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Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word indicating the Ayurvedic process of detoxifying and purifying the body. The term is derived from the root words, pancha, which means “five”, and karma, which means “action”, which here refers to the five treatments used to cleanse and purify the body. The traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma program is the most natural and comprehensive form of body cleansing. The goal of the Panchakarma ayurveda treatment is to cleanse the body in depth to rebalance the Doshas and restore the correct circulation of energies.
Panchakarma is an ayurvedic treatment methodology which specialises in deep toxins elimination from our body at a cellular level.

We can say that the Panchakarma therapy is much more than a simple ayurveda treatment, is a deeply transformative experience, and we can also say that it is an ancient solution for modern diseases. Actually, the Panchakarma purify the body at a cellular level and strenghten the self-healing capacity of our body. But Panchakarma is not for everybody. This ayurveda treatment should be done only on the recommendation of an Ayurvedic doctor. The most important factor is the will power of the patient and the intentions to truly heal and give up on unhealthy habits. The doctor determines the ‘Rogi Bala’ or the strength of the patient and customizes the treatment plan accordingly.

The program, which is always residential, can be done at ayurveda centres during an ayurveda retreat and begins with improving digestion at the cellular and gastrointestinal level through stimulants of gastric juices. Then Snehapana, taking medicated ghee for three to seven days in different doses depending on personal situation. The next step is Snehana, which involves applying oil all over the body with a massage technique that helps toxins move to the gastrointestinal tract. Along with this there is Svedana or Therapeutic Sweating which is done every day after Snehana. The second stage of the Panchakarma process consists of purification which includes Vemana -emesis, Virechana-purification, Basthi-oil and decoction with enema and finally Nasya – elimination of toxins through the nasal passage. The third stage, Paschatkarma focuses on special diets to rest and rejuvenate the purified system, with natural herbal remedies to replenish digestive enzymes and the immune system.

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