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Updated: Feb 22

I highly recommend the Panchakarma treatments at Sanjeevanam Ayurveda Hospital in Kochi, India, where I have spent the past two weeks and have been well looked after. The hospitality and atmosphere is fantastic here. Healthy foods, professional doctors and staff, medical care and relaxing treatments were just what my body needed to boost my immunity after a stressful period. In addition to the internal Ayurvedic medicine that is administered during the therapy, the external treatments are very pleasant and relaxing.

Panchakarma treatment is unique in the sense that it includes preventive, curative and promotive actions for various diseases such as skin disorders, allergic disorders, respiratory disorders, diabetes, hormonal and metabolic disorders, liver disorders, urological disorders, fertility management, gastro intestinal disorders, cancer among others. Or it can simply be used for prevention and rejuvenation.

Panchakarma, known as five actions is a treatment program for the body, mind and consciousness, that detoxifies and rejuvenates. The cleansing therapy clears toxins from the body and is widely practiced in different Ayurvedic hospitals based on Ayurvedic principles; every human being is unique and is manifested through the five basic elements ether, air, fire, water and earth. The combination of these elements are three doshas, ​​Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and their balance is unique to each individual. When this doshic balance is disturbed, a disruption occurs that leads to disease. Panchakarma is done individually for each person with their specific constitution and specific disorder in mind. The treatment starts with pre-purification and then cleansing methods.

Kashaya Dhara

This treatment involves pouring of herbal decoction over the entire body. The decoction is chosen according to your health condition.

Based on the herbs selected for making the decoction, this treatment can be used for treating skin diseases like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, neurological diseases, muscle pain and inflammation.

Rooksha Swedam

Rooksha Swedam removes toxic accumulations from the body. This therapy massages active herbal ingredients directly into deeper tissues and ligaments through the use of a medicated bolus.

A herbal bolus is used to massage the affected area. The herbal bolus is designed according to the type of imbalance in the body, the inherent nature of the ailment that is being treated and your unique constitution.

Dr. Ashly Jose took good care of me ☺️

Dr. R. Rahul Unnithan

Nurse Shijy with the most beautiful smile 😀

Bashpa Sweda

During this treatment I sat in a herb-infused steam box. The use of heat and steam to encourage sweating has long been recognized as a natural and effective way to encourage the process of detoxification.

The special herbs help to stimulate oxygen flow throughout the body, while the steam activates the natural sweating process, which is essential for releasing accumulated toxins. The skin will carry the gentle sweet aroma of the herbs throughout the following 24 hours or so. This process helps to restore unbalanced dosha back to their natural state.

Bashpa Sweda softens and brightens the skin, stimulates and increases digestion capacity, reduces laziness and fatigue, helps to ease stiff joints, helps to bring excess Vata dosha under control.


Abhyangam is an Ayurvedic warm oil massage that is performed to soothe your body, mind, immune system and skin. The oil is applied on the entire body, from the scalp to the soles of your feet. During the massage therapy, your body is massaged in the direction in which your blood from your artery flows, basically in the direction of the body hair to increase blood flow.


The Udwarthanam massage is a therapeutic deep tissue massage which is performed with rubbing oil and herbal powder applied in upward strokes. The intensity of the massage generates heat which then melts the excess fat in your body. The Udwarthanam Ayurvedic massage works very well to improve the immunity and lymphatic flow of the body.

Manju, my beautiful practitioner


Shirodhara is a relaxed and therapeutic head massage experience that offers immense physical and mental benefits. A light head massage is given at the beginning before dripping oil on the forehead. And yes, this Ayurvedic treatment is just as relaxing as it sounds.

Medicated oil is poured over the forehead. The oil then flows around the forehead and down into the scalp, which is then gently massaged into the skin by the practitioner.

Ksheera Dhara

The Ksheera Dhara treatment includes a constant flow of herbal milk over the head and body, instead of the regular oil in other Ayurvedic treatments. It is quite similar to Shirodhara but Ksheera Dhara has a cooling effect on the body and is recommended during the summer months or in circumstances that require relaxing or cooling effects.

The herbal milk that is poured on the body acts as a moisturizer which helps relieve any stress, anxiety, and tension. It’s also used for skin and hair care. The Ksheera Dhara treatment enhances the skin’s glow and is suitable for patients who are suffering from Vata and Pitta imbalances, migraines, stress, and insomnia.

Shastika Shali Lepanam

Shastika Shali is a type of rice well known for its medicinal properties.


Manju, my personal yoga teacher ☺️


Nasal detox or Nasya is the process of cleansing the head. It is the procedure of pouring specific number of drops of Ayurvedic herbal oils to each nostril. There are different types of nasal detox according to the dose and the type of the herbal formulations.

Nasya consists of several procedures, starting with a gentle massage of the head, face and chest with warm herbalized oil, followed by inhalation of different herbal preparations. It also includes gargling of sea water and inhaling the smoke of turmeric plant. Aromatic steam is applied which helps to widen pores and channels. While I'm lying down, required drops of herbalized oils are poured into each nostril. Within 10 minutes or so; phlegm will be drained to throat and I am advised to spit them out.

Nasya is highly recommended in disorders of ear, nose and throat, respiratory issues like allergies, chronic/allergic cough, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, ear infections, tinnitus and hearing impairment.



Inhaling the smoke of turmeric plant

Shiro Pichu

Shiro PIchu is an herbal oil treatment that is applied to the head. Shiro means the “head” and pichu is a “small square” or “circular cotton pad” that is dipped in herbal oil. The Ayurvedic treatment of Shiro Pichu falls under the category of Murdhni Tailam.

Murdhani Tailam is a procedure that applies herbal oils to the head for a specific amount of time based on the dosha that needs to be balanced. To apply Shiro Pichu, the cotton pad is dipped into the warm herbal oil and then the cotton pad is laid directly on top of the head.

The treatment prevents headaches, supports healthy hair and premature graying, supports healthy sense organs, relives stress and calms the mind and promotes good sleep.

Mathra Vasthi

Mathra Vasthi is performed to normalise the deranged Vata In the digestive tract. It promotes strength and restores general well-being. Medicated oil or ghee is chosen according to your condition and is injected via the rectum. This can be given as a standalone enema therapy or alternately with a decoction enema.

It pacifies the lower part of the body and lubricates the lining of the large intestine. It strengthens the spine, lower part of the body and the nervous system.

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