What is Panchakarma?


Panchakarma literally means “five actions” and it is an ayurvedic detox treatment, which strengthens the immune system, helps clear toxins and alleviates digestive problems as well as psychical disorders such as anxiety, burn-out and depression. To sum up Panchakarma helps regain inner balance to achieve the ultimate result of long-term good health and well-being.

traditional indian ayurvedic oil foot massage Pedabhyanga – Ayurvedic foot massage

Panchakarma is an internsive cure. Originally the “five actions” referred to enema or basti (colonic irrigation), vamana (vomiting), virechan (use of herbal laxatives), nasya (nose cleansing), rakta moksha (blood letting). Fortunately, nowadays the cure is not that drastic and it involves many pleasant cosmetic treatments – different kinds of massages, oil treatments, wraps and herbal baths.

Unlike conventional medicine, ayurveda focuses on the whole body and mind and it does not look just for short term alleviation of symptoms of particular diseases. What is more, the treatment is highly individual and it is based on initial consultation with an ayurvedic specialist. Ayurvedic therapist determines your Dosha – constitution type vulnerable to particular health problems.

Nowadays imbalanced diet is one of the main reasons of poor well-being and serious diseases (for example metabolic syndrome). One of the main elements of every Panchakarma cure is ayurvedic diet tailored to the type of constitution determined by an ayurvedic specialist at the beginning of every therapy. Basically, the ayurvedic diet is vegetarian. Some resorts offer chicken or fish on request.

Panchakarma programmes are available at SpaDreams resorts in India and Sri Lanka as well as in Europe. The recommended duration of Panchakarma treatment is a minimum of 2-3 weeks.

For the ones, who are interested in ayurveda, but not too sure about the Panchakarma treatment, there are also packages, which can be named light Ayurveda and last for example a week. Such a holiday is a great way to relax and unwind with the flair of exotic Ayurveda.

Our best resorts offering Panchakarma:

Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara

Nikki’s Nest

For more information check out our Ayurveda section, with extensive information about ayurvedic medicine, ayurvedic treatments, Panchakarma and Ayurveda in Europe, Sri Lanka and India.

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