Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five treatments”. This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas. However due to one’s repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition the digestive enzymes, metabolic co-factors, hormones, and Agni’s which regulate the body’s internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology resulting in disease. Panchakarma therapies removes the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them as well as eliminate the harmful toxins out of your system through body’s own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines). Panchakarma therapies purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. It is a very pleasurable experience. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.
Panchakarma therapy is both preventive for healthy people to maintain and improve excellent cellular function, and curative for those experiencing disease. It is a complex and sophisticated science of purification of the body/mind channel system.