Pancha in Sanskrit stands for Five and Karma are therapeutic measures thereby meaning five types of therapeutic measures. These are undertaken for the purification of the body and Ayurveda considers it necessary before the start of any other therapy. The logic being -as a cloth needs to be purified or cleaned of impurities and dust before it can be imparted a new color. Similarly the Body needs to be purified before it can be imparted new colors of youthfulness, health and vigor etc. In fact, most of the times, Panchakarma is an end in itself rather than a prelude to other therapeutic measures.
The Panchakarma therapy of Ayurveda comprises of five basic types of advanced treatment for evacuation of vitiated Dosha (toxic materials) from the body. One can consider this as a cleansing program of toxins from the body. There are so many subtypes of this therapy and different types of herbal massages, fomentation's like steam, external oil treatments, Basti (medicated enemas), Virechana (purgation through herbs), Vamana (emesis through herbs), Nasya (nasal administration of oils) etc. are incorporated. These practices are extremely helpful in relieving deep seated diseases as well as it is also beneficial for maintaining and improving physical and mental health.
According to Ayurveda, every human being is a unique phenomenon of cosmic consciousness. The three Dosha (humors) determines every individual’s psychosomatic temperament or constitution. Vata (ether plus air), Pitta (fire plus water) and Kapha (water plus earth) are called the Tridosha, meaning the three Dosha. The internal environment is governed by Vata -Pitta -Kapha (V-P-K), which is constantly reacting to the external environment. The wrong diet, habits, lifestyle, incompatible food combinations (e.g. milk and fish, melons and grain, yogurt and meat or cooked honey etc.), seasonal changes, repressed emotions and stress factors can all act either together or separately to change the balance of V-P-K. According to the nature of the cause, Vata, Pitta or Kapha undergo aggravation or derangement that produces Ama (toxins). To stop the further production of Ama Ayurvedic literature suggests putting the person on a proper diet with appropriate lifestyle, habits and exercise, and administering a proper cleansing program such as Panchakarma.
Panchakarma is a very special Ayurvedic operation requiring proper guidance from a highly trained and skillful Ayurvedic practitioner. One should consult with an Ayurvedic physician, not just someone with a modest amount of training prior to deciding for these cleansing procedures. Panchakarma is done individually for each person with their specific constitution and specific disorder or need in mind, thus it requires close observation and supervision.
It is recommended for healthy persons also as a preventive treatment to keep physically and mentally fit and energetic. It is also done to best advantage, although not always, at the junction period between two seasons, thus helping a person to prepare their internal environment for the oncoming season.
Ayurvedic Treatments at Nilayoram
Ayurvedic treatment involves establishing an individual's mind-body constitution and nature of imbalance initially and then seeking to return to a state of healthy balance. The treatment consists of the use of herbal remedies, special Ayurvedic massage therapies, dietary, lifestyle advice and other aspects of treatment, tailor made for that individual.
The time periods for the Ayurvedic treatments are guidelines it might take for a session. The exact time will differ depending on the needs of the client and a good Ayurvedic physician will design the treatment around the client. Therefore the treatment will defer in terms of time, intensity and oils used, in order to meet the clients specific requirements.
ABHYANGA ~ Ayurvedic whole body massage
Special herb infused Ayurvedic oils are slowly warmed up and gently massaged in to the skin. The massage is deeply relaxing, harmonises, detoxifies, strengthens and revitalises the entire body. This massage also improves lymph flow and stimulates the immune system. Furthermore, whilst providing a tired person with a new energy, it simultaneously calms and strengthens the nervous system. It is immediately followed by a steam bath/shower
Duration: 60 min.
UDVARTHANA ~ Ayurvedic herbal body-scrub massage
Finely ground Ayurvedic herbs are mixed with precious Ayurvedic oils and gently massaged in to the skin with special massage techniques. This is essentially used as part of a safe weight reduction programme. It also results in: the stimulation of the hair follicles and tissues in order to breakdown the deep-seated fat tissues; detoxification and nourishment of the body tissues; the activation of the skin's natural metabolism; and also the improvement of the lymph flow. The udvarthana massage cleanses and refines the skin structures and gives the skin a soft, silky texture and a lustrous glow.
Duration: 60 min
SIRODHARA ~ Ayurvedic forehead oil flow treatment
Luke warm herb-infused Ayurvedic oil is gently and steadily poured over the forehead in a continuous stream using a special rhythmic swaying movement, while a gentle massage is given also on the forehead. This results in a fantastic sense of deep relaxation and inner peace; highly effective in removing mental stress and anxieties, in treating insomnia and headaches and improves memory.
Duration: 45 – 60 min
ELAKIZHI – Ayurvedic patra padala swedam
Leaves & powders of medicinal herbs are fried in medicated oil and applied over the body in rhythmic massage. Useful in arthritis, spondylitis, inflammatory conditions etc.
Duration: 45-60 min.
The whole body is made to perspire by the application of medicinal boluses frequently warmed in herb infused milk. This special Keralite treatment is highly recommended in treating rheumatic conditions, muscular weaknesses, sleeping disorders, high blood pressure and for general body rejuvenation. It makes the body supple, removes stiffness and swellings in the joints.
Duration: 60 -75 min
In this highly sought after rejuvenation treatment, lukewarm herb-infused Ayurvedic oil is applied to the body in a special rhythmic way followed by a gentle massage. Pizhichil is highly recommended in conditions such as rheumatic conditions, nervous weaknesses, paralytic conditions, sexual weaknesses, high blood pressure, and promotes general body rejuvenation.
Duration: 45 - 60 min
SIROVASTHI – Ayurvedic head soaking
In this highly specialised Ayurvedic treatment, lukewarm herb-infused Ayurvedic oil is poured in to a cap fitted on the head. Highly recommended for facial paralysis, migraine, sleeping disorders, stress, headaches and other conditions.
Duration: 45 - 60 min
KATIVASTHI – Lower back bath
Luke warm medicated Ayurvedic oil is placed on the lower back region by making an herbal paste boundary. The main benefits of this specialised Ayurvedic therapy are reducing muscle spasms, lower spine rigidity, and strengthening the bone tissues of the lower back.
Duration: 30 -45 min
UROVASTHI – Ayurvedic chet bath
Medicated lukewarm Ayurvedic oil is placed over the chest region by making an herbal paste boundary. Recommended for conditions like respiratory disorders; strengthens the heart and relieves sternum pain.
Duration: 45 - 60 min
Medicated oil is administered in to nostrils for treatment of sinusitis, migraine, headaches, paralytic conditions and for cleansing the nasal cavities.
Duration: 15-20 min
AVAGAHAM – Ayurveda hip bath
Body is anointed with medicated oil and plunge bath given in a tub fitted with either the decoction of vatahara leaves or milk or medicated oils.
Duration: 60 min
Sponging the body with cotton sponges dipped in medicated oils. Useful for paralysis, rheumatism, nervous breakdown etc.
Duration: 45 min.
Female reproductive disorders, endometriosis, cysts & fibroids, tumors, infertility etc.
Duration: 30 min.