The ancient science of Ayurveda states a number of therapies and treatments for various diseases. Ayurveda believes that diseases and disorders are developed when toxins accumulate inside the body. Hence, one of the primary goals of Ayurveda is the detoxification of the body and the mind. One of the several therapies mentioned in Ayurveda is Panchakarma therapy. Panchakarma therapy is a 5-step procedure for the complete detoxification of the body. It generally involves these 5 cleansing practices: Vamana, Virechana, Niruha Basti, Nasya and Anuvasanavasti.
According to Ayurveda, toxin accumulation is a result of an imbalance in the Doshas. Doshas are the three life forces that manifest the energies of the five elements of the body: fire, air, water, space and ether. The Tridoshas are: Vata, Kapha and Pitta. Every human is born with a unique Dosha constitution and the dominant Dosha is usually responsible for the imbalance in the body and the mind. Hence, the main intent of Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies is to pacify the dominant Doshas and restore the balance of the body, mind and soul.
Breathing issues such as asthma have become common in the current lifestyle and are on a steep rise. The treatment of all breathing disorders is possible through natural and holistic means of Ayurveda. Panchakarma therapies are known to be extremely effective in improving respiratory health and eliminating breathing problems. According to Ayurveda, breathing problems arise due to an imbalance in the Vata and Kapha Dosha. Hence, Panchakarma therapies that pacify the aggravated Vata and Kapha are most suitable for the treatment of breathing disorders and improving the respiratory health of the person.
Breathing problems, including asthma, are caused due to the accumulation of excess mucus leading to lung congestion. Aggravated Kapha is usually responsible for the production of excess mucus. Hence, by eliminating Kapha, breathing can be improved. One of the best therapies to eliminate Kapha is Vamana. In this procedure, toxins are removed through therapeutic vomiting induced in the person using various herbs and natural resources. Successful administration of Vamana will give instant relief to the person as well as sustainable benefits to respiratory health by eliminating lung congestion.
Basti is one of the most effective Panchakarma therapies. In this procedure, toxins are removed by administering herbal and medicated oils through the anus, urethra and vagina. It is used to eliminate the aggravated Vata Dosha from the body. Breathing problems arise due to Kapha and Vata imbalance. Hence, Basti may be extremely useful in improving breathing and treating respiratory diseases.
Nasya therapy involves nasal administration of herbal and medicated oils. The nose is the primary organ involved in breathing. It is also the doorway to the sinus and throat, where most of the disorders related to the respiratory system arise. Hence, Nasya can be extremely effective in the treatment of breathing disorders and improving the respiratory health of the person. To improve breathing, Nasya through the administration of ghee in the nose is known to be very effective and successful.
Panchakarma therapies are always accompanied by Yoga, Ayurvedic treatments, lifestyle modifications and dietary regulations. It is the complete detoxification of the body. By restoring the balance in the Dosha constitution, Panchakarma therapies eliminate the toxins accumulation and all the disorders from the body and the mind. However, one must remember that this Ayurvedic procedure must be carried out by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. It should never be tried at home without the guidance of Ayurveda doctors.
This article is reviewed by Dr Ashwini Konnur