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Frequently Asked Question about Ayurveda Panchakarma

Question No: 1
What dietary and lifestyle regime should I follow before and after Panchakarma procedures?
Specific dietary regimen for a specific period is recommended after Panchakarma procedures. The recommendations
may vary depending on the Doshic predominance and the type of Panchakarma procedure carried out. However,
the following instructions should be followed by all taking the procedure including usage of warm water, maintaining
celibacy and avoidance of sitting/standing/walking for prolonged period, strenuous traveling, riding on animals,
sleeping during the daytime, speaking loud, suppressing natural urges e.g. passing of flatus, stools, urine, etc.,
exposing to breeze, consuming cold food items, over exposure to sun light, smoke, dust, etc., taking food at
unusual times, taking incompatible food, etc.

Question No: 2
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is a bio-cleansing regimen which facilitates the body system for better bioavailability of the
pharmacological therapies,
besides achieving homeostasis of humors (doshas). These therapies help in the elimination
of disease causing factors and maintain the equilibrium of body tissues (dhatus) and humors (doshas).

Question No: 3
What are the Panchakarma procedures?
The following five procedures come under Panchakarma procedures:
   Vamana karma (Therapeutic emesis)
   Virechana karma (Therapeutic purgation)
   Anuvasana vasti (Oil/unctuous enema)
   Asthapana vasti (Decoction based enema)
   Nasya karma (Nasal administration of medicaments).

Before performing Panchakarma, preparatory procedures like Pachana (Digestion of toxic metabolites),
Deepana (Increasing the digestive fire), snehana (oleation), swedana (fomentation) are essential.
After performing Panchakarma, specific procedures, dietary regimen and lifestyles are required to be followed.

Question No: 4
Are all the Panchakarma procedures needed for each patient?
A healthy individual should take up all the five procedures for good health and prevention of disease.
However, in diseases conditions one or more can be employed depending on the Doshic predominance and
state of health.

Question No: 5
What are the Keraliya Panchakarma procedures?
Keraliya Panchkarma procedures are modified Snehana (oleation), Swedana (Fomentation) procedures practiced
for the management of various diseased conditions. These are different from the classical Panchkarma procedures.

Question No: 6
How are the Panchakarma procedures different from other therapies?
Panchkarma procedures are bio-cleansing (shodhana) procedures which help to expel accumulated toxic metabolites
from the body whereas other therapies are palliative in nature. Diseases managed by Panchakarma therapies
may never recur.

Question No: 7
What diseases can be treated with Panchakarma procedures?
Panchakarma treatment is highly effective in the treatment and management of various diseases e.g. Joint disorders
(Rheumatoid arthritis), Musculoskeletal (Low backache), Dermatological (Psoriasis), Neurological (Paralysis, Migraine),
Respiratory disorders (Bronchial asthma), Gynecological disorders (Leucorrhea), Psychiatric, Geriatric, etc. It is also widely
prescribed in chronically incurable diseases and for improving the quality of life.

Question No: 8
Does massage therapy come under Panchakarma?
No. Massage is a type of Shehana (oleation) process performed as a pre-operative procedure for Panchakarma.
Massages are also indicated in various musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

Question No: 9
What are the precautions to be taken while undergoing Panchakarma procedures?
People taking Panchakarma procedures should strictly follow dietary and lifestyle regimen as recommended
by the Ayuvedic doctor.

Question No: 10
Panchakarma procedures are referred for diseased people only. Is it true?
No. Panchakarma therapies are helpful for healthy persons also for promoting good health and preventing diseases.
It is helpful in expelling doshas accumulated due to seasonal variations.

Question No: 11
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma procedures are safe and free from side effects when employed skillfully and appropriately. Details regarding indications, contraindications, precautions and other safety aspects of Panchakarma are comprehensively covered in the classics.


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