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Panchakarma - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Derived from the Sanskrit word Panchakarma means the “five actions” or “five treatments”. This is one of the critical processes in Ayurveda that is used to clean the body of toxic materials. Thanks to the lifestyle we follow our body finds it difficult to get rid of the harmful toxins naturally. Panchakarma treatment does this effectively. An individual’s poor dietary habits, no exercise patterns, lifestyle have changed a lot, and as a result, the hormones and agents which regulate the body’s inherent richness have become redundant. This can lead to the spread of toxins throughout the body resulting in various diseases. The waste matter is known as “ama” in Ayurveda. Ama is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful fluid that needs to be completely removed from the body. Panchakarma aims to do that and correct the imbalances by eliminating the adverse amas out of your system. The treatment basically involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. It is a very pleasurable and rejuvenating experience for both the body and the soul. Ayurveda would recommend Panchakarma as a traditional treatment for maintaining a good physical hygiene and mental balance. Many of the ayurvedic treatments channel panchakarma and form the base in all its therapy methods. Due to this nature, the treatments are widely popular all over the globe.

How is the treatment done?

Panchakarma is often called a five-fold therapy. It is customized to suit every individual, based on the needs of the person. It varies a lot and depends on the Ayurvedic constitutional type, the individual’s doshic imbalances, age, digestive strength and immune strength. Depending on the needs, all or only parts of the five therapies are utilized. Sometimes two or three of the therapies are linked together to form the basis of the treatment. Some of the treatments can include “Abhyanga”. This is an individually prepared herbal-oil massage designed to deeply penetrate deep into the skin and relax the mind and body. They also help in the breakup of the impurities and vastly help in the removal of the stagnant waste from the body. Shirodhara is a treatment where warm herbalized oil is poured over the forehead systematically and methodically. They are beneficial in synchronizing the brain waves and have a calming effect on the body as a whole. Garshana treatments consist of dry skin brushing with either soft wool or a silk glove. The purpose of this treatment is to enhance blood circulation and clean the skin of impurities. Swedana is an herbalized steam bath, during which the head and the heart are kept cool while the body is heated systematically to remove the physical toxins accumulated deep within the tissues. Pizichili is the most famous forms and involves a continuous stream of warm herbalized oil poured over the body and massaged in perfect unison. The warmth of the oil penetrates deep into the tissues and rejuvenates the entire body.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Ayurvedic treatments have been tested and perfected across centuries. They are extremely safe, and the treatments can be taken up by anyone irrespective of the age. Middle aged people are better candidates for such treatments as they are more prone to the physical strains of their day to day life.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Pregnant women and people who are older than 75 can avoid these treatments as some of the herbal remedies might not suit them. On the whole, Ayurveda is one of the safest forms of treatment and can be undertaken by anyone.

Are there any side effects?

No, there are no side effects. Initially, after the treatment, your body might experience a temperature rise and sudden fever. But this is a natural phenomenon as this is your body’s way of getting rid of the toxins. Few individuals can experience cold for few days as the herbs, and the oil use can cool your body. But these symptoms are very much temporary and should heal within a few days.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You might be asked to take herbal tonics or herbal syrups for a few days after the treatment. You might be asked to change your diet patterns so that the herbal remedies work effectively. Apart from these, there are no specific guidelines to follow. Your Ayurvedic doctor would be the best person to suggest on this based on your body pattern.

How long does it take to recover?

No, there is no recovery period involved, and you can get back to your regular duties immediately post the treatment. Usually, these types of remedies are done in sessions. Hence make sure that you follow these sessions religiously as a break in the pattern cannot get the results that you desire.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The treatment plans can consist of multiple sessions, and these can range between 1,200 INR to 1,500 INR per day. Also, ensure that these treatments and therapies are done at professional ayurvedic centers and which has been existence for a long time. These can make all the difference in getting your body supple and free of toxins.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

No, the results of the treatment are not permanent. It depends on a lot of factors like your lifestyle, work nature, your diet, etc. It is best recommended to have these types of treatments once or twice a year for better benefits. The success of the therapies depends on how much you change your lifestyle and your dietary habits.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are many alternatives to these treatments, but most of them do follow the same baseline of the Panchakarma therapies. Most of them are massage based, and you can opt for an ayurvedic massage which is similar to them.

Safety: Very High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Very Low Side Effects: Very Low Recovery Time: Very Low Price Range: RS. 1200 -1500 per day

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