The concept of Ayurveda Panchakarma
The name Panchakarma comes from two Sanskrit words: Panch, meaning “Five,” and Karma means “Action.” The name incorporates the core of the treatment: the five actions or procedures which ayurveda uses to purify the body of everything foreign to it. Each procedure addresses a specific doshic imbalance and the ama which forms as a result.
Ayurveda uses two main modalities in the treatment of disease, each with its own distinct purpose: Shaman and Shodhan. Each form of disease management has its own appropriateness depending on the patient, the time and the nature and stage of the illness.
Shaman therapy is used to palliate or manage the symptoms of disease, whereas Shodhan therapy is used to eliminate the cause of disease. In Shodhan, literally meaning “to go away”, the body is rid of ama and mala and restores balance to the Doshas. It pulls the weeds out by the roots. It is considered superior to Shaman because it not only removes the symptoms of disease but also eliminates their cause.
Facilities included in the Panchakarma package:
- Regular consultation
- Panchakarma therapies
- Ayurveda food from canteen
- Yoga asana and Pranayama
Additional facilities provided in the package
- Registration Fees INR 100.00
- Ayurveda food
- Yoga asana and Pranayama
- Spiritual Sadhana
Additional facilities provided outside the package
- Consultations: fee is INR 100 (Those patients who will go under Panchakarma treatment, consultation fee will be free for them).
- Only registered candidates for a Panchakarma therapy package are expected to use the canteen facility
- Persons registered with Ayurveda for individual or localised therapy on a daily basis, interested in using the canteen facility for Ayurveda food need to pay the fixed food charges.
- Smoking in the canteen is strictly prohibited
- Tea & coffee are not available in the canteen
- Herbal tea – 7.00 To 7.30 am
- Breakfast – 8.00 To 9.00 am
- Lunch -12.00 To 1.00 pm
- Dinner – 6.00 To 7.00 pm
The importance of silence while eating
During the panchakarma programme specific food is served in the cantine. It is of utmost importance to keep silence while eating, because of the following reasons:
- Talking while eating will reduce saliva and increase dryness in the mouth. This condition will cause improper digestion, and lead to increase of ‘Ama’ (endo-toxin) in the body;
- The biggest energy source for the appropriate survival of the physical body is FOOD;
- If conversing while eating, it is obvious that the mind will remain connected with other issues rather than the food that is being eaten. Therefore, the right nourishment that should be absorbed from the eating process does not take place;
- According to Ayurveda philosophy, talking while eating is strongly indicative of disrespect of the ‘Anna’ (food).
- Before starting the treatment it is necessary to deposit the payment in the account office
- For 1 – 3 day treatments or single treatments without package, payment will be deposited at the reception counter just after the consultation.
- Payment may be deposited in other currency also e.g. Euro, Dollar etc.
- Initial registration is necessary; Registration and renewal fee is INR 100;
- Outside India a passport is required for registration
- After registration you will be requested to contact the Doctor for initial complete consultation
- A treatment plan will be decided on the basis of individual doshik status, health condition , body capacity and disease chronicity
- If there is free space in the panchakarma schedule, treatment may start on the same day of consultation
- After finalising of the consultation and treatment plan you will be requested to deposit the required amount of money in the account office
- Days of the package will count from the first date of treatment
- During the treatment package you will not be allowed to go on any journey
- Before admission you will be advised for necessary blood and other pathological investigations
- If you are on a package then you will be requested to take food only from the ayurveda canteen
- If you are only taking some individual treatments you are free to take food from anywhere
- If you are already on medication, you should bring your advised medicines and medical records along with you
- Always bring with you the following items for the panchakarma therapy:
- one towel
- your own set of fresh underclothes (these items will be carried back daily by you personally for cleaning)