Ayurveda and Panchkarma

/ Ayurveda

Ayurveda, dating back 5000-10000 years is the oldest and most holistic medical system available on the planet today. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit, "Ayur" and "veda" which means the Science of life.

Ayurveda is a science of life that calls on every individual to live in perfect harmony with his natural environment. It is a holistic system that states that health of an individual is based on a perfect balance of three doshas, called the Tridoshas i.e. Vatta, Pita and Kapha. These three doshas form the constitution of an individual. When any one of these doshas exhibit an imbalance in an individual due to an unhealthy lifestyle, diet, or too much mental or physical strain, disease sets in. Disease in short is caused by imbalance in the body constitution of an individual. Ayurveda system of treatment rectifies these imbalances and helps an individual maintain and bring back a perfect balance of his body, mind and soul, thus assuring an individual a life free from every form of disease. A perfect harmony and balance of the body constitution, in short, guarantees perfect health. Ayurveda promotes such a healthy life style.

Many natural healing systems like Homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Unani medicine, Polarity medicine and the humoral medicine practiced by Hippocrates in Greece have their roots in Ayurveda. For this reason, Ayurveda is often referred to as the "Mother of all healing". Primarily the type of medication used: whether oil, powder, paste etc.



PANCHKARMA

"Panch" means five and "Karma" means action. So Panchkarma means five different ways of treatment. According to Ayurveda, diseases formed in the body are due to the formation of toxins, or ama. Regular cleansing of the body by removing this ama is recommended. Panchkarma is this cleansing process which helps in the elimination of ama from the body and thus prevents formation of disease. It is a cleansing therapy to strengthen the body's metabolic functions with herbal medicines and controlled food habits. The basis of the therapy is elimination. As the wastes and excess of doshas are eliminated from the body the person becomes healthy. Those who suffer from chronic disease are said to benefit by it tremendously. In Ayurvedic terms, it also helps those who undergo a seasonal imbalance of tridoshas. This therapy is recommended for maintaining youthfulness and building immunity and resistance against diseases. The panchakarma treatment is found to be helpful in chronic diseases where treatment with allopathic medicines has its limitations. Rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, hemiplegia, polio, epilepsy, insomnia, hypertension, cardiac problems, intestinal diseases, peptic and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis and asthma are some of the conditions where this therapy proves of immense help.


1. EMESIS THERAPY - VAMANA

Among panchkarma, this therapy advised especially for "Kapha" disorders. It is otherwise also known as UrdhwaMargaShodhana. It is regularly done to cleanse the stomach and remove Kapha and Pitta from the chest. It is used for relieving pulmonary TB, and all lung conditions, skin diseases (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, leukoderma), diabetes mellitus, goitre, tumors, cough, asthma, obesity. The best season for Vamana is spring.


2. PURGATION THERAPY - VIRECHANA

Virechana is indicated mainly for "Pitta" diseases and can be used whenever we need to clean the small intestines. It is also recommended as a rejuvenation therapy for the tissues and organs of the abdomen and skin. Virechana is an excellent method to heal various conditions like abdominal tumors, hemorrhoids, skin disorders, jaundice, chronic fever, poisoning, spleen and liver disorders, abscess, colitis, eye problems, ulcers, gout and blood toxins .


3. NASAL CLEANSING - NASYA/SHIRO VIRECHANA

Ayurveda suggests that the nose is the gateway to the head.Medicatedpowders , decoctions, oil drops, pastes, plant juices, infusions, and even smoke as medication is administered into the nasal passages. This therapy is specially advised for diseases of the head and neck including the five sense organs (indriyas). It is used to treat migraine, chronic rhinitis and epilepsy. The aggravated doshas above the region of clavicle in the head and neck are eliminated through the nose through this process.


4. DECOCTION OR MEDICATED OIL ENEMA THERAPY - BASTI

"Enema is half of the medicinal therapy, or even the complete treatment." (charaksidd. Ch. 1/39) Basti therapy is primarily used for vata excess, either alone or as the predominant dosha deranged. It is being practiced with a high clinical value. This process is not like modern enema, as different medications like herbal decoctions and herbal oils are used depending upon the condition being treated. Basti is useful in chronic constipation, lower back pain, arthritis, sciatica, gout, and rheumatism. It also heals numerous neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, hemiplegia, osteomylitis, osteoporosis, muscle and nerve atrophy. It helps in mental conditions such as Alzheimer's, epilepsy, mental retardation, and sensory disorders. Basti has multidimensional utility; it can fulfill the purpose of elimination, palliation, nourishment and rejuvenation. At BHASKAR YOGA & WELLNESS we have experienced spectacular results for various diseases like arthritis, neurological problems and other ailments with the help of Basti treatment.


5. BLOODLETTING THERAPY - RAKTA MOKSHANA

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