Frequently asked Questions
1. What is Panchakarma?

The five procedures of purifying the human body, advised by Ayurveda are termed as Panchakarma.

2. What are these procedures?

Vasthi - medicated enema, Virachanam – Purgation, Vamanam - Induced emesis, Nasyam - administering medicine on the nostril, Asravisruthi - Blood letting.

3. Do I need all these procedures?

No patient need to undergo all the five procedures of Panchakarma to get rid of toxins.

4. Which Panchakarma procedure is for you?

The Panchakarma procedure is decided, during consultation and depend on the balance or imbalance of the patient’s doshas. (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)

5. How is the Panchakarma done?

Once the method is decided, the patient undergoes a series of treatments to prepare the body to undergo Panchakarma.

6. What is the preparatory series?

The preparatory phase of the treatment consists of simple massages, Ilakizhi (herbs are collected and made into cotton bags and these bags are warmed in medicated oil and applied on the body).

7. What happens on the day of Panchakarma?

This depends on which procedure is used on you. Contact your physician for details.

8. Which kind of food is good?

Warm, well cooked and easy to digest.

9. What kind of clothing?

Choose clothing which you do not mind getting stained by the oils used during the treatment. Loose fitting cotton cloths are recommended.

10. What cares are to be taken after the treatment?

The oils used are medicated and good for your body; it is good to keep the oil on the body as long as possible. Some people even find the thought of applying oil on the body unbearable. It is good if the oil can be kept on at least for two hours after the treatment. Traditionally the patient is advised not to shower during the period of treatment. After two hours the patient may have a warm shower, but care should be taken to dry the water on the back - the vertebral column, immediately after shower. The idea is not to let the water cool on the back.