One of several Ayurvedic treatments, Panchakarma is an ancient form of purification developed thousands of years ago in India to remove toxins. An accumulation of toxins in the system leads to obstructions in the flow of energy, information, and nourishment and is the basis of disease. According to Ayurveda, good health is dependent upon our capability to fully metabolise the nutritional, emotional and sensory information that we ingest, and the Ayurvedic treatment Panchakarma helps us achieve this. Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body detoxifying experience.
When our digestive energies, known as agni, are robust we create healthy tissues, eliminate waste products efficiently and produce a subtle essence called ojas. On the other hand, if our digestive energies (agni) are weakened, digestion is incomplete. This accumulation of toxic residue is collectively known as ama. Cleansing and detoxifying the body via Panchakarma helps build the natural fire within the body (agni); naturally burning toxins from the body and aiding digestion.
Panchakarma also tackles negative emotions such as fear, anger, greed, and guilt which all create mental impurities. Undigested experiences, thoughts and emotions become toxic like undigested food. These "mental toxins" obstruct the flow of positive feelings and mental clarity, and result in chronic psychological and emotional distress.