Pancha karma Detox (Mind Body Cleansing & Healing Retreat)
Pancha Karma Detox & Weight Loss
Pancha karma (five healing actions) is a series of detoxifying, balancing, and nourishing therapies performed over a series of 3, 5, 7 or more days. It is the principle treatment in Ayurveda, promoting resilient health and ridding the body of disease and its causative factors. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing.
Developed thousands of years ago in India and offered by Ayurveda physicians trained in India, Panchakarma is the most popular program at Green Ayurveda Spa. For detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being, Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience.
Ayurveda emphasizes both prevention and healing and Pancha karma is recommended for anyone as part of their seasonal or yearly health maintenance, to treat acute or chronic conditions or as preparation for further rejuvenation therapies. Damaged and stressed body channels are the most ideal environment to develop chronic diseases. Panchakarma removes deep seated toxins and promotes emotional release. This ultimate stress management program triggers your body’s healing mechanism. It is also recommended for couples as part of a pre-conception programme to promote healthy progeny and a safe pregnancy.
Pancha Karma Detox @ Green:
Pancha-Karma Retreat can be run any time of the year. It can be done as individual or group customised retreat.
Please find the detailed Pancha-Karma Detox Program (Cleansing & Healing) at Green Ayurveda Spa:
You will be having an initial detailed Ayurvedic consultation 7-10 days prior to starting of the Pancha Karma( can be an on-line consultation). During the consultation we advice the poorva karma(things you have to follow 7 days prior, at home before the pancha karma)
At the Spa for 5 (or) 7 (or) 14 days you will be spending 10-4 pm (or) 8-2 pm where you will be having;
Induction to AyurVeda, Yoga and Meditation
AyurVeda is an ancient Indian holistic system of healing that works on the principle that, with a balanced lifestyle, human beings’ life expectancy should be prolonged. Apart from helping to attain longevity AyurVedic practice is often used to treat; fatigue, insomnia, arthritis, heart disease, rheumatism, asthma, allergies, digestive problems, mental & cerebral ailments, weight control and joints & muscular aliments.
The word AyurVeda is a combination of two Sanskrit words
Ayur = Life Veda = Knowledge / Science
AyurVeda recognises that our cosmic energy consists of three component energy ‘Doshas’; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each person has a unique pattern featuring different levels of the three Doshas; one primary and the other two less prominent. Before using AyurVedic remedies it is important to find out your primary or dominant Dosha. Good health relies on our ability to keep the Vata, Pitta and Kapha levels in harmonic balance.
Pancha Karma AyurVedic Therapies
Through out the Pancha Karma program(7 days pre-panchakarma + Pancha karma at Spa + 7 days post Panchakarma) you will be personally under the guidance of an Ayurvedic Doctor & Yoga Teacher (from Kerala); The doctors & Ayurveda Therapists from Kerala will be doing your Consultations, treatments, Yoga, Meditations, pranayama, counselling, dietary advices etc.
Yoga and Meditation
AyurVedic principles consider Yoga and Meditation to be complimentary science for healing and the rejuvenation of mind and body. Whilst AyurVeda focuses on treatment (Chikitsa) of the mind and body; Yoga and Meditation supplements the process through self-development and self-realisation (Sadhana).
Yoga constitutes of Asanas or body postures; scientifically prescribed to stretch, exercise and stimulate parts of the body to provide holistic healing. The primary purpose of Asanas is to bring balance and harmony to the five basic elements that govern the body. It is the balance of these elements that ensures good health, wellbeing and longevity. Yoga, through Asanas and breathing, provides one with a recognisable interaction and connection between one’s body and mind.
Nutrition and Diet
The AyurVedic Lunch is based on recipes from Kerala, India. The recipes will use herbs and spices specially imported from Kerala to enhance the holistic value of your Pancha Karma programme.
Most of the days you will be in empty stomach to start with; so for most of the days most likely you will be taking our Ayurvedic preparations and Ayurvedic dosha balancing Pancha karma Diet.
AyurVeda teaches us that vital energy is present in fresh vegetables and fruits. Fresh vegetables contain Prana energy which helps to boost the immune system and sense of vitality. AyurVeda states that it is best to have different types of food every day, in order to keep your digestive system healthy.
Try to include different grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins and flavours. Always include six flavours in your daily diet:
Flavour your food with Chutneys or fruit based sauces. Use turmeric, black pepper, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, dill seeds, fennel seeds in food preparations when possible.
The following contradictory food combinations is said to weaken one’s immune system, and should therefore be avoided:
Milk and fish
Milk and sour fruits
Milk and eggs
Ghee and honey
Milk and pickles
Milk and yogurt
Hot water and honey
Banana and yogurt
Hot milk and honey
Drinking lot of coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks creates Dosha imbalances. It affects the liver and increases toxin levels in the body. Drink more fresh milk, herbal tea, and energy drinks with herbs and spice to increase your energy levels. When thirsty drink hot water rather than cold water, as it cleanses your digestive tracts.
Comfort & Accommodation
(Priory Self-Catering Holiday Cottages)
Cottages are beautifully appointed to an extremely high standard with quality contemporary furnishings and close attention to detail. Each kitchen is fully equipped with every modern convenience, including electric and microwave ovens, ceramic hob, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and ironing facilities. Worktops are solid Italian granite, and floors are Travertine tiles. The bathrooms have contemporary luxury Italian bathroom fittings, tiling throughout and soft white towels. In the bedrooms we have top quality mattresses, white cotton bedding and luxury soft furnishings and each cottage has a TV in a bedroom. It is recommended that you refrain from consuming alcohol or smoking during the three days. Price: £50 per person/night.
The charge excluding accommodation, breakfast(most days you will be having only our Herbal preparations in the morning) and dinner(only boiled or steamed Vegetable)
The cost of Panchakarma is;
Which includes all Ayurvedic herbal preparations to take, Ayurvedic detox lunch, drinks & herbal juices, excludes accommodation.
We look forward to talking with you and supporting you through your Panchakarma experience!
GOOD ARTICLE ON PANCHA-KARMA:
According to Ayurvedic texts our body is crisscrossed by srotas or channels or tube like structures. This net work contains both microscopic and macroscopic channels. (Digestive system, nervous system, circulatory system etc are few examples of these channels). Innumerable physiological process like breathing, blood circulation, secretions of enzymes, hormones etc, flow of signals, supply of nutrients, filtration of toxins, excretion of waste etc are aided by these tubular structures. Diseases occur when toxins get accumulated in body and clog these channels. Unhealthy diet, lifestyle, stress, changes in environment etc lead to accumulation of toxins in body. These accumulated toxins have to be expelled out in order to keep our body healthy. Through Panchakarma therapy these toxic clogs are removed to normalize the physiological process. Hence Panchakarma therapy is called as detoxification therapy. Panchakarma therapy can be administered to a normal person to prevent diseases and keep his body healthy. The ideal season to expel toxins through this therapy is rainy season.
Panchakarma therapy is also used as a purification therapy to cleanse the body before starting a treatment. A diseased body can be compared to a soiled cloth which cannot be colored as we desire. Hence to attain the maximum benefits, the body has to be purified or cleaned before starting the treatment. The cleared channels help medicines to penetrate the deeper tissues.
The detoxification process contains three steps:
Purvakarma – Preparations which have to be done before the detoxification
Pradhanakarma – The main detoxifying process
Pashchat karma – Rehabilitating the diet and lifestyle after the detoxification process.
These steps are adopted to soften the channels and toxins, so that the toxins can get detached and eliminated easily during main detoxifying process. The hard toxic clogs are made to get loosened by increasing body fire or Agni. Medicines are administered internally for this purpose. This process is called as – deepana and pachana – in Ayurveda. (The duration of this process is 3-5 days depending on the conditions and diseases).
Later whole body is oleated internally and externally with medicated oil or ghee. This process is called as - Snehana.
Internal oleation is done by administering small quantities of medicated oil or ghee internally. The duration of internal oleation, quantity and type of medicated oil or ghee is determined by the physician after analyzing the body constitution of the patient. The patient has to eat liquid food or light food on the day prior to internal oleation. After consuming the medicated oil or ghee the patient is encouraged to sip warm water frequently. When medicated oil or ghee is completely digested, the patient is advised to consume light food.
External oleation is done after the completion of internal oleation.. The whole body or body part is massaged with medicated oil. Few types of external oleation are used as treatment methods. They are:
Soon after oil massage the body or body part is exposed to heat through steam bath or other heating methods according to the physician’s choice. This process of exposing body to heat is called as swedana or sweating. Both snehana and swedana help to soften the channels and toxin clogs. Elimination of toxins becomes easy when channels are soft and toxins are loose.
This is the main detoxifying process. The softened and loosened toxins are expelled from body by five methods. Considering these five major detoxifying methods the whole process is named as “Panchakarma” (Pancha = 5, Karma = process).
Physician can chose any of these detoxifying methods according to disease and prevalence of doshas.
Vamana means expelling doshas through oral route. It is emesis therapy. Before inducing vamana the toxins and vitiated doshas are brought to amashaya or stomach with various preparatory methods like snehana and swedana. The emesis should never be induced in empty stomach. Vamana therapy is conducted in early hours of day, when kapha dosha is dominant. Vitiated doshas and accumulated toxins are expelled through methodically induced emesis. Patient is required to be relaxed calm and devoid of any mental stress throughout the therapy. After emesis therapy, patient is gradually rehabilitated to regular diet and lifestyle.
Detoxification through vamana is suggested in diseases which mainly involve kapha dosha. The disorders like cough, asthama, indigestion, poisoning, repeated attacks of tonsillitis, nasal discharge, tuberculosis, etc are treated with vamana therapy. Children and elderly are not to be subjected to this therapy. The same holds good for obese and weak persons. After vamana the loud speech, overeating, continued sitting, too much walking, anger, anxiety, coitus, retention of natural urges have to be avoided.
Virechana is expelling the vitiated doshas and toxins through purgation. This therapy can be conducted as an individual detoxification therapy or as a follow up therapy next to vamana to ensure complete detoxification. Virechana is a non painful and easiest procedure. Complications are usually very rare in this therapy. This detoxification method helps to expel toxins and vitiated doshas from blood, liver and intestines. Usual panchakarma preparatory methods like snehana and swedana are completed before inducing purgation. Virechana is induced by administering herbal purgatives in morning between 8 am to 9 am, when pitta dosha is dominant. Patient is made to drink warm water repeatedly as he passes stools. Patient is later rehabilitated to his regular diet and lifestyle.
This therapy is suggested for disorders in which pitta is prominent dosha. Skin diseases, jaundice, constipation, headache, fistula, hemorrhoids, intestinal parasites, herpes, anemia, edema are few of many diseases in which Virechana is the chosen as detoxifying therapy. Contraindications for virechana therapy are ulcerated rectum, pregnancy, obesity, diarrhea, cardiac ailments, tuberculosis, children and elderly.
Basthi karma is expelling body toxins and vitiated doshas by introduce medicated liquids or oils through anus, urethra or vaginal canal. Basthi means urinary bladder. In ancient times the enema apparatus used to be made up of urinary bladder of animals. Hence this detoxification process is called Basthi karma.
Basthi karma is mainly used in vata dominant diseases.
Basthi karma is usually performed after the first two detoxification process namely vamana and virechana or only after virechana. After completing preparatory procedures (snehana, swedana), patient is allowed to lie on his left side and medicated oil or herbal decoction is administered under hygienic conditions. Patient has to lie on his back for 10-15 minutes after basthi is given.
There are two types of Basthi – Anuvasana basthi and Niruha basthi.
In anuvasana basthi medicated oil is introduced through anus, immediately after the consumption of food. There will be no harm even if medicated oil remains inside colon for a long time. This type of basthi nourishes and strengthens the body.
In this type of basthi (also known as asthapana basthi) an enema of herbal decoction is given. Niruha basthi is administered in empty stomach. The administered decoction has to come out from body within 45 minutes. The expelled herbal decoction brings out toxins and vitiated doshas along with it. Anuvasana basthi and Niruhabasthi are given alternatively. Patient is advised to take bath after herbal decoction is expelled. Unlike vamana and virechana, strict diet and lifestyle rehabilitation is not required after basthi karma, as basthi do not cause irritation in digestive system. But it is necessary to take light and nourishing food.
Introducing medicated liquids and oils through urethra in men or through vagina in women, is called uttara basthi.
Basthi karma is usually recommended in
1. Diseases involving joints like arthritis, gout etc,
2. Neuro muscular problems
5. Low back pain
7. Disorders of intestines
8. Menstrual problems of women
Benefits of basthi
Basthi improves vision, decreases weight in obese people, increases weight and nourishes emaciated persons, slows down ageing process and boosts health.
Nasya karma means administering drops of herbal liquid preparations or medicated oils through nose. This detoxification method is also known as Shirovirechana. Vitiated doshas and toxins which are accumulated in head and neck are expelled through nose and mouth along with nasal and oral secretions. As a preparatory procedure the head and face of patient is massaged with medicated oil (Administering medicated oil before nasya karma is not advised) and steam bath is given only to head and neck region. Patient is made to sleep on his back with foot end elevated and head reclined. The medicated liquid or oil is administered in drops to both nostrils consecutively. Patient is advised to inhale the medicine slowly. After nasya karma the patient must avoid talking loudly, getting angry and laughing.
According to the type of medicine used, the nasya karma is divided into four types. They are:
Nasya Karma is indicated in tonsillitis, stiff neck, stiff jaw, headache, sinusitis, stammering, hoarseness of voice etc. Nasya Karma should not be performed when patient has indigestion, consumed alcohol, taken head bath, and tiered, pregnancy.
All panchakarma or detoxification therapies have to be conducted strictly under the supervision of well experienced qualified Ayurvedic doctors.
A strict diet and lifestyle procedure has to be followed throughout Panchakarma treatment. The rehabilitative procedures to bring back the diet and lifestyle to normal are considered as ‘paschat Karma’. In this stage the digestion power is brought back to normalcy. Medicines are administered to rejuvenate the body or to treat the disease.
During Panchakarma treatment the following rules have to be strictly followed.
The Panchakarma therapy is not advisable for persons in whom the following conditions exist:
The benefits of Panchakarma are as follows: