What is Panchakarma?


Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments.” Panchakarma aims to cleanse the body of toxic materials that have been built up, left by diseases, and poor nutrition. Your body should be able to remove waste materials on its own, but through repeated dietary slips, poor exercise routines, lifestyle, and genetic predispositions, the bodies metabolism, hormones, and natural processes become disorganized and out of balance.

Panchakarma therapies come in five-fold. Each individual is assessed according to their unique make-up and one or all of the therapies are used based on need.

The five therapies are Vamana (vomiting), Virechana (purging), Basti (enemas), Nasya (nasal drops), and Raktamokshana (blood letting).

These purifying techniques are used to remove undigested, unabsorbed, unassimilated foods and to prevent diseases. Panchakarma therapies are especially recommended during the changing of the seasons.

Treatments have been shown to:

• Strengthen metabolic function and tissues

• Improve mental clarity

• Reduce stress and increase relaxation

• Increase skins glow and luster

• Rejuvenate mind and body

• Slow the ageing process

• Boost the bodies immunity and energy level

• Improve overall strength and endurance

• Help balance your doshas (what makes up your constitution)