“Panchakarma!!!” You Must have often come across this sign board on various occasions, maybe in your own locality, maybe in context to Ayurveda, maybe heard with Kerala, maybe seen on the glossies or maybe while surfing the net. I am sure most of you have a very unclear picture of what it really is and how it works,and had I not been from this field I would have also been one of you. Amidst all this confusion the real essence is somewhere lost and to seek it’s miracles it is very important to be found in time.
First of all, it’s got nothing to do with “Karma” really but the act in itself is the reason for it being called ‘Panchkarma’. Ayurveda, Panchakarma and Kerala go hand in hand,and especially with all those fancy resorts where some of these treatments are offered at the Spa, where you can pick and choose from an array of options is just another misleading situation.
Let me enlighten you about this very form of treatment which has been practiced for a very long time. It aims at maintaining and creating a balance of the bodily ‘Doshas’ or constitution. The aggravated doshas are withdrawn by preparing the body for the Panchakarma and eliminated during the course of treatment. This is all planned by the Vaidya in accordance with each individual’s body type, season, age,underlying ailments and doshas . A set of rules are to be followed before,during and after the treatment to maximise the results and reap the benefits.
The treatment which comes under ‘Panchakarma’ are Vaman, Virechan, Basti, Raktamokshan and Nasya. The elimination of the constituents causing imbalance is through the external orifices. This brings back the equilibrium of doshas,good health and enhances immunity. So next time you hear of this word don’t get startled, share what you just learnt and don’t rethink to experience this treatment.
TIP: Experience the essence of Panchakarma under a vaidya. Get a ‘prakruti parikshan’ that is analysis of body type according to Ayurveda when you meet me in person. This will benefit you to know indepth of your daily choices.