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Ayurvedic treatment can be broadly classified into two:

  • Sodhana Chikilsa (Purification Therapy)
  • Shamana Chikilsa (Alleviating Therapy)
  • Also diseases can be diagnosed in either eight steps or ten steps

    Sodhana Chikilsa

    Sodhana Chikilsa involves the removal of toxic byproducts formed in the body through various therapeutic procedures. By undergoing the five procedures involved in the therapy, known as Pancha Karma, the normal tone is brought back to the system and a balance is attained.

    1. Vamana (Emesis Therapy)
    Internal medicines are administered to induce vomiting

    2. Virechana (Purgation Therapy)
    Internal medicines are administered to induce purgation

    3. Nasyam (Nasal Medication)
    Herbal Medicines in the form of oil or powder is administrated through the nostril

    4. Vasthy (Medicated enema therapy)
    Herbal medicines in the form of decoction or oil is administered through anus.

    5. Rakthamoksham (Blood letting therapy)
    Impure blood is drained out of the body through needle-pricking, venesection, leaching etc.

    Preparatory Procedure
    Before Pancha Karma, the toxic elements in the body are loosened and made ready to be removed using the following therapies
    1. Snehana Karma (Oleation Therapy)
    In this procedure oil and ghee preparations are used externally and internally. The different procedures include

  • Snehapanam
  • Abhyangam
  • Sirovasthy
  • Sirodhara
  • Pizhichil etc.

  • 2. Swedana Karma (Sudation Therapy)
    Done in association with Snehana Karma, the various therapies coming under Swedana Karma include:
  • Njavarakizhi
  • Pizhichil
  • Elakizhi
  • Choornasweda
  • Steam Bath
  • Hot Herbal Bath etc.


  • Shamana Chikilsa
    This therapy is done after Sodhana Chikilsa and involves the usage of herbal medicines, both externally and internally and thus restoring normality without elimination.

    Ayurveda also recommends therapies for proper body care. Some of the important body care therapies include:

    Name of therapy Benefit Procedure
    Rasayana Chikilsa (Rejuvenation Therapy) Rejuvenates body systems Body massage with medicated oil or cream
    Sodhana Chikilsa (Body Purification Therapy) Gets rid of toxins from the body for a proper balance of vatha, pitha and Kapha Snehana Karma, Swedana Karma followed by Pancha Karma
    Sodhana Chikilsa (Body Purification Therapy) Gets rid of toxins from the body for a proper balance of vatha, pitha and Kapha Snehana Karma, Swedana Karma followed by Pancha Karma
    Sodhana Chikilsa (Body Purification Therapy) Gets rid of toxins from the body for a proper balance of vatha, pitha and Kapha Snehana Karma, Swedana Karma followed by Pancha Karma
    Sodhana Chikilsa (Body Purification Therapy) Gets rid of toxins from the body for a proper balance of vatha, pitha and Kapha Snehana Karma, Swedana Karma followed by Pancha Karma
    Sodhana Chikilsa (Body Purification Therapy) Gets rid of toxins from the body for a proper balance of vatha, pitha and Kapha Snehana Karma, Swedana Karma followed by Pancha Karma
    Sodhana Chikilsa (Body Purification Therapy) Gets rid of toxins from the body for a proper balance of vatha, pitha and Kapha Snehana Karma, Swedana Karma followed by Pancha Karma