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panchakarma

/pan·cha·kar·ma/ (pahn″chah-kahr´mah) [Sanskrit] a fivefold purification treatment used in ayurveda, usually including a purgative to eliminate kapha, a laxative to eliminate pitta, an enema to eliminate vata, inhalation treatment to clear doshas from the head, and bloodletting to purify the blood.

panchakarma

Ayurvedic medicine
An intense detoxification regimen consisting of five "purificatory steps" or "elimination therapies”, which is used in ayurvedic medicine to enhance a person’s prana, the living force of the universe. A panchakarma regimen may last one week, and may be used once or twice per year to eliminate ama (impurities); a panchakarma may include asnehan (a cleansing herbal oil massage that focuses on specific marma or pressure points), a sauna with herbal oils (which imparts vapours that are inhaled), aromatherapy, herbal tea and music therapy.  

Panchakarma
• Emesis therapy—"therapeutic vomiting".
• Purgation therapy—evacuation of the bowels with a laxative.
• Errhine therapy—nasal insufflation of intranasal "decongestants"—e.g., medicated oils, powdered herbs, ghee.
• Oily enema therapy.
• Decoction (watery) enema therapy.

panchakarma

(păn″chă-kăr′mă) [Sanskrit pancha, five + Sanskrit karma deed]
In Ayurvedic medicine, purification of the body, or the removal of toxins from it. It can be accomplished by bloodletting, enema, inhalation, or vomiting.

panchakarma (pänˑ·ch·kärˈ·m),

n in Ayurveda, a five-step purification therapy that improves the ability to uptake and receive ojas by removing impurities from the shrotas and body. See also ojas and shrotas.
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