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PANCHAKARMA ( Ayurvedic Detox)

Panchakarma is the term used in general for Ayurvedic detoxification. The word Panchakarma comes from the Sanskrit term ‘Panch’- Five and ‘Karma’- Actions which means five actions/ five therapies is a Ayurvedic whole-being cleansing and rejuvenating therapy focused on the elimination of excess toxins and doshas accumulated in our body due to lifestyle factors, diet and stress

What exactly is this Panchakarma?

In simple terms, panchakarma is like a reboot button in your computer, you are required to reboot every time there is something wrong with system, your body speaks to you that it needs to be refreshed. That refreshment can be given only by detoxifying your body, Just like you give your vehicle for servicing unit to improve its performance.

How do I know that,my body needs a detox now?

  • Are you always feeling tired?
  • Are you unable to focus, anxious, restless or foggy mind?
  • You have body aches and pains?
  • Do you have digestive issues, constipation or diarrhea?
  • Are you suffering from regular skin issues?
  • Are you suffering from acute or chronic diseases?
If you are going through any of the above, we highly recommend panchakarma. Going for Panchakarma will definitely help you. Panchakarma can promote healing by assisting the body in the removal of obstinate, stubborn waste that has become toxic. Panchakarma can prevent the accumulation of toxins, enhance your vital energies, and prevent the occurrence of disease.

What are the Effects/ Benefits of taking Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma) in general?

Can I take panchakarma even if I don't have a specific health issues?

Yes! You can take Panchakarma for rejuvenation and detoxification. It is particularly recommended during the change of seasons, a healthy person should be taken panchakarma at least once a year.

What happens when your body undergoes for a detox program?

The health of a healthy person and healing the diseased condition can only be done by maintaining the digestive fire i,e the agni (Sanskrit name) in a perfect manner. Ayurveda says that all the aliments in the body arise due to improper digestive fire.

What happens if the digestive fire is imbalanced?

  • Irregular food habits, incompatible food intake, poorly managed stress levels, over eating etc. can weaken your digestive fire.
  • The food what we eat when it meets the improper digestive fire it remains a improperly or half  digested food only. Such improperly digested food cannot nourish the tissues and on top of that it releases the toxins in the body.

What are these toxins?

  • The improperly digested food in the body does not have the capacity to easily pass through the lumens of stomach and intestines. Hence they remain  attached to the walls and even enter into each and every molecules and cells each day.
  • All the toxins in the body will not develop in a fortnight or a day. It takes time to develop such toxins in the body.

How to detoxify your body?

  • Before stepping directly towards any detox programs, initially you need to know what exactly is happening in your body and get assessed about your digestive fire, doshas (humours) etc. by consulting our expert Ayurvedic Practitioners.
  • Our Ayurvedic practitioners / Panchakarma specialists will study your body type, examine the whole body and will guide you to detoxify your body through a Ayurvedic detox program called “PANCHAKARMA “ .
  • Pre Panchakarma – Preparation of body by administration of herbal ghee in required quantity depending on the type of body constitution. Herbal ghee helps in   diluting the toxins, lubrication of channels in the body for easy expulsion of toxins
  • Panchakarma  - All the five therapies togetherly contribute panchakarma
  • Post Panchakarma: Maintenance of digestive fire is done by advising specific diet pattern and Ayurvedic way of preparing recipes for few days depending on the grade of detoxification done


Ayurvedic detox by cleansing the intestines by inducing purgation (increased bowel movements)

Toxins can be deposited at the level of intestines also due to improper / irregular bowel movements, poor absorption levels etc. Detoxifying your body by increasing bowel movements can be done by VIRECHANA.

Virechana is a type of panchakarma where the entire intestines will be cleansed by flushing out the toxins through bowels. Just like Vamana, even in virechana internal lubrication is done by oral administration of herbal ghee to dilute the toxins depending on the level of digestive fire.

Warm herbal oil massage followed by steam is advised to mobilise entire toxins at one place and then the herb which improves the peristaltic movements of intestines is given to flush out the toxins through bowels.  Diet and lifestyle guidance will be advised by our expert Ayurvedic Practitioners to restore a proper digestive fire that prevent further accumulation of toxins.

Who can benefit of virechana:

Virechana is best advised for whom the pitta dosha (heat factor) in the body is aggravated. It is beneficial in

  • In metabolic conditions like obesity, thyroid (hyper and hypo), hormonal imbalances.
  • In flushing out the impacted stools in chronic constipation condition
  • In pre/post menopausal syndromes
  • In dermatological conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, hyper pigmentation, etc.


Ayurvedic detox by intestinal irrigation with herbal oils/herbal decoctions

The word enema is very much familiar to everyone. But the enema which we hear about in our daily life is much different from Ayurvedic enema i,e VASTI.

What is Vasti ?

Vasti is usually of 2 main kinds:-

  • Oil enema (Sneha vasti)
  • Herbal decoction enema  (Kashaya vasti)

Vasti is where herbal oil / herbal decoction is introduced into the body through anus in a specific lying position.

How does Vasti act on your body

  • In our body, intestines has highest rate of absorption. So when a herbal enema having medicinal properties is given, the intestines absorb the medicinal value of herbs and act systemically in a beneficial way.
  • After entering into the intestinal area, the properties of the enema is beneficial in calming down the imbalanced Vata dosha (air component) of the body.
  • Lubricates the colon lining and makes the environment favourable for survival for good bacteria which ultimately helps in improving the immunity, neutralising the free radicals in the body.

Duration of vasti:  A vasti treatment is  usually given depending on the predominance of the doshas in the body, strength of the person and present physical condition of the body, beginning with the oil enema and alternate days of oil enema and herbal decoction enema for 3, 5, 7 or 14 continuous days.

Who can benefit  Vasti?

  • All the complaints related to neurological disorders like Parkinson disease, Paralysis, cerebellar ataxia, Motor neuron diseases etc.
  • Joint related diseases like Sciatica, Loss of lordosis (curvature of lumbar spine), joint pains, vertebral disc prolapse, disc bulges, spondylosis (both cervical and lumbar) etc.
  • Mental conditions like depression, anxiety, insomnia etc.
  • Gynaecological conditions like PCOD, irregular periods, prolonged menstruation, PMS, Pre/post menopausal conditions, Infertility (male and female ) etc.
  • Other general conditions like obesity, hair-fall, poor memory etc.

NASYA (Nasal Detox)

Ayurvedic detox by cleansing the sinuses (open spaces in skull).

We all know that nose and ears are openings in the skull which has got  connections with the brain either anatomically or physiologically. There is a special kind of connection between nose to ears and nose to sinus (empty spaces) in the skull.

The word NASYA comes from a Sanskrit term ‘Nasa’ I,e Nostrils/ Nose.
Nasya is a type of panchakarma where medicated herbs are introduced into the nostrils in the form of oil drops / powder / liquids /  herbal smoke, lying in a specific position with head slightly tilted upward.

How Nasya is done:

  • A warm herbal oil massage is done to all over face and neck region followed by steam to improve the blood circulation and mobilise the mucous content in the sinuses and to make the nostrils patent to absorb the property of herbal oil.
  • After steam, required quantity of warm herbal oil is introduced into nostrils in lying  position with head lifted upwards and it is sniffed inside.
  • Medicated Herbal smoke to enhance the property of the herbal oil is given at the end.

Duration of Nasya: Depending upon the chronicity Nasya will give you a greater benefits when done 3-7 sessions.

What are the benefits of Nasya ?

  • Nasya detoxifies the entire head region by cleansing the sinus channels, nourishing the brain tissue, improving the nervous tissue activity in nasal region.
  • Beneficial in cervical spondylosis, neck stiffness, frozen shoulder, brachial neuritis etc.
  • Scalp conditions like dandruff, hair-fall, premature greying of hair, alopecia etc.
  • Skin disorders like hyper-pigmentation, melasma etc.
  • Other conditions like headaches, migraine, sinusitis, hormonal imbalances etc.


Ayurvedic detox by cleansing the stomach by inducing vomiting
(This treatment is only require if if you have aggravated kapha dosha)

Ayurvedic detox by cleansing the stomach by inducing vomiting

The food what we take, after mixing with saliva in the mouth it first settles down in the stomach only. Depending upon the individual digestive fire (Agni ) the food gets assimilated. But when this digestive fire is not active it cannot break the food particles properly and there by half digested food always remains in any corner of the lumens of stomach and gets rotten and slowly transform into toxins .

In vamana all these toxins which are accumulated in stomach and upper part of the body are eliminated by inducing the vomiting in a controlled way. Before that body has to be prepared for detox and it includes steps like

Step 1: Improving the digestive fire with herbs for few days
Step 2: Diluting the toxins for easy expulsion through internal lubrication by giving herbal ghee orally for 3, 5 or 7 days, depending on your body constitution type
Step 3: Mobilising the toxins from every corner to once place by warm herbal oil massage and aromatised steam bath
Step 4: Careful induction of vomiting under the supervision of expert Ayurvedic practitioners
Step 5: Slowly accommodating body, back to the normal state through diet and lifestyle as suggested by our practitioners.

Who can go with vamana?

Vamana is best suggested for people who have kapha dosha (mucous component in body ) aggravation in body. It is beneficial -

  • In skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, autoimmune conditions which involve the areas of skin.
  • In metabolic conditions like obesity, thyroid abnormalities etc
  • In treating infertility conditions
  • Respiratory disorders like asthma, allergies, sinusitis etc.


At Ayur Healthcare, we have added more sub-therapies to our Panchakarma detox cleansing program to provide complete benefits, including Shirodhara, Abhyanga (herbal oil massage), Swedana (herbal steam), pouch/poultice massage (pinda sweda), Udwarthana (dry powder massage), and more. These therapies are selected based on your body constitution and current medical condition, ensuring a tailored and effective experience.


Any Ayurvedic therapy usually begins with herbal oil massage called Abhyanga. Warm herbal oil having medicinal properties are selected basing on energy factors (doshas) in the body. These oils are used to give massage for whole body as per the anatomical aspect of muscles, ligaments and joints.

Benefits of Abhyanga

  • Softens the skin texture
  • Improves blood circulation to underlying skin layers and muscles
  • Strengthens the joints and ligaments.
  • Helps in addressing body aches, knots, muscle stiffness.
  • As massage is given considering the energy points in body i,e Marmas helps in relaxing the body and mind and relieves from stress factor.

Note: This massage is very much different from other relaxation or remedial massages because in Ayurvedic massage oils takes a highest priority.

SWEDANA (Herbal steam)

An Ayurvedic massage is usually incomplete without swedhana  i,e herbal steam. Steam is given for the whole body by adding few herbs or essential oils followed by full body herbal oil massage .
Benefits of Swedana:

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Opens up the pores on your skin and lets out the external toxins in the body in the form of sweat.
  • Relieves the stiffness in the joints and muscles.
  • Relieves from stress with the aroma of essential oils.
  • Clears the nasal blockage / blockage due to sinusitis
  • Reduces any sort of inflammation in joints, muscles, skin.

SHIRODHARA (Oil stream on forehead)

Shirodhara is an extremely popular therapy for stress management and it is like true example of refresh button for your body and soul. The word ‘Shiro’ comes from Sanskrit term which means ‘Head’ and ‘Dhara’ means stream. Continuous streaming of warm herbal oil on forehead is Shirodhara. Required amount of warm herbal oil is taken in a brass vessel which is fixed to about 4 inch height from the forehead in lying position. The stream of oil is then allowed to drop at the centre of the forehead which is believed to be third eye or highest energy centre in the human body according to Ayurveda.

Benefits of Shirodhara

  • It does wonders in stress management directly and also other disease which are stress related like psoriasis, Irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety, Insomnia, hair-fall, indigestion etc.
  • Helpful in managing hormonal disorders like premenstrual and post menopausal syndromes etc.
  • Improves blood circulation to brain
  • Relieves from all kinds of headaches like tension headache, migraine, swellings in brain etc.
  • Improves the efficiency of all the sense organs. eg: eyesight, capacity of smelling, hardness of hearing etc.


Udwarthana is a unique therapy in Ayurveda where herbal dry powder is used to give massage by gentle strokes in reverse direction of hair follicles on the body. This therapy is specially indicated for those who are planning to shed their weight.
Benefits of udwarthana :

  • Improves metabolism, blood circulation, lymphatic drainage.
  • Scrubbing of skin helps to clean the dead cells and improves the texture and tonicity of skin.
  • Helps in weight loss by shrinking the fat cells underneath the skin.
  • Relieves from stress factors in the body and makes the body light.

The session of udwarthana followed by swedhana (herbal steam) is beneficial and helps in detoxifying the body.


Pinda sweda is a special type of massage given with herbal pouches. All the necessary herbs are taken into a piece of cloth are tied making that like a pouch.
The pouch is then dipped into warm herbal oil and massaged for the whole body in specific direction.

Benefits of Pinda sweda

  • Improves metabolism and blood circulation.
  • Beneficial for nervous tissue disorder
  • Improves skin tone and lustre.
  • Relieves from muscle spasms and stiffness

Beneficial for all kinds joint pains, low back pain, frozen shoulders etc.

How much does Ayurvedic Detoxification (Panchakarma) cost?

At Ayur Healthcare, we have 3, 5, 7 and 14 days basic and standard Panchakarma detox programs are available at fair-prices. Your Panchakarma plan will be customised/ tailored to meet your specific health needs. We can recommend right plan/program for you after an initial consultation where we will study your body type, examine the whole body, get assessed about your digestive fire, doshas (humours)etc by our Panchakarma experts (Ayurvedic Practitioners) and will guide you to detoxify your body.

The basic three days panchakarma detox program starts as low as $750.

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