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Shanama, Purva Karma and Shodhana


The word Shamana in itself from which this Ayurveda therapy takes its name literally means to suppress and/or balance.

The health herbal therapy mentioned here is advisable for anyone suffering from light disorders where the Doshas is not well-rooted yet. On the other hand, elimination therapy is time-consuming whereas time is an important factor for healing herbal ailments in today’s life.

Shanama Balancing Therapy

During the Shamana therapies, one has to undergo a particular Ayurveda diet contradictory to increasing Doshas in order to refrain and balancing the disordered Doshas.

This Ayurveda treatment therapy includes the use of a complete list of herbal medicines such as jams, oils and tablets together with concoctions amongst others. Please note that most of the time the Shanama balancing therapies are mainly indicated and

Shanama, Purva Karma and Shodhana
Shanama, Purva Karma and Shodhana

intended to alleviate the disorders suffered until the proper natural herbal remedy or Ayurveda medicine is prescribed. Very commonly applied as a simple diet or a particular exercise for one to follow, these practices will diminish the concerned Doshas.

Panchakarma – Purva Karma

As an Ayurveda treatment for vatic disorders, the Panchakarma applies the Purva Karma therapy practicing the Snehana (oil application) method. The Snehana method, one of the two herbal remedies’ methods used by the Purva Karma, is mainly intended to prevent, heal and also enhance the following symptoms;

  • Sexual exhaustion
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Dryness of the body
  • Senility

Snehana is also utilized by anyone that undergoing Vimana and Virecana. The procedure utilized by this Ayurveda therapy is in its way also followed as a ritual since it involves the preparation of healing herbal extracts and oils at a precise time, 15 to 30 minutes after sunrise.

After a Snehana herbal medicine therapy one should notice the effectiveness of these herbal treatments by the following visible signs;

  • Accelerated digestive power
  • Intolerance to fat
  • Loose motions
  • Lightness of the body
  • Smoothness of the body
  • Passage of flatus
  •  Visible fat in the stool

Swedana (fomentation)

The Swedana natural herbal remedy involving heat in order to induce bodily sweat. Swedana is practiced for the following disorders according to the history of herbal medicine.

  • Corrhyza
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Paralysis
  • Constipation
  • Arthritis

Vamana is given on the second day of this Ayurveda treatment whilst after a 3-day interval, Virecana is given. The effectiveness of this practice, one can note these visible signs;

  • The disappearance of coryza.
  • Relief from pain and stiffness.
  • Remission of the disease.

Most importantly, anybody that took the opportunity of experiencing any of the above mentioned herbal natural remedy therapies is strongly advised to avoid cold water and enjoy a nap after a light balanced meal.

Shodhana – Elimination Therapy

According to Ayurveda medicine, once the disease or disorders have become acute and/or chronic, the balancing Ayurveda therapy becomes obsolete because of the span of time it would require the therapy to completely rebalance the Doshas.

It is therefore advisable by Ayurveda health studies that one should cross over to more intense therapy, an elimination therapy instead of a balancing therapy, better known as the Shodhana herbal natural remedy therapy.

Reasonable enough, the elimination therapy requires much less time than the balancing therapy for its herbal remedies to take effect and is also more effective on the weakened points.

With the use of Pancha Karma Ayurveda technique, the Shodana elimination therapy works by expelling the malicious Doshas from the body. The therapy involves the use of the following cleansing methods:

  • Vamana – emetic therapy (supervised vomiting Ayurveda treatment)
  • Virechana – the use of health herbal laxatives
  • Vasti – healing herbal enema
  • Nasya – nasal administration
  • Rakta Mokshana – bloodletting

The Shodhana elimination therapy is normally initiated by preparatory herbal treatments in order to soften the Doshas causing the disorder and /or disease concerned.

These preliminary treatments, that always include herbal products, have also the duty to move these Doshas to either the stomach or directly to the intestine where the above listed Ayurveda herb cleansing methods can be applied to completely remove these harmful Doshas from one’s body.

Most importantly, for your reference, these Ayurveda care herbal series of treatments, collectively named as the Shodhana elimination therapy, can and should be used by anyone to prevent the Doshas from attacking the body immunization system rather than curing the disorder when the harm has been done.

Any female during her pregnancy period should avoid practicing Shodhana therapy unless it is otherwise directly recommended and prescribed by a qualified health herbal professional practitioner.

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