Panchakarma – Ayurveda’s Complete Detoxification and Cleansing
Panchakarma is Ayurveda's primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means "five therapies." These five procedures eliminate toxins from the body, and they are Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti, and Raktamoskshana. The series of these five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions).
Panchakarma is useful only if special detoxification diet is consumed along with the treatments. We at Ayurveda Retreat are acutely aware of this, and every individual undergoing Panchakarma receives special menu which is monitored every day by the doctor. Additional treatments may be recommended by the doctor and provided at no extra charge.
Vamana is a medicated emesis therapy which removes Kapha toxins collected in the body and the respiratory tract. It is given to people with high Kapha imbalance. Daily treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins to eliminate them finally.
Benefits of Vamana: Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Allergies, Hay Fever, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Hyperacidity, Chronic Indigestion Nasal Congestion, Edema, Obesity, Psychological disorders, Skin disorders.
Virechana is medicated purgation therapy which removes Pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gallbladder. It thoroughly cleanses the gastrointestinal tract. It is a safe procedure without side effects. Benefits of Virechana help root out Chronic Fever, Diabetes, Asthma, Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia Joint disorders, Digestive disorders, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Headaches, Elephantiasis and Gynecological disorders.
Basti (Enema or Colonic Irrigation)
Basti (Enema) is considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments. It cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, through the colon. Basti is also highly beneficial as a rejuvenating treatment. Medicated oil or ghee and an herbal decoction are given an enema to clean the colon and increase the muscle tone. This procedure is provided for several days, based on the medical condition of a person.
Benefits: For Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Colitis, Convalescence, Cervical Spondylosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Digestive disorders, Backache & Sciatica, Hepatomegaly & Splenomegaly, Obesity, Piles, Sexual Debility & Infertility.
Nasya (Nose Cleaning)
Nasya involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha toxins from the head and neck region. Based on the medical condition of a person, it can be given up to 30 days. The main benefits of Nasya benefits are Trigeminal Neuralgia, Bel's Palsy, improves memory & eye sight, insomnia, elimination of excess mucus, hyper pigmentation in the face, pre-mature graying of hair, clarity of voice, headaches of various origins, Hemiplegia, loss of smell and taste, frozen shoulder, migraine, stiffness of the neck, nasal allergies, nasal polyp, neurological dysfunctions, Paraplegiar and sinusitis.
Raktamokshana is a procedure to cleanse the blood and is advised only in extremely rare conditions. It is NOT advised during general Panchakarma. Most Ayurveda Centers including ours do not offer Raktamokshana due to the high risk of infection involved in blood cleansing.
PRAKRUTI – Your constitution or the nature of balance.
The Sanskrit prefix "pra" means "original" and "kruti" means "creation". A person's prakruti is the inherent balance of the three doshas at the moment of their creation. It is at this moment that a person's physiological and psychological tendencies become fixed.
The three doshas are the physiological forces of the body. A person's constitution is defined concerning the inherent balance of these three doshas. It is the interplay between these doshas that is responsible for both body type and personality.
To know a person's constitution is to understand their tendencies. If a person knows their tendencies, they can take the actions that keep their tendencies in check. A person who knows that they tend to feel cold, easily avoids becoming too cold by wearing more clothing or drinking warm beverages. To know your constitutional tendencies is to be empowered with the knowledge needed to create balance in your life.
Every living creature has all three doshas within them. We cannot exist without a certain amount of each. Kapha provides each of us with tissues, and pitta offers metabolic action and vata allows us to move and express ourselves. Our constitution is best defined in terms of the percentage of each energy within a person’s structure. In this way, there are not three types (vata, pitta or kapha), or even seven types (combinations), but an infinite number of combinations and permutations with no two people being exactly the same.
Some Factors influence the Prakruti include:
The mental state of our parents at the time of conception.
Genetic factors, including if someone comes from a family is proficient in art, music, teaching, or science. These traits can be passed down through generations.
Our age. Because we are so influenced by Kapha in childhood, Pitta in adulthood and Vata as we are older this can mask our original Prakruti.
Our ethnicity and nationality. People from various parts of the world have particular features associated with their country of origin.
The time of day and the season in which we were conceived.
VIKRUTI—THE NATURE OF THE IMBALANCE
Vikruti means "after creation." The Sanskrit root "vi" means "after" and the root word "kruti" means "creation." A person's vikruti is the state of the three doshas after the moment of conception.
Following the moment of conception, the human embryo is exposed to and altered by its environment. In a healthy environment, the embryo forms in an optimal manner. After birth, if the environment remains optimal, the child grows up healthy. However, in a less than optimal environment, the three doshas become disturbed and upset the normal physiology, resulting in the symptoms of disease.
In Ayurveda, when we talk about the vikruti of a patient, we are referring to the current state of the three doshas and how they are expressing themselves in the body and mind. Due to the less than optimal environment most of us find ourselves in, our vikruti helps us to understand the imbalances or symptoms that we are experiencing.
However, it should be understood that in an optimal environment, the vikruti and the prakruti are the same. In this state, tendencies exist in the body and the mind, but they are not expressing themselves in a manner that is causing a disturbance.
An essential goal of Ayurveda is to understand a person's vikruti and then understand what aspects of a person's environment have contributed to the disturbance. Once known, the goal is to correct the situation. In this context, environment refers to both what a patient takes in through their five senses as well as the nature of a patient's lifestyle. While knowing a person's prakruti is essential for understanding the most profound tendencies within a person, knowing a person's vikruti is essential for devising a treatment program. Practitioners should remember that we always treat the current state of the doshas.