Panchakarma

The main aim of treatment is to remove toxins from the body and healing from ourselves. Panchakarma, an ancient recognized therapeutic procedure, has great importance in Ayurveda. This therapy radiates the diseases and leaves no chance for relapse. This treatment has two functions: the first function is to lighten the body and the second function is to nourish the body. The lightening therapy is purificatory. It is pacifying and palliating the excess humours.

Panchakarma means five course action. They are: Vamana (emesis), Virechana (Purgation), Nasya or Shirovirechana ( sternutation), Niruha Bassti (Decoction enema), and Anuvasana Basti (oily enema). Susruta considers both basti as one course and adds Rakta Moksha (bloodletting using leeches) as the fifth course.

For easy elimination of humours, preliminary therapies are administered during each and every process. They are mainly (a) snehana or oleation and (b) fomentation or sweating. Oleation includes internal applications such as drinking medicated oil or medicated ghee etc., and external applications such as oil massage, oil bath, using oil on head etc.

Internal oleation is generally done before emesis and purgation. Sweating or fomentation includes touching with the heated solids, steam bath, massage with heated rice or leaf bundles (kizhi) . Oleation makes the body unctuous and improves the flow of humours by liquefying them. It also softens the channels of humours and hence it promotes the elimination of humours. Oleation produces unctuousness, softness and regulates the flow of fluids inside the body.

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