Panchakarma Detox: A Whole Body Flush Down

Isn’t it frustrating when the kitchen pipes get clogged? All that wasted food and rubbish floating around the kitchen sink is oh so disgusting!

Your kitchen practically becomes non-functional and forbidden despite there being seemingly functional areas (like the stove or microwave).

According to Ayurveda, our bodies work on similar lines.

If you have arthritis, conventional treatment would target the painful joint. Ayurveda dares to be different.

Instead of only targeting the affected organ or area of the body, it advises a more systemic approach. It suggests that the build up of toxins in the body is the primary indicator of disease or poor nutrition. If you can remove these toxins floating around in your body, you can lock in your security for a healthier, happier life.

First, let’s think Ayurveda…

Our bodies are a whirlpool of energies — pitta, kapha, and vata. One of the three dominates in each individual, determining your personality and the way your

body works. Toxin buildup in the body aggravates pitta, kapha, or vata causing that dosha to be in excess. That is when you feel ‘uneasy’ and desperately need a whole body detox.

What is panchakarma?

Panchakarma is a rigorous, five action detox therapy that aims at preventing the recurrence of disease by tackling the root cause — toxins. Toxins are believed to be the triggers for most diseases and health problems. By cleansing the body of toxins, panchakarma restores doshas to their normal states. Normal doshas = healthy again!

The offensive strategy is to knock well-rooted toxins (that are a bit too comfortably sitting for a long time) loose from their affected organs and then, using herbal extracts, force them out of your body via the mouth, anus, or skin pores.

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The intensity of the treatment (including the strength and type of herbal decoctions used) will depend on your body constitution (prakruti) and, hence, on the predominating dosha in your body, your body strength, your age, the severity of the disease, the season, etc. The season because different seasons aggravate different doshas.


So, your panchakarma therapy should ideally be carried out at the start of the season that is linked with your imbalanced dosha. It is, thus, advised that even healthy individuals succumb to panchakarma at least once yearly. This serves as a preventive measure. However, you may also carry it out as a cure after you have contracted a disease.

That brings us to the starting point…

Once you have realized that your body needs a thorough detox (think migraines, headaches, joint pain,

insomnia, mood changes, fatigue, nausea, constipation, skin rashes, depression, and just ‘not feeling right’), you’ll need to prepare for panchakarma. Purvakarma or the preparation phase requires you to do whatever it takes to ease your body into the thorough scrubbing it is about to undergo. This involves identifying your body constitution (read: your dosha),…


…drinking warm ghee early morning,…

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…going on a dosha-pacifying diet (only whole vegetables with no stimulants, artificial sugars or alcohol),…


…indulging in full body oil massages and herbal steams,…

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…and basically just relaxing.

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