Everything you need to know about Panchakarma - the Ayurvedic Detox

Ashiyana Team posted on 23 January 2015

Have you ever experienced this... You wake up one day and you realise you are not the same person you once were. You notice a few changes in your body and mind. You don't feel as energetic as before. You are putting on more weight than usual. You are always feeling stressed out and restless. You are sluggish and prone to physical and mental illness. But fret not, you might just be experiencing all the symptoms and ill-effects of an overdose of toxins in your body. Yes, toxins! You may have heard and read so much about 'detox' programmes that promise to flush toxins from your system... But do you actually know what they mean? We at Ashiyana Yoga, answer all your frequently-asked-questions about toxins and detox. We also give you the lowdown on how to rid your body of these toxins, detox your system and emerge revitalised, rejuvenated and raring to go!

So, what exactly are toxins?

Toxins are defined as chemicals or poisons that are known to have harmful effects on the body. Toxins can come from food or water, from chemicals used to grow or prepare food, and even from the air that we breathe! Our bodies process those toxins through organs like the liver and kidneys and eliminate them in the form of sweat, urine, and feces.

How do toxins harm your system?

With our modern lifestyles replete with bad eating habits, stressful workplaces, polluted environment and chemicals in the food we eat, we we are putting in more toxins into our bodies than can be removed naturally. Over time, these toxins build up and accumulate in our bodies, creating any of the aforementioned symptoms that you may be experiencing. They mess with our endocrine system and mimic the hormones in our body. Once these toxins are absorbed by the body, they attack your cells, distort the cell's proper functioning, and refuse to get out of our system.

How do you detox?

One of the most ancient, tried and tested method of detox that comes from the 5000-year old Indian practice of Ayurveda is the Panchakarma. A specialized procedure of Ayurvedic treatment, this Ayurvedic detox rids your body of toxins, cleanses your system and nourishes it back to health, improving everything from your digestion to your metabolism.

How does Panchakarma work?

The three major steps of Panchakarma are Purva Karma (preparatory procedures), Pradhan Karma (five important procedures) - including Vaman (induced vomiting), Virechan (induced purgation), Basti (medicated enema), Nasya (nasal medicine) and Rakta Mokshan (artificial bloodletting) - and Pascat Karma (post procedure).
These procedures are designed to eliminate toxins from your body and mind while maintaining the delicate harmony of natural body functions. They boost the body's natural detox system by dislodging the toxins from the cells and then flushing them out through the organs of elimination like the sweat glands, colon and urinary tract.

How will Panchakarma benefit you?

Studies and research has successfully proven that Panchakarma leads to some very promising results in an individual's body including increase in energy levels, appetite, enhanced digestion, mental tranquility, apart from a decrease in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and stress! Panchakarma is also known to open up your body to life energy and nutrients that begin to freely flow through your body, nourishing it and improving your immunity system. Your physical and mental health drastically improve and you experience more clarity than ever, leaving you feeling very good about yourself!

Where can you avail Panchakarma?

If you are looking to detox your system, then an Ayurvedic Detox Retreat at Ashiyana Yoga is just what you need! The Panchakarma retreat at our beautiful and luxurious wellness resort in the beach paradise of Goa, India, promises you an experience of a lifetime. After undergoing our Panchakarma retreat, you will leave feeling rejuvenated and calm through mental and physical purification and deep relaxation. You can expect to lose weight or body fat as the treatment also addresses digestive disorders such as constipation. The retreat will also help you reduce your addictions and give up unwanted and harmful habits. Your skin will feel well oxidized and fresh and you will experience increased resistance to allergies and an increase in mental strength, willpower and concentration. You can choose from the 7 days Ayurvedic Detox Program (Virechana), the 7-days Ayurvedic Detox Program (Basti) and the 7-days Ayurvedic Detox Program (Vamana). All programmes include evening activities, meditation, chanting, music night and all the luxurious facilities at Ashiyana Yoga. Ashiyana Yoga also offers other detox treatments like Nasya (nose drops) and Raktamokshana (bloodletting) among others. To take a pick from the Ayurvedic treatment that best suits you, check out www.ashiyana-yoga-goa.com/panchakarma-detox.html or write to us at contact@ashiyana.com for any further questions!

So, don't waste any more time... Set a positive mood for 2015 with a rejuvenating Panchakarma Ayurvedic detox retreat at Ashiyana Yoga!

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