As you all may know by now we are in the midst of Everveda’s mid-summer cleanse. The cleanse process or Panchakarma is a powerful therapy that provides a unique opportunity for the system to repair and rejuvenate. Those undergoing this program gain the maximum from it if they focus completely on the healing process taking place. That is why an equally important part of panchakarma therapy has to do with the cleansers lifestyle during the process. Certain changes in one’s diet and daily routine are necessary to insure the greatest results. These lifestyle adjustments begin with the onset of purvakarma (as I discussed last week) and continue through the end of paschatkarma (the post-treatment phase).
For panchakarma to work properly, external demands on the mind and body should be removed. The system can then devote its full resources to eliminating toxins and rejuvenating the dhatus, which have been damaged by impurities. Cleansers should have a relaxed schedule and avoid experiences that provoke strong emotions. During this time, particularly, the patients cleansing should not suppress natural urges, such as the need to urinate, defecate, or pass gas. The suppression of natural urges always strains the body. It is very important to reduce sensory input and give the senses a much needed rest. Because they are the bridge between our external and internal worlds, it gives the mind and body rest as well. Meditating each day significantly supports successful treatment.
The diet prescribed during treatment by an ayurvedic practitioner constitutes a key element in the therapy. If we tax our digestion with heavy food, it interferes with purification and limits the benefits we might otherwise achieve. The ideal panchakarma diet consists of light, nourishing and easily digestible foods, such as seamed vegetables and kichari (yellow mung dal and basmati rice cooked together with very mild and balancing spices). The dietary regimen during panchakarma emphasizes kitchari for a number of reasons. It does not tax the digestive agni and when it enters prapaka digestion, it helps to liquefy ama. It is highly nourishing, digests easily and calms the mind. It also balances all three doshas, what a treat!
To sum this up, I think its safe to say, the daily routine that goes along with panchakarma is one not to be fooled with. It is important to be committed and ready for a lifestyle change when deciding to enter into a panchakarma cleanse. Having a wonderful support system during panchakarma makes all these steps and routines much smoother.