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Everything You Need to Know About the Panchakarma Cleanse

Cleanses and detoxes are having their moment in the limelight, but the Panchakarma Cleanse is considered a reformative journey, and it takes some serious dedication to follow. The Panchakarma Cleanse is the traditional Ayurvedic cleanse that is designed to focus on overall well-being, rejuvenation, and restoring the balance in the mind and the body.

Designed to remove toxins from the body that can cause disease or discomfort, Panchakarma is said to be able to purify the tissues “at a very deep level.” The cleanse originates from India’s ancient healing system, and according to Ayurvedic Healing, the word Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word which means “five treatments.” As for what the treatment entails? The publication notes that each treatment is based on the specific needs of each individual and are administered by experts, in an exact sequence, for a specific amount of time.

Something to remember is this process needs to be tailored to each individual, and according to The Art of Living Treatment Center: “Ayurveda acknowledges that everybody is different; hence the treatments and consultations are all customized to your needs.” This is why experts need to work with you to understand your body and the direction to take.

While treatments vary, most people will be put on mono-diet of kitchari (a mixture of rice and mung dal) and ghee, and many things are required to be eliminated from the diet, including white sugar, caffeine, cold drinks, cold food, dairy and alcohol, the Ayurveda website reports. This diet is easy to digest, but also nourishing.

Individuals taking part in panchakarma also need to take it easy and get plenty of rest and avoid late nights and external distractions like television and loud music. This cleanse is not just about the body, but also the mind, and individuals are encouraged to be mindful about their thoughts and experiences during this time.

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