ayurvedic medicine, Panchakarma, detoxifies the body, strengthens the immune system, and restores balance and well-being. By activating the body’s organs of elimination—sweat glands, lungs, bladder/ urinary tract, stomach, intestines, colon— Panchakarma rejuvenates body, mind, and spirit.
Panchakarma treatments can usually be given over a period of a minimum of three days to one month’s duration and they are administered in the office of an Ayurvedic practitioner, where you can go for daily treatments. Whether you choose a short or long treatment, you should endeavour to clear or lighten your schedule so that you can focus on supporting your body and mind when it lets go of what it doesn’t need, such as old patterns of behaviour, unwanted beliefs, and emotions.
Panchakarma therapy begins with a private consultation with our qualified Ayurvedic physician Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari who determines your prakriti (mind-body constitution) and prescribes the therapies best suited to your imbalances and health concerns (if any). Trained therapists administer the procedures as per the guidelines of an Ayurvedic doctor.