Panchakarma Therapy at YO1

 

Panchakarma, a Sanskrit word meaning “five actions,” is a procedure used to clean out toxic materials that have accumulated during the body’s metabolic process. These toxic materials are typically a result of disease, poor nutrition, and/or environmental toxins.

Panchakarma comprises of procedures used to detoxify the body:

  1. Vamana, which is therapeutic vomiting that expels toxins from the body;
  2. Virechana, which is therapeutic purgation that induces loose motions;
  3. Nasyam, which includes therapeutic nasal drops followed by facial and nasal massage;
  4. Anuvasana Vasti, which consists of a medicated oil enema; and
  5. Kashayam Vasti, which consists of a medicated herbal decoction enema.

At YO1, Panchakarma is tailored uniquely for each guest after taking the guest’s health issues and dosha under consideration. After Wellness Counseling, the guest will be advised which Panchakarma therapy is suitable for their mind-body type during their 7-10 day stay. Typically, a complete Panchakarma Program that includes all five steps requires two months of therapy.

I. Vamana Therapy

 

Vamana therapy is targeted to expel the increased Kapha dosha from the body. To do so, first the Kapha dosha needs to be forcefully brought from the extremities and different organs into the stomach, and then vomiting is induced.

Before the Vamana therapy begins, guests may be given a digestive medicine such as ginger tea, cumin tea, or fennel tea for 1 to 3 days depending on the level of toxins. This process is called Deepana and Panchana.

A Wellness Counselor may recommend starting Snehana Therapy (Oleation therapy), where the guest drinks a specific type of medicated ghee or oil for 3-7 days. This also depends on type of body – mind and different health issues.

After 3-7 days of medicated ghee consumption guest may be advised to undergo different Ayurvedic therapies with sweating therapies. This is done during Vishramakala (Resting Period). On the last day, the main Vamana therapy is conducted by administering Ayurvedic medicines. Then diet regimen is recommended after Vamana.

II. Virechana Therapy

Rid your body of unwanted toxins with this cleansing therapy. This medicated purgation therapy cleanses the excess Pitta and purifies blood by clearing out toxins from the body. This is a powerful method which is aimed at reducing the body’s heat (pitta), and clearing liver, gallbladder and colon congestion. This therapy helps improve rashes, itching, skin inflammation and acne while also improving digestion and boosting metabolism.

Before Virechana therapy begins, guest may be given a digestive medicine such ginger tea, cumin tea, fennel tea for 1 day or up to 3 days depends on the level of toxins. This process is called Deepana and Pachana.

A Wellness Counselor may recommend starting Snehana Therapy (Oleation therapy), where guests drink a specific type of medicated ghee or oil for 3-7 days, this also depends on type of body – mind and different health issues.

After 3-7 days of medicated ghee consumption guests will be advised to undergo different Ayurvedic therapies with sweating therapy. This is done during Vishramakala (Resting Period).

On the last day, the main Virechana procedure is conducted by administering Ayurvedic medicines.

A recommended diet will follow Virechana.

III. Nasyam (Nasyakarma Therapy)

 

Relieve stress and emotional imbalance with this rejuvenating therapy. In this therapy, the guest is given a soothing facial oil massage followed by steam application on the face. Later, Ayurvedic oil is dropped into the nostrils and gently massaged.

After Snehana Therapy and sweating therapy, the main step of the Nasyam therapy is done which is the instillation of lukewarm medication in both the nostrils, alternately, using a proper instrument such as a dropper. Then the sole, shoulder, neck, ears and palm are gently massaged after the administration of the drug.

This therapy stimulates the central nervous system and helps guests suffering from sinusitis, nasal allergies, nasal polyps, and migraine experience relief. This therapy can also be effective in reducing neurological disorders.

IV. Vasti Therapy (Kashayam Vasti and Anuvasana Vasti)

Vasti in general means enema therapy. Vasti is recommended for diseases with imbalanced dosha having predominance of Vata or for diseases with Vata imbalance alone.

There are two types of vasti therapies:

  1. Kashayam Vasti – Decoction enema therapy
  2. Anuvasana Vasti – Oil enema therapy

Prior to Kashayam Vasti (Decoction Enema Therapy) and Anuvasana vasti (Oil Enema Therapy) one should undergo Snehana therapy and sweating therapy (different Ayurvedic therapies).

Kashayam Vasti

This specialized therapy in Panchakarma consists of herbal liquid medicine used to cleanse the body of toxins. A medicated decoction is administered through the anal region and can be given for detoxification, purification, nourishment, and regulation of the internal organs involved in digestion or other metabolic functions. This therapy also helps improve longevity. Depending on the purpose or ailment, a combination of medicines and other ingredients may be recommended by an Ayurveda Counselor.

Anuvasana Vasti

This specialized therapy in Panchakarma consists of medicated oil used to cleanse the body of toxins. Medicated oil is administered through the anal region and can be given for detoxification, purification, nourishment, and regulation of the internal organs involved in digestion or other metabolic functions. This therapy also helps to improve longevity. Depending on the purpose or ailment, a combination of medicines and other ingredients may be recommended by an Ayurveda Counselor.