My Experiences with ‘Panchakarma,’ an Ayurvedic Detox Treatment for Body and Mind

Kerala is well-known for its Ayurvedic treatments, and it is good if Panchakarma treatment is done during the Malayan month of Karkidokam – monsoon season. This timing is regarded as best for body and mind healing, detoxification and treatments that aid weight loss, body pain, or other ailments. Any person can undergo Panchakarma treatment as a form of rejuvenation. If he is able to complete three cycles in three years, it is believed his body will develop self-immunity to prevent all diseases for many more years later.

When I did the treatment two years earlier, I had to undergo 21 days treatment and I stayed at the hospital itself. This time, it was 16 days treatment and it may take fewer days in the next cycle. The first 7 days I did Abhyanga – applying oil all over the body and doing body massage – followed by Swetham (steam bath,) Virechana (medicated purgation,) and 7 days of Choorna Kizhi. For this treatment, massage is done by applying hot kizhis, or bundles of medical herbs that have been soaked in neem oil overnight and then heated. It’s considered the best treatment for body pain and reducing body weight.

I also did Takra Dhara along with Kizhi treatment, which is used for stimulating our brain nerves, for better eye heath and vision, for the relief of neck pain – which is appreciated by those who spend too much time before computers. A band is tied on the forehead and Dhara medicine (buttermilk) is poured on head continuously for 45 minutes to 1 hour. It’s a great method to reduce mental strain and relax us from tensions also.

This time, the Vasthi treatment – a method of detoxification for three days – was excluded.

This was the second time I had a Panchakarma treatment, and now I need to undergo full rest for the next two weeks. So I need to stay away from computers if I want better results from the treatment. So I should control myself and give less strain to body and mind, as I have done in the past 16 days when I underwent treatment.


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Editor’s note: Ayurveda is one of the principal approaches to healthcare in India and other Eastern countries. It is a system of medicine that has a long history within that context but it is not well understood by Western science. All healthcare approaches have potential risks and side effects, and treatments should be carried out under the supervision of properly trained health providers. Health information on BlogBourne is intended for information purposes only and should never replace diagnosis or treatment by a competent health professional.





    1. Sandhya Rani Post author

      yes, if you want to remain fit both physically and mentally. Most important is time, u need to dedicate one full month in relaxation, away from tensions and work load. Then only it is effective

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