The Sanskrit term Panchakarma means the five actions take to cleanse the toxic materials form the body. It rejuvenates our body, mind and soul. It is very effective for overall health and wellness. The other benefits are.... panchakarma reduces toxins from the body and mind; strengthens the resisting power; improves energy level, self reliance, vitality and also enhances mental strength.
It consists of Vamana (Emesis), Virechana (Purgation), Vasti(Enema), Nasya(Nasal Application of Herbal Medicines) and Raktomoksha (Blood-letting).
Vamana (Emesis) is a process of therapeutic vomiting. A drink sould be taken which is a mixture of licorice, honey or calamus root tea, cardamom and salt is given to the patient. It helps to eliminate the toxic or waste materials from the stomach.
Virechana (Purgation) is the process of removing the waste substances from the intestine. It also cleans sweat glands, kidneys, colon, liver, stomch and spleen. It cures pitta which controls the diseases. Various types of laxative herbs are used here like dandelion root, prune, castoroil, senna, bran etc. This course is generally used to treat skin disorders, piles, worms, jaundice, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fever, gastrointestinal problems and so on.
Vasti is used to treat several forms of vata diseases like arthritis, gout, sciatica, rheumatism. In addition it also cures constipation, chronic fever, sexual disorders, vomiting, hyper acidity, heart and neck pain, backache etc.
Nasya is the application of medicinal herbs through nose. It is used to heal kapha related ailments like bronchitis, migraine, sinuses. There are few kinds of nasya, ie. Nutritional Nasya, Virechan, Nasal massage, Oil Nasya, Sedative Nasya and Nasya decoctions.
Raktomoksha (Blood-letting) process is used to purify the blood. It removes toxins from the blood flow due to numerous skin disorders such as acne, rash, eczema etc. It also cures liver and spleen enlargement. But blood letting process should not be given to the patients of anemia, edema and weakness.