The terms panchakarma treatment refer to a detoxification treatment in the form of ayurvedic purification. The meaning of Panchakarma is five therapies that help in eliminating the bad toxins from the body which include Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana. The series of these five therapies help remove deep-rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body, while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions).
Ayurveda, from time immemorial, focussed on anti-aging and rejuvenation programmes to prevent disease process and to maintain an optimum healthy state. During each season of the year, one or more of the doshas accumulate, which causes an imbalance and makes the body prone to illness. It involves five cleaning procedures. Panchakarma therapy removes the excess doshas and corrects imbalances in them as well as eliminates the harmful ama out of your system through the body's own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc). Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas and nasal administrations. It is a very pleasurable experience.
Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance. Panchakarma detoxification is done in two steps
1. Preparation stage that helps in liquefying the toxins and also eliminating them naturally
2. Elimination stage that helps in taking out the toxins after 3 to 7 days of treatment with vomiting and medicated enemas