What do you know about Panchakarma? You may soon come up with an answer – that it is a therapy used in Ayurveda. But this definition gives only a vague picture of the therapy.Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word, meaning `five actions' and as the name suggests, the therapy involves five procedures to remove all the toxins from our body. According to Ayurveda, a healthy body needs a balance of three elemental humours or Doshas such as vata, pitha and kapha. Panchakarma aims at making the body reorganise itself in such a way that the increased doshas will be eliminated to attain a state of balance of the humours within the body. A control over diet and an intake of some herbal medicines too will be suggested, as part of Panchakarma, by the practitioners. These measures help enhancing the metabolic process. Oil massage, nasal therapy, therapeutic enema and many other processes are involved in Panchakarma.
``According to this ancient system of healthcare, each body is different in its combination of the doshas. A disease occurs when there is an imbalance. The practitioners are expected to give medicine in order to balance the doshas,'' says Sati Devi, a researcher in Ayurveda.
There are many a kerala ayurvedic center which offers Panchakarma therapy to the tourists and the natives alike. With an Ayurveda practitioner's help and advice you too can undergo the therapy in Ayurveda hospitals, resorts or spas.