Panchakarma, as the name suggests Pancha = five & Karma = Procedures. Hence Panchakarma is a combination of five procedures of cleansing & detoxification, which aim at collecting the deep rooted toxins in the body & flushing them out of the body.
Ayurvedic treatment of the disease has two aspects Shaman Chikitsa & Shodhan Chikitsa. Shaman is pacifying the imbalanced doshas within the body by means of herbs, diet & lifestyle. While Shodhan chikitsa is removal of toxins out of the body, & Panchakarma is the shodhan Chikitsa.The Five procedures of Panchakarma are