What is Ayurveda, Panchakarma and Yoga

Etymologically, Ayurveda has two words – Ayu and Veda. Ayu means Life and Veda stands for the knowledge or science. So strictly speaking Ayurveda is the Science of Life. It is the most ancient system of holistic health in the world, which believes in attaining good health by focusing on harmony: a harmony between mind, body and the spirit.

Ayurveda has designed a way of life for wellness as well as a medical system for the treatment and management of acute and chronic diseases.

The Ayurvedic science views every individual as being unique and hence a treatment or medicine that is suitable for a person need not be suitable for another. Each person is seen to be composed of a unique combination of the three Doshas, each Dosha signifying a type of biological energy. Thus the treatment will pe personalized and specific for each individual.

The conceptual and operational framework of Ayurveda is wide enough to include all that is essential to make a man healthy and happy. It includes the study of the right conduct (dharma) and it deals with the philosophical aspect of life, the knowledge of which contributes greatly to the comfort and happiness of all human beings.

The same focus is also at the core of Yoga, which, contrary to the general belief, is not merely a system of physical practice. Yoga is a step-by-step system for peace, well-being and harmony at all levels of the human existence

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”.

It is a highly individualized five-folded process used to clean the body of toxic materials.

The natural state of a human being is the state of health, happiness and an inner sense of well-being. However, too much stress, poor diet, the impact of the industrial environment and a lifestyle in opposition to nature disturb this natural harmonious state. The body and mind begin to accumulate toxins which lead to deterioration of their function and the appearance of disease. This waste matter is called ama in Ayurveda. 'Ama' is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that needs to be completely evacuated from the body.

Depending on each individual’s needs all or only one of the five therapies will be applied in order to restore the balance and to revive youth, good health, and vitality.

Panchakarma improves health, and several courses of it can help eradicate chronic diseases including:

Muscular system

  • Muscle and nerve atrophy
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Back pain
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Arthritis

Digestion and intestinal tract

  • Excessive acidity
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Nutritional deficiency

Reproductive system

  • Infertility
  • Irregular periods
  • Menopausal problems
  • Menstrual complaints
  • Ovarian cysts

Neurological and mental

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Skin diseases
  •  Insomnia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease