PANCHA KARMA (five actions) is a cleansing, balancing, healing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is renowned for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing. Panchakarma is not just a physical health boon for the world but more importantly a mental and spiritual health boon.
In “Charaka Samhita”, a renowned book about Ayurveda, “The Science of Life” Panchakarma is mentioned in a chapter that is aptly entitled “Siddhisthana” which means ‘the chapter related to perfection’. True classical Panchakarma is a tool for the highest perfection of the human being.
In Ayurveda every human being is a unique phenomenon of cosmic energy, which manifests itself thought the three basic elements or the “Tridosha” – Vata – Air, Pitta – Fire and Kapha – Water. Each individual’s constitution has its own unique balance of these three energies. When this “doshic” balance is disturbed it causes damage to normal bodily functions leading to various health disorders and diseases.
Panchakarma helps in reversing these negative effects of daily living. It can restore your natural state of health and wellness by cleansing your body from toxins, by bringing balance into your system and improving bodily function. It can also help you sustain this process by making positive changes in lifestyle.
The Panchakarma therapeutic process appears quite simple in its application. However, its effects are powerful and effective. Panchakarma is a unique, natural, holistic, health-giving series of therapeutic treatments that cleanse the body’s deep tissues of toxins, open the subtle channels, and bring life-enhancing energy thereby increasing vitality, inner peace, confidence and well-being. As the body is purified, the mind and heart can connect and sing one song (called yoga in Sanskrit).
There are five basic, cleansing procedures or ‘Shodhanas’ in Panchakarma
They are done with a Panchakarma Diet