11 Feb

Benefits of Panchakarma

Panchakarma, the five modes of purification is the unique specialty of Ayurveda. It is the best solution for cleansing or detoxifying the body as mentioned in Ayurveda. The 5 purification procedures are Vamana (Emesis), Virechana (Purgation), Vasti (Enema), Nasya (Instillation of medicine through nostril) & Raktamokshana (Blood letting). These are specially designed five procedures of internal purification of the body through the nearest possible route.There are horde of benefits of Panchakarma. Panchakarma permits the biological system to return to normalcy & to rejuvenate rapidly & also facilitates the desired pharmacokinetic & therapeutic effects of medicines administered thereafter. It has a full therapy role as promotive, preventive & curative procedure.

The benefits of panchakarma is not merely for purification therapy, but it also has wider range of therapeutics such as Brimhana (nourishing), Lekhana (scrapping), Stambhana (stiffening), Rasayana (rejuvenative), Vrishya (aphrodisiac) etc. Besides the application in treatment of diseases, they are also used as preparatory measures before surgery, administration of the rejuvenation therapy, aphrodisiac therapy and internal administration of mercurial & metallic preparations. It is perhaps the most misunderstood of all the Ayurveda practices and is often perceived as another system of oil massage by ignorance.

The treatment order goes like: Poorva karma (Pre operative procedures) including Deepana- Pachana (Digestive & Carminative), Snehana (Oleation) & Swedana (Sudation). Pradhana karma (Operative procedures) includes Vamana, Virechana, Niruha vasti, Anuvasana vasti & Nasya. Paschat karma (Post operative procedures) includes Samsarjana karma (Dietory restriction), Rasayanadi karma (Rejuvinative therapy) & Shamana prayoga (Palliative therapy). Susruta included Raktamokshana (Blood letting) under Pradhana Karma & merged Niruha & Anuvasana into one as Vasti. Peyadi Samsarjana karma is included under Paschat karma. Also read about Rasayana Chikitsa.

Treatments in Panchakarma

Before we learn more about the benefits of Panchakarma, here is a brief of each treatment in Panchakarma.

1. Vaman:

An internal and external oleation and fomentation treatment is given to the patient for some days. This treatment is a mix of ayurvedic medicines together with some natural therapies. This causes toxins within to get melted and get accumulated in the upper cavities. After this phase the patient is given decoction and emetic medicine that cause vomiting enabling to eliminate toxins out of the body cells. This Vaman treatment is particularly best for kapha-dominated conditions, such as weight gain, asthma and hyperacidity.

2. Virechan:


Here in Virechan, purgation or disposal of toxins occurs through cleansing of the bowels. Like Vaman here the patient is given both inside and outside oleation and fomentation treatments as well. Then the patient is given natural purgative that which encourage clearing of the guts and helps in washing-off the body of toxins. This type of treatment is prescribed for pitta -dominated conditions, such as herpes zoster, jaundice , colitis, celiac infection etc.

3. Basti:

This treatment is particularly helpful in chronic diseases. Depending on the nature of disease, home grown decoctions, oils, ghee or milk are managed. According to the nature of disease, home grown decoctions, oils, ghee or milk is induced into the rectum which shows up incredible positive effects. This is very much powerful against vata-dominated conditions, such as arthritis, piles and constipation.

4. Nasya:


The Nasya treatment is effective in curing any ailment in the head area. At first, the head and shoulder areas are lightly massaged and fomented. Then, nasal drops are poured in both the nostrils. This aids cleaning of the whole head area and diminishes different sorts of cerebral pain, headache, hair issues, sleep disorder, neurological disorders, sinusitis , chronic rhinitis and other respiratory ailments.

5. Raktamokshan:

The treatment helps in blood purification and other viable diseases caused due of impure blood. It can be done locally or for the whole body. This treatment is especially valued for different skin infections, like psoriasis, dermatitis, and further more in local lesions such as abscesses and pigmentation.

Some of the benefits of Panchakarma are:

  • Helps to balance Tridoshas (3 vital functional humors)
  • Helps to restore metabolic power.
  • Enhances mental clarity, awareness & forgiveness.
  • Eliminates toxins from body.
  • Strengthens tissue functions.
  • Decreases alcohol, tobacco etc drug dependence.
  • Slow down the ageing process.
  • Increases life span, facilitates tolerance & improves life span.
  • Helps to follow healthy diet & life style.
  • Enhances the complexion, skin glow, luster & immunity.
  • Boosts up immunity & energy level.
  • Improves strength, endurance, energy & vitality.

Panchakarma treatments not only eliminate the disease causing toxins but also revitalizes the tissues. Now a day, a major portion of population are falling victim to the adverse effects of stress and anxiety, which leads to diseases like improper digestion, lack of sleep, allergies, heart diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, cancer, osteoporosis etc. These diseases caused mainly due to deeply seated metabolic toxins from the body, allowing permanent healing of tissues & channels.

The therapy is a preventive option for healthy people to maintain and improve excellent cellular function and also curative for those suffering from diseases. It is a useful modality of treatment in preserving & promoting the perfect health. It is a highly complex and sophisticated science of purification of the body or mind channel systems. According to Ayurveda, undergoing Panchakarma at the seasonal changes to purify the body, relax the mind, improve the digestion and metabolism. Check out Ayurveda Treatments in Kerala.

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