If you think the above image is PANCHAKARMA, THIS ARTICLE IS ALL YOURS.
I happened to see a board outside an “ Ayurveda center”, that read “LIST OF ALL PANCHAKARMA’S DONE HERE”. I wondered how many were there. As I read the list, I lost count.
So, I intend to bust a few myths. First, let me clarify. They are 5(five) in number; hence the term PANCHA (five) – KARMA(procedures) to begin with.
What would you do if your door is stuck?
I presume you would lubricate it. Well doesn’t that apply for the body too??
Panchakarma is a method of cleansing the body of all the unwanted waste after lubricating it. Please do look in to my earlier write-up on SNEHAPANA i.e. “medicated lubrication”.
Now what are 5 KARMA’S that we are talking about?
Before we come to that lets divide the body on the basis of the parts that need cleansing. Head, GIT (gastro- intestinal system)upper and lower. Now our forefathers were smart enough to understand that we will end up polluting our system, so, they devised PANCHAKARMAS. They are
Quite a lot to bite; but relevant as well.
VAMANAM or induced vomiting helps clear the upper gastro till the duodenum (end of stomach) and part of the respiratory tract.
VIRECHANAM or induced purgation clears the lower gastro from the duodenum (end of stomach) till the exit.
NASYAM or nasal instillation of medicated substances helps clear the respiratory tract and para-nasal sinuses.
ANUVASANAM or Oil enema helps lubricate the rectal area and take out all the lipid soluble waste out through the anus.
NIROOHAM or decoction enema cleanses the area from the transverse colon till the anus.
Before any of these procedures SNEHAPANA is done to expel the toxins from individual cells and is transported back to the GIT. Once SNEHAPANA is completed it is decided which of these are to be done depending upon the proximity of the waste. An increased level of upper respiratory tract waste shall call for VAMANAM. Similarly, a lower gastro accumulation of waste calls for a VIRECHANAM.
The decision is taken by the physician as to who needs to do what? Which means you cannot order a vamanam or nasyam or virechanam on AMAZON.
I hope I have done justice to my mission of busting the PANCHAKARMA myth.