A guided Ayurvedic cleanse, Panchakarma or “PK,” created for your constitution. It not only rests digestion, as most cleanses do but encourages an emotional and physical detox of the entire body. Stagnation is brought from the extremities to the digestive tract to be purged via lymphatic massage and herbals. This is an intimate, introspective process followed by a period of restoration and rebuilding.
A simple 9-day home PK can be used to avoid illness and can skyrocket a person towards their wellness goals — whether those are weight loss, decreasing pain, anxiety, or insomnia, awakening more mental clarity, or managing a disease such as diabetes or high cholesterol. In Ayurveda, ama is actually thought to be the root cause of most disease. Many women also do PK 3 months or more before conceiving (and it can actually help with infertility) because it rids the body of toxicity and creates a welcoming space into which a soul wishes to enter.
An important part of PK is rasayana (rejuvenation). The idea is that once the body is cleansed, it can be rejuvenated. (You don’t dye a shirt, until you’ve laundered it.) When the body’s cells and channels are no longer clogged with ama (toxicity), the agni (intelligence) of each cell is awakened.
Unlike many cleanses, Panchakarma does not call for extreme measures of dietary modification and fasting. It incorporates a uniquely tailored prescription of practices and a sustaining diet.
Removing ama from the body’s channels, great and small, enhances the free flow of prana (vitality), and the nectar of health and immunity (ojas) always follows prana. Hence, Panchakarma is a cornerstone of Ayurveda because it can not only manage illness and disease but can also rejuvenate and regress the aging process.
Cleansing leaves our bodies like a baby’s – new and vulnerable and as such, should be treated tenderly. Post-cleanse, we enter the rejuvenation phase, which is the time to really nourish the body and spirit with healthy foods and practices. Because the body is receptive to new patterning, it’s a great time to reprogram and implement new behaviors that you may have been struggling with making part of your routine. It really is a fresh start! The intelligence of each cell is awakened and it can be far easier to listen and trust your innate wisdom.