Panchakarma is the name given to 5 detoxification processes, used to treat diseases, according to Ayurveda. Panchakarma includes 5 karma / processes.

Panchakarma procedures

  • Vamana (Medicated emesis)
  • Virechana (Medicated purgation)
  • Basti (Medicated enema)
  • Nasya (medication through the route of nose)
  • Raktamokshana (Blood letting)

Benefits of panchakarma

Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind Restore your constitutional balance improving health and wellness Strengthen your immune system and become more resistant to illness Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind thereby slowing the aging process Enhance your self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity Bring about deep relaxation and sense of well-being

Vamana Therapy

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The toxins accumulated in the body and the respiratory tract are effectively removed by Vamana, one of the five therapies of Panchakarma in Ayurveda. Vamana is therapeutic vomiting, which is a medicated emesis therapy. People with high imbalance of kapha are given this type of treatment, which loosens and mobilizes the toxins, in an effort to eliminate them from the body. Waste products (vitiated dosha) are eliminated through the upper gastrointestinal tract. The vitiated kapha are eliminated through the mouth. After vomiting, the sinus is cleared, which in turn provides relief from congestion, wheezing and breathlessness.

This treatment is very effective in Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Allergies, Hay Fever, Psoriasis, Nasal Congestion, Obesity, Edema, Chronic Indigestion, Skin disorders, Vitiligo, Psychological disorders, Hyperacidity, etc.

Virechana Therapy

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Ayurveda, the science of life, emphasizes on the adoption of a number of preventative and healing therapies, which can purify and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul. The medicinal form of science is not just a healing system, but also an art of appropriate, healthy and disease-free living. It aims at increasing the longevity of people of all ages. One of the therapies of Ayurveda, Panchakarma encompasses five treatments that can prevent and heal a number of diseases. One of the types of Panchakarma is Virechana, a purification therapy.

Virechana is helpful in:

Fever, Skin diseases, Haematemesis, Epistaxis, Splenic disorders, Worm infestation, Anemia, Headache,Burning eyes, Excessive Lacrimation, Jaundice, chronic cough, Rhinitis, Gout, Gynecological disorders, Rheumatic conditions, Anorexia.

Purification Therapy Basti Karma

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One of the main procedures of Panchakarma Chikitsa, Basti karma concentrates on the elimination of the loosened vata dosha out through the rectum. The treatment involves the introduction of medicinal substances, such as, herbal oils and decoctions in a liquid medium, into the rectum of the person. This is because vata is predominantly located in the colon and bones. Herbal concoctions made of sesame oil are generally used for the purpose. Vata disorders can be effectively cured by Basti karma. Common cold, sexual disorders, constipation, distention, kidney, backache, pain in the neck region, vomiting and hyperacidity can also be cured by Basti karma.

If administered properly, Basti karma is an effective treatment that has very few or no side effects on the body. The medication techniques used for the treatment are known as enemas. According to Ayurveda, the enemas are not suitable for people suffering from shortness of breath, chronic abdominal pain, bleeding from rectum, cough, diarrhea and severe anemia.

Therefore, barring the exceptions, Basti karma can be adopted to people in order to rejuvenate the body, provide strength and longevity. Go through the following lines to get information on different types of Basti karma and the benefits of the treatment.


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Administration of the medicament through nostrils is known as Nasya karma.

According to Ayurveda the nose is the gateway of the head. So, systematically performed Nasya karma cures almost all the diseases of the head easily. It cleanses and opens the channels of the head and improves the oxygenation (prana) which has a direct and highly beneficial influence on brain functioning.

Some of the conditions in which Nasya is very helpful are

Stiffness in the head, shoulder, neck, and jaw, chronic coryza, deviated Nasal septum, tonsilitis, cataract , migraine, shoulder pain, diseases of mouth, nose, ear, eye and head, facial Paralysis, hoarseness of voice, aphonia, stammering

Raktamoksha Therapy

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Raktamoksha therapy is one of the Panchakarmas of Ayurveda. Literally meaning Blood Letting, Raktamoksha is performed to eliminate the toxins from the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract. It is a safe, painless and highly effective form of Panchakarma. Raktamoksha entails the refinement of blood, hence administered to treat disorders pertaining to skin, such as urticaria, rash, eczema, acne, scabies, leucoderma, chronic itching and hives. Enlarged liver, spleen, hemochromatosis and gout can also be cured by applying the blood letting therapy. The therapy develops the immune mechanism in the blood system by stimulating the antitoxic substances in the blood stream. Barring a few exceptions such as people suffering from anemia, edema, weakness or those who are too young or too old, everybody can opt for Raktamoksha therapy