Ayurveda and Panchakarma

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Ayurveda and Panchakarma

Ayurved is the ancient Indian system of healthcare. We use the word healthcare and not healing because Ayurved focuses not on just treating disease but in preventing it too. Ayurved developed hand in hand on the way of the spiritual quest of our ancient sages and hence emerges naturally from the laws of the universe. It treats mankind as subjects of nature and since its state of mind and body is by virtue of its responses to nature, it also draws the cure from nature. That is precisely why Ayurved is a holistic system that goes to the root of the malady to cure it.

Ayurved professes the presence of the three doshas – Kapha, Vaat and Pitta in the human body, that together determine the health of the individual. An imbalance in either quality, causes a state of a health issue. Ayurved has systematized treatment and prevention of this imbalance in five types of treatments called the Panchakarma.

Panchakarma

Panchkarma in Sanskrit means five actions or processes. This is a set of five treatments or processes that detoxify the body, especially when the balance of the three Doshas is vitiated. They help the body get rid of toxins that hinder the flow of nutrition and energy through the body. It helps eliminate toxins through the colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder and cleanses the tissues, to restore the balance.

The processes involve :

Vaman
Raktamokshan ( Blood letting)
Vaman
Nirooh ( Enema)
Vaman
Nasya ( Administering medicine through nostrils)
Vaman
Vaman ( Emesis)