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How To Do Panchakarma At Home?

Thanks to busy and hectic lifestyle, panchakarma at home has become a necessity. Ayurveda Panchakarma treatment constitutes about 60 – 70 % of preventive and curative Ayurvedic Treatment. Starting from preventive relaxation therapy, to a serious disease treatment, Panchakarma therapy is widely used because Panchakarma is a sure shot way to restore Dosha balance very quickly. Panchakarma at home is quite a sensible and need-of-the-hour option, but there are a few things to consider. 
Quick Note: Panchakarma is not all about Ayurvedic massage. Ayurvedic massage is only a part of preparation procedure to Panchakarma.

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Panchakarma at home – a self treatment option?

There are a few aspects of Ayurveda which can be followed on one’s own. Example – simple ayurvedic home remedies, simple diet and lifestyle changes. But Panchakarma treatment is NOT something that can be tried on one’s own without supervision by an able Ayurvedic doctor.  I have seen a few websites describing self Panchakarma treatments, but its efficacy and safety are highly questionable. I strictly do not recommend it.

As a matter of fact, even for a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, doing a self panchakarma at home (on himself) is not a good idea, for the following reasons.

1. During Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment, many things can go wrong, like excessive vomitting, purgation, giddiness, blood pressure variations, dehydration etc.

2. Through out panchakarma treatment, there are series of signs and symptoms to be observed and monitored.

3. It is always the doctor’s responsibility to decide on the time duration and course of the treatment.

4. Each Panchakarma treatment is for only suitable persons. Every kind of treatment is not suitable for everybody. It is up to the doctor to decide.

How can we adopt Panchakarma at home?

  • Having considered the above points, Panchakarma treatment at home is possible, under an Ayurvedic doctor’s supervision.
  • Ideally, the client can visit the doctor once or twice a day, as required and can come back home and take rest.
  • For employed people, they can even go to their job as long as they stick to panchakarma rules
  • A few doctors skilfully customize the total treatment based on client’s needs and comfort.
  • Many a times a quick weekend panchakarma therapy schedule makes much sense.

Overall, panchakarma at home is certainly possible, as long as it is done under medical supervision.

further reading -

Which Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatment suits you?

Ayurvedic Panchakarma Treatment – Questions and Answers

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Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. how do panchakarma at home, what is need for it

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Doing Panchakarma all by yourself is not at all recommended. It may lead to serious consequences. Panchakarma treatment or Ayurvedic medicines should always be taken under supervision of an able and qualified Ayurvedic doctor.

  2. Mrs.P Kalyankar says:

    Is the Panchakarma treatment good before having a baby to parents?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes. Ideally couple planning for pregnancy should get an appropriate Panchakarma therapy followed by Vajikarana therapy (to enhance the quality of semen and ovum (egg). Panchakarma therapy can be of mild nature, assuming both the parents are healthy. A 7 day therapy, followed by 1 – 2 months of medicines should be good.

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