The Power of Panchakarma

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Posted: 06.08.15

From a humble single treatment room in Middlesex, to a network of 12 therapists working across two London centres, Ayuspa Managing Director Muneet Singh Dohil, has brought the ancient Indian healthcare practice of Ayurveda to the heart of London. The healing practice concentrates on restoring your natural balance by connecting the mind and body as one. An alternative to popping pills, it is through vigorous lifestyle changes that the individual can manage their unique ‘mind-body constitution’. Like our DNA, Ayurveda believes every person has an individual ‘mind-body constitution’, the balance of which is key to health. Following a consultation with one of their Ayurvedic doctors, they can tailor-make a detox package to help cleanse your body of the toxins that can cause ill health. This is known as Panchakarma.

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials. However due to one’s repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle and genetic predisposition the body’s internal homeostasis can become disorganised. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology resulting in disease. This waste matter is called Ama in Ayurveda. Ama is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that needs to be completely evacuated from the body.

Panchakarma will correct imbalances as well as eliminate the harmful ama out of your system through the body’s own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc). Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.

Like all medical procedures, Panchakarma Therapy always must begin with an initial consultation by a qualified Ayurvedic Physician who can determine the individual’s prakriti (constitutional type), the nature of the health problem (if any), and the appropriate degree of intensity of the prescribed therapies. Panchakarma treatments have been shown to create measurable brain wave coherence and to lower metabolic activity. They allow the body and mind to drop into a profound level of peacefulness. In this state of relaxation, it is possible to cleanse toxins from tissues as well as to release deeply held emotional tensions.

The descriptions that follow cover the variety of therapies that may be performed during a Panchakarma series and represent the actual treatments used in the ancient art of life extension. Two Ayurvedic therapists working in synchrony perform many of them.

Abhyanga is an individually prepared herbal-oil massage designed to deeply penetrate the skin, relax the mind-body, break up impurities, and stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste. The desired result is a heightened state of awareness that will direct the internal healing system of the body.

Shirodhara is administered by gently and methodically pouring warm herbalised oil over the forehead, synchronising brain waves and profoundly coordinating and calming the mind, body, and spirit.

Udvartana treatments consist of a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic massage. This powerful exfoliating treatment magically restores your natural radiance, conditions the skin while pressing stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body. This enhances circulation and cleans the skin so that subsequent oil and herbal treatments can penetrate deeply into freshly cleansed pores of the skin.

Swedana is an individually herbalised steam bath, during which the head and the heart are kept cool while the body is heated to remove mental, emotional and physical toxins lodged deeply within the tissues. The cool head and heart provide a sense of calm and openness while the therapeutic steam over the entire body can penetrate and cleanse deeply, without the body becoming overheated and stressed.

Basti is an herbal enema specially prepared to pull toxins out of the colon. This is the final stage of each daily Panchakarma treatment. The freshly loosened impurities from each day of treatment are flushed out of the body via the effects of the basti. The basti also transports Ayurvedic medicines into the blood and tissues in order to transform the memory of damaged and toxic cells. It is considered one of the most important and most powerful aspects of the Panchakarma treatment.

Nasya consists of individually prescribed herbs and oil drops, inhaled through the nose, which clear the sinuses of excessive mucus. It is also an important therapy when medicating the central nervous system. This treatment combats the deep dryness that exists at the root of many respiratory and allergic conditions.

Kizhi or Navarakizhi is a deep cleansing and pain-relieving treatment where herbal boluses are massaged deeply into the tissues and joints. The treatment is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating as well as powerfully detoxifying.

Sarvanga Dhara is a continuous stream of warm herbalised oil soothingly poured over the body by two Ayurvedic therapists as they massage the body in perfect unison. The warmth of the oil and synchronicity of the massage combine for a deep tissue cleansing while supporting a heightened state of awareness that transcends description.

Some or all of these treatments will be used in your individualised Panchakarma plan.

According to ayurveda, good health depends upon our capability to fully metabolize all aspects of life, assimilating that which nourishes and eliminating the rest. When we can’t completely digest our food, experiences, and emotions, toxins accumulate in our bodily tissues, creating imbalance and – ultimately – disease. Panchakarma is an elegant cleansing process that releases stored toxins and restores the body’s innate healing ability. When ama accumulates in the body, it blocks the flow of energy, information, and nourishment throughout the system. Ayurveda considers this build-up of toxins the underlying cause of all disease. A common example of this is the accumulation of saturated fat and cholesterol that is beyond the body’s capacity to metabolise. Over time, this leads to the blockage of the blood vessels and arteries and, ultimately, to heart attacks. Stress, environmental pollutants and poor lifestyle choices create a toxic load on the body that—if left in the tissues and bloodstream—results in poor health.

Panchakarma reverses this degenerative process quickly and its effects are often profound and long-lasting. Panchakarma uses a combination of massage, herbal saunas, special foods and nutritional directives, mild fasting and colon therapies to rid the body of accumulated toxins. Your personal program begins with a thorough exam by an Ayurvedic Physician, which enables the doctor to recommend a program tailored to your individual health. As your treatments progresses, you will be given a special diet combined with certain herbs and essential oils to use at home. These will help stimulate your liver and digestive organs, helping them to purge toxins.

Panchakarma can last anywhere from seven to 21 days for optimal results. Packages start at £400 and can be adapted to suit any person. So if you are suffering with a health complaint that you are struggling with, or if you simply want to recharge and rejuvenate your entire system, Panchakarma is for you.

Ayuspa has two convenient London locations - Harrow (020 8391 0301) and Hounslow (020 8577 2999).
www.ayuspa.co.uk

Kiran Sira

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