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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.
• 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.