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Panchakarma Q&A

Why Should I Undergo Panchakarma Treatment?

Stress, environmental pollutants and poor diet and lifestyle choices create a toxic load on the body that—if left in the tissues and bloodstream—results in poor health.

Panchakarma (PK) reverses this degenerative process quickly and its effects are often profound and long-lasting. PK 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 PK 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 PK 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.

What Can I Expect?

The Panchakarma cleansing process affects the whole person. Thus, during the program, you may notice changes on mental, physical and emotional levels. Many of our patients experience a “healing crisis.” This is a normal part of the healing process, and may be seen as a beneficial step toward optimal health.

The Healing Crises

A healing crisis occurs when a large quantity of toxins that have been locked in our tissues for years are released into the system for elimination. As these toxins are expelled, you may experience insomnia, heaviness, aching or general discomfort and flu-like symptoms. You may also develop a feverish feeling, which is simply your body’s way of burning up toxic waste. You may notice some emotional mood swings or experience intense feelings. Do not be alarmed—this is both a natural and necessary part of tissue cleansing. Make time to visit with your Ayurvedic Physician or facilitator on a daily basis while undergoing PK treatments and they will help to walk you through the process.

What Should I Do At Home?

During the first stage of your Panchakarma therapy, when you are undergoing daily massage and steam baths, there are several things you can do to facilitate your body’s internal cleansing.

  1. Drink plenty of pure water, soothing herbal teas (be sure they are caffeine-free) and fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices.
  2. Eat light foods in moderate amounts, and increase your daily rest.
  3. Be gentle and nurturing to yourself.
  4. Completing the PK Cycle

To complete your PK treatment, you will do a mild fast and special liver purge followed by a specialized rejuvenation program. You will be amazed at your increased energy level and renewed vitality. Periodic PK treatments, in addition to your individual dietary and exercise routines, will help to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.

What to Wear To Your PK Appointment?

Wear comfortable, older clothing that you don’t mind getting oily. Your massage and herbal sauna will also leave you in a need of a bath, so plan accordingly. Also try to bring a cap or a bandana to cover your head after the treatment. Do not expect any specific results – Just be on the wave and relax.

 

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