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Panchakarma therapy is a powerful detox therapy that stands on the principle of Ayurveda. It is an effective healing treatment that improves your gut health. Gut health is the part of the gastrointestinal system and is also referred to as the digestive tract. The digestive tract is the process of digestion right from the start of food passing through the different organs to the excretion process.
The organs involved in the digestive tract or gut health are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. The sign of a healthy gut assures the proper digestion of food to retaining energy from them, ensuring the overall healthy stature of our body, and finally immunizing the body.
A healthy gut is responsible for providing our body with the needed nutrition and energy it retained from the food. The whole process of disintegration of food takes place in the gut. Gut health is also directly responsible for our emotions too as it produces ‘serotonin’ a powerful hormone that regulates our moods and emotions.
A healthy gut also is also a carrier of ‘microbiome’ that is comprised of various bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Research says that there are some good bacteria in the microbiome that can prevent the disease like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS). Overall microbiome acts like a fighting agent that protects our body from any inward infections.
Another group of study shows that gut and brain are solely connected as the gut provides the information to the brain and it also acts like a signal that helps the brain to decide on the act of consumption of food.
According to Ayurveda, our physical health, mental health, and gut health are all interlinked. The ayurvedic system emphasizes the healthy working of our digestion system and states that the unhealthy gut can disrupt our Prakriti ( nature ) and our body is then devoid of nutritional and emotional growth that can also lead to the formation of pathological disease in our body says Dr. Harish an Ayurveda acharya and herbs enthusiast.
The two vital factors – Agni ( digestive fire ) and Ama ( waste toxins ) comprise the digestion process and ensures gut health. The food that we consume gets disintegrated in the digestive tract and Agni performs the following process:
Another group of studies shows that in Ayurvedic literature, Agni is mentioned as the moolaadhar (base) of a healthy life and the person dies if the Agni stops working. If our digestive fire or Agni doesn’t perform well, it may lead to the formation of Ama ( waste ).
The formation of Ama further may disrupt the whole body mechanism, and even lower our immune system. Further, Ama can also lead to clogged channels, fatigue, and a stagnate body. For a healthy gut, the smooth functioning of Agni and Ama are crucial.
The imbalance of our doshas (energy) in the body is one of the many reasons behind the weak Agni (digestive fire). For a healthy gut, the proper functioning of Agni is essential and that is possible if our Pitta dosha is in perfect balance in our body.
Ayurvedic science states that our body is comprised of five elements – ether (akasa), air (Vayu), fire (Tejas), water (Jala), and earth (Prithvi). These five elements then are constituted into three main energies knows as doshas in the Ayurvedic system. The three doshas are Vata, Kapha, and Pitta.
To balance the Agni, Pitta balancing is important. Pitta imbalance can be caused by:
To combat these, the following steps will restore the Pitta balance:
Along with these, mindful eating will help immensely in balancing the Pitta energy in our body leading to Agni balancing in our body.
Panchakarma therapy is a powerful method of ayurvedic detox treatment. The treatment efficiently improves gut health by restoring the Agni and eliminating the Ama from the body. The treatment ensures the blossoming of all the panch-dhatu (five elements) and is the five-step process hence the name Panchakarma.
Vaman, Virechanam, Basti, Nasyam, Raktmokshanam are the five-step process involved in the panchakarma. Virechanam is the most important and crucial step of panchakarma therapy as it helps to regularise bowel movements and aids digestion.
The style of treatment in Ayurveda is unique and quite different from western medicine. In ayurvedic treatments, first, the Prakriti (nature) of the person is determined, and then the balance of Tridoshas (three combined energies) – Vata, Kapha, and Pitta.
Once establishing their nature, Panchakarma therapy is prescribed accordingly. One has to go through pre and post panchakarma treatments. The treatments are different in each of the therapies but the common thread of treatment is the Kashaya ( herbal decoction) and ‘Ghritam’ used in every kind of Panchakarma treatment.
Panchakarma therapy detoxifies your entire digestive system that includes your digestives organs from the liver, intestines, gall bladder to the kidney. The whole detox process eliminates the toxins from your body and your whole digestive organs get massaged that activates your cell in the whole abdomen area.
This improves the function of your digestive organs, the production of stomach acids increases hence the better food assimilation in your body starts preventing the formation of wastes in your body. This whole process improves your gut health and your body becomes more active.
Research shows that stress whether it be emotional or physical leads to an unhealthy gut. There is a direct connection between your gut and brain. You might have noticed it at some point in life or others, stress affects our food intake, eating habits hence digestion.
Panchakarma therapy helps to reduce your stress. It relaxes your mind, brings calmness and centeredness to yourself. It also activates your brain cells, promotes better sleep quality that eventually overall improves your gut health.
Panchakarma therapy detoxifies the body, it by default stimulates your digestive organs. It leads to the proper energy and fuel production in your body that recharges every cell in your body.
It also leads your body to become well receptive to nutrient absorption and the chances of waste formation in your body become less. The process improves your gut health and helps to relieve digestion problems like constipation, ulcers, and heartburn.
The sattvic diet is an important part of panchakarma therapy. During the treatment, light food that is low fat and high in fiber is recommended. Fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables without much spices, and whole wheat chapatis are prescribed to the patients.
Sattvic foods help the patients to practice nutritional eating and teach people how to choose foods that have a higher life force. This whole process improves your gut health.
Panchakarma therapy is a powerful transformative detox therapy that rejuvenates your body, mind, and soul. The therapy by cleansing your whole system effectively improves your digestion. Virechana therapy being the most important in the process ensures to improve your gut health.