Panchakarma, or Indian body cleansing
Even 10 years ago, only people who were immersed in yoga with their heads knew about panchakarma. Then, even those who are far from eastern practices began to go to "purification in India" once a year. And in the past few years, one of the most popular Ayurvedic programs can be completed even in Russia - it is offered by many Ayurvedic clinics. What is panchakarma and why is it needed?
Our expert: Dr. Ayurveda Unnikrishnan Thacharakkal, Ayurvedic clinic Atreya Ayurveda
What is panchakarma?
Translated from Sanskrit, panchakarma means "five actions", or five stages of cleaning the body of accumulated toxins and pathogens. This Ayurvedic program can not only remove cellulite, tone the skin, improve digestion, but even cure chronic diseases. The most important thing is that panchakarma does not give a cosmetic effect, but affects the health of the whole organism: metabolism returns to normal, and thanks to this, the skin condition improves and excess weight is lost.
How does cleansing go?
Typically, a program begins with internal oiling. - This means that for several days you will drink gi oil with herbs and spices in the morning, the composition of which the doctor selects individually. The amount of oil is increasing every day - of course, under the supervision of a doctor. In addition, at the first stage, strict nutritional rules must be observed: only rice, buckwheat and stewed vegetables are allowed, and you can drink warm water and tea. You should not be afraid of restrictions. Firstly, the oil itself is quite high in calories, and you are unlikely to experience a strong feeling of hunger. Secondly, after a couple of days, the body begins to rebuild, and it is not difficult to follow a diet.
It is important to know that in the early days of internal oiling, many complain of malaise or loss of strength. Planning the start of the program is on those days when it is possible to take a day off at work. But already at the first stage, the first results are noticeable. You will begin to lose weight - this is the time. The skin will cleanse, become smoother and firmer - these are two.
The second stage is warming up, one of the most enjoyable. If, during internal oiling, many complain of weakness and fatigue (an Ayurvedic doctor will certainly tell you that this is completely normal, because the body gets rid of toxins), then when you warm up, you will physically feel the joy of life returning to your body, and each cell opens, renewed and nourished with fresh energy. At this stage, you will need to come to the clinic for several days in a row for an Ayurvedic massage with aromatic oil and warming up in a wooden capsule. At this time, dietary restrictions become less stringent - as a rule, the doctor recommends adhering to a vegetarian diet, but so far excluding raw vegetables and fruits from the diet that are more difficult to absorb than heat-treated ones.
The third stage is external oiling. The doctor prescribes daily massages and cleansing procedures that need to be done at a strictly defined time of the day. Usually, it is at this stage that the effect of the procedures becomes very noticeable - it becomes more energy, it is easier to wake up in the morning, and the reflection in the mirror pleases more and more.
The fourth stage is nasya, cleansing of the nose. This is a way of influencing the nasal passages and the whole organism as a whole with the help of herbal decoctions, vegetable oils, ghee, smoking herbs. During panchakarma procedures, herbal decoctions or oils are instilled into the nose or herbal powders are inhaled by the nose. Often use calamus, myrtle, sage, basil, brahmi. These procedures perfectly relieve headaches, nasal congestion, and allergies.
After the cleansing is completed, the doctor selects an individual nutrition program that will help consolidate the result. It is recommended to go through panchakarma in whole or in part once a year, and the seasons — the beginning of winter, spring, summer or autumn — are considered the most successful moments for cleansing.