Panchakarma Treatment – Questions and Answers

What is Panchakarma treatment?

Panchakarma treatment is a set of five treatment procedures followed in Ayurveda in Ayurvedic treatments. They are –
1. Vamana  – (Emesis therapy)

2. Virechana – (Purgation therapy)

3 & 4. Basti – (two types of rectal enema)

5. Nasya (Nasal drops)

Can anyone have Panchakarma treatment?

Except a few categories of people like too elderly people, children, pregnant woman etc, anyone can have Panchakarma treatments.

Can a normal person without any diseases have Panchakarma treatments?

Yes, even a healthy person can have Panchakarma treatment for proper health maintenance for  a long time.

Can I do Panchakarma myself?

Self medication is dangerous, be it any medicine system. Panchakarma is a job of the specialist. Hence it is to be had under the supervision of an expert Ayurvedic doctor.

Does it require hospitalization? Do I need to get admitted to Ayurvedic hospital to have Panchakarma treatment?

You need not necessarily get admitted to Ayurvedic hospital to have Panchakarma treatments. You can come to the Ayurvedic clinic / Ayurvedic hospital when the Ayurvedic doctor calls you and go back home after finishing the treatment.

Can I go to work, while I am on Panchakarma treatment?

If your work does not involve much of physical activity, then you can definitely go to work, while you are on Panchakarma treatment. Generally a person undergoing Panchakarma would need some rest.
Can I decide about the choice of Panchakarma?
Choosing the effective Panchakarma treatment is the job of a specialist Ayurvedic doctor. So, you can enjoy the treatment rather than worrying about the selection of the treatment. ?

What are the preparatory procedure to Panchakarma treatment ?

There are very simple preparatory procedures to Panchakarma treatment like correction of digestive power, etc, which your Ayurvedic doctor will explain you in detail.

What are the post Panchakarma procedure?

After undergoing Panchakarma treatment, there is a set of diet and lifestyle rules to be followed for a period of 3 – 7 days to enjoy the maximum benefits of Panchakarma.

Does Panchakarma alone will cure disease?

By Panchakarma treatment, more than 50 – 60 % of Ayurvedic treatment gets completed. But to treat the disease completely, Ayurvedic medicines will be required for a specific amount of time.

Do I require to undergo all the five Panchakarma procedures?

  • If you are suffering with a disease and your doctor decides on a one or two of the five Panchakarma treatments, then that is sufficient.
  • If you are a healthy person, then consult a doctor and get his advice. In most of the cases, not all the five are required.
  • Usually one or two Panchakarma treatments are advised.

How long a total Panchakarma therapy course may take?

Depends upon your health, disease condition and doctors advice – usually 5 – 15 days.

Generally who can not have Panchakarma therapy?

Pregnant woman, kids,  elders –  are advised not to have Panchakarma treatment.

For a healthy person, what are the benefits of Panchakarma?

For a healthy person, Panchakarma treatment helps to

  • Maintain, gain weight or lose weight (based on the person’s needs),
  • To get rid of pimples or other seasonal skin infections
  • To get rid of seasonal respiratory conditions like common cold, fever etc.
  • Improve immunity
  • Helps in rejuvenation and relaxation.
  • Helps relieve from any body toxins, free radicals etc.
  • Improves the health of sense organs.
  • Supports normal hormonal balance etc.

Beauty Therapy

Beauty Treatments at Ayurveda Retreat

We offer beauty treatments that are derived from the ancient texts of Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Sutras for the mind, body and soul. They are carefully selected and prescribed by the doctor. Many ancient temples in India display the most beautiful carvings of women enjoying these beauty treatments.

 Ayurveda and Beauty

As in any holistic medicine, inner and outer radiance and aging are closely related. The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally, regardless of our particular body shape or proportions. Ayurveda emphasizes beauty as being a product of the four dimensions, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional, with very high importance given to self-knowledge, positive environment, development of positive routines and habits.

The secret in retaining youth and beauty is ensuring the proper circulation of vital life fluids and the regular discharge of waste materials through therapies such as Panchakarma and Kaya Chikitsa.

Nothing helps the body more than a routine care and nurturing through tools such as massage. In the Ayurvedic tradition, massage is considered just as essential to overall health and beauty as good diet and positive lifestyle.

An Ayurvedic facial massage activates deep centers of the brain, reflex points and facial circulation to totally soothe the body. Tensions in the neck, shoulders and face are freed and energy is rebalanced from head to toe. Herbal extracts and essential oils are to be added for their additional healing properties and pleasant fragrances.

 Using an Ayurvedic Diet to keep yourself beautiful

Ayurvedic diet comprises of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and other naturally fiber-rich and wholesome food that not only provide lasting energy throughout the day but keep the body toned and radiant. Fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive tract by providing bulk, which in turn helps eliminate toxins and waste.

When the intestines are regularly cleaned, the body does not become overloaded with digested material that would otherwise seek elimination through the skin. Foods low in fat help to keep the blood clean and enhance good blood circulation. Thus an efficient circulatory system works to cleanse and nourish the whole system, and naturally help weight control. Food high in refined sugars and carbohydrates give the body a quick boost of energy that is always followed by a physical (and emotional) low. This stresses the pancreas and adrenals, devitalizing the body. Refined carbohydrates deplete the body of minerals, which are so important for all vital functions. It is the combination of refined carbohydrates and excess protein, which forces toxins to the skin surface in the form of pimples.

Foods high in minerals keep the body looking alive and charged with energy. Minerals greatly contribute to that intangible radiant, fresh, and magnetic look of a person in good health. Foods rich in vegetable proteins- Low protein diets weaken the body and cause a hollow, sunken look to the face.

Diets high in animal proteins increase the toxicity of waste products in the body due to their slow transit time (it takes meat about three days to completely be digested and leave the system.) This slows digestion and depletes the body of minerals. Vegetable proteins, on the other hand, fully nourish the body, being quickly and efficiently metabolized. Ayurveda has the means of making meals more digestible with spices such as garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper.

Diets high in salt tend to make the mind and body stiff and tight. Having a constricting influence. On the body, it tends to slow circulation and create retention of fluid. This can create that sunken effect under the eyes and make a person look “puffy”.

In Ayurveda, a very low salt diet is suggested whenever there are skin problems. Strong stimulants or depressives such as coffee, sodas, or alcohol stress the body’s organs and make skin loose and flabby, furrowing the brow and producing bags under the eyes in the long run. Fresh organic foods are nutritionally the richest, coming from healthy soil and thus carry the strongest, vital energy. This contributes to a radiant, rich glow in general.

 Ayurveda Mukh Soundarya

A facial beauty treatment to improve color and complexion of the skin using gentle Ayurvedic herbal face packs, face wash and cream.

 Mehndi (Henna)

It is a traditional artwork on hands and feet. It has always been highly popular in India, but now, people all over the world decorate their hands and feet with artistic designs made from mehndi paste. It has been a tradition to apply mehndi during festivals and wedding ceremonies. The special ayurvedic significance lies in its effect of balancing Pitta. Enjoy our highly talented therapist – artists performing this traditional artwork on your hands and feet.

 Ayurveda Kesh Soundarya (Hair Care)

Conditioning treatment for your Hair using various herbal powders and pastes.

 Ayurveda Pada Soundarya (Pedicure)

An ayurvedic herbal foot treatment using various herbal pastes, decoctions and creams.

 Ayurveda Hatha Soundarya (Manicure)

An Ayurvedic herbal treatment for enhancing the youthfulness of your hands and arms using various herbal pastes, decoctions and creams.