The optimum way to take Shilajit is after detoxifying. Detoxes can be as basic as just eating fruit and vegetables, doing a juice cleanse, eliminating sugar, removing any foods that trigger allergies or for which you have an intolerance, or just simplifying your diet and using natural, unprocessed food. Anything that eases the load on our internal organs will allow them to work more effectively and do a better job of processing what comes their way.

Did you know however that it is possible to have an advanced detox treatment, designed to optimise health and treat disease, that has a 5,000-year history with developments that are still happening today? This treatment is Panchakarma Therapy, the detox treatment and an essential process of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic medicine states that toxic materials must first be eliminated from the body to create a pathway to cure disease, In Ayurveda, these toxic materials are called vitiated doshas. Panchakarma therapy is the method that is designed to remove these toxic materials.

 

How does Panchakarma therapy work?

Panchakarma therapy purifies and cleanses all the tissues of the body and creates harmony within the tridoshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha, and also the manasadoshas – Satva, Raja, and Tama, to manifest long-lasting beneficial effects. It you are looking for a scientific correlation, it is possible to think of the dosas as neurohumours, the chemical substances that form in a neuron and can activate or modify the function of a neighbouring neuron, muscle or gland. Doshas are not something that can be seen, but when not in balance we can see the results. When we are in total harmony, they appear non-existent. As a homeopathic physician observes disturbances in someone’s vital force by way of a patient’s mental, emotional and physical symptoms, and other, more subtle qualities, the Ayurvedic practitioner sees imbalances of the dosas in a similar way.

Panchakarma Therapy is an Ayurvedic process that removes toxic material from the body, resulting in purification. It works on two levels – the gross level and the cellular level. The gross level can cleanse the various organs and systems of your body such as the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal tract, or the chest. Purification at the cellular level will purify and cleanse your body’s cells, cell membranes, and molecules. It is not just a therapeutic regimen, but a complete method of internal purification of the body using five clear stages. It promotes and preserves optimal health, properly cleansing the channels of the body and eliminating toxic materials. Ayurvedic medicines and healing diets can then follow.

 

Beneficial Effects of Panchakarma Therapy

Panchakarma Therapy helps to bring your body towards healthy homoeostasis. It rejuvenates and revitalises all your tissues. It also amplifies the action of any medicines or supplements that are administered directly afterwards. It can remove waste products and toxins, and enhances the physiological functions of all your body’s systems, such as improving the absorption rate of the digestive system and also correcting your metabolism.

Panchakarma can have a full therapeutic role in promoting preventive, curative, and rehabilitative procedures. It is believed to affect the cleansing of microcirculatory channels by eliminating the toxic metabolites from the body, which can assist in the process of curing disease. Scientific studies indicate that the cleansing procedures appear to help in eradicating chronic diseases more effectively.

Panchakarma is advised during the seasonal changes and is perfect for eliminating colds and flu which can affect us at any time, and not just during the winter months. If you take good care while sick, a cold or the flu can have a naturally detoxifying effect on the body. Instead of suffering, Panchakarma detoxifies you before illness happens. It can be administered seasonally and can leave you in vibrant health. 

It doesn’t matter if you are in the peak of health or have a disease, Panchakarma therapy can benefit you. It will also treat a multitude of ailments including arthritis, paralysis, neuromuscular diseases, also respiratory, gastrointestinal, ear, nose and throat, and several blood-related disorders. There are some contraindications such as when the patient has an acute fever, certain debilitating diseases, or cancers and tumours of some organs. It can also be unsuitable for children, the elderly, or if you are pregnant. To determine if it is suitable for you, contact an Ayurvedic physician directly.

 

The three stages of classical Panchakarma:

Purva Karma (Stage 1) – preparatory procedures.

These prepare the body for a comprehensive and thorough cleansing. Purva Karma can involve applying as well as ingesting oils and fats, sweating, and also advising on which herbs will improve digestion and metabolism. 

Pradhana Karma (Stage 2) – Main cleansing procedures.

These five stages of Panchakarma eliminate toxic materials from the body:

  • Vaman karma (emesis) – cleanses the stomach
  • Virechana karma (purgation) – cleanses the small intestine
  • Vasti karma (enema) – cleanses the large intestine
  • Nasya karma (errhines) – nasal drops that clear the respiratory passage
  • Raktamokshana (bloodletting) – an optional procedure for those that have an excess of blood in the body. It may sound unusual, but western medicine also uses it, under the less concerning name of *therapeutic phlebotomy* (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3934278/)

Although possible, it would be rare for a patient to have all five procedures, especially in the west. The protocol would depend on your health, what disease is present and how far it has progressed.

Pashchata Karma (Stage 3) – postprocedures.

These are to help you recuperate. Pashchata Karma diet and lifestyle changes, taking rejuvenating Ayurvedic herbs and medicine such as Shilajit.

 

Find a skilled, experienced Physician.

Importantly, Panchakarma should only be given by a qualified and highly experienced Ayurvedic practitioner for it to be safe and work optimally. Do some homework before you decide who to choose. A skilled physician knows that your health can only benefit from good rapport and collaboration between practitioner and patient, and will welcome a dialogue before you commit to any treatment. Don’t hesitate to ask them what to expect, and what it will cost. Proactive inquiry reflects that you are taking responsibility for your health.