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What is Panchakarma? Exploring Ancient, Natural Detox

By Andrew
August 23, 2015

What is Panchakarma?

Panchakarma (PK) is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”.  The PK program is a series of ancient health-boosting treatments that cleanse body of toxins, increase vitality, and restore inner-balance and wellbeing.


Natural is Best

According to Ayurvedic principles, our natural state is one of health and happiness.  In our natural state, the body is free of toxins, the mind is relaxed, the emotions are balanced, and wastes and pollutants are easily expelled from the system.  However, in the hectic, modern world, stress and other toxins tend to accumulate and cause a deterioration in our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Toxins can build up due to stress, improper diet, lack of exercise, environmental pollution and countless other factors.  As the toxins increase, our health declines.  This happens gradually, over the course of years.  For many of us, by the time we are 40, we have become accustomed to high levels of stress, emotional turmoil, backaches, headaches, lack of energy, negative attitudes and many other detriments to our happiness.  These ailments normally decrease or disappear entirely once the excess toxins have been cleared from the system.  PK systematically cleanses the entire system and quickly reverses the degenerative process.  Its effects are often profound and long lasting.

According to Ayurveda, our natural state is one of health and happiness.

Some benefits of Panchakarma include:

  • Elimination of toxins from the body
  • Strengthening of the immune system
  • Reversal of the negative effects of stress on the body and mind
  • Slowing of the aging process
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Enhanced energy and vitality
  • Increased physical and mental strength
  • Enhanced ability to relax

One of the main goals of Ayurveda is to rid your body of undigested foods called ama. If not removed, ama can attach to the inside of your body, causing various health issues. To eliminate this unwanted waste, practitioners of Ayurveda recommend a panchakarma cleanse, which reduces symptoms and restores harmony and balance to your body.Expert Ayurveda guides help design a personal wellness routine that’s based on the results of your initial health assessment. This routine consists of the following:

  • Herbs
  • Supplements
  • Therapies
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle advice

Are you interested in a deeper understanding of cleansing and what it can do for your system? I invite you to check out our ebook “What is Panchakarma?”.


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