Ayurveda science indicates that high stress is very harmful for the intestinal tract or gastrointestinal tract. Inflammation occurs due to an imbalance in the gastrointestinal tract and digestive function is also affected. Due to inflammation and digestion, waste material starts accumulating in the body and the body starts suffering from diseases. Along with this, many types of diseases are also born.
Through Panchakarma, the toxin is released from the body and the body becomes more active. Due to the release of toxins and the body becoming more active, they feel more energetic and also improve on mental level. Panchakarma naturally works to flush out the toxins from the body by strengthening the digestive system. Not only this, Panchakarma extracts waste from various parts of the body like lungs, bladder, sweat gland, stomach and intestine through Ayurvedic process.
There are two procedures before Panchakarma which must be completed. The first is oilation (applying oil to the body) and second fomentation (sweating from the body).
- Oil –
In the oiling process, oil is applied throughout the body. The body is massaged with oil in different ways. Doing this helps to flush out the toxins from the body.
- Formation –
In this process, sweat is released from the body. The toxins become soft in the oiling process and in the fumigation process these toxins become diluted or watery. The ionization process softens the hardened toxins, while fomentation helps to get it out of the body through perspiration.
There are five stages of Panchakarma therapy. These five steps are as follows –
First phase of Panchakarma therapy: vomiting
In this process vomiting is given. The body has to undergo an oil and fomentation process internally and externally for a few days. Both these processes have to be done until the toxins take liquid form. Apart from this, the entire toxin does not collect in the upper part of the body. This is followed by vomiting medicine.
Toxins are released from the tissues through vomiting. Vominal Ayurvedic treatment is very useful for those who have phlegm problems. Along with this, it is of great use for patients with asthma and obesity.
The second phase of Panchakarma therapy: purgation
Redirection is the process of excretion. In this process, the toxin is released from the intestine. This process also has to undergo an oilation and fomentation process. Herbs are fed in the purgation process, which act to flush out toxins from the intestine.
For people who have excess bile in their body, the purgation process proves very beneficial for those people. It is also very useful for patients with jaundice and colitis.
The third stage of Panchakarma therapy: nerve
The drug is administered through the nose in the nasal process, which helps to flush out toxins from the head area. For this procedure, light massage is done on the head and shoulders, in this process a drop is put in the nose, which helps in removing the waste material from the head. Bamigrain, headache and hair problem are relieved by the release of waste material from the head. The nasal procedure is great for removing phlegm from the nose and head.
Fourth stage of Panchakarma therapy: Anusavanasti
Anuvasanavasti is a unique Ayurvedic remedy. In this process some liquid beverages are used to remove toxins from the body. Liquid foods such as oil, milk and ghee are transported to the rectum. Anusavastasti is very useful in curing chronic disease.
This remedy is considered to be very good for a body with a high temperature. Along with this, it proves to be a panacea for arthritis, piles and constipation. Anuvasanavasti is considered very good for Vata, Pitta and Kapha all three doshas. This process is considered the basis of Panchakarma.
Fifth phase of Panchakarma therapy: blood transfusion
In hemorrhage, the body’s bad blood is cleaned. Blood transfusion process is very useful in protecting against diseases caused by bad blood. In this process, a particular part of the body or the bad blood of the whole body is cleaned. Hemorrhage is very beneficial in curing skin diseases like acne and eczema.
- Benefits of panchakarma
- Panchakarma releases toxins from the body and mind.
- Panchakarma improves health.
- Panchakarma strengthens disease resistance.
- Panchakarma prevents aging.
- Panchakarma brings comfort to the body.
- Panchakarma purifies the body completely.
- Panchakarma strengthens digestion.
- Panchakarma makes the tissues youthful and helps in losing weight
Disadvantages and Precautions of Panchakarma
Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatment is becoming very popular all over the world nowadays. It has proved very useful for people and has many benefits for health. Panchakarma is not harmful to the body in any way. But still some precautions must be taken before adopting Panchakarma therapy.
Precautions during Panchakarma
During this time, drink only hot water, take a bath with hot water and use hot water for other work also.
One should not sleep during the day during Panchakarma.
Excess temperature should be avoided during Panchakarma.
During Panchakarma one should not wake up till late night.
Do not take too much stress and do not exercise during Panchakarma.
The author is a Panchakarma specialist of Sri Lakshmi Narayan Ayurvedil College and Hospital, Lohgarh, Amritsar.