Preparation for Panchkarma Process
Purvakarma: Pre-purification Measures for Panchakarma Before the actual operation of purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body in prescribed methods to encourage the release of toxins. The two procedures are Snehana and Swedana.
1) Snehana /Oleation (Abhyangam) is the oil massage. Oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move towards the gastro-intestinal tract. Oil massage also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple, thus helps to remove stress and to nourish the nervous system. Snehana is given daily for three to seven days, as indicated below
1) For relaxation
2) Vata related disorders (80 types)
3) General weakness
4) Disorders of joints
5) Diseases of muscles
6) Disorders of nervous system
7) Muscular-skeletal problems
8) Psychological problems
9) Disorders of cardio vascular problems
10) Rejuvenation
11) To enhance sexual power
12) Gynecological problems
2) Swedana is sudation or sweating and is given every day immediately following the Snehana. An herbal concoction may be added to the steam to further loosen the toxins from the individual. Swedana liquefies the toxins and increases the movement of toxins into the gastro-intestinal tract.
a) Nadi swedanam is usually done for localized conditions like Osteoarthritis, sprain, or to relieve some localized pain as in Cervical spondylitis. Here fomentation is done with the vapors generated out of medicated decoction that is then applied to the affected area with the help of a rubber tube. Proper oleation of the affected part is done prior to Nadi Sweda
b) Pinda Sweda: Useful in neurological ailments and in the management of different pains.
c) Shashti-Shali Pindasweda: Useful in neurological ailments.
Pinda swedana is a process by which the whole body (or any specific part) is made to perspire. This is done by external application of medicinal boluses, which are tied in a cloth bag (potali).
Types of pinda Swedana
• Snigdha (patra pinda)
• vata related disorders
• pain
• Ruksha (baluka, such as sand)
• Inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis
• Paralysis (Pakshaghat)
• Poliomyelitis (Bal pakshaghat)
• Pain (shul)
• Osteo arthritis (Sandhi vata)
• Rheumatoid arthritis (Amavata)
• Lean and thin persons(karshya)

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