Panchakarma: is it ascesis or magnificence of being yourself?
More than 20 years we practice Panchakarma to treat and prevent various diseases. Ayurveda procedures are highly integrated into our routine and help us recover health, youth and mindfulness. Numerous positive feedbacks, as well as laboratory tests, proves this fact. In each case, we see the effectiveness of Panchakarma.
There are some patients that refuse to complete the whole cycle of procedures or avoid certain ones like Vamana or Virechana. We think that rejection comes because people do not understand Panchakarma fully. For example, Vamana is medical vomiting — the procedure that helps get rid of mucus accumulated in the upper body. It doesn’t have any similarities with that awful state when you are poisoned and feel pain and spasm. Virechana leads to the aperient intestine. It accelerates the bile removing but does not wash away your flora as it happens during diarrhea. Of course, if the patient doesn’t want to get through this experience, there is nothing we can do.
We tried to cure without Panchakarma — used special diets and massages, Marma therapy and medication, balneotherapy and acupuncture — and then compared the results. Some illnesses could be treated without Panchakarma, for example, spinal diseases or metabolic syndrome (by affecting the digestive tract and accelerating or slowing down some metabolic processes). But also we came to the conclusion that no one can feel himself as good as all patients feel after Panchakarma.
All that is mine, I carry with me
Most often, patients come with obvious symptoms. Let’s say, they feel pain in the knee-joint. They do not pay attention to other things like heaviness in the muscles and head, apathy, decreased libido, drowsiness or exhaustion after taking meal because they get used to them. After knee therapy that includes Panchakarma cleansing, patients feel that blood pressure has stabilized, a headache has passed, they sleep better and notice the lightness in the whole body. And now we realize that we can treat anything but body cleansing only perfects our health. The great health is a gift of the gods and those who have it are the lucky ones. But unfortunately, there are not many people who do have it. Panchakarma is a key that reveals the secret of health and longevity.
Panchakarma effectiveness depends on many factors including the correct regime and conditions. First, that therapy was based on asceticism in food, actions and thoughts. But here we get a double-edged sword. People who can travel abroad for Panchakarma got used to a certain standard of living, they require luxury food, service and accommodation. They do not want to limit themselves. Such patients ask for gentle therapy and varied food. Of course, we listen to our customers and try to meet their requirements. For example, in CALENDULA, we improve the menu constantly making it both vegetarian and delicious one, add new practices and procedures. During long years, step by step we approached the highest European level of therapy. However, considering all our experience, we have come to the conclusion that original — ascetic — Panchakarma is the most effective. Our patients who took the cleansing courses in different periods of time prove this idea.
How to get a taste of life
Any treatment starts with the regime and diet because food is the source of necessary nutrients and energy. Our tongue is a sensory organ that feels and is sensitive to any taste. It is covered with receptors that sense and differentiate sweet and bitter, hot, sour and tart things and transfer the impulses to the thalamus and then to certain areas of the cerebral cortex and the rachidian bulb to evoke a certain reflex — digestive, motor, sensory, etc. Those receptors define whether you are satisfied with the food or not. And here is where the huge secret of Panchakarma lies. When the body is unclean and Ama (undigested food) is accumulated, tongue’s receptors do not react well and we can’t differentiate sweet, sour and hot tastes at once. That is why we eat more sweet or spicy food. The sensitivity is lowered and so we feel sweetness only with a teaspoon of sugar is added. We can’t feel the essential flavour of boiled rice, for example. Buckwheat is tasty only when it includes too much salt — but its natural saltiness we can’t feel anymore. The Panchakarma’s task is to restore the normal sensitivity and let you experience the real aftertaste of common products. Asceticism is not required to achieve this goal. The only thing that matters is a special food that has various tastes but does not irritate your receptors. Original Panchakarma includes a simple meal, 2 or 3 times per day depending on your somatotype.
Internal working process
Each cell has an autonomous conscious life. Any process that happens in our body should be comprehended not only by cerebrum sector but by cells too. If you have eaten something today, you need to comprehend it in full scope. If you have had a massage with nutritious oils, they should come through your skin, get to the cells, give its useful substances and leave your body. Your mind should understand what has just happened, thus, meditation, breathing exercises and yoga are important for your treatment. Stay away from entertainments — shopping, concerts, disco.
For example, Classic Rasayana — the Ayurveda rejuvenation therapy — lasts for 49 days. Patient lives in a special accommodation where there is almost no light because to get in, it should come through the 5-level maze. A person may only guess what time is it now. The patient eats Chyawanprash only. His doctor visits him for a massage session and Marma therapy. After 49 days, the patient’s sense of hearing, sight and taste qualities become sharper, he starts seeing, hearing and feeling differently, while rejuvenescence takes place on the cellular level.
Panchakarma is a huge thing for cellular regeneration too, especially if it follows the ascetical principles. The perfect results are achieved if a patient has his own room — clean, calm and cozy. The diet is important too. It should fit dosha rules and should be simple, warm, fresh and qualitative. And finally, a patient should find some time for Pranayama — breathing exercises, — thinking and rest.
After 20 years of research, World Health Organization representatives have recommended European ministries of health to use Panchakarma to prevent cardiovascular risk factors and diseases. We agree with this idea because we checked its effectiveness personally. Today’s world, it the place where everyone needs such kind of cleansing, without any exceptions.
Modern civilization is focused on pleasures. Food is one of them, and that is why we are eating a lot of sweet, sour, salty and fatty food since childhood. Such products give rapid saturation that is almost similar to immediate pleasure. But with excess food, the sensitivity of receptors lowers and so we need bigger portions of food to get the normal level of saturation. For example, if a person has normal sensitivity of receptors, he will be full after a bowl of rice. That one whose receptors are inactive eats a few pounds of potato and still thinks that he is hungry. As a result of overeating, food with mass exceeds amount of the enzymes comes to an organism. This food is hard to be digested that is very harmful for our health.
Let’s add genetically modified products the food industry and agronomy suggest, stress — and here it is, the imbalance that touches each and every system or organ and blocks the natural cleansing functions of the body. Our body works as long as it has some genetically created resources. Chinese people say if parents have strong renal system, you will feel yourself good until 30-35-year age. But in 35, the mindful life only starts. Thus, it is a perfect time to get rid of toxins, slags and other harmful substances.
Panchakarma consists of preparation and five procedures. Each step is very important for your body.
First, Snehana is performed. It means that your body should be soften with oil both inside and outside. Here you can remember the first law of alchemy: to make gold, you need to have gold. So, to remove something, you need to add something. Purified fats without specific lipid fraction but with good cholesterol (HDL) are used in this case. During 7 days, you eat light food and take Ghee oil, visit massage sessions during which your body is softened with vegetable oils and herbs. The lipids you get start performing their physiological functions. Various concretions are accumulated on the cell membranes, but good cholesterol is able to remove all them out your body. Time flies and good cholesterol disappears too. The body can’t produce enough hormones and of course, can’t clean itself. Snehana gives you more power to fill and combine together all the spent cells. In order to speed the removal process up, massages and high temperature are used. The second procedure is called Svedhana (a kind of sauna with herbs). Also, pranayama, yoga or Qigong are welcomed. All those things speed the metabolism up.
Ayurveda doesn’t have exact rules, each person requires an individual approach. The doctor should not only see but feel how to treat a patient. He keeps in touch since the first day of treatment and till a patient leaves the clinic.
Panchakarma is a kind of cell surgery. There is no other cleansing procedure that works the same way. Moreover, all the stages are important and can’t replace each other. Vamana, Vicherana and Nasya are focused on a certain substance type that should be removed out your body. For example, you can get rid of mucus in the respiratory system only with Vamana (medical vomiting). If the body is filled with oils, the metabolites are linked but haven’t left your body, they will be accumulated in each present cell again. A person will be poisoned one more time, even if he has already accomplished the first stage of cleaning therapy. That is why it is crucial to follow all Panchakarma steps and rules available.
Different types of cleansing
Of course, Panchakarma is not a single way to clean your body. However, only Panchakarma is the most multi-purpose one. It cleans all kinds of tissues on the deepest level and it stimulates the natural processes inside your body.
There are some other methods to clean organs. Hydrocolonotherapy is a highly advertised procedure nowadays. It is meant as the colonic washing with purified water. This treatment wipes away everything including flora and enzymes. It may be useful for those who have stagnation but in most cases, it has an opposite action and may be even dangerous.
To remove toxins, a sauna is recommended, to clean the liver, you will need a personalized treatment. If you compare all those methods with Panchakarma, you will see that each one is similar to a certain stage of Ayurvedic treatment. The inhaling procedures are considered in terms of Nasya, hirudotherapy (leech therapy) is Rakta-moksha. And it seems that Virechana inspired doctors to clean the colonic partials with water, however, in Ayurveda practice, we use oil that closer to our body and safer.
Ayurveda is 5000 years old. It describes everything the body needs. We just need to understand the physiological processes to apply only those things that activate the natural mechanisms of full cleansing and recovery.
Panchakarma is the serious medical and therapeutic procedure that requires:
- a trained doctor;
- individual herbal decoctions;
- responsible doctor, medical staff and the patient.
5 main cleansing procedures
When the set of preparations is done, we start cleaning the body step by step:
- Vamanais the removal of mucus from the maxillary antrums, stomach and lungs. Medications that increase the mucus and bile secretion are used on this stage;
- Virechana helps to remove the bile and includes laxatives;
- Wasti consists of colon cleansing. Oil solutions and herbal decoctions that are able to remove toxins are used;
- During Nasya stage, we drip the patient’s nose with special medicaments to clean the head, treat the nasopharynx and improve concentration;
- Rakta-Moksha is a bloodletting. It is not the obligatory stage but may be used if necessary.
Совет: Если вы делаете Панчакарму первый раз, то нужно пройти весь комплекс процедур. Если уже проходили, но есть тенденция к накоплению желчи, тогда рекомендуется Виречана 2 раза в год.