Joint pain can be caused either due to mechanical or physical factors such as over use or physical trauma or injuries to the joints. While there are many remedies and treatment approaches, you can also turn to panchkarma (translates into the words "five actions" in English) for relief.
Panchakarma is a therapy that has the objective to purify and detoxify the body. The therapy can help one get rid of many chronic diseases and also works as preventive treatment. Ayurveda describes panchkarma as more than a healing system. It is a combination of science and art of appropriate living to achieve longevity. Ayurveda prescribes Panchakarma for cleansing of body toxins, balancing all tridosha’s (Vata, Pitta and Kapha – three bio energies for body constitution).
Some patients find relief from their joint pains after undergoing panchakarma. The five actions of panchakarma are vamana, virechan, basti, nasya and rakta mokshana. These actions are ways of cleansing the body, mind and spirit. The cleansing enhances the overall health and facilitates self-healing. According to Ayurvedic practitioners, panchakarma has the power to repair damage done by everyday living and stress.
Vamana – The first step of panchkarma is done using emetics, the substances that make you eliminate the Kapha causing the excess Mucus (therapeutic vomiting). Strong teas consisting of licorice and salt are used for this purpose.
Virechan – In virechan, natural laxatives are used to cleanse the intestinal tract off old waste products that are stuck in your body.
Basti – The third step involves the head, face and chest; these are massaged with oil. Medicated with ayurvedic herbs, the step serves to further cleanse the toxins from your digestive system.
Nasya – Nasya is the cleaning of the nose and the sinuses. A medicinal oil or herbal tea is taken through the nose to cleanse and stimulate the nasal cavities.
Asthapana Vasti (Niruha Vasti) – The step involves the introduction of herbal decoctions in the rectum.
The combination of mind-body healing techniques cleanse toxins from the body and clear the blockage in channels. This ascertains proper movement of vata (one of the foremost reasons behind joint pains), thereby bringing the patient’s condition back to normal.
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