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The five purification measures
              Panchakarma is a type of treatment in Ayurveda, which means five actions, where pancha means five and karma means actions. By five actions or purification measures, the body is purified of specific vitiated doshas and ama (undigested food products), which form as a result of metabolic processes. Each process has a specific action to bring about a specific imbalanced dosha in balanced state and thus preventing further disorders. 
              Panchakarma constitutes the foremost sodhana chikitsa or purification therapy as it reverses the disease mechanisms, which carry toxic waste products from the digestive tract into the tissues of the body. It is designed to draw ama (undigested food products) out of the dhatus (body tissues), return it to the digestive tract and expel it from the body.
Importance of shodhana therapy
              Doshas do at times get aggravated after treating them with fasting and digestive drugs. But there is no chance of relapsation, if we treat the vitiated doshas by means of elimination therapy.
              So, shodhana therapy is definitely superior to palliative measures.
Panchakarma consists of the following five purification therapies:
  • Vamana or emesis therapy
  • Virechana or purgation therapy
  • Vasti or enema therapy
  • Nasya or nasal insufflation
  • Raktamokshana or bloodletting
Aims and objectives of panchakarma
Panchakarma aims to remove the ailments of a diseased person, maintain positive health in a healthy individual and obtain extra-ordinary qualities like Rasayana (rejuvenation therapy) and Vajeekarana.
  • Panchakarma in diseased persons :
    Panchakarma is equivalent to the medicinal treatment given to the patient. Some diseases respond to Panchakarma treatment better than the medicines given to them.
  • Panchakarma in healthy persons :
    Diseases cannot invade the lives of people who follow the daily and seasonal regime (dincharya and ritucharya). Therefore, most of the people are adopting these therapeutic techniques in their daily routine. 



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