The main idea behind Ayurveda is the prevention of health of a human being and to find a cure of the diseases. Body purification therapy is an important part of it. Also known as Sodhana Chikilsa, this process is to purify the entire body so that a proper balance of Vatha, Pitha and Kapha can be attained. It is based on such treatments like the Panchkarma and Swethakarma, which help in the elimination of toxic deposits from the human body.
The days of therapy vary - 7 days, 14 days, and 21 days. The duration per day is around 1 to 2 hours.
Procedures of Body purification:
There are two procedures for preparing the body for the purification process:
1. Swedana Karma (Sudation Therapy) –In this therapy, various therapies such as Njavarakizhi, Pizhichil, Elakizhi, steam bath are used to make your body sweat.
2. Snehana Karma (Oil Therapy) – It is performed with the use of ghee and oil preparation.
Following the completion of above mentioned two therapies, a purification process is carried out with the use of five therapeutic measures, also known as Panchkarma.
- Nasyam (Nasal Medication)
- Virechana (Purgation Therapy)
- Rekthamoksha (Blood Letting therapy)
- Varsity (Medicated Enema therapy)
- Vamana (Emesis Therapy)
The Panchakarma treatments help the body in releasing as well as eradicating toxins completely. It also helps in rebalancing the doshas which have turned out of balance because of an increase in metabolic wastes.
The detoxification methods are known as 'Shodhana', which consists of five stages:
- Snehana (Administration of internal and external medicated fats)
- Swedana (Perspiration)
- Vamana (Emesis)
- Virechana (Purgation)
- Basthi (Administration of liquid preparation using a bladder)
Benefits of Body purification therapy:
- Eradication of toxins
- Rebalancing the Tridoshas
- Effective in treating chronic diseases like arthritis and psoriasis
- Relaxes the body
- Energizes the body
- Lubricates the natural channels of a human body
- Stimulation of body’s own purification process
- Relieves constipation, headache, gouts
- Cures Sexual disorders
- Controls hair loss