Ayurvedic Panchakarma Detox
What is Ayurveda
The Ayurveda method of healing and wellbeing is one of the world's oldest holistic systems, dating back more than 5,000 years ago here in India. It is not just a doctrine of medical treatment but a way of living a long and healthy life.
Incorporated in the Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas, Ayurveda is based on the idea of harmonious balance within our bodily system. Ayurveda works on the basis that every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
The five elements combine in the human body to make three life forces “doshas”. We all have a unique combination of the doshas but one dosha is usually more prominent and this can throw off our balance. Ayurveda uses the knowledge of our doshas to bring harmony and wellness back to us, by restoring our dosha balance during treatments, therapies and lifestyle changes. When something disrupts our dosha balance such as injury, emotions, age, seasonal change or even lifestyle, you will become unwell.
Ayurvedic Detoxes cleanse the body of toxins (called ama in Ayurveda) caused by our unbalanced doshas. Mala is the waste products of these toxins. Ayurveda treats illness at its source or the root cause, rather than treating it symptomatically. Ayurvedas nature is to attain the health of the dis-eased person & bring them back to healthy life, & to maintain their health for a good life. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universal energy, you will have good health.
What is Panchakarma:
Panch means five and karma means action. Panchakarma means five karmas or five methods of Ayurvedic treatment or methods of flushing out accumulated toxins from deep tissue through fluids of the body. The goal of any Panchakarma treatment is the restoration of dosha balance. The main features of these detoxs are oil based massages; various herbal and purification treatments as well as yoga and meditation which is associated with Ayurvedic diet. The precise detox program is decided individually for each person alongside a meal plan.
Doshas exist in very person with a personal mix from birth. They should be in harmony with one another & each has its relative strengths which can shift over a life time, one becoming more prominent. The right balance of doshas is essential for physical & mental health.
Vata. Pitta & Kapha together regulate & control the catabolic & anabolic metabolism. The main functions of the doshas is to carry the by-product of digested foods throughout the body. There are 3 types of mala, stools, urine & sweat. Malas are mainly the waste products of the body & so their proper excretion from the body is essential to maintain proper health.
Vata (space & air elements)
Qualities of Vata – Light, dry, moving, rough and unstable.
Embodying the energy of movement including the flow of the breath, the beat of the heart and all movement throughout the body. Common personality traits of vata are creativity, open mindedness & flexibility. When Vata becomes out of balance it can present in many ways emotionally including anxiety, loneliness, and fatigue. It can lead to both physical and energetic depletion, disrupt effective communication, and cause all sorts of abnormal movements in the body. It may present as constipation, flatulence, indigestion, itching & irritation. Sleeplessness, anxiety, arthritis and joint pain.
Pitta (fire & water elements)
Qualities of Pitta – Warm, pungent, liquefied, sour and bitter
The energy of transformation & fire with a secondary element of water as liquid. Common traits of Pitta dominance are confidence, assertiveness & intelligence. Pitta heavily governs metabolism & body temperature. When out of balance, pitta can present as fire in our emotions causing anger & sharpness in our reactions Imbalanced pitta is often at the root of inflammatory disorders. Out of balance Pitta may present as rashes, pimples, psoriasis, discolored skin & allergies to food or dust. Hair falling, indigestion & bad breath.
Kapha (water & earth elements)
Qualities of Kapha – Heavy, cold, slow, sweet, stable and sticky
Kapha lends structure, solidity, and unity to all things, and is therefore associated primarily with the earth and water elements. Kapha also embodies the watery energies of love and compassion. Common personality traits of Kapha is being grounded, slow and nurturing. This dosha hydrates all cells and systems, lubricates the joints, moisturizes the skin, maintains immunity, and protects the tissues. When out of balance, kapha triggers emotions of attachment, greed, and possessiveness and can also create stubbornness & lethargy. Kapha dominance can present as heaviness & weakness in the body. Coughs, migraines, sinus troubles, anemia & white spots. Diabetes can also be present.
Ayurvedic Detox is not advised for those under 18 or over 65. Pregnant or lactating women, those recovering from recent surgery, cancers or diabetes. Please contact us for further information.