Panchakarma Detoxification

Panchakarma is a holistic body detoxification and cleansing treatment where certain therapies are applied to breakdown and remove toxins from the entire body, treating your body as a whole, single entity.
According to Ayurvedic scriptures, Panchakarma is a major undertaking as part of a larger cleansing and rejuvenation effort to ‘reset’ the body and restore it to its balanced, natural, and inherently healing state.

Preventative yet Curative
Though Panchakarma is undertaken as a preventative measure, it is also prescribed as a curative treatment to help deter a disease’s stronghold in the body and minimize its spread and negative effects. The treatment programme can be designed to focus on certain dosha imbalances, ailments or degenerative diseases as needed.
The ayurvedic doctor will curate the most appropriate programme that best addresses your wellbeing and health goals.

Panchakarma takes you on a unique journey into a mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and wellbeing through five therapeutic treatments in a pure, spiritual, yogic environment.

In the stressful environments in which many of us now live, toxins gradually accumulate in the body causing disease. The miraculous human body is capable of constantly renewing and rejuvenating itself. However when imbalance and weakened digestive capacity allow toxic impurities to form, this natural ability of the body is blocked. Panchakarma in the Ashram is a unique opportunity to cleanse in a yogic environment, connect with the body, mind and soul while benefiting from the Ashram daily programme of yoga classes, meditation sessions and more. In addition to the Panchakarma treatment, you will receive a full health check, a doctor’s daily review and consultation, and talks on Ayurveda.

Personalised Programme
The entire Panchakarma cleansing programme is tailored based on your constitution, state of wellbeing and health requirements. This includes the type and frequency of therapies prescribed as well as all natural oils, herbs, and powders used throughout your treatment.
Hence your treatment is unique to your circumstances and is a fully personalized experience by which you listen to your body and provide it with the most appropriate therapies and nutrients it deserves for a balanced you.
In just two weeks this powerful therapy will leave your body younger, stronger and reduced chronic ailments, and your mind calm, stress-free and relaxed.

Stages of Panchakarma
There are three stages in panchakarma therapy, all equally important.

Purva Karma—Preparatory Stage (7-9 days)
The primary aim of this stage is to breakdown and liquefy toxin blockages throughout the entire body and move toxins and other foreign substances towards the gastrointestinal tract region. For a period of 7 to 9 days, a variety of heat-generating warm therapies and techniques are applied to the body, including special massages and herbal steam baths as well as oral intake of medicated oils and/or herbal decoctions.
• Snehana: Medicated oil or ghee is administered orally and through massage. Enables easy elimination of the fat-soluble toxins and removes blockages created by metabolic waste. 1 hour | 5-7 treatments
• Svedana: Heat is applied to open the pores and channels for ease of elimination of water-soluble toxins. Techniques used include steam bath, hot bundles, leaf bundles, powder bundles, and others. 30 mins | 2-3 treatments

Pradan Karma—the Five Actions—Treatment Stage (5-7 days)
After liquefying toxins and consolidating them in the GIT, it is time to eliminate these toxins by ejecting them out of the body.
According to Ayurvedic literature, Pradhankarma is the act of undertaking five main cleansing procedures to dispose of toxins, foreign substances, and any accessible Ama already formulated in the body. In addition to the physical ejection of toxins, each of five prescribed procedures eliminates aggravated levels of certain doshas (energies) within the body, allowing dosha levels to stabilize for subsequent balancing.
Depending on the individual circumstances, the doctor may decide not to prescribe one or more therapies as they may not all be required in each case.
• Virechana (purgation) Medicated purgation through the bowels, eliminates imbalance of pitta accumulated in the liver and gallbladder.
• Sneha Basti (oil enema) Anally administered medicated oil or ghee lubricates the large intestine, balancing vata.
• Kashya Basti (decoction enema) Anally administered herb-infused decoction high in electrolytes and alkalinity helps neurological, auto-immune and degenerative conditions.
• Nasyam (nasal medication) Medicated oil or powder introduced through the nose reduces kapha imbalances above the clavicle region.
• Vamana (emesis) Therapeutic-induced vomiting reduces the imbalance of kapha dosha.

Paschat Karma – Post Treatment Stage (post programme – at home)
After spending two weeks at the Ashram in the Panchakarma Clinic, undertaking cleansing and detoxification therapies, the body cells are now clean and very receptive to the nutrients and environment they are exposed to. This is why the Paschatkarma phase is paramount to ensure that the body cells regenerate and recover well, the Tridoshas are re-balanced and the digestive and immune functions are properly re-established.
It is important to maintain a pure vegetarian diet and healthy lifestyle for 2-4 weeks after the therapy and to take rasayana herbs (revitalising herbs) during this period of readjustment. These will be supplied. Additional prescriptions may be offered, and lifestyle adjustments and special dietary requirements will be discussed during the final consultation. This includes a healthy diet, mild exercise and beneficial daily habits while maintaining a low-stress, relaxed and a positively stimulating environment. This is a ‘clean period’ where you should try your best to eat well, breathe well, sleep well, and feel well.

Participants have access to all Ashram facilities and activities including daily satsangs including meditation, yoga classes, lectures and cultural programmes.

Physical Health & Relaxation
−Detoxifies and cleanses the body from Ama and other toxins
−Removes toxin blockages and clears internal body channels
−Relaxes the body and relieves any tensions or spasms
−Relieves body, joints, and muscular pain, strengthens the body
−Stimulates and rejuvenates body tissues and organs
−Promotes loss of excess weight and fat
−Improves the metabolic fire (agni) throughout the body
−Helps treat skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema

Digestive System
−Promotes healthy digestion
−Cleanses gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of toxins
−Relieves constipation
−Promotes healthy excretion
−Removes excess mucus layers from intestines

Nervous System
−Relieves stress and anxiety
−Promotes body and mind relaxation
−Produces dopamine in the brain
−Treats/prevents neuro-degenerative diseases

Circulatory System
−Improves blood circulation
−Removes toxic blockages in artilleries, veins
−Improves cardiovascular functions

Muscular System
−Relaxes muscle tensions and spasms
−Relieves muscle pain
−Strengthens body muscles

Respiratory System
−Promotes blood absorption to oxygen
−Promotes blood and body cells exchange
−Improves breathing
−Removes excess mucus from lungs

Skeletal System
−Relieves pain
−Strengthens bones
−Lubricates joints
−Repairs cartilages

Immune System
−Improves immunity
−Helps treat allergy symptoms
−Treats autoimmunity diseases like rheumatism

Endocrine System
−Stimulate glands activity
−Improve glands secretions
−Reduce adrenaline production
−Improve thyroid gland functions

Reproductive System
−Help treat male and female infertility
−Help treat women with PCOD, regulate estrogen
−Regulate menstruation cycle
−Help increase Libido

Mental Benefits
−Treats a variety of mind-related ailments incl. IBS, hypertension and fibromyalgia
−Treats depression and suicidal tendencies
−Releases tension and anxiety
−Relaxes and de-stresses the mind
−Improves functioning of the mind
−Improves cognitive responsiveness
−Promotes memory retention
−Improves memory and clarity
−Enhances mental concentration
−Promotes healthy sleep cycles
−Induces body relaxation

Beauty Benefits
−Improves skin complexion
−Restores and induce skin lustre
−Reduces acne
−Reduces facial hyperpigmentation
−Nourishes skin cells
−Slows body ageing process
−Reduces facial wrinkles
−Reduces stretch marks

Who should attend?
Everyone aged 18 – 75 years is welcome. Since Ayurveda is preventative as well as curative, you do not need to have a specific problem to benefit from panchakarma. However the treatment is highly effective for a vast range of disorders and diseases. Participants also follow the ashram’s daily schedule.

A Holistic Treatment
Given today’s busy and not-so-healthy lifestyle, unfavorable body imbalances and conditions arise leading to potential or manifested diseases. Panchakarmahelps your body heal to overcome new, mild ailments as well as old, chronic diseases.

Physical Ailments
Aging / Geriatric
Diabetes
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Immunological Disorders
Gastro-Intestinal Disorders
Ulcerative Colitis
Respiration, Asthma
Allergic Disorders
Skin Disorders (Eczema, Psoriasis)
Neurodegenerative Conditions
Bone Degenerative Conditions
Parkinson’s Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Musculoskeletal Disorders

Mental Ailments
Weak Memory and Memory Loss
Anxiety
Neurosis
Stress Syndromes
Depression
Sleep Disorders / Insomnia
Psychosomatic / Psychological
Alzheimer’s Disease

Panchakarma has tremendous direct and indirect benefits to your physical and mental wellness.

Below is a high-level breakdown of your Panchakarma programme’s components and what to expect at the Panchakarma Clinic over the course of the two week treatment.

Day 0 (Arrival Day)
−Check-in to your designated room at the Ashram
−Initial Consultation: This is your first meeting with your doctor to initiate your Panchakarma programme. During this initial consultation, the doctor will evaluate your body constitution as well as wellbeing status and requirements through observation, questions about your medical history, and some basic measurements of weight and blood pressure. The doctor might elect to conduct a blood test to better assess your health status. Based on your health assessment, the doctor will customize your Personal Treatment Plan using a unique blend of therapies, treatments, and herbs that best address your health requirements based on your constitution.

Days 1 – 13 (Treatment Days)
−Daily oral intake of medicated preparations: based on your doctor’s recommendations, you might be asked to do Snehapanam (drink medicated oil or ghee preparations) once a day at 07:45AM or to drink Kashaya (herbal decoctions) twice a day at 07:45AM and 15:30PM.
−Daily Therapy Session: Undergo your daily session as directed by the doctor. The daily timing might change based on the type of therapy or therapist/space availability. Your doctor will inform you of next day’s treatment timing during your daily feedback session. The duration of your daily therapy session depends on the type of therapy involved as well as doctor’s prescribed direction, hence your daily therapy session durations may range anywhere between 60 –120 minutes.
−Daily Ayurvedic Meals: Two Ayurvedic meals are offered daily: brunch at 10:00 & dinner at 18:00 at the Panchakarma clinic. The meals contain simple, easy to digest ingredients and do not aggravate any certain dosha.
−Daily Feedback Session: A daily progress reporting meeting with your doctor every evening after your dinner between 1830 and 1930. This is a chance for the doctor to monitor your treatment’s progress and for you to report feedback and any issues on your therapies and wellbeing. The doctor may adapt your personal treatment plan based on your feedback to address requirements or issues as soon as they arise.

Day 14 (Last Day of Treatment)
−Final Consultation: This is the last meeting with the doctor and an official conclusion for the Panchakarma cleansing programme. The doctor will sum up the programme’s progress and provide the participant with guidelines and instructions to follow during the post treatment phase at home, including recommendations and suggestions of foods and activities to do and to avoid based on the personal circumstances and body requirements. This provides also a chance to ask any questions and clear any doubts about health in general or particular treatments.

Dr. P.R. Vishnu is a resident doctor at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram in Kerala (Sivananda Institute of Health). He oversees and teaches Ayurvedic Wellness Courses and Abhyanga Massage Courses and conducts Panchakarma Detoxification programmes. He is also a consulting doctor and coordinator of the Sivananda Medical Camp Program. The program offers free Ayurvedic medical services for the local community, and provides treatment to 1,000 patients per month.

Panchakarma Detoxification Programs 2020

27 June – 11 July 2020

Register

14 July – 29 July 2020

Register

31 July – 14 August 2020 

Register

15 August – 30 August 2020

Register

Fees & Accommodation (per person)

Accommodation Total Tuition Lodging
Single room CAD $3,400.00 CAD $2,000.00 CAD $1,400.00
Double (2 beds) CAD $3,540.00 CAD $2,000.00 CAD $1,540.00

    

*The cost of the course includes tuition, lodging for the whole stay, all ashram and course activities (unless otherwise specified), scheduled meals, yoga classes, access to ashram amenities and Satsangs.

For more information, please contact us at : [email protected]

Panchakarma is a holistic body detoxification and cleansing treatment where certain therapies are applied to breakdown and remove toxins from the entire body, treating your body as a whole, single entity.
According to Ayurvedic scriptures, Panchakarma is a major undertaking as part of a larger cleansing and rejuvenation effort to ‘reset’ the body and restore it to its balanced, natural, and inherently healing state.

Preventative yet Curative
Though Panchakarma is undertaken as a preventative measure, it is also prescribed as a curative treatment to help deter a disease’s stronghold in the body and minimize its spread and negative effects. The treatment programme can be designed to focus on certain dosha imbalances, ailments or degenerative diseases as needed.
The ayurvedic doctor will curate the most appropriate programme that best addresses your wellbeing and health goals.

Panchakarma takes you on a unique journey into a mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and wellbeing through five therapeutic treatments in a pure, spiritual, yogic environment.

In the stressful environments in which many of us now live, toxins gradually accumulate in the body causing disease. The miraculous human body is capable of constantly renewing and rejuvenating itself. However when imbalance and weakened digestive capacity allow toxic impurities to form, this natural ability of the body is blocked. Panchakarma in the Ashram is a unique opportunity to cleanse in a yogic environment, connect with the body, mind and soul while benefiting from the Ashram daily programme of yoga classes, meditation sessions and more. In addition to the Panchakarma treatment, you will receive a full health check, a doctor’s daily review and consultation, and talks on Ayurveda.

Personalised Programme
The entire Panchakarma cleansing programme is tailored based on your constitution, state of wellbeing and health requirements. This includes the type and frequency of therapies prescribed as well as all natural oils, herbs, and powders used throughout your treatment.
Hence your treatment is unique to your circumstances and is a fully personalized experience by which you listen to your body and provide it with the most appropriate therapies and nutrients it deserves for a balanced you.
In just two weeks this powerful therapy will leave your body younger, stronger and reduced chronic ailments, and your mind calm, stress-free and relaxed.

Stages of Panchakarma
There are three stages in panchakarma therapy, all equally important.

Purva Karma—Preparatory Stage (7-9 days)
The primary aim of this stage is to breakdown and liquefy toxin blockages throughout the entire body and move toxins and other foreign substances towards the gastrointestinal tract region. For a period of 7 to 9 days, a variety of heat-generating warm therapies and techniques are applied to the body, including special massages and herbal steam baths as well as oral intake of medicated oils and/or herbal decoctions.
• Snehana: Medicated oil or ghee is administered orally and through massage. Enables easy elimination of the fat-soluble toxins and removes blockages created by metabolic waste. 1 hour | 5-7 treatments
• Svedana: Heat is applied to open the pores and channels for ease of elimination of water-soluble toxins. Techniques used include steam bath, hot bundles, leaf bundles, powder bundles, and others. 30 mins | 2-3 treatments

Pradan Karma—the Five Actions—Treatment Stage (5-7 days)
After liquefying toxins and consolidating them in the GIT, it is time to eliminate these toxins by ejecting them out of the body.
According to Ayurvedic literature, Pradhankarma is the act of undertaking five main cleansing procedures to dispose of toxins, foreign substances, and any accessible Ama already formulated in the body. In addition to the physical ejection of toxins, each of five prescribed procedures eliminates aggravated levels of certain doshas (energies) within the body, allowing dosha levels to stabilize for subsequent balancing.
Depending on the individual circumstances, the doctor may decide not to prescribe one or more therapies as they may not all be required in each case.
• Virechana (purgation) Medicated purgation through the bowels, eliminates imbalance of pitta accumulated in the liver and gallbladder.
• Sneha Basti (oil enema) Anally administered medicated oil or ghee lubricates the large intestine, balancing vata.
• Kashya Basti (decoction enema) Anally administered herb-infused decoction high in electrolytes and alkalinity helps neurological, auto-immune and degenerative conditions.
• Nasyam (nasal medication) Medicated oil or powder introduced through the nose reduces kapha imbalances above the clavicle region.
• Vamana (emesis) Therapeutic-induced vomiting reduces the imbalance of kapha dosha.

Paschat Karma – Post Treatment Stage (post programme – at home)
After spending two weeks at the Ashram in the Panchakarma Clinic, undertaking cleansing and detoxification therapies, the body cells are now clean and very receptive to the nutrients and environment they are exposed to. This is why the Paschatkarma phase is paramount to ensure that the body cells regenerate and recover well, the Tridoshas are re-balanced and the digestive and immune functions are properly re-established.
It is important to maintain a pure vegetarian diet and healthy lifestyle for 2-4 weeks after the therapy and to take rasayana herbs (revitalising herbs) during this period of readjustment. These will be supplied. Additional prescriptions may be offered, and lifestyle adjustments and special dietary requirements will be discussed during the final consultation. This includes a healthy diet, mild exercise and beneficial daily habits while maintaining a low-stress, relaxed and a positively stimulating environment. This is a ‘clean period’ where you should try your best to eat well, breathe well, sleep well, and feel well.

Participants have access to all Ashram facilities and activities including daily satsangs including meditation, yoga classes, lectures and cultural programmes.

Physical Health & Relaxation
−Detoxifies and cleanses the body from Ama and other toxins
−Removes toxin blockages and clears internal body channels
−Relaxes the body and relieves any tensions or spasms
−Relieves body, joints, and muscular pain, strengthens the body
−Stimulates and rejuvenates body tissues and organs
−Promotes loss of excess weight and fat
−Improves the metabolic fire (agni) throughout the body
−Helps treat skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema

Digestive System
−Promotes healthy digestion
−Cleanses gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of toxins
−Relieves constipation
−Promotes healthy excretion
−Removes excess mucus layers from intestines

Nervous System
−Relieves stress and anxiety
−Promotes body and mind relaxation
−Produces dopamine in the brain
−Treats/prevents neuro-degenerative diseases

Circulatory System
−Improves blood circulation
−Removes toxic blockages in artilleries, veins
−Improves cardiovascular functions

Muscular System
−Relaxes muscle tensions and spasms
−Relieves muscle pain
−Strengthens body muscles

Respiratory System
−Promotes blood absorption to oxygen
−Promotes blood and body cells exchange
−Improves breathing
−Removes excess mucus from lungs

Skeletal System
−Relieves pain
−Strengthens bones
−Lubricates joints
−Repairs cartilages

Immune System
−Improves immunity
−Helps treat allergy symptoms
−Treats autoimmunity diseases like rheumatism

Endocrine System
−Stimulate glands activity
−Improve glands secretions
−Reduce adrenaline production
−Improve thyroid gland functions

Reproductive System
−Help treat male and female infertility
−Help treat women with PCOD, regulate estrogen
−Regulate menstruation cycle
−Help increase Libido

Mental Benefits
−Treats a variety of mind-related ailments incl. IBS, hypertension and fibromyalgia
−Treats depression and suicidal tendencies
−Releases tension and anxiety
−Relaxes and de-stresses the mind
−Improves functioning of the mind
−Improves cognitive responsiveness
−Promotes memory retention
−Improves memory and clarity
−Enhances mental concentration
−Promotes healthy sleep cycles
−Induces body relaxation

Beauty Benefits
−Improves skin complexion
−Restores and induce skin lustre
−Reduces acne
−Reduces facial hyperpigmentation
−Nourishes skin cells
−Slows body ageing process
−Reduces facial wrinkles
−Reduces stretch marks

Who should attend?
Everyone aged 18 – 75 years is welcome. Since Ayurveda is preventative as well as curative, you do not need to have a specific problem to benefit from panchakarma. However the treatment is highly effective for a vast range of disorders and diseases. Participants also follow the ashram’s daily schedule.

A Holistic Treatment
Given today’s busy and not-so-healthy lifestyle, unfavorable body imbalances and conditions arise leading to potential or manifested diseases. Panchakarmahelps your body heal to overcome new, mild ailments as well as old, chronic diseases.

Physical Ailments
Aging / Geriatric
Diabetes
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Immunological Disorders
Gastro-Intestinal Disorders
Ulcerative Colitis
Respiration, Asthma
Allergic Disorders
Skin Disorders (Eczema, Psoriasis)
Neurodegenerative Conditions
Bone Degenerative Conditions
Parkinson’s Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Musculoskeletal Disorders

Mental Ailments
Weak Memory and Memory Loss
Anxiety
Neurosis
Stress Syndromes
Depression
Sleep Disorders / Insomnia
Psychosomatic / Psychological
Alzheimer’s Disease

Panchakarma has tremendous direct and indirect benefits to your physical and mental wellness.

Below is a high-level breakdown of your Panchakarma programme’s components and what to expect at the Panchakarma Clinic over the course of the two week treatment.

Day 0 (Arrival Day)
−Check-in to your designated room at the Ashram
−Initial Consultation: This is your first meeting with your doctor to initiate your Panchakarma programme. During this initial consultation, the doctor will evaluate your body constitution as well as wellbeing status and requirements through observation, questions about your medical history, and some basic measurements of weight and blood pressure. The doctor might elect to conduct a blood test to better assess your health status. Based on your health assessment, the doctor will customize your Personal Treatment Plan using a unique blend of therapies, treatments, and herbs that best address your health requirements based on your constitution.

Days 1 – 13 (Treatment Days)
−Daily oral intake of medicated preparations: based on your doctor’s recommendations, you might be asked to do Snehapanam (drink medicated oil or ghee preparations) once a day at 07:45AM or to drink Kashaya (herbal decoctions) twice a day at 07:45AM and 15:30PM.
−Daily Therapy Session: Undergo your daily session as directed by the doctor. The daily timing might change based on the type of therapy or therapist/space availability. Your doctor will inform you of next day’s treatment timing during your daily feedback session. The duration of your daily therapy session depends on the type of therapy involved as well as doctor’s prescribed direction, hence your daily therapy session durations may range anywhere between 60 –120 minutes.
−Daily Ayurvedic Meals: Two Ayurvedic meals are offered daily: brunch at 10:00 & dinner at 18:00 at the Panchakarma clinic. The meals contain simple, easy to digest ingredients and do not aggravate any certain dosha.
−Daily Feedback Session: A daily progress reporting meeting with your doctor every evening after your dinner between 1830 and 1930. This is a chance for the doctor to monitor your treatment’s progress and for you to report feedback and any issues on your therapies and wellbeing. The doctor may adapt your personal treatment plan based on your feedback to address requirements or issues as soon as they arise.

Day 14 (Last Day of Treatment)
−Final Consultation: This is the last meeting with the doctor and an official conclusion for the Panchakarma cleansing programme. The doctor will sum up the programme’s progress and provide the participant with guidelines and instructions to follow during the post treatment phase at home, including recommendations and suggestions of foods and activities to do and to avoid based on the personal circumstances and body requirements. This provides also a chance to ask any questions and clear any doubts about health in general or particular treatments.

Dr. P.R. Vishnu is a resident doctor at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram in Kerala (Sivananda Institute of Health). He oversees and teaches Ayurvedic Wellness Courses and Abhyanga Massage Courses and conducts Panchakarma Detoxification programmes. He is also a consulting doctor and coordinator of the Sivananda Medical Camp Program. The program offers free Ayurvedic medical services for the local community, and provides treatment to 1,000 patients per month.

Panchakarma Detoxification Programs 2020

27 June – 11 July 2020

Register

14 July – 29 July 2020

Register

31 July – 14 August 2020 

Register

15 August – 30 August 2020

Register

Fees & Accommodation (per person)

Accommodation Total Tuition Lodging
Single room CAD $3,400.00 CAD $2,000.00 CAD $1,400.00
Double (2 beds) CAD $3,540.00 CAD $2,000.00 CAD $1,540.00

    

*The cost of the course includes tuition, lodging for the whole stay, all ashram and course activities (unless otherwise specified), scheduled meals, yoga classes, access to ashram amenities and Satsangs.

For more information, please contact us at : [email protected]