Panchakarma In Ayurveda, cures have been considered healthy and rejuvenating for thousands of years.
Ayurveda is the knowledge of long and healthy life. This knowledge is more than 5,500 years old and was originally provided by Vaidya to Vaidya passed on. A Vaidya is an Ayurveda doctor and the word Vaidya is derived from the Sanskrit term Veda. The Veda is the holy scripture, which also includes Ayurveda. By the way, the word Veda is the origin of our word knowledge. Our German language is an Indo-European language, so many of our words have their origins in Indian. Welcome Home!
What does Panchakarma mean?Panchakarma means five actions in its translation. Some translations also say five activities. But it is always about five different methods with which toxins, pollutants and impurities are removed from the body. These are:
- Nasal irrigation
Ama - the origin of every disease
Why does something have to be diverted? A Panchakarma cure aims only to remove pollutants, toxins and metabolic residues, called ama, like garbage. But how does it all get into us? It is practically impossible these days to stop absorbing toxins and pollutants. Not even if you live on an alpine pasture all year round and eat an Ayurvedic diet. We have now enriched water, air and earth with so many pollutants - we breathe them in, drink them and ingest them with our food. In addition, if you eat the wrong thing at the wrong time, ama also forms in the body. Your body simply cannot digest a warm main meal with meat or fish in the evening without leaving any residue. Only a body in which everything has been digested without leaving any residue is a perfectly healthy body. But who can say that about themselves? In Ayurveda it doesn't say you are what you eat. No, it means:
You are what you digest!
You can think of your metabolism like a well-functioning garbage disposal. Everything that is no longer needed is transported away and excreted via the intestines during the next bowel movement. Everything is clean, everything is good. However, the metabolic residues that did not make it to the garbage disposal because business was closed then remain in the body. And that's what Ayurveda calls Ama.
This is how Ama is made
- Eat before the previous meal is digested
- Too many food
- Snacks between meals
- Eating hard to digest in the evening
- Animal protein, especially in the evening
- Alcohol, nicotine, drugs
- Fast food and old groceries
- Ice-cold drinks with meals
- Destructive way of life
- Irregular lifestyle
- Destructive Thoughts (Spiritual Ama)
If you have a lot of ama in your body, you get sick. This is where the origin of every disease can be found.
Typical diseases caused by too much ama
- Coronary heart disease
- Metabolic disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Limb or joint pain
- Flatulence and bloating after eating
- Fatigue, exhaustion, lack of energy
- Inflammation of the joints, skin or organs
- Heartburn, acid regurgitation and many more.
The good news for you: Ama can be eliminated again with a Panchakarma cure. Depending on the amount, it may not start with the first treatment, but you will feel better with each repetition. In Ayurveda it is said that if you take three cures every year, you will never get sick.
Course of a Panchakarma cure
Initial examination and medical history
The Vaidya, the Ayurveda doctor or Ayurveda therapist take their time. An initial consultation usually lasts an hour, something like that is completely unthinkable in Western medicine. Pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis and iris diagnosis are important sources of information to find out the relationship between Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Medical reports and examination results, if available, are also included.
Preparation - the ghee days
Once the diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is recorded. In the vast majority of cases, the Ayurveda cure begins with the intake of liquid ghee, the Ayurvedic concentrated butter. The amount increases from day to day and depends on the Ama load and constitution. The ghee already dissolves the first toxins because it penetrates deep into the tissue via the intestines.
The draining treatments
If the body and mind are prepared, no additional stress should be added during the next few days. The days should be spent in rest and relaxation, the diet comes from Ayurvedic cuisine and should be easy to digest. Now you can start loosening and draining the slag and blockages.
The five elimination procedures
A Panchakarma cure is not a wellness treatment, you have to be aware of that. This cure can be quite exhausting, because letting go of metabolic residues, i.e. Ama, as the Ayurveda experts say, can lead to headaches and fatigue. But that is quite normal and a good sign. Because then you know something will happen!
Description of the five elimination procedures
Depending on the diagnosis of the Ayurveda specialist, the herbal mixtures are composed differently. The aim is to empty the bowel and calm the doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. At the same time the intensity of the digestive fire Agni is calmed down.
2nd enema (Basti)
Another very effective treatment for cleansing is colon enemas. In a Panchakarma cure, the enemas consist of warm, medicated sesame oil and / or herbal teas. Since the colon is the seat of Vata, enemas have a very calming effect on Vata. The treatment is carried out calmly, with plenty of time and in complete silence. After a long period of rest, you can get rid of everything in the toilet.
3. Nasal irrigation (nasya)
In the word Nasya we can again find an Indo-European connection to our word nose! The nose is the free entry into our head, which is why a Nasya treatment works directly on the nasal cavities and the central nervous system. A nasya is an elaborate treatment that begins with a massage of the face and then continues with nasal oils, herbal vapors or herbal smoke.
4. Emetics (Vamana)
Most people feel uncomfortable with vomiting, or at least very, very uncomfortable. If you have no problem with this, you should speak to your Ayurveda therapist, because vomiting is very healing from an Ayurvedic point of view.
5. Bloodletting (Rakta Mokshan)
Nowadays, at least here in Europe, this is generally avoided. So these five actions or activities are the basis of every Ayurvedic Panchakarma regimen. But the best is yet to come: the oil massages and stamp massages!
Ayurveda massage with oil and herbal compresses
Ayurveda massage with oil and herbal compresses
A very effective method of removing waste products and metabolic residues from the body is an Ayurvedic oil massage. Traditionally, this massage is performed synchronously by two Ayurveda therapists, with the two of them massaging your body with exactly the same movements and releasing everything that has to come out through the skin. The Panchakarma cure has different massages, all of which have the same goal: with the help of the oil, Ama is massaged over the skin.
The whole body is massaged synchronously with oil from top to bottom according to a special procedure. The pressure and the choice of oil depends on your Dosha constitution and your symptoms. An Abhyanga is usually found to be very beneficial and relaxing.
A herbal paste based on chickpea flour and individually composed herbs is rubbed vigorously over the skin. This accelerates the elimination of metabolic residues and you have velvety soft skin afterwards.
The forehead shower with warm herbal oil is the most famous Ayurvedic treatment. Usually the warm oil is poured very slowly over the forehead for 30 minutes. The deep relaxation contributes to the fact that you can also heal on a spiritual and spiritual level.
This full body oil treatment is also known as the royal Ayurveda treatment. From a container that hangs from the ceiling, warm oil flows incessantly over your body, which is gently massaged in by two therapists at the same time and is constantly a little warmer. Simply royal!
Herbal Compress (Pinda Sveda)
Sore joints and parts of the body can be specifically treated with these herbal stamps. Cooked special rice, individual herbal mixtures and oils are filled in a linen bag and tied tightly. The painful areas are treated with pressure and circular movements.
SvedanaThe Ayurvedic sauna works like the Finnish sauna with heat, but much more gently. The patient lies on a perforated couch through which warm herbal steam flows. A semicircular hinged lid ensures that the steam envelops the body for as long as possible. The head, however, looks out and is cooled to make the procedure comfortable.
Ayurvedic cuisine - the ideal diet for a cure
One of the main ingredients of Ayurvedic cuisine is love and joy! If you are doing an authentic Ayurveda regimen, the cook will do everything to ensure that you are happy while you eat. During a Panchakarma cure, this means that you eat almost fat-free, do not consume bread and, of course, eat vegetarian food. A talented Ayurveda cook can conjure up the most delicious dishes with everything that is now available, which will delight and purify your body. These are heavenly prospects!
Who is Panchakarma for?
Basically everyone can do a Panchakarma cure. In Ayurveda it is said that up to the age of 80 it is not a problem at all, and after that even if the person feels strong enough. After operations or severe psychological stress, however, you should wait three months and become stable again. An Ayurvedic cure is very pleasant, especially the massages, but detoxifying the metabolic system can be quite exhausting. Even with acute inflammation one should not do a Panchakarma cure, because the organism is already running at full speed and should not be additionally burdened. But Ayurveda can help here too. Every Ayurveda doctor can recommend herbal preparations that are restorative, calming or invigorating for such cases.
Ayurveda is the science of a long and healthy life. This knowledge is available to you for your well-being!