“Pancha Karma” literally means “Five Actions;” it is a Sanskrit term. Classically, five therapeutic actions are used. Here in the United States we use discretion when employing these methods. They are not appropriate for all clients.
—Vamana (therapeutic vomiting)
When there is congestion in the lungs—causing bronchitis, colds, cough, or asthma, for example—Vamana is very helpful. This eliminates the excessive Kapha dosha that has built up.
—Virechana (therapeutic purgation)
When excess Pitta has built up, issues typically show up in the gall bladder, liver, and small intestines. Rashes, skin inflammation, acne, chronic attacks of fever, and jaundice can also occur. Purgation helps relieve the excess Pitta and restores balance.
—Basti (therapeutic enema)
Basti is the most effective treatment for Vata disorders such as: constipation, cold, kidney stones, backache, sciatica, muscle spasms, headache, and joint pain. Bastis are always nourishing and are never depleting; they are substantially different from colonics and colon hydrotherapy.
—Nasya (elimination of toxins through the nose)
Impurities can—and do—accumulate in the sinuses, throat, nose, and head. The pathway out for these impurities is through the nose. This leads to improvement with headaches, poor memory, dry nasal passages, sinus congestion, allergies, and brain fog.
—Rakta Moksha (blood detoxification)
Reducing impurities and waste products that circulate with blood benefits all tissues and organs, ensuring that they get the nutrients that they need while getting rid of their own waste products. Blood detoxification improves many skin conditions and the overall health of the liver.