DEPARTMENT OF SWASTHAVRITTA AND YOGA
Preventive & Social Medicine and Yoga
Panchakarma is the unique contribution of Ayurveda,
comprising of fivefold processes for purification of the body.
1. Vamana (Emesis)
2. Virechana (Purgation)
3. Asthapana Vasti (Medicated enema)
4. Anuvasana Vasti (Medicated enema)
5. Nasya (Nasal instillation)
- Before these five main processes one has to pass through
two pre- purificatory processes (Purva Karma).
1. Snehana (Oleation)
2. Svedana (Fomentation)
- By Snehana and Svedana all the impurities adherent to
body tissues become mobilized and come to gastro-intestinal tract, so
that they can be evacuated easily by the main processes of Panchakarma.
- Panchakarma is used for both preventive and curative
Preventive use of Panchakarma
1. Daily regimen (Dinacharya)
- Massage of the body
- Oiling and massaging of head
- Nasal instillation (Pratimarsha Nasya)
- Oiling of ears
2. Seasonal regimen
- Seasonal changes in the weather result in physiological
changes in the body and aggravation of Doshas.
- These aggravated Doshas should be expelled out by Panchakarma.
||Nausea, loss of appetite etc.
||Joint pain etc.
3. Prerequisite for Rejuvenation (Rasayana)
- Vamana, Virechana and Vasti are prerequisite for Rasayana.
- Panchakarma cleanses the channels of the body for ensuring
proper transportation and assimilation of Rasayana.
- Panchakarma potentiate the action and efficacy of Rasayana.