Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic cleansing and detox treatment that entails a range of methods to rid the body of waste products and toxins.
The queen of Ayurvedic treatments, Panchakarma targets both physical and spiritual wellbeing. Physical treatments are accompanied by Yoga and meditation to bring about quality of life improvements on every level.
Incidentally, Panchakarma means ‘five cleanses’, owing to the five steps involved in flushing out toxins.
A Panchakarma treatment comprises three phases: pre-treatment, main treatment and aftercare.
Pre-treatment prepares the body for the coming elimination of toxins by using purgative fats. Gentle oil massages plus the daily ingestion of small quantities of clarified butter (ghee) aim to release accumulated toxins from the tissues. Even at this early stage, guests report feeling lighter, and complaints begin to improve.
The main treatment consists of various processes, such as nasal rinsing treatments (Nasya), heat therapy (Svedana) and, of course, the forehead oil treatment (Shirodhara), which remove toxins from the body. At this stage, healing and detoxification begin to take effect.
The aftercare phase is designed to strengthen and stabilise the body. Invigorating herbal teas, nutritious food and light exercise support regeneration.
Each stage of the therapy is accompanied by beneficial oil treatments, relaxing massages and a special detox diet – the Panchakarma diet, specially developed for the Holistic Ayurveda treatment programme.