The traditional science of Ayurvedic Panchakarma offers the most natural and complete cleanse. It is the ideal method of detoxifying and rejuvenating the body and mind and healing from within.
Overlooking the spiritual Ganges river in the Himalayan foothills, Ananda creates an idyllic setting for a holistic cleanse. The Panchakarma programme is for 21 nights and follows 3 distinct stages. For those with time limitations, a shorter introduction version of Panchakarma can be customised for 14 days as well.
The first stage is Purvakarma or pre-purification measures.
Before purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body with prescribed methods to encourage it to let go of the toxins. The program starts with improving digestion both at the cellular and gastrointestinal level through digestive juice stimulants (dipana), and digestants (pachana). This is followed by Snehapana or consumption of medicated ghee for three to seven days in different doses depending on strength and nature of an individual. In the shorter 14-night program, Sadhyo-snehapana includes 1 or 2 days with fixed dosage of medicated ghee. Next is Snehana which is the application of oil to the entire body with a massage technique that helps toxins move towards the gastrointestinal tract. Alongside this is Svedana or therapeutic sweating and is given every day following the Snehana.
The second stage consists of cleansing Panchakarma processes which includes Vamana - emesis, Virechana - purgation, Basti – oil and decoction enema and finally Nasya - elimination of toxins through the nasal passage.
The third stage is Paschatkarma
which focusses on special diets to rest and rejuvenate the cleansed system, along with natural herbal remedies to replenish the digestive enzymes and immune system. Lifestyle changes are prescribed following return from Ananda.
Panchakarma is a very special Ayurvedic procedure and requires proper guidance from a highly trained and skilful Ayurvedic practitioner. At Ananda, Panchakarma is performed under the supervision of our expert Ayurvedic Doctors and customised for each guest with their specific constitution in mind.
Ananda’s Panchakarma programme together with Yoga and Meditation is not only a physical detox but also an emotional and mental cleansing process. This is an intensive programme, with strict restrictions but tangible end benefits, so for the most effective results guests are advised to adhere to the schedule and dietary restrictions as prescribed by the Ayurvedic Doctor.
There are periods within the programme when guests may experience weakness, low energy levels and mood swings. In case of strong occurrence of these or other issues like fever, flu or loose bowels, the programme will be paused, and resumed when symptom pass. The treatments may be adjusted accordingly, however this will be as per the doctors’ recommendations only.
- Not suitable for women during menstrual cycle
- Not suitable for cardiac or severely diabetic patients, or for those undergoing cancer management
- Not suitable for patients recovering from a recent surgery
- Not suitable for ages less than 18 years or over 65 years
- Not suitable during pregnancy or for one year post-delivery or lactating mothers
- Not suitable in case of active infectious diseases.