Ayurveda is Sanskrit word that translates into knowledge (veda) of life (ayur).
According to Ayurveda, every human being is a unique phenomenon of cosmic consciousness. The three doshas (humors) determine every individual's psychosomatic temperament or constitution. Vata (ether plus air), Pitta (fire plus water), and Kapha (water plus earth) (VPK) which is constantly reacting to the external environment. The wrong diet, habits, lifestyle, incompatible food combinations, seasonal changes, repressed emotions and stress factors can all act either together or separately to change the balance of VPK. According to the nature of the cause vata, pitta or kapha undergo aggrevation or derangement that produce Ama or toxins.To stop the further production of Ama , Ayurvedic literature suggests placing the patient on a proper diet together with an appropriate lifestyle , habits and exercise, and administering a proper cleansing program such as Panchakarma.
Panchkarma - eliminate toxins from the body, build up immune system, prevents ageing process and improves memory and functions of sense organs - is the primary purification and detoxification treatment and unique therapeutic procedure in Ayurveda. Panchakarma therapy is very effective in the management of auto-immune disorders, chronic ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, G.I.T. disorders and mental disease.
The Five-fold measures comprehended by Panchkarma are Vamana (Emesis), Virechana (Purgation), Anuvasan (oil enema), Asthapana (Decoction enema) and Nasya (Nasa insuflation).