Panchkarma FAQ

Panchakarma is a therapy that can be done regularly (quarterly, half-yearly or yearly) to rid the body of toxins and provides protection from all kinds of diseases. As such, Panchakarma is ideal not only for people with health problems but also for the healthy since it helps in cleansing and rejuvenation. It works on all levels of the human energy system that includes the mind, body and emotions.
Panchakarma is particularly recommended when a patient has deep impairment of doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), excess accumulation of ama (toxins), and severity of symptoms. You need to consult an Ayurvedic physician to understand the state of your doshas and degree of toxin accumulation in your body. The unbalance of doshas and severe increase in toxins may be visible through a variety of physical, mental and emotional symptoms.

You can also go for Panchakarma for periodic rejuvenation and detoxification. It is particularly recommended during the change of seasons, especially during spring and autumn. If you regularly suffer from joint pains, headache, muscular problems, stress and anxiety, going for Panchakarma will definitely help you.
Panchakarma helps in the purification and rejuvenation of the body and mind. It does so by restoring balance of doshas and elimination of toxins. The therapy should be followed by a proper diet and lifestyle so that the positive changes triggered by Panchakarma are maintained, and noticeable results can be seen. Though Panchakarma may provide quick relief in relaxing and rejuvenating a healthy individual, in people with ailments it may take some time to show effects.
The quantity/dosage of ghee or oil that you may be required to drink depends upon the state of your health and the underlying disease. It is decided by the physician after taking into account various factors such as intensity of your disease, strength of your gastric fire, your age, prevailing season, etc. You will be asked to increase the dosage of ghee and oils gradually so that you can easily adapt to the taste and intensity of its effects.
No matter what the state of your health, you will be asked to take light vegetarian food and soups during the Panchakarma treatment to ensure that the doshas do not get impaired any further. You will be told to avoid heavy, spicy, oily, stale and non-vegetarian foods, while light, fresh and moderately spiced foods would be recommended. You are also required to avoid late meals and late sleeping or sleeping during the day. You will have to completely avoid consumption of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and non-vegetarian foods during the treatment.
An individual going for Panchakarma treatment should follow a gentle and relaxed lifestyle. Activities that unbalance or aggravate the doshas are prohibited. One is advised not to go to bed late in the night or sleep till late in the morning. Also, strenuous activities, daytime sleeping and sexual activities should be avoided. Patients are recommended to go for baths at least an hour after they are given massages.
Yes. Panchakarma therapy can be carried out anytime during the year because it is designed according to the prevailing season. However, the spring season between March to April are considered the best time for cleansing and rejuvenation. Also the autumn season or fall season is a good time to go for Panchakarma.
Generally, a person undergoing Panchakarma is advised to take rest and avoid mental and physical strain. You can go to work if you must. If your work does not involve much physical activity or mental strain, then you can definitely go to work while you are on Panchakarma treatment.

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