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Panchakarma treatment in Kerala is one that is much regarded and preferred, and has remained to be a major attractive element for people all over the world. Panchakarma is a stream of Ayurvedic treatment that is practiced and performed to detoxify and make one’s body free from toxins. At Samwarthika Ayurveda Hospital in Kerala, India, we help our clients reap the best benefits out of Panchakarma treatment. Panchakarma as the name suggests, i.e, ‘Pancha’ which means 5, and ‘Karma’ which means actions, is in fact five methods of actions performed in accordance with Ayurveda to get the desired results. These 5 actions are performed to purify your body from harmful toxins. The primary objective is therefore to expel these undesirable toxins from one’s system. These 5 bio-cleansing karmas are Vamana (emesis-for kaphaja associated disorders) dosha, Virechana (purgation-pitha associated disorders), Vasthi (enema-vatha associated disorders), Nasya (nasal drops-head and neck associated disorders), and finally Raktamokshana (bloodletting-blood associated disorders). Apart from these 5 procedures, Panchakarma also has 3 major stages of treatment. They are Poorvakarma, Pradhanakarma, and Paschathkarma. Poorvakarma is performed prior to the main treatment which is the Pradhanakarma and finally, Paschathkarma which is done post-treatment.

5 Panchakarma Treatment Therapies

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Vamana

Vamana means to induce the feeling of vomiting in a person. In fact, it is a bio-cleansing measure meant to eliminate various impurities that get accumulated in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, Vamana is a treatment of choice in Kapha disorders. The procedure has to be performed in the morning. In addition to that, the medicines for Vamana have to be administered in a proper measurement with respect to one’s age, strength, constitution, season, etc. After the procedure, the patient is advised to clean their mouth and face with warm water. A semi-solid diet preferably rice gruel is recommended to be given to the one under treatment.

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Virechana

Virechana is the procedure in which the vitiated doshas are eliminated through the anal path. This is the treatment of choice for Pitha predominant conditions. The medicine for purgation is to be taken by the person early in the morning. It will be better if they are on an empty stomach. Furthermore, the process of purgation usually begins in three hours. If the patient experiences thirst or that the urge for evacuation does not seem to be sufficient, they can be provided with warm water, that too in small doses. Finally, when the evacuation of the bowel is completed, it is recommended that the patient gets to rest.

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Vasthi

Vasthi is the procedure by which the medicines are held in suspension and administered through one’s rectum or genitourinary tract using vasthiyanthra. In fact, it is the most important procedure among the other panchakarma procedures and therefore the most appropriate remedial measure for vatha dosha. The nozzle of the vasthiyanthra is gently inserted into one’s anal canal up to the desired length. A patient is requested to lie down in a particular position. Further, the herbal medicine mixture is later gently squeezed in with uniform pressure. The patient is later on allowed to lie down in a supine position till he or she feels an urge to excrete. Next, after the evacuation of the bowel, the patient may take a hot water bath and then maintain a semi-solid diet.
The process of administrating medicated oil through the anal or genitourinary route is called Snehavasthi. This can be given on a daily basis and is totally harmless. It is a type of Snehavasthi and its indications are quite similar to that of Snehavasthi. Matravasthi is the method of administration of medicated oil in a small dosage. Likewise, the dosage may vary according to the disease condition, patient’s condition, etc.

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Nasya

The process of administration of medicines through nostrils is called nasya. Nasya is mainly indicated in aggravated and accumulated doshas of the head and neck. Likewise, oil in a slightly warmer form is instilled in the prescribed dose for each nostril. A gentle massage is to be performed on the plantar and palmar regions, shoulder, and back. The patient is later allowed to spit if they feel any discomfort due to the presence of oil in the throat. Finally, after completing this procedure, the oil on the face is to be wiped off. Besides, the patient is advised to take complete rest after this process. Gargling with hot water and dhoomapana, which is in fact the inhalation of medicated smoke through one’s mouth, is advised in some cases after the nasya treatment.

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Rakthamokshana

Rakthamokshana is the procedure of eliminating impure and toxic blood from the patient’s body by using non-poisonous jalooka or what we commonly call – leech, puncturing the vein (siravedham) or oozing out blood with special instruments (sringam/couping therapy). The leech sucks out the impure and toxic blood from the patient’s body thus detoxifying it.

What are the benefits of Panchakarma Treatment?

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The benefits of panchakarma treatment are many. The 5 procedures involved in the treatment effectively remove toxic components from one’s body. furthermore, patient shall better get benefitted from the goodness of medication and their prescribed Ayurvedic Diet. As a result, it not only improves one’s physical health but also their mental wellness. Panchakarma is known for its capacity to restore the complete balance of your health. in addition to having a better state of health, it also enables the body to adopt resilience to toxins and diseases by building a rigid immune system. Furthermore, with good health and peace of mind, one tends to stay away from stress and this will result in bringing down your process of aging. Therefore, you get to experience a complete rejuvenation for not only your body but also your soul. as a result, getting a panchakarma treatment from samwarthika Ayurveda Hospital will contribute to your overall well-being and improved fitness.

Can Panchakarma Treatment help weight loss?

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Panchakarma treatment helps in the complete detoxification of your body. This will also have an effect on your body mass and weight. moreover, out of the five karmas that we perform during panchakarma treatment in Kerala, Vamana, Virechana, and Vasthi help in tossing out the toxins in your digestive tracts thus enabling healthy digestion for your system. Besides helping with your Weight Loss journey, these actions or karma can also help one fight health problems caused by cancer, fertility issues, pcos, joint issues, diabetes, hypothyroid, etc. One will face a certain amount of energy immediately after the completion of these processes and the body will certainly go to a fragile pod form. Therefore, one will have to be extremely careful when it comes to diet practices and the body will require intensive care. To ensure this, your panchakarma practitioner will assign you a set of dietary plans and instructions to follow. with your body being detoxified and purified, following the diet will help you with your Weight Loss journey, and with prolonged practice, you can easily regulate your body weight as well.

How long does Panchakarma Treatment take?

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A well-performed and correctly executed panchakarma treatment in Kerala will take more than 43 days. Besides, depending upon the health condition and stability of the patient’s immune system, the days might increase or decrease accordingly. Whereas what you look up to is more like a retreat to detoxify your system and if you are someone with fair health, you can effectively get your panchakarma treatment completed in around 4 weeks. Whatever be your objective for treatment, every patient will have to go through the three major stages of panchakarma treatment to attain its benefits. The first being the warm-up stage where the patient and their body will be made adaptive to the treatment measures, the second being the stage where the body is completely detoxified and cleaned and finally the third being the phase of rejuvenation and recovery.

How often should you do Panchakarma?

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The answer to this question is that it is subjective and varies from person to person. The major scale for measuring this is indeed one’s health conditions and bodily state. For a fairly healthy person, the treatment of panchakarma can be availed once every year to regulate their immunity and to detoxify their body. With more serious health conditions, it is better to seek the advice of our expert panchakarma practitioners. Panchakarma can also be performed on a seasonal basis and even this seems to bring great benefits to patients. Besides, the first stage of any illness is when you yourselves start feeling an imbalance in your body. For instance, you can also get a panchakarma when you yourself feel the need to get a retreat.

Are there any side effects for Panchakarma?

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The answer to this question is quite ambiguous in nature. Besides, Ayurveda is a treatment method that is administered in a specific method, and in order to reap the benefits, the patient will have to make alterations in their lifestyle practices as well. On the contrary, there can be side effects if they fail to keep up with the instructions given to them. Moreover, the success of the treatment solely depends upon the quality of the physician and the determination of the patient. Samwarthika Ayurveda Hospital employs only the best-qualified panchakarma practitioners for performing your panchakarma treatment in Kerala, India. Besides, we also provide the right instruction for our patients and ensure that they never stay out of their spirit. Moreover, panchakarma treatment delivers long-lasting results only if the patient goes through and follows the manual provided to them. Likewise, if they fail to do so, they might face some after-effects.