What is Panchakarma? Blog – 56

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Panchakarma, Panchakarma, Panchakarma….. we had a lot about panchakarma now adays. Someone says panchakarma is massage, someone says panchakarma is vomitting , loose motion, procedure.

Not many know what is actual panchakarma?

So let’s understand in todys blog


PANCH means = FIVE and


Panchakarma means “Five procedure which Purification your body and Strengthening your body.

Five procedure of Purification of the body are

  • Vaman
  • Virechan
  • Basti
  • Nasya
  • Raktmokshan

And five procedure for Strengthening body are

  • Snehan
  • Swedan
  • Shirodhara
  • Nasya
  • Basti

Nasya and basti are included in both the Karmas. why ?

Because according to the oil, ghee or kadha use in nasya and basti, these procedures give either the benefit of purification or strengthening of body.

So let us first understand about Body Purification Panchakarma.

In today’s blog we are discuss about VAMAN and VIRECHAN.



Vaman and Virechan Panchkarma are of 15 days duration. The science behind vaman and virechan is that here your digestive system is use for purification. So during the procedure your digested system should be given a rest from everyday digestion procedure. Hence the mantra for these procedures is-

Mantra – Eating only that much food which is needed for survival.

This mantra you have to follow for 15 days. Let understand this concept with an example.Suppose if a machine is put on purification mode, then it’s main function should be stopped till the time it is getting cleaned up.

Same ways,when we want our body machine to be purified , then it’s main function of digestion should be given a break so that our body uses its digesting system for it’s own purification.


Procedure means Vidhi.

Vaman and Virechan Procedure is divided into 4 part.

  • Snehapan
  • Pradhan Karma
  • Sansarjan Kram
  • Apunarbhav Chikitsa

1. Snehapan :

Snehapan means to consume Medicated Ghee.

This Karma last for roughly 6 to 7 days.

In this Karma ,in the morning on empty stomach patient is given MEDICATED GHEE to consume in increasing order of quantity. i.e on first day you have to consume 4 teaspoon ghee , 2nd day 8 teaspoon, then 10, 12, 16 and so on.

When you consume Medicated Ghee and you don’t get burp of odour of the ghee that means ghee is digested. Then rest of the day you are advised to consume Moong dal Khichadi. i.e Rice and Moong Dal preparation whenever you feel hungry and whenever you feel thirsty you have to drink only Warm Water.

By consumeing ghee in large quantities the toxins of the body get’s Liquified.

Then after Snehapaan Snehan i.e.Massage and Swedan i.e. Steambath is done. Here the role of Snehan and Swedan can be explained with an example – When your are cleaning your house ,the dirt falls on the floor then you have to collect the dirt at one place first before you throw it out. In the same way when we are purifying the body, with snehapaan the toxins of the body are liquefied then first we have to bring it to one place and then throw them out through nearest way. This bringing of toxins from the extremities into the center of body before throwing them out is done by Snehan and Sweden. This is the role of massage and steam in this panchakarma procedure.

2. Pradhan Karma :

After snehapan , snehan and swedan procedures, the toxins come to the center of body, from there we have to throw them out through the nearest opening of the body.

If these toxins try to come out by vomitting , then kadhas are given to drink and vomiting is induced. This procedure of throwing out toxins from body by induced Vomitting is called as VAMAN

And if these toxins try to come out by loose motions , then tablets are given to induce loose motions . This procedure of throwing out toxins from body by induced Purgation is called VIRECHANA.

3. Sansarjan Kram :

This kram starts from 10th day of therapy and ends on 15th day. Sansarjan Kram means the order in which we have to start eating food after therapy. We slowly start from liquid diet then semi solid and finally solid normal diet. Vaman and Virechan Karma are as good as upvas i.e dieting as we eat very little food only khichadi during the therapy.So after finishing the therapy following the diet routine is very important.So this order beginning with light to digest food and then heavy to digest food is called Sansarjan Kram.

4. Apunarbhav chikitsa :

Apunarbhav chikitsa is a very unique form of chikitsa told by Ayurveda. Apunarbhav means Preventive medicine. This is advised so that the disease doesn’t recur. After Pradhan Karma (vaman and virechan) starts Apunarbhav chikitsa. In this therapy, such medicines and medicated ghee are given for next 15 days to one month which increases immunity.

What time of year should we do Vaman and Virechan?

In healthy people in Vasant hritu that is ruffly in March/ April one should get Vaman Karma done and in Sharad hritu that is ruffly in September/ October one should get Virechan Karma done. And does our disease they should consult Vaidya first and then according to the simiralities our disease they should get Vaman and aur Virechan Karma done.

So how will we know that we have to get Vaman Karma done and Virechan Karma Done. For that to you need to consult Vaidya properly.

The person who has cough prakruti and who are suffering from cough diseases, like cough, cold, Joint pain, Asthma, Diabetes, Thyroid, Skin diseases like Eczema, Soriasis they should good go for Vaman Panchakarma.

The people who are Pittah Prakruti and who are suffering from Pittah diseases, like recurrent Headache, Migraine, Acidity, Gases, Constipation, Infertility, Various Period problem such people should go for Virechan Panchakarma.

What are the benefits of vaman and Virechan?

1. The most important is Body purification.

2. Body strengthening.

3. Apunarbhav chikitsa that is your immunity increases.

So how many times in a year should we do Vaman and Virechan?

As we cleaner on once a year same bases you can get your body clean buy Vaman and Virechan after consulting a vaidya.

In this blog we discuss in detail about Vaman and Virechan. In next blog we will be discussing about basti Karma. Panchakarma series continuous wear we will be discussing about body purification as well as body strengthening panchakarmas.

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For that we should have some knowledge (not information) about basic principles of Ayurveda so that we could make correct choices.

Present era is of information and marketing , so much of information is present on net that we can’t differentiate what is correct and what is wrong especially about AYURVEDA and herbal.

Universe is made up of five basic elements called PANCH- MAHABHUTAS . Earth ( Pruthvi), Water ( Jal), Fire ( Tej) , Air ( Vaayu) and Space ( Aakash).

BALANCE in these Mahabhutas maintain Nature. But imbalance in these Mahabhutas lead to natural calamities like earthquake, cyclone etc. Nature tries to maintain this balance by making changes to restore balance in mahabhutas. For example- In summer season HEAT increases, when heat increases alot by the end of season, then nature pours down water and the season changes to rainy season and nature thus maintains its balance.

On same principles, our body is also made up of these basic five elements. Balance in these mahabhutas is HEALTH. And imbalance in these mahabhutas causes DISEASE. Our rishis studied what impact these changes in nature has on our body , and advised a set of SEASONAL changes in diet and routine called as HRITUCHARYA following which we could keep mahabhutas in our body in balance and enjoy Health.

NATURE changes itself to maintain balance in mahabhutas . So with change in nature, if we will follow the changes advised by our rishis i.e. HRITUCHARYA , then we too will be able to maintain balance in mahabhutas in our body and thus remain HEALTHY.

IMMUNITY is nothing but remaining HEALTHY. So this HRITUCHARYA can be coined in today’s term as immunity. Immunity can’t be just a tablet or kadha which will keep you healthy, it has to be a full diet and lifestyle guideline according to seasonal change.

AYURVEDA is a science and it brings immense joy and respect towards those enlightened rishis who have framed so much detailed health design for us. Its our ignorence that we don’t follow their advices and keep on running after shortcuts and inviting dozens of disease.

NATURE also helps us in all possible ways to maintain health. It provide us with those fruits and vegetables which will help maintain balance / health in that season. For example- in summer season, there is alot of heat in environment, water is lost through perspiration…..so nature provides us with all juicy , pulpy fruits in this season .In rainy season, appetite is less and there is alot water in nature so nature stops providing fruits. So health can’t be achieved by eating everything in all seasons ( as now a days , everything , is grown forcibly and made available in all seasons)…..but health is achieved by changing according to season and accepting what is provided by nature in that season.

Such are the wonders of NATURE and AYURVEDA , who are providing everything to keep us healthy. But we run after advertisements , shortcuts and some magic immunity pills.

So immunity is following HRITUCHARYA and eating seasonal food.

Now you know, immunity boosters can’t be same for all seasons. LIFE IS CHANGE .So if we too keep changing our lifestyle in tune with nature……immunity will be high always.

I hope you could gather a wider perspective about looking at immnity from this article. And this knowledge will help you in making correct choices.

I will write down in detail about these HRITUCHARYAS told by ayurveda in my coming blogs soon.

Stay Healthy, Stay Happy, Stay blessed


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