Ayurveda course

PanchaKarma detox course

Panchakarma is Ayurveda's main cleansing and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means "five therapies". These 5 therapeutic treatments eliminate toxins from the body, they are the following: 

  • Stomach purgation (Virechana)
  • Guts Enema (Basti)
  • Artificial vomiting (Vamana)
  • Nasal cleansing (Nasya)
  • Blood letting (Rakta moskshana)

The series of these five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions). 

Panchakarma will remove the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them as well as eliminate the harmful toxins out of your system through the body’s own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc). 

Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. It is a very pleasurable experience. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.

Panchakarma is a five-fold therapy; it is highly individualized based on the needs of the individual depending on the Ayurvedic constitutional type, doshic imbalances, age, digestive strength, immune status, and many other factors. 

In addition, although Panchakarma is for the most part a delightful and comfortable therapy, there can be periods of discomfort associated with the profound release of toxins, which does occur. It is therefore essential that a knowledgeable expert who can recognize the signs of properly and improperly administered Panchakarma supervise the therapy. Fortunately these signs were meticulously recorded by the ancient vaidyas.
Like all medical procedures, Panchakarma Therapy always must begin with an initial consultation by a qualified Ayurvedic Physician who can determine the individual’s dosha profile (constitutional type), the nature of the health problem (if any), and the appropriate degree of intensity of the prescribed therapies.

Panchakarma treatments have been shown to create measurable brain wave coherence and to lower metabolic activity. They allow the body and mind to drop into a profound level of peacefulness. In this state of relaxation, it is possible to cleanse toxins from tissues as well as to release deeply held emotional tensions.

The Panchakarma Process: Panchakarma treatments are divided into three phases of detoxifications detailed at the bottom of this page.

  1. Preparation for cleansing (Purvakarma)
  2. Cleansing (Pradhankarma)
  3. After care (Pashchatkarma)

Syllabus of the PanchaKarma course:


  • Introduction
  • Ayurveda principles
  • Doshas
  • Sub doshas 
  • Ayurveda life style  
  • Sesonal life style  
  • Agni and kostha  
  • Dhatus and 13srotas (chennals) 
  • Ayurvedic pathology of diseases  
  • Six taste of ayurveda 
  • Panchkarma process
  • Additional treatment of Panchkarma 
  • Contraindication of Panchkarma  
  • Rasyana and vajikaran  
  • Five forms of ayurveda medication 
  • Properties of spices  
  • Preparation of medicated oils and ghee 
  • Three steps of diagnosis of diseases


  • Abhyanga (Full body oil Massage)
  • Marma massage introduction (Acupressure massage, see specific Marma course for full training on this special acupressure massage technique))
  • Shirodhara  (Third eye therapy)  
  • Udwartana (scrub powder massage)  
  • Nasya (Nose cleansing)  
  • Netratarpan (Eye cleansing)  
  • Kawal (Mouth cleansing)  
  • Ubtan (Body mask massage) 
  • Karnpooran (Ear cleansing)
  • Anuvasan basti (oil enema) 
  • Asthapan basti (decoction enema)                                                                                    

Key information

Duration: 21 days (3 hours every day)

Theory sessions: 1.5 hours every day

Practical sessions: 1.5 hours every day

1- PanchaKarma preparation steps

External Oleation


This is a special type of oil massage in which hand strokes are made according to the disease. It enhances blood flow and is usually given as pre-procedure to many therapies as well as a separate therapy in itself.Indication: Obesity, rheumatism, blood pressure, spondylitis, weakness, stress and strain, rejuvenations, relaxation, vigor & vitality.

Internal Oleation


Named Snehan in Sanskrit. medicated oils and ghee (clarified butter) are used. These help eliminate impurities so that elimination becomes easier. External snehan: consists of different kinds of massage using medicated oils.



Named Swedan in Sanskrit. Sweating is done shortly after the massage. This is normally done in a sweat box. The purvakarma procedures are often under appreciated in the grand scheme of proper administration of Panchakarma.The general purpose of the Poorvakarma Therapies is to begin to loosen, liquefy, and move the vitiated doshas from their abnormal sites in peripheral tissues to the appropriate central site within the alimentary canal.

2- PanchaKarma cleansing steps



Named  Virechana  in Sanskrit. Different herbs are used depending upon your constitution and disease.These herbs  generate an artificial diarrhoea.It is usually indicated for people with "Pitta" disorders.



Named Basti in Sanskrit. A colon irrigation procedure to first cleanse the colon (Niruh Basti), and then restore (Asthapan) the function of colon with medicated enemas.



Named Vamana in Sanskrit. Different herbs are used depending upon a person’s constitution and disease. These herbs generate an artificial vomiting. It is usually indicated for people with ‘Kapha’ (phlegm) disorders

Nasal cleansing


Named Nasya in Sanskrit. Medicinal oils or herbal mixtures are inhaled or used as drops (mixed with oils or ghee) to clear the congestion in the sinuses. It is also good for balancing the prana (air) in vata.



Named Rakta Moksha in Sanskrit. We recommend blood donations. Researchers at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City have found that non-smoking men who donated blood had a 30% reduced risk for cardiovascular events such as heart attack, bypass, and stroke than non-donors.

3- PanchaKarma after-care steps

Oil massage


This is a special type of oil massage in which hand strokes are made according to the disease. It enhances blood flow and is usually given as pre-procedure to many therapies as well as a separate therapy in itself.Indication: Obesity, rheumatism, blood pressure, spondylitis, weakness, stress and strain, rejuvenations, relaxation, vigor & vitality.

Marma massage


Marma are the vital areas of the body. The word Marma comes from Sanskrit origin word ‘mri’ meaning death. The Sanskrit phrase, ‘Marayate Iti Marmani’, also means death or serious damage to body or health after infliction to the point of their situation . Hence these areas are called Marma. In siddha system of medicine they are called Varma.
Marma in Sanskrit means hidden or secret. By definition, a Marma point is a junction on body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints.

Milk puddings massage


In this process, the whole body or any specific part there of, is made to perspire by the external application of certain medicated milk puddings tied up in the form of boluses. The time duration is 45-60min
Indication: Emaciation of limbs, skin diseases, rheumatic complaints etc.

Scrub massage


This is a typical massage with herbal powders useful for burning fat under the skin. It helps to lose weight, exfoliates dead skin.