Panchakarma is a seasonal Ayurvedic detox regimen. It is done usually once a year and can help you with realigning any imbalances in your doshas (or your bio-elements). Panchakarma has both mental and physical benefits. Ayurveda believes that doing this when an individual is feeling the pangs of an illness coming on is one of the best times to reset the body’s own natural biorhythms.
Panchakarma derives from Sanskrit meaning “five actions.” Panchakarma is used as mentioned above to rid the body of toxins, when the body has sort of maxed out its ability to do so naturally. This happens primarily when we do not take care of ourselves. Poor diet and lack of exercise are factors that can lead to this.
Panchakarma’s five-fold treatment works around the individual constitution inclusive of one’s age, dosha imbalances, as well as immune and digestive strength. Once these have been zeroed in, the Panchakarma cleanse can begin. Cutting to the chase though, the treatment in and of itself is very relaxing, and at a bare bones level can help you feel amazing. Let’s get to it.
Like with most treatments, Panchakarma should be prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor to you. The doctor will also prescribe to you a Panchakarma diet which aims at prepping you for the following treatments. This diet consists of healthy fats (ghee), steamed veggies and lean protein that help stimulate the liver and digestive systems in your body removing harmful bacteria.
Panchakarma Massage and Deep Tissue Cleanse
- Panchakarma involves massages such as Abhyanga, which is a herbal-oil based massage used as a deep tissue cleanser, which helps relax the body and mind as well as get rid of toxins.
- Garshana is another type of massage, you can read more about its benefits which you can read about if you click the link.
- Swedana is an herbal steam bath where the head and the chest area are cooled but the rest of your body is steamed. This increases circulation in the body, thereby allowing a natural detox process to facilitate itself.
- Udvartana is a herbal paste massage and cleanse. This is used to break up dead cells and tissue on the surface of your skin and exfoliate it. All the while removing toxins and dirt from your body.
- Basti occurs at the final part of the Panchakarma treatment. This is a herbal enema that pulls toxins from the colon. These impurities are flushed from the body with the enema, and is one part in a Panchakarma treatment for weight loss.
The Panchakarma cleanse is one of the best ways to reset your body’s natural rhythms physically, mentally and spiritually.