purvakarma

purvakarma

, purva karma (poor?va-kar'ma) [Sanskrit purva, prior + Sanskrit karma, action, deed]
An Ayurvedic medicine, an oil massage or other pretreatment given before panchakarma.
See: panchakarma.
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There are three phases of panchakarma: The preliminary therapies, called purvakarma; the five main therapies of panchakarma (vamana, nasya, virechan, raktamokshana, and basti); and post-treatment procedures called paschatkarma.
Purvakarma therapies serve to prepare the body to get rid of stored ama (toxins).
The basic idea behind the function of purvakarma therapies can be understood with the following analogy.