Showing posts with label panchkarma. Show all posts
Showing posts with label panchkarma. Show all posts

2014-01-15

Menopause: Panchakarma Chikitsa

Panchakarma (“five therapeutic actions”) chikitsa (“treatment”) are physical therapies that thoroughly cleanse and purify the physical and mental impurities from the body and mind. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas. However due to one's repeated dietary indiscretions, hormonal changes, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition, the digestive enzymes, metabolic co‑factors, hormones, and agnis which regulate the body's internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology-resulting in disease.

Although most reasonable individuals recognize the value in maintaining a clean internal physiology, modern medicine has yet to accept this idea as a central tenet of healthcare and has therefore provided no practical guidance for detoxification therapies. The result is that few of us give the same care and attention to our internal organs and tissues that we confer on our vacuum cleaners or cars. However, recently more and more men and women are becoming aware of the dangers of living in environmentally toxic, over-populated, and over-stressed conditions.

The general purpose of the Panchakarma Therapies is to loosen, liquefy, and remove the vitiated substances and doshas from their abnormal sites in peripheral tissues via their natural pathways of elimination.
Unlike many health-promoting recommendations of Ayurveda, these are not self-administered therapies. These procedures must be administered by specially trained therapists in a definite sequence for a specified period of time. In addition, although Panchakarma is for the most part a delightful and comfortable spa-like therapy, there can be periods of discomfort associated with the profound release of toxins which does occur. It is therefore essential that the therapy be supervised by a knowledgeable expert who can recognize the signs of properly and improperly administered Panchakarma.

Panchakarma detoxification is perhaps the "missing link" to restoring optimum function of our cells and tissues in the postmenopausal years. Whether undertaken to prevent or treat disease, most women who avail themselves of authentic panchakarma chikitsa every two to three years will feel physically and mentally revitalized with a commensurate amelioration in many of the symptoms of menopause and premature aging. Following the physical panchakarma therapies, women are advised to take a special category of herbal preparations known as rasayanas, for several weeks or months. Rasayanas are tonic medicines which, when given to an individual who has undergone panchakarma cleansing, increase the strength, vitality, and function of all the tissues of the body.

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2013-01-22

Ayurveda Panchakarma, the Latest Health Trend


First, it was yoga. Then, it was gyms. 'Spinning' as a form of exercise then took over as the new rage. Soon, power yoga, artistic yoga and martial arts infiltrated the fad circles.

And now, it's the time of the AyurvedaPanchakarma to bask in the limelight. Well-known faces of the city's social circuit seem to be quite taken up by the five detoxification processes (Panchakarma). We've heard of quite a few of them giving it a shot — Neerav and Kinnary Panchamia, Ekta Shah Manjrekar, Channda Patil to name a few.That people are weight and fitness conscious is a known fact. And when a fitness regime seems to work, word spreads. Panchakarma is the detoxification of the body and mind, we're told. Fashion designer Kinnary Panchamia says, "I had heard a lot about it from friends. When your body is feeling clogged and heavy, this helps it detoxify." Kinnary and her husband Neerav did one of the Panchakarma processes a couple of weeks back. "You can't imagine the toxins that your body can have!" quips Kinnary. While the processes are different, the result is the same — purification, she points out.

"The doctors rightly advise you about what process suits you better and what you are ready for. It's a seven-nine day process and it purifies your blood and body," she says.Kinnary says the primary result is that one's body feels light and functions better. "You feel energised and all the laziness disappears. I feel very positive. Before the process, you're even put on a light diet." Even restaurateur Kunal Shetty agrees. "It's very cleansing. Your energy levels increase and you don't feel like eating junk," he says.Shubhika Narayan, a marketing manager with a firm, also tried Panchakarma in April this year after her friends did it. "I saw a world of difference in them which is when I realised that it's time to get my act together and focus on my health," she says. It's also more mental than physical, she feels. "You tend to concentrate on what you eat and realise what you're putting your body through. It makes you want to eat right and focus on your self.

Today, we all lead lifestyles wherein we don't sleep enough and don't have that push to work out. This gives you that push to be healthy," she adds.Both Shubhika and Kinnary tried the process in groups. It gets easier when you know your friends are doing it too, they say. "In fact, six of us did it together," Kinnary says.Another common friend of theirs, Channda Patil, entrepreneur and social worker, says Panchakarma is on the cards for her. "Everybody's doing it! We eat so much junk food and meat that it seems like a good idea to go on a 12-day detoxification process," she says. And, an added advantage is that one also tends to lose weight as all the dirt and toxins are pushed out.

"You lose the unnecessary junk stored in the body so it's a win-win situation," she adds. Well, seems like it has quite a grip on the city. nupur.chaudhuri@timesgroup.com

2012-01-24

Gout(Vatrakta) and Ayurveda Detoxification Therapies


Gout is one of the commonest forms of arthritis becoming very common in India. Accumulation of toxins is the primary cause and pathogenesis of this condition. This fact is well accepted by Modern, Ayurveda and most of the traditional medical systems across the world.
Excessive accumulation of uric acid leads to formation of small uric acid crystals which are deposited in the joints and causes recurring joint inflammation and pain. In chronic cases, the larger amounts of uric acid crystals leads to complete destruction of joints, decreased
renal function and renal stones. High blood uric acid levels could also leads to this condition without any history of pain. This condition is marked by fever and extremely painful joint inflammation with rapid onset.
Gout usually starts with affecting one or two joints. Pain and inflammation usually disappears in 7-10 days time with or without any treatments. The second or later attack may be after months or sometimes after years. Gout usually starts with joints of the feet and ankles, most commonly the big toe. As time goes it spreads to other joints leads to disability and crippling. Men are most affected with gout however women after menopause too have the same risk as men.
Inflammation or gout is known in Sanskrit term as vatrakta. Panchakarma therapy is one of the most effective treatments in curing gout. VataRakta is a combination of two words Vata & Rakta. There are three known synonyms (identical) of vatrakta. They are Khuda, Adhayavata and Vatabalasaka. The description of each synonym is as follows:

Khuda
Khuda means small joints. Since in this disease, the small joints are inflicted it is called as Khuda Vata
Adhayavata
Adhaya means the rich class of people & those who are delicate. Since this class of people is generally inflicted with the disease, it is also called as Adhayavata.
Vatabalasaka
The aggravated vata having been obstructed in its passage by aggravated blood, affects the entire blood.
Symptoms
  • Shate Atiruk- Severe pain on injury
  • Sandhi Shaithilyam- Laxity in joints
  • Excess or absence of perspiration.
  • Sedation like feeling.
  • Acute pain on any kind of wound.
  • Lack of sensation in knee, thigh, feet, shoulder.
  • Unusual facial appearance.
  • Karshnya- Blackness
  • Sparshaagyatvam- Anaesthesia
  • Aalasyam- Lassitude
  • Sadanam- Malaise
  • Pidakodgam- Appearance of boils
  • Bhedo Gurutvam Supti Kandu - piercing pain, quivering, tearing, heaviness
  • Numbness & itching in knee, shanks, thigh, waist, shoulder, hands, feet & joints of body.
  • Sandhishu Rug Bhutva- unstable pain in joints.
  • Vaivarnam & Mandalotpatt- abnormal complexion & appearance of patients.

Ayurveda explains the following are causes for Gout

  • Excessive sleep during day time.
  • Irritation & Anger.
  • Consumption or eating during dyspepsia.
  • Intake of diet consisting of an excess of sour, pungent, alkaline, fatty, hot & uncooked articles, moist or dried things, meat of aquatic & marshy animals, oil-cakes, radish, horse gram, black gram, nishpava and other leguminous. Vegetables, seasum paste, sugar cane, curd, sour gruel, sauvira, shukta (vinegars), butter milk, sura are asava also the causative factors
  • Incompatible food
  • Eating during indigestion
Ayurveda Classification According To Doshas
1. Control of Vata
Enlargement of vessels, soreness, shivering and sharp pain, coarseness, exasperation, tightening of veins and joints, inflexibility and severe ache in body parts.
2. Control of Rakta
Inflammation with severe and sharp pain and swelling.

3. Control of Pitta
Over excitement, severe pain, acidic sensation after meals, weakness, dehydration, swelling and desiccation.
4. Control of Kapha
Sensation of Humidity, bulkiness and placid ache.
Complications
Some things need to be taken care of when treating this disorder:
  • Insomnia.
  • Pain.
  • Dehydration.
  • Fever.
  • Psychological mystification.
  • Sudden glitch.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Indigestion.
  • Sleepy feeling.
  • Swelling.
  • Smoldering sensation.
  • Inflexibility in body parts.
  • Tumor.

Ayurveda therapies for prevention of Management of Gout
Ayurveda recommends therapies for prevention as well as for the management of this condition. Ayurvedic treatments for gout vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments for gout consist of detoxification therapies (Pancha karma), oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(Oleation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema) are the treatments suggested in the treatment of gout.
a. Abhyanga (Oil massage) - It increases the metabolism, which leads to better tissuerespiration and circulation, causing the body to flush out its waste products more efficiently. It helps in alleviating rheumatic disorders. It improves flexibility, softness and firmness of the skin and for long life. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.

b. Pizhichil (Oil bath)- In pizhichil, lukewarm medicated herbal oil is poured all over the body. This treatment is very effective in rheumatic diseases like arthritis, Gout, nervous weakness and nervous disorders. This treatment is prescribed not only for rheumatic ailments (vatic disorders) but also for many other diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, fits, convulsions etc.

Home Remedies for Gout
A. Apples are good for gout
B. 3 ml of lemon juice mixed in 100 ml of water, thrice daily helps the kidney to detoxify
C. 30 ml French bean juice said to be effective in gout. It has to be taken for at least 30 days as one course
D. Cherries play a vital role in improving the anti oxidants in the system. Some naturopaths recommend 10 fresh cherries a day to keep the gout in control.
E. Carrot juice mixed with the juices of beet and cucumber acts as diuretic hence it is recommended for Gout
F. A charcoal bath is a good Home Remedy for Gout. Mix in old basin one half cup of charcoal powder with water until a paste is made. Place affected foot into the basin and add water until the foot is enclosed. Steep your foot in the charcoal bath for thirty to sixty minutes.
Commonly used drugs
Basically, all ayurvedic medicines are used. Some of them commonly used are as follows:
Guggul
  • Gokhshuradi (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Kaishor (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Panch Tikta Ghurta (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Mahayograj (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Yograj (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Sinhnad (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
Bhasma
  • Shrung (Ras Tarangini)
  • Shankha (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Swarna Makshik (Rasendra Saar Sangraha)
  • Praval (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)
Arishtha / Asava
  • Dashmularishtha (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Chandanasava (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Maha Manjishthadyarishtha (Siddha Yog Snagraha)
Rasa Kalpa /Vati / Mandur
  • Samshamni (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Gandhak Rasayan (Ayurved Prakash)
  • Punarnavadi Mandur (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)

Conclusion
Our eating and living habits, environmental factors etc produces toxins which usually accumulated in the body and ends up with conditions like Gout. Ayurveda’s five purification therapies (Pancha Karma) are primarily targeted to remove these toxins and rejuvenate the human system which in turn helps in prevention and management of Gout better than any other modern medical systems.

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