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To many, the word ‘Detox’ is just another fashionable buzzword, while others think of it as something harsh and punishing. Both perceptions are untrue. ‘Detox’ is a dire necessity in today’s stressful environment. And it is certainly not punishing if done correctly, under the expert care of specialists, in the sylvan environs of Kaveri. At the Ayurveda spa at Kaveri, ‘Detox’ is a holistic process of uplifting the mind, body and soul, and fortifying one to take on the rough and tumble of everyday life. Detox here goes beyond the shedding of kilos and loss of inches. The team of experts at Kaveri has uniquely combined the timeless and time tested Ayurvedic practices of Panchkarma, with Marma, Pranic healing, and Yoga to repair and revitalize body tissues and organs and refresh the mind.
The Panchakarma is the most significant treatment for purification and detoxification in Ayurveda. Panchakarma encompasses five therapies: the Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Vasti, Raktha and the Mokshana. These five therapies collectively help remove deep routed stress and illness causing toxins from the body while balancing the three Doshas (energies that govern all biological functions). The treatment involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas and nasal administrations. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.
The Snehapanam (internal oleation) is a preparatory procedure for Panchkarma therapies. The effectiveness of the Panchkarma or the purification therapies depends upon the proper mobilization of humors (Doshas) from the periphery (Śākhā) which is to be achieved through this treatment. The therapy involves oral intake of medicated or non-medicated 'Sneha' or oil. Our experts use clarified butter (obtained from cow's milk) mixed /infused with medicinal herbs. Snehapanam is done in the morning after attending to the calls of nature, on an empty stomach. The dosage will depend on the health, age, diagnosed illness and digestive capacity of the patient. The treatment lasts between five and seven days depending on the condition of the patient and the illness being treated.
It is believed that the effects of Abhyangam are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Abhyanga is infusing the body with 'prana' or vital life force. When we infuse all our cells with love, they are revitalised and energised. It involves massaging of the body with warm oil infused with healing herbs and balancing essential oils. Abhyangam moves ‘Prana’ (vital life force energy) within the body thereby nourishing and revitalizing all body organs. It aids the removal of toxins and stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It boosts the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the
Podikizhi is an Ayurveda technique of fomentation in which the whole body or certain parts of the body are fomented and made to sweat, by the application of medicinal powders. A warm prescribed mixture of herbs tied in muslin pouches is gently pounded and pressed into the skin by the therapists in a rhythmic motion. The pounding is accompanied by a synchronised massage with herbal oils. Podikizhi is very effective in treating 'Kapha-Vata' predominant conditions of arthritis, back pain, paralysis, and muscular pains. This treatment is useful for relieving deep seated tension, increasing blood circulation, loosening built up toxins, strengthening muscle tissue and ridding the body of excess Kapha. This treatment increases blood supply to the skin and improves skin lustre and complexion and eliminates toxins through skin pores.
Elakizhi or Patrapotala Sweda is a rejuvenating sudation practice in Ayurveda treatments using fresh leaves of herbal/medicinal plants. Anti Vata plants, such as Eranda (Ricinus communis), Arka (Calotropis Procera), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), coconut leaves, lemon and curcumin are fried with herbal ingredients and tied into cloth boluses. These are dipped into warm medicated oil and used for massaging the body. The massage with heated boluses induces profuse sudation, which helps in the fomentation process. Elakizhi is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylitis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains. The massage promotes better blood circulation within the affected area and induces perspiration which helps the skin to eliminate wastes.
Virechanam cleanses the Pitta and purifies blood by clearing the toxins from the body. The treatment concentrates on the toxins that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder and the gastro-intestinal tract. In Virechanam, the vitiated Doshas are eliminated through the rectum. The treatment is given in the morning after the person is given the "Snehapanam" and "Swedanam" for internal lubrication. The person is then given a certain prescribed dose of herbal medicines on an empty stomach. Within 1 to 2 hours, the bowels are emptied expelling all accumulated toxins with it. Virechanam is an excellent rejuvenating detox treatment. Virechanam is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, gout, splenic disorders, ulcers, IBS, gastritis, intestinal colic, headaches, asthma, indigestion, gynecological disorders, hypertension and stress related ailments.