There's a lot of excitement about panchakarma (PK), the Ayurvedic cleansing process, at Alandi just now. Some of the new students are preparing for their first Home PK, others are learning how to guide patients during Home PK. Second year students are taking the first steps in creating PK plans for their patients in our supervised clinic, while a select group, including some who are massage therapists, are learning how to give treatments such as four-handed synchronized oil massage. In this context, I thought it would be helpful to discuss some of the benefits of panchakarma.
Gives strength to all the sense organs. PK includes special techniques to nurture eyes, ears, nose and skin, while a mono-diet enhances our sense of taste.
Nourishes and supports the body tissues. You don't have to be sick to benefit from PK. It forms a key part of health maintenance and disease prevention by cleansing and strengthening our seven tissue layers.
Stimulates and promotes proper functioning of digestive fire. Digestion is the basis of health; so promoting digestion leads to overall wellbeing.
Prevents and cures diseases. While many turn to PK for optimal wellness, those who suffer from chronic illnesses may find panchakarma highly beneficial. Certain conditions, including chronic fatigue (now titled SEID), fibromyalgia, allergies, asthma, sinus problems, chronic pain syndromes and depression often respond very positively to PK. Of course, one can never guarantee that a single course of PK will cure any given individual, yet many find they get over the hump and life becomes more liveable.
Increases stamina. This aspect is particularly helpful for those recovering from cancer chemotherapy or Lyme treatment or those affected by adrenal stress or fatigue.
Improves the complexion. "You look ten years longer," is something commonly heard after PK. Of course--no money-back guarantee!
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Increases life span. By enhancing wellness and preventing disease, PK is believed to support longevity.
Maybe it's time to prepare for your spring cleanse!
Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is an Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.
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