What is a Panchakarma?

  Pancha means five Karma means actions 5 action panchakarmaActions refer to the five forms of detox therapy you may experience during a Panchakarma. At Oneworld Ayurveda, you will have an in-depth consultation with our Ayurvedic doctors who will assess your Dosha imbalances and medical condition. The doctors will then prescribe a treatment plan including one or more of these detox therapies depending on your condition and the number of days you are staying onsite. Below we describe the five actions:
  • Virechana – medicine-induced purgation Oral medicines are given to induce purgation (evacuation of the bowels). Recommended for Pitta-dominated conditions.
  • Vamana – medicine-induced vomiting Oral medicines are given to induce vomiting. This helps to eliminate toxins from the tissues. Especially recommended for Kapha-dominated conditions.
  • Nasya – nasal detox Medicated oil or powder is administered through the nostrils. This treatment clears and cleanses the entire head region and relieves various ailments.
  • Basti – medicated enema Medicated oil or decoction is administered through the anus. Especially effective for Vata-predominant conditions.
  • Raktamokshan – bloodletting Impure blood is drained out through various means such as needle-pricking, venesection, and leeching. Cleanses the blood, either in a specific area or the entire body. Useful in various skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and local lesions such as abscesses and pigmentation.
stages of a panchkarmaStages of a Panchakarma
  • Poorva Karma (preparatory procedures) In this phase, the body and mind are prepared with various treatments for cleansing. The treatments help to dislodge the deep-seated toxins in the body and make them ready for elimination. The treatments used are Snehana Karma (oleation therapy) and Swedana Karma (sudation therapy).
  • Panchakarma (detox/cleansing therapies) During your Panchakarma therapies, you will be closely monitored by our doctors to make sure they are safe and effective and you get the best results possible.
  • Pashchaath karma (post-therapeutic dietetics) Designed to enhance and re-establish the digestive fire. A specially tailored diet to continue after the completion of detox treatments to strengthen the benefits of Panchakarma.
If you are looking for a total physical and mental reset, have a pre-existing medical condition, or wonder what a Panchakarma could do for you, you can Ask our Doctors. Our Ayurvedic doctors will advise what treatments and lengths of Panchakarma may be best for you. See what our guests have to say about their Panchkarma experiences

Aparna K. BAMS, MD, PhD

Aparna is one of the few specialists worldwide with a PhD in Ayurveda. Born into an Ayurvedic family which operates a traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma hospital in Kerala, India, she grew up observing her father, the renowned Dr Padmanabhan.


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