Panchakarma Treatment in Kerala
Honouring India’s ancient Vedic practice of healing, this traditional Ayurveda Rejuvenation or Panchakarma is a journey of discovery, cleansing and awakening of your healing energies and senses.
Due to one’s repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition, our digestive enzymes, metabolic co‐factors and doshas become unbalanced. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology resulting in disease. Panchakarma, meaning “5 actions” is a set of five cleansing, detoxifying treatments that balances excess doshas and rejuvenates the whole body.
The five actions of Panchakarma are Abhyanga (oil massages done as preparatory treatments), Inner Oiling (done through the ingestion of ghee to lubricate the body and prepare it for the following actions), Virechana (purgation), Vasti (enema treatment with herbal oils of decoctions) and Nasya (nasal passage lubrication). It is preceded by a preparatory process called Poorvakarma. At this stage the body is prepared for removing “toxins” first through Snehanam which make the body oily internally and externally, and second through Swedanam which means therapeutic sweating. Once the preparatory stage is completed, the doctor will prescribe one or more of the 5 Panchakarma cleansing procedures depending on your individual condition. The third and final stage of treatment is Samana or Paschatkarma where the patient undergoes corrective measures through medicines, moderate therapeutic treatments, the right diet and activities for the body and mind.
The effects of panchakarma can be felt for a year or longer if the proper diet and lifestyle advice is followed. This package provides a 7 day Panchakarma Chikitsa Initiation. To experience the full impact of Panchakarma and its 5 actions, this package is recommended to be booked for 21 to 28 days.
OUR APPROACH TO YOUR PACKAGE
1) AYURVEDIC DIAGNOSIS – YOU & YOUR BODY
The first step for all of our packages is a holistic assessment across your health by our resident doctor. He will look at the whole picture of your health and try to achieve a full understanding of you as a person. To do this, they will determine your constitution, appraise the balance of your doshas, the health of your dhatus (tissues), the strength of your agni (digestive fire) as well as your ojas (immunity) and sattva (mental harmony). This will involve asking you questions on topics such as your lifestyle, diet, personal and professional life, as well as your medical history and any current problems. Knowing your level of ojas and state of mind will influence your ability to recover well, while knowing your constitution will provide insight into which of your doshas are most likely to be in excess and which therapies or treatment plan suits you best.
2) BODY THERAPIES & TREATMENT PLAN
During your Ayurvedic diagnosis, the doctor will recommend a number of treatments that aim to pacify your doshas and strengthen your dhatus (tissues). They require the application of therapeutic substances – such as oils or powders – directly onto the body. The doctor and therapists will choose specific herbs, oils and substances that pacify your relevant dosha – for e.g. if your vata is in excess, you would be recommended a massage using sesame oil. Mekosha’s spa menu outlines the list of therapies that the doctor will prescribe depending on your Ayurvedic diagnosis (pro tip: receive the spa menu in your inbox when you sign up for our Ayurveda e-book!)
3) AYURVEDIC CUISINE
Nutrition is called “the great medicine” in Ayurveda – a wholesome, well-balanced diet is the foundation of health, strength & happiness for both mind and body. At Mekosha, we create meals as a part of your package that keep in mind the 8 guiding principles that ensure the food that you eat has the power of healing – ORIGIN (regional foods that are fresh and ripe, rather than imported food), TIMING (the seasons and time of day i.e. rich, nourishing meals during winter, light, cool meals during summer and making lunch your biggest meal), QUALITY (organic, freshly made without any processed foods), COMBINATION (avoiding incompatible foods such as ghee and honey), QUANTITY (not too much, and not too little), PREPARATION (ideally, heated and cooked food which is easiest to absorb), YOUR SURROUNDINGS (eating in a place area meant for meals) and last, but not least, YOU (pace your eating – the healthiest food can become poison if you are in a hurry or stressed). Ask our chef to teach you recipes so you can take them back home with you and continue the Ayurvedic lifestyle at home.
4) YOGA & AYURVEDA
Tracing their origins back to the oldest Indian scriptures (Charaka Samhita included), Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand as sister sciences. If yoga is performed correctly, it will help people of all doshas improve their physical and mental health. A lot of people associate yoga mostly with the different asanas (yoga poses), but each asana is supported by rhythmic breathing to control energy levels (pranayama) and short periods of relaxation. While performing an asana, one must be simultaneously trying to achieve posture, breath control and relaxation. The yoga classes at Mekosha aim to go hand in hand with Ayurvedic principles in teaching you these three things – Pranayama (controlling the breath), Asanas (various poses to increase circulation and flexibility) and Savasana (relaxation exercises between and at the end of yoga sessions). Yoga combined with the Ayurvedic treatment and cuisine forms the basis of the holistic healing supported in Mekosha.
5) AYURVEDA & THE MIND
Most importantly, Mekosha’s entire aim through each of the packages is to ultimately bring peace and balance to your minds. According to Ayurvedic and Yogic scriptures, the mind is a subtle energy field and is continuously reacting to the information we receive from our physical senses. The three gunas – Satta, Rajas and Tamas – are the three energies of the mind. Sattva is the energy of harmony and clarity, Rajas is that of movement and agitation and Tamas is that of inertia and contradiction. At Mekosha, our goal through Ayurvedic therapies, food and yoga is to make sattva the predominant guna of your mind. Our friendly staff, organized excursions, open walkways & many hidden nooks around the property make it the perfect place for you to self-reflect and imbibe positive thinking into a part of your healing journey.
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM STAY
7 Nights Minimum Or As Per Desired Outcome