Panchakarma Treatment

PANCHAKARMA
Panchakarma is a holistic rejuvenation therapy and is not just an oil massage, as it is widely believed. The three stages of Panchakarma therapy .

Panchakarma is always performed in three stages – 
1.Purva Karma (pre-treatment),
2.Pradhana Karma (primary treatment)
3.Paschat Karma (post-treatment).

The patient who opts for any one of the five therapies has invariably to undergo all the three. It consists of Snehana, Swedana, Abhyanga.

Snehana is administering taila or gritha to the body. The sneha should be according to the disease with drugs. Snehana is given in early morning for a maximum of 7 days only. Snehana helps by bringing the doshas or toxins to move into alimentary tract from extremities for the easy evacuation.

Swedana is fomentation therapy given to the whole body or a part depending on the disease. In Medicated Steam Bath, Certain herbal leaves and medicated drugs are boiled and the steam is passed to the whole body. Also, Fomentation helps in the liquefaction of doshas, very effective for different types of arthritis, Spondilosis is given after Abhyanga-massaging the body.

Abhyanga – Oil massage (Sanskrit: abhyanga) is an important treatment. While a person may perform massage on his own as part of his daily routine, trained masseurs are required to perform this therapy when it is used for disease management. As part of the treatment, medicated oil is massaged all over the body. Treatment massages can be effectively done with two therapists working on either side of the patient who lies on a wooden bed called Droni in Sanskrit. Since the foot is considered sensitive, special care is to be taken for foot massages. The nerve nodal points (called Varma in SIDDHA) on the soles of the feet are closely related to certain internal organs. The sole of the right foot is massaged with clockwise movement and the left foot with anti-clockwise strokes. The 14-day package process includes body massage, Snehapanam, vamanam, Nasyam, Virechanam,Sneha Vasthi, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Tharpanam, Sirovasthi and steam bath executed under the strict supervision of the doctors..

Sirovasthi -A cylindrical leather cap of about ten inches height and both ends open fixed in position by means of cloth belt two to three inches in width tied around the head and black gram paste used for plugging the holes and filling the gaps. Suitable medicated oil heated to a bearable degree is poured within and allowed to remain for 1 to 1.5 hours, until the oil trickles ” down through the nostril.This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and the throat, severe headaches and other vatha (rheumatic) -originated diseases.

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