Panchakarma: Purifying the Body
Ayurveda teaches that vibrant health depends upon our body’s ability to metabolize all aspects of life, assimilating that which nurtures us and eliminating the rest. When our digestive powers are weak, toxins accumulate in our body, contributing to imbalance and, ultimately, illness.
Panchakarma is a powerful Ayurvedic treatment that releases physical and emotional toxicity, restoring the body's natural balance and health.
A Fusion of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Practice
Panchakarma was developed thousands of years ago by the ancient healing masters of India. In Sanskrit, panchakarma means “the five actions” (pancha = five, and karma = action), referring to the five cleansing therapies described in the classic Ayurvedic textbooks.
As Panchakarma has been adapted for use in the West, the therapies have evolved and modernized, and the number of therapies included is not always five, but varies according to an individual’s mind-body type (dosha) and health concerns. However, the principles of purifying and replenishing remain the same. At The Chopra Center, panchakarma follows these steps:
Step One: Preparatory Procedures. Panchakarma begins with oleation and soothing heat therapies, using pure essential oils to mobilize toxins.
You can benefit from oleation at home by performing a daily self-abhy massage using oils suited for your dosha. In addition, you can cleanse your body and improve your digestion by trying our delicious recipe for Sesame Bliss Balls.
Nasya is another Ayurvedic treatment that is often used in Panchakarma. The therapy requires a Neti pot and pure herbalized oils to cleanse and open the sinus passages, improving the flow of life energy.
Step Two: Elimination and Release. Once the toxins have been mobilized, gentle therapies such as nasya and basti cleansing help release residue from the body. The basti is a therapeutic process in which medicated oils and herbal preparations are used to flush toxins from the intestinal tract. Bastis offer greater healing benefits than water-based colon cleansing because the herbalized oils enter the deeper tissues and eliminate fat-soluble toxins.
Step Three: Rejuvenation. The final stage of Panchakarma is Rasayana, a term meaning “that which is nourishing.” According to Ayurveda, once toxins have been cleansed, it is a critical time to begin replenishing the body with natural foods and herbs, revitalizing massage treatments, and healing practices such as meditation and yoga.Read more about panchakarma here
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"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, and not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
~ The Buddha
When Should I Do Panchakarma?
Ayurveda recommends regular Panchakarma treatments, ideally at the beginning of spring, fall, and winter. With the approaching change in seasons, now is the perfect time to experience this ancient cleansing process.
Panchakarma is the cornerstone of The Chopra Center’s weekly Perfect Health program, which combines specific foundational teachings, intellectual guidance, and daily experiential practices with deeply healing Ayurvedic therapies.
After six days, you will feel renewed as you release whatever is no longer serving you and open yourself to vibrant health. Read about Perfect Health here
Sesame Bliss Balls
These wonderfully spiced treats promote digestion and purify the body-mind.
1 cup toasted sesame seeds
Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix together until well incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls. Store in an airtight container.
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