What Is Panchakarma ?

Guest Information about Panchakarma

Ayurveda is the most ancient, natural, and systematic health care system of the world. It is widely acclaimed to be in many respects the “Mother of modern medicine”. It is recognised by WHO. Experts consider Ayurveda to be free from harmful side-effects. The holistic nature of the Ayurvedic approach to health makes it full of side-benefits.

The term “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit language, the spiritual, scientific, poetic language of the highly evolved Vedic Civilisation that flourished many thousands years ago. It covered mainly the area of what we know today as India and surrounding countries but extended to regions as far as from Persia up to Thailand, Indonesia, and further. The remains of the Vedic Civilisation are to be found in India of today but can be traced all-over the world.

In today’s world, Ayurveda became almost a household word. It was not always so. It took a „great seer“ to popularise this system of medicine world-wide. The need of time was recognised in the middle of 1970’s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, India’s greatest saint and philosopher. In collaboration with top Indian experts of Ayurveda and Western scientists, he presented the system and the benefits of Ayurveda to the scientific world in the West and the wider public. A number of in-patient Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centers were opened in the 1980s in Europe – and a success story was born: Ayurveda started its new march around the world.

Balance – the magic concept of Ayurveda

The Ayurvedic definition of Health is “balance”. Balanced action, balanced thinking, balanced physiological functioning – from blood circulation, digestion, elimination, etc. to psychological and spiritual balanced being.

The cosmic intelligence expresses itself in the universe through five basic elements, called the Pancha Mahabhutas – Akasha (space), Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Jal (water), and Prithivi (earth). In the course of evolution, these transform themselves in living beings into the three doshas that govern the body: Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha dosha.

Vata dosha, consisting mainly of Akasha und Vayu elements, is the principle of movement. Pitta, consisting mainly of Agni, is the principle of metabolism and intelligence. Kapha, consisting of Jal and Prithivi, is the principle of structure. A particular combination of the three doshas in a person is called Prakriti, the constitution of a person.

Qualities of Vata Pitta Kapha

dry unctuous heavy

cool hot cool

lightness sharp soft

subtle liquid oily

moving acid sweet

pervading spreading stable

coarse pungent smooth

Health means that all the three doshas have to function in a balanced way. An imbalanced function leads to disease. Imbalanced function of the various physiological systems, such a digestive system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, etc. does not fully metabolize all that is taken in. The product of such improper functioning physiology is called Ama. These are toxins and residues that further block all channels of the body and weaken the immune system.

Ayurveda calls for purification of the physiology with Panchakarma. Additionally to Panchakarma, Ayurveda prescribes various herbal preparation that enliven the body and mind so that it function in a balanced way even at home, after the Panchakarma. Also Yoga, Meditation, Yagya, Jyotish, and other Vedic disciplines play an important part in proper diagnosis and cure of diseases.

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