Ayurveda is the rich store house of time tested and effective recipes for the treatment of several obstinate and otherwise incurable diseases. More important than these recipes are the specialized therapies which, while curing such diseases, strengthen the immune system in the body and thus help in the prevention of diseases and preservation and promotion of positive health. These specialized therapies in Ayurvedic Science are called PANCHAKARMA. It is no wonder therefore, that scientists and physicians in India and abroad are showing deep interest in this classical form of Ayurvedic treatment.
Panchakarma therapy primarily aims at cleaning the body of its accumulated impurities, and nourishing the tissues. Once this is achieved, it becomes very easy to rejuvenate these tissues and prevent the process of aging. The term 'panchakarma' literally means five specialised therapies. The therapies that are included under this collective term are:
Prior to the administration of these therapies, the body of the patient is to be suitably prepared and the therapeutic measures used for this purpose are called Preparatory Therapies. These are:
Based on the vitiation of Doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) and the physical constitution of the patient, the physician decides on the suitable therapies.
Three courses of panchakarma therapy at a time interval of 6 to 12 months is highly recommended to rejuvenate the body.