Ayurveda believes that all diseases are caused as a result of an imbalance between the body constituents.

This imbalance leads to formation of various toxins.

There are two ways of treating a person,

a) Eliminate the toxins (shodhana Chikitsa) by way of the Panchakarma’s.

This involves the main five procedures hence also called as the Panchakarma's.

(Pancha=five, karma=procedures).
Each of these Panchakarma’s are aimed at eliminating the aggravation in one or more of the body constituents.

The classical Panchakarma's are (please follow the links to learn more)


             a. Vamana(therapeutic emesis)


             b. Virechana (therapeutic purgation)


             c. Basti (therapeutic enemas)


             d. Raktamokshana (therapeutic blood letting)


             e. Nasya (therapeutic nasal administrations)


Often the Panchakarma's are also used as preventive measures and longevity inducers.


There are also some other treatmentswhich are done as a preparation for doing the


Panchakarmas and also as therapeutic measures.

b) Neutralize the toxins (shamana Chikitsa) by way of various medicines.
In this, neutralization of the toxins is done with the help of various herbs, the decoction of the herbs, alcoholic preparation of the herbs and the use of ash of various metals & nonmetals. Rebalancing of the unbalanced doshas is achieved via medicaments, life style and dietary modifications. Some times treatments like fasting, sunbathing etc are also used to achieve a cure.