Kerala Pancha Karma


What is Pancha Karma? The term Pancha Karma comprises two words -- pancha, which means five; and karma, which means methods or measures. Pancha Karma plays a very important role in Ayurvedic medicine, both in maintaining good health and avoiding disease.

The five karmas are: Vamana (emesis); Virecana (purgation); Niruha (non-oily enema); Annuvasana (oily enema); and Nasya or Sirovirecana (head evacuation). Some individuals take niruha and annuvasana under vasti or enema and add the finishing touch to Pancha karma by adding rakta moksana—blood-letting. These five eliminative measures evacuate or expel the toxic matter from the body.

The vital importance of Pancha Karma is Ayurvedic medicine is borne out by the fact that it is applicable to all cases covering a broad range of preventive, curative, as well as health-promoting conditions. Just as dyeing a cloth is not properly effected if the cloth is not properly washed and cleaned; no therapy or medicine can work effectively if the body is not purified beforehand. Ayurveda emphasizes that the body's vitiated doshas and malas must be eliminated before any specific measure is taken to cure an ailment or disease.

Kerala Pancha Karma

A very simplified type of the so-called Pancha Karma way of treatment or therapy has long been practised in Kerala, a state in south India. This practice, which is somewhat different from classical or traditional Pancha Karma therapy is widely known as Keraliya Pancha Karma therapy because it originated in Kerala. The five key components/partsof Keraliya Pancha Karma can be described as mentioned below:

  • Dhara Karma
  • Kaya seka
  • Pinda sweda
  • Anna lepa
  • Siro lepa
Dhara Karma: It involves a liquid medicament such as medicated oil, ghee, cow milk, takra/kwatha (a kind of decoction of drugs) is put in a pot (small pitcher) with a small hole at its bottom. The pot is then hung at some height above the patient's forehead, and this special liquid is then let to slowly trickle from the pot onto the patient's forehead. This procedure or way of treatment has been found very efficient in treating patients who suffer from various mental conditions, or ailments/diseases of the ear, eye, nose and even throat. this procedure has also been found very effective to treat patients who might be struggling to get rid of diseases like diminishing memory, facial palsy, sleeplessness/insomnia.

Kaya Seka: This procedure involves medicated liquid like an oil, which is poured all over the patient's body using the procedure mentioned in the above mentioned dhara karma. The medicated material is poured slowly from an appropriate height, and a massage is done simultaneously. It strengthens the patient body's tissues. it also enhances the body's beauty and luster; and the natural sense organs become clearer. the procedure also helps the patient in achieving longevity, regeneration as well as rejuvenation of muscles. this procedure is especially helpful in the good management of vatika conditions or diseases.

Pinda Sweda: It involves a bolus of special paste, made up of coarse rice that is cooked in milk. this special paste is used for fomenting or massaging of patient's body. Ahead of the the starting this procedure, adequate snehana is done by applying oil all over the patient's body. Pinda sweda helps a lot in relieving tiredness, in addition to various irritating diseases like depression, insomnia and drowsiness. In addition, this procedure promotes appetite, and reduces stiffness or hardness of the joints. If employed successfully, it helps patients suffering from various neuromuscular disorders and systemic diseases, to a great extent.

Anna Lepa: An especially processed, medicated "anna" (cereal) is slowly applied on the patient's body in certain conditions when the aforementioned pinda sweda therapy fails to show positive results. The procedure of preparing medicated cereal paste is the same as is aforementioned in the pinda sweda dravya. The person is instructed to lie down on a wooden plank, and the lukewarm lepa or medicated cereal paste is applied all over his/her body excluding the head.

Siro Lepa:
 The procedure of Siro lepa is very helpful in battling mental conditions or ailments related to the brain. It involves applying a paste made of some traditional drugs on the patient's head. all these procedures must be used under the supervision of an expert.





2/02/2017
Kerala Pancha Karma

What is Pancha Karma? The term Pancha Karma comprises two words -- pancha, which means five; and karma, which means methods or measures. Pancha Karma plays a very important role in Ayurvedic medicine, both in maintaining good health and avoiding disease.

The five karmas are: Vamana (emesis); Virecana (purgation); Niruha (non-oily enema); Annuvasana (oily enema); and Nasya or Sirovirecana (head evacuation). Some individuals take niruha and annuvasana under vasti or enema and add the finishing touch to Pancha karma by adding rakta moksana—blood-letting. These five eliminative measures evacuate or expel the toxic matter from the body.

The vital importance of Pancha Karma is Ayurvedic medicine is borne out by the fact that it is applicable to all cases covering a broad range of preventive, curative, as well as health-promoting conditions. Just as dyeing a cloth is not properly effected if the cloth is not properly washed and cleaned; no therapy or medicine can work effectively if the body is not purified beforehand. Ayurveda emphasizes that the body's vitiated doshas and malas must be eliminated before any specific measure is taken to cure an ailment or disease.

Kerala Pancha Karma

A very simplified type of the so-called Pancha Karma way of treatment or therapy has long been practised in Kerala, a state in south India. This practice, which is somewhat different from classical or traditional Pancha Karma therapy is widely known as Keraliya Pancha Karma therapy because it originated in Kerala. The five key components/partsof Keraliya Pancha Karma can be described as mentioned below:

  • Dhara Karma
  • Kaya seka
  • Pinda sweda
  • Anna lepa
  • Siro lepa
Dhara Karma: It involves a liquid medicament such as medicated oil, ghee, cow milk, takra/kwatha (a kind of decoction of drugs) is put in a pot (small pitcher) with a small hole at its bottom. The pot is then hung at some height above the patient's forehead, and this special liquid is then let to slowly trickle from the pot onto the patient's forehead. This procedure or way of treatment has been found very efficient in treating patients who suffer from various mental conditions, or ailments/diseases of the ear, eye, nose and even throat. this procedure has also been found very effective to treat patients who might be struggling to get rid of diseases like diminishing memory, facial palsy, sleeplessness/insomnia.

Kaya Seka: This procedure involves medicated liquid like an oil, which is poured all over the patient's body using the procedure mentioned in the above mentioned dhara karma. The medicated material is poured slowly from an appropriate height, and a massage is done simultaneously. It strengthens the patient body's tissues. it also enhances the body's beauty and luster; and the natural sense organs become clearer. the procedure also helps the patient in achieving longevity, regeneration as well as rejuvenation of muscles. this procedure is especially helpful in the good management of vatika conditions or diseases.

Pinda Sweda: It involves a bolus of special paste, made up of coarse rice that is cooked in milk. this special paste is used for fomenting or massaging of patient's body. Ahead of the the starting this procedure, adequate snehana is done by applying oil all over the patient's body. Pinda sweda helps a lot in relieving tiredness, in addition to various irritating diseases like depression, insomnia and drowsiness. In addition, this procedure promotes appetite, and reduces stiffness or hardness of the joints. If employed successfully, it helps patients suffering from various neuromuscular disorders and systemic diseases, to a great extent.

Anna Lepa: An especially processed, medicated "anna" (cereal) is slowly applied on the patient's body in certain conditions when the aforementioned pinda sweda therapy fails to show positive results. The procedure of preparing medicated cereal paste is the same as is aforementioned in the pinda sweda dravya. The person is instructed to lie down on a wooden plank, and the lukewarm lepa or medicated cereal paste is applied all over his/her body excluding the head.

Siro Lepa:
 The procedure of Siro lepa is very helpful in battling mental conditions or ailments related to the brain. It involves applying a paste made of some traditional drugs on the patient's head. all these procedures must be used under the supervision of an expert.