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PANCHAKARMA: The Detoxification Therapy

As the name suggests, pancha in Sanskrit stands for five and karma refers to the therapeutic measures. These are undertaken for the purification of the body and Ayurveda considers it a prerequisite for any other therapy.

Panchakarma therapy of Ayurveda comprises of five basic types of advanced treatments for the evacuation of vitiated Doshas (toxic materials) from the body. These practices are extremely helpful in relieving deep seated diseases, as also beneficial for maintaining and& improving physical & mental health. Rejuvenative  therapies help nourish the body.

Every person is made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe, viz., Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether. These elements combine in the body, to form three life forces or bio energies, called Doshas (functional elements), Dhatus (structural elements) and Malas (excreta).

Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three Doshas viz., Vata, Pitta, Kapha and one or more of these Doshas would be usually predominant. These three Doshas have specific functions to be carried out and their balance is responsible for our health.

Vitiation of agni (digestive fire) and the vata, pitta, kapha causes diseases and  the treatment procedures of Panchakarma normalise the deranged agni  and bring the Doshas to a state of equilibrium, thereby restoring complete health.

It encompasses five treatment procedures:

  • VAMANA KARMA (Therapeutic Emesis), is the method used for the elimination of aggravated kapha through induced vomiting. It helps in treating illnesses like asthma, coughs, chronic colds, psoriasis, acne, arthritis, diabetes and other kapha disorders.   
  • VIRECHANA KARMA (Therapeutic Purgation), is the method used for the elimination of aggravated pitta through purgation, by using special medicaments. Conditions as bronchial asthma, dermatological disorders, hemiplegia and joint disorders can be effectively treated. 
  • NASYA, a process of nasal cleansing by the application of medicated oils or  powders, is excellent for treating chronic sinusitis, headaches, throat diseases, chronic colds, chest congestion, epilepsy, catarrh, migraine, voice constraint, eye diseases, cervical spondilitis and frozen shoulders. 
  • BASTI, the medicated enema is particularly effective in alleviating vitiated vata. It is good for treating splenic disorders, colic and renal calculus. It also helps in treating chronic constipation, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, sciatica, various neurological disorders like hemiplegia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dystrophy and atrophy of muscles. 
  • RAKTHAMOKSHANA, is a method of therapeutic bloodletting, to remove impurities from the vascular system, through leech therapy or other methods. Leech therapy has shown significant results in patients with psoriasis, rashes, eczema, acne, leucoderma and chronic itching.

These 5-fold treatment procedures of Panchakarma have not only been intended for elimination of disease-causing toxins, but also to replenish  and nourish the tissues.


We offer the following rejuvenative therapies at our centre, that are specially designed to treat chronic health issues, root out the diseases and nourish the body thereby promoting wellness. It is worth mentioning here that, a lot of Research and Scientific scrutiny has gone into developing the standard operating procedures of the under mentioned therapies. To know the efficacy of these therapies -

Indulge in Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic whole body massage, done by well trained therapists in sync, with suitable medicated oils which is beneficial to stay  young and healthy. Those suffering from various ailments, especially vata disorders are benefited. Abhyanga can be resorted to daily, as it reduces fatigue, bestows good vision, adds life to years, nourishes the body, ensures good sleep and a healthy skin.

The following palliative and rejuvenative therapies are also recommended by our experts depending on the individual’s health issues:

Shiro Abhyanga (massage to the scalp), helps prevent headache, hair loss, baldness and premature greying of hair. Besides leaving the hair lustrous and strong, it improves the sheen of facial skin and ensures a sense of well-being, balance and good sleep.

Sarvangadhara, a therapy of pouring warm medicated oils in an even and controlled stream with simultaneous massage, strengthens and tones all seven body tissues and the indriyas, improves vigour and vitality, agni (digestive fire), body complexion and lustre. Sarvangadhara, a major rejuvenation technique can be done with medicated oils, herbal decoctions and milk, according to the individual’s prakruti (body constitution) and ailments.

Patra Pinda Sweda (PPS), is used to induce sweating after Abhyanga. Several herbal ingredients are roasted together, tied in boluses, dipped in warm medicated oil and massaged all over the body. The special herbs used, draw the toxins from the body by activating the sweat glands (sweda). This is an excellent treatment for neurological disorders, arthritis and skin disorders.

Choorna Pinda Sweda (CPS), a full body oil massage is complemented by a massage with chosen herbal powders tied in boluses. It is useful in kapha disorders, obesity, skin ailments, joint disorders and to prevent unpleasant body odours.

Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda (SSPS), a unique therapy of fomentation which is preceded  by Abhyanga, using a preparation of a special type of rice harvested in  60 days, is useful in treating vata and kapha disorders, paralysis, myalgia, neurological and neuro-muscular disorders. A great rejuvenator, it is also known to treat delayed growth in children.

Udvartana, is a stimulating massage using special herbal powders, to reduce cellulite accumulations, improve circulation and enhance skin's texture and appearance. It is extremely beneficial in treating obesity.

Padaghata, is a unique technique of massaging the body with the feet by specially skilled therapists. It is useful in treating vata disorders. Experience its uniqueness, at our centre.

Padabhyanga, is a unique procedure of massaging the lower legs and feet, emphasising the concept of foot reflexology. It is known to reduce stress and strain of the lower limbs and eyes. It is also helpful in treating varicose veins.

Shirodhara, a time-tested remedy for psycho-somatic disorders, is a procedure, which involves the pouring of a controlled stream of different warm medicated oils/butter milk/herbal decoctions incessantly, in a soothing way over the forehead.  A great stress buster, it relaxes and revitalizes all the sensory organs and the central nervous system. It stabilises and calms the mind and sharpens memory. Being an excellent rejuvenator, it ensures good sleep.

Shirolepa, is a procedure of applying medicated herbal pastes, ghee or oil to the scalp. Shirolepa helps treat itching, dandruff, pustules and headaches. It is also useful in preventing hair loss and premature greying of hair.

Shirobasti, is a special procedure of retention of  warm medicated oils on the scalp for a specific duration. It is useful in treating Parkinson’s disorder, insomnia, dementia, paralysis, Bell’s palsy, writer’s syndrome, migraine headaches, dandruff and other diseases of the scalp .

Shiropichu, is a procedure of anointing the scalp with herbal pastes/medicated ghee or oil and preserving it overnight. It prevents hair loss, reduces burning sensation over the scalp and is good for insomnia.

Netratarpana/Akshitarpana, is a process of keeping the medicated ghee/herbal decoction in the eye with the help of a dough dam. Netratarpana helps remove fatigue in the eyes. It ensures good vision and is helpful in treating burning sensation, roughness and stiffness of the eye, sub-conjunctival haemorrhage, inflammatory lesions of the eye, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome and loss of eye-lashes.  It is extremely beneficial for students and computer professionals.

Kati Basti, is a procedure in which warm medicated oils are retained on the lower back, followed by Sweda (fomentation/sudation). A series of these treatments is amazingly beneficial in treating low backaches, spondylosis and sciatica.

Greeva Basti, a procedure done by retaining warm medicated oils on the cervical region, followed by sweda, is very effective in treating cervical spondylosis and frozen shoulders.

Janu Basti,  a procedure similar to Kati and Greeva Basti, is done to the knee joints and is very effective in treating rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis. 

Nabhi  Basti also called Chakra Basti, done at the umbilical region, is very effective in treating digestive disorders and anxiety. 

Hrud  Basti, is a procedure wherein warm medicated oils are retained in the cardiac region for a specific duration. This is especially rejuvenating for the organ of Heart. It strengthens the heart muscles and  improves circulation.

Ishtika Sweda, a special procedure done on the feet using herbal decoctions poured on hot bricks, is very effective in treating calcaneal spurs, achillies tendon and plantar fasciaitis. 

Apart from treating various diseases mentioned above, over the years, we have a proven track record of curing various skin ailments, joint disorders, obesity and neuro-muscular disorders.