Learning Ayurveda: Panchakarma – 5 Cleansing Procedures

Panchakarma is a set of 5 ayurvedic cleansing procedures that completely detoxifies the body and aids in the healing of various ailments.

Here are the 5 cleansing procedures:

1.  Vamana – therapeutic vomiting

2.  Virechana – purgation through lower pathways

3.  Basti – enema

4.  Nasya – administration of medicine through the nasal cavity

5.  Raktamokshana – therapeutic bloodletting

Preceding the Panchakarma procedure, the patient needs to be prepared.  This preparatory procedure is called Purvakarma – Pachana (digestion), Snehana (oleation both internal and external), Swedana (sweating).

Similarly, following Panchakarma, the procedure is concluded with the administration of Paschatkarma and Peyadikarma.

All 3 steps – Purvakarma, Panchakarma and Paschatkarma & Peyadikarma should be done only under the supervision of an ayurvedic doctor as several factors are considered prior to administration of these procedures.  These procedures are carried out over a period of several days according to each patient's condition.


Additional Reading:

A study on Vasantika Vamana (therapeutic emesis in spring season) – A preventive measure for diseases of Kapha origin

Observations on Vamana procedure in healthy volunteers

Role of Virechana Karma in cure and prevention of recurrence of Vicharchika(Eczema)

Clinical efficacy of Panchamuladi Kaala Basti (enema) in the management ofAmavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Role of Pradhamana Nasya and Trayodashanga Kwatha in the management ofDushta Pratishyaya with special reference to chronic sinusitis

Role of Raktamokshana by Jalaukavacharana and Siravedhana in the management of Vicharchika (Eczema)

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One thought on “Learning Ayurveda: Panchakarma – 5 Cleansing Procedures

  • March 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Great… I haveexperienced the benefits of Ayurveda and Panchakarma..KEEPS US YOUNG AND FIT even in 70s.

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