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AYURVEDA

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An ancient traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda dates back to 5000 years. 'Ayur' means 'Life' and 'Veda' means 'Science'. Thus Ayurveda is the 'Science of Life'.

According to Ayurveda , everything in the universe is made up of combinations of five elements (panchamahaabhutas):

  •   Space or Aakaasha
  •   Air or Vaayu
  •   Fire or Agni
  •   Water or Apa
  •   Earth or Prithvi

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The key to optimal health is to help the body eliminate toxins and re-establish the constitutional balance of the doshas. For such purpose, Ayurvedic treatments are broadly classified into Shodhana and Shamana i.e. purificatory and palliative therapy respectively.

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SHODHANA CHIKITSA

Shodhana means to purify. The main aim of Shodhana treatment is to eliminate the internal causative factors of the disease. It is one the most important techniques in Ayurveda and is an internal purification process.

SHODHANA CHIKITSA CONSISTS OF A THREE-STAGE PURIFICATION PROCESS AS FOLLOWS:

POORVA KARMA (PREPARATORY PURIFICATION PRIOR TO THE MAIN PURIFICATION)

This course consists of Snehana Karma (oleation therapy) and Swedana Karma (sudation therapy). These procedures loosen the toxin deposits from the cells and tissues and bring them into outer channels for easy elimination.

PRADHANA KARMA/ PANCHAKARMA (THE MAIN FIVE PURIFICATION METHODS)

These are:1 Vamana (Medically induced vomiting to cure diseases due to vitiated kapha),2.Virechana (purgation to cure pitta aggravated diseases), 3.Basti(medicated enema used predominantly to treat diseases caused by vaata), 4. Nasyam (medicines administered through nasal roots for diseases above shoulder), 5. Rakthamoksha Karma ( Controlled blood -letting done either with the help of leeches or with other methods).

PASHCHAT KARMA (POST REJUVENATION THERAPY)

These procedures consist mainly of recuperative measures in the form of diet, lifestyle changes, and rejuvenating herbs.

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