Many people do not prefer Ayurvedic treatment because of its long procedure of medications, its tedious process of combining medicines and bitter Kashayas. But people who have taken Ayurvedic treatment cannot turn a blind eye to its enduring benefits. This oldest system of medical healing uses only the natural way of treatment with hardly any side effects. Ayurveda stresses the importance of the purgation of the human body and the rejuvenation of its medical system. And hence the long list of medicines.
Panchakarma is one of the main effective therapies implemented in Ayurveda which the world has started to recognize and started to reap its advantages.
Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Panchakarma –
What dietary and lifestyle regime should I follow before and after Panchakarma procedures?
Specific dietary regimen for a specific period is recommended after Panchakarma procedures. The recommendations may vary depending on the Doshic predominance and the type of Panchakarma procedure carried out. However, the following instructions should be followed by all taking the procedure including usage of warm water, maintaining celibacy and avoidance of sitting/standing/walking for prolonged period, strenuous traveling, riding on animals, sleeping during the daytime, speaking loud, suppressing natural urges e.g. passing of flatus, stools, urine, etc.,exposing to breeze, consuming cold food items, over exposure to sun light, smoke, dust, etc., taking food at unusual times, taking incompatible food, etc.
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is a bio-cleansing regimen which facilitates the body system for better bioavailability of the pharmacological therapies, besides achieving homeostasis of humors (doshas). These therapies help in the elimination of disease causing factors and maintain the equilibrium of body tissues (dhatus) and humors (doshas).
What are the Panchakarma procedures?
The following five procedures come under Panchakarma procedures:
Vamana karma (Therapeutic emesis)
Virechana karma (Therapeutic purgation)
Anuvasana vasti (Oil/unctuous enema)
Asthapana vasti (Decoction based enema)
Nasya karma (Nasal administration of medicaments).
Before performing Panchakarma, preparatory procedures like Pachana (Digestion of toxic metabolites), Deepana (Increasing the digestive fire), snehana (oleation), swedana (fomentation) are essential. After performing Panchakarma, specific procedures, dietary regimen and lifestyles are required to be followed.
Are all the Panchakarma procedures needed for each patient?
A healthy individual should take up all the five procedures for good health and prevention of disease. However, in diseases conditions one or more can be employed depending on the Doshic predominance and state of health.
What are the Keraliya Panchakarma procedures?
Keraliya Panchkarma procedures are modified Snehana (oleation), Swedana (Fomentation) procedures practiced for the management of various diseased conditions. These are different from the classical Panchkarma procedures.
How are the Panchakarma procedures different from other therapies?
Panchkarma procedures are bio-cleansing (shodhana) procedures which help to expel accumulated toxic metabolites from the body whereas other therapies are palliative in nature. Diseases managed by Panchakarma therapies may never recur.
What diseases can be treated with Panchakarma procedures?
Panchakarma treatment is highly effective in the treatment and management of various diseases e.g. Joint disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis), Musculoskeletal (Low backache), Dermatological (Psoriasis), Neurological (Paralysis, Migraine), Respiratory disorders (Bronchial asthma), Gynecological disorders (Leucorrhea), Psychiatric, Geriatric, etc. It is also widely prescribed in chronically incurable diseases and for improving the quality of life.
Does massage therapy come under Panchakarma?
No. Massage is a type of Shehana (oleation) process performed as a pre-operative procedure for Panchakarma. Massages are also indicated in various musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.
What are the precautions to be taken while undergoing Panchakarma procedures?
People taking Panchakarma procedures should strictly follow dietary and lifestyle regimen as recommended by the Ayuvedic doctor.
Panchakarma procedures are referred for diseased people only. Is it true?
No. Panchakarma therapies are helpful for healthy persons also for promoting good health and preventing diseases. It is helpful in expelling doshas accumulated due to seasonal variations.
What is the Time period required for Panchakarma treatments?
The duration for each procedure of Panchakarma therapy varies according to the choice of the attending physician. However the general duration for panchakarma treatment range from minimum 7 days upto maximum 60 days. But it is important to notice that there is no pre decided package for panchakarma treatments as every individual needs different and unique set of treatments for his/her health condition.
Are all the Panchakarma procedures needed for each patient?
According to the health condition and requirement one or more (out of five) or all five Panchakarma procedures can be employed. To complete all five treatments minimum 60 days are required.
What is the time difference required between two Panchakarma procedures?
It is very important to understand that human body cannot bear two cleansing processes at the same time or immediately one after the other, so we give 7 days’ interval in between two panchakarma treatments. That means after Vomiting minimum 7 days of rest and light diet is given before starting purgation or any other treatment. Patients don’t have to pay any fees or charge during rest days.
Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS in Pune:
Here at SMV Ayurveda Research Center which is based in Pune our aim is to provide best treatment of Panchakarma and a treatment to resolve polycystic ovaries conditions with help of specialized Ayurvedic Infertility treatments of Ayurveda. Here Basic research for the treatment of polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS) is carried out since last 12 years by Vaidya Vinesh Nagare who is Gynaecologist.