The ancient practice of panchakarma is a holistic approach to health, healing, and well-being. It is a complex system of Ayurvedic medicine that has been followed at GS Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital to nourish the body and promote balance through purification and rejuvenation. The five fundamental branches of this treatment include Vamana (emesis), Virechana (purgation), Basti (enema), Nasya (nasal therapy), and Raktamokshana (bloodletting). Each branch of panchakarma has its own set of benefits, from strengthening the immune system to reducing stress levels. The skilled professionals and medical protectors in the department of Ayurveda use this cleansing and detoxification process to eliminate toxins from the patient’s body while restoring balance and promoting health and well-being.
The panchakarma process begins with a consultation with the Ayurvedic practitioner at the hospital to assess the patient’s constitution and health status. This helps determine which of the five therapies will be most suitable for the patient in particular. The well-equipped wards and rooms help proceed with the next step of preparing the body for panchakarma through a process of oleation and sweating, which helps to loosen and expel toxins from the body.
The process of detoxification can help improve organ function and eliminate many of the symptoms associated with toxins build-ups, such as fatigue or headaches.
Once the body is prepared, the chosen therapy or therapies are carried out. Following panchakarma, the department’s dietary experts help patients with lifestyle and nutrition advice. During this time, the patients are advised for a period of rest and recuperation and are monitored for quick recovery.
Panchakarma helps boost energy levels and promote better sleep. The therapy has also helped patients improve circulation and reduce stress levels.
Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapy. The department of Ayurveda at GS Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital follows its five-fold therapy, which includes :
The department also preserves excellence in panchakarma that is said to be beneficial for a range of conditions, including :
Panchakarma is usually administered over a period of 14 days. However, the duration and frequency of the therapy can be tailored to the patient’s needs.
Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic cleansing process that involves five different treatments. These treatments are designed to cleanse the body of toxins and restore balance.
Vamana : It is the process of inducing therapeutic vomiting in the patient by using emetic herbal medicines. It is an elaborate procedure involving preparation, administration and post emesis management. It takes a maximum of thirteen days and a minimum of nine days for the whole Vamana process to be completed, the duration being decided by the condition of the disease and the assessment of the treating doctor. The process of emesis is conducted on a single day but the process is preceded by preparation of the patient using snehapana(Intake of medicated ghee)and followed by 3-4 days of dietary and lifestyle discipline.
"Vamana" is the main treatment procedure for treating Kapha Dosha related disorders.
Virechana : It is the process of inducing therapeutic purgation or loose motions in the patient by using purgative herbal.It is also an elaborate procedure, which takes up around 15 days and a minimum of eleven to be completed. The process of purgation is conducted on a single day but the process is preceded by preparation of the patient using snehapana (Intake of medicated ghee) and followed by 3-4 days of dietary and lifestyle discipline.Virechana is the main treatment for Pitha dosha related diseases such as :
Basti (Anuvasana basti & Nirooha basti) : Basti, also known as medicated enema is the process of administering medicines through the anal route. The number of basti’s or enemas to be given is determined by the treating Physician based on the disease and its severity. Basti is the main treatment procedure for diseases caused by imbalance of Vats dosha such as :
Anuvasana Basti is administered using medicated oils such as Dhanvantharam, Ksheerabala etc., Nirooha Basthi is administered using a combination of herbal decoction and medicated oils. Among the Panchakarma procedures of Ayurveda, basti has got a special place since it has the ability to control Vatha doshas, which is considered to be the controller of all the other Doshas, Dhathus and Malas.
Nasya : It is the process of administering medicines through the nasal route and used mainly to treat the head & shoulder related problems such as :
Ideally the relevant panchakarma procedure should precede Shamana treatment and if done accordingly, the chances of recurrence of the disease are minimal unless the patient continues to indulge in the causative factors of the disease.