What Happens Next?

The whole body is cleansed in the Panchakarma treatment. During your program, you will notice both mental and emotional changes to your body.  It’s common to experience a ‘healing crisis’, which is seen as a beneficial step and a very normal part of the healing process, leading ultimately to optimal health.

What Is a Healing Crisis?

When toxins have been stored in our tissues for a long time and are then released into our system, ready for elimination, you may experience a healing crisis. The expelling of these unwanted toxins may cause insomnia, flu-like symptoms or general discomfort, heaviness and aching. You could also become quite feverish while your body is burning up this toxic waste.  Your feelings and emotions may also be affected, however, don’t become worried about this; it’s a necessary and natural process of tissue cleansing. Try to have daily appointments with your Ayurvedic therapist as they can assist with any queries or problems you may be experiencing.

My ‘At Home’ Treatment

While you’re having your daily steam baths and massage in the first part of your Panchakarma treatment, there are some things you can do at home to encourage your body’s internal cleansing:

  • Be kind and gentle to yourself.
  • Drink a lot of water.  This may also include caffeine-free herbal teas, and organic fresh vegetable and fruit juices.
  • Increase your daily rest.
  • Have small meals, eating only light foods.

Completing the Panchakarma Treatment

To complete your Panchakarma cycle you will have a special liver purge with a mild fast; and this will be followed by a specific rejuvenation program. You will be quite surprised at your renewed vitality and your increased energy levels. In addition to your exercise and dietary routines, periodic Panchakarma treatments will help maintain optimal health and prevent illness.

What Should I Wear to a Panchakarma Appointment?

Don’t suit up! Seriously though, you should wear older and comfortable clothing, because they’re going to get oily.  You’ll probably also need a bath after your massage and herbal bath, so remember to plan for this.  You could also bring a bandana or cap to cover your hair after your therapy. Try to not have any expectations of specific results – relax and enjoy the ride. You are going to feel absolutely amazing after completing a Panchakarma program.

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Rita Sagrani

Rita is the founder of the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre. To find out more about her, head to the About Us page.

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