Repackaging traditional Ayurvedic philosophies with modern-day luxury to create a perfect symphony of contemporary Ayurveda comes naturally at Amal Tamara. With the Panchakarma programme, this healing dons an additional holistic hue, too. By Bayar Jain
Amal Tamara is an abode of healing in every sense. Embodying the wellness philosophy of Chikitsa Chatushpada — a unique Ayurvedic concept referring to the curative programme that sees the physician, patient, therapist, and medicine working in synergy—this resort prioritises holistic healing unlike any other. Guests can absorb the principles of this time-tested school of medicine, allowing lifestyle changes to extend far beyond the stay. With the Panchakarma programme, this long-term healing comes seamlessly.
Noting the ever-evolving stresses of the 21st century and the changes in the environment, Amal Tamara shifts the focus back on basic healthy habits like regular sleep, a well-balanced diet, and regular exercise. It serves as a segue for periodic detoxing– from the pollution, stress, and lifestyle habits that chip away at wellness. The Panchakarma programme is the key to this journey.
What is Panchakarma?
Put simply, Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic treatment that works towards detoxifying and bio-purification through a set of therapies. Panch (five) and Karma (action) involves a three stage process: Preparatory procedure, panchakarma therapies, and post-therapy care. In the first stage, the body is prepared through snehana (oleation) and swedana (steam) for purification. This is followed by the purification therapies themselves. The final step involves maintaining the established rejuvenation through diet and rasayana or herbs.
This, however, is a broad overview. The nitty-gritties of each Ayurvedic treatment varies according to the patient’s physical conditions, needs, and goals.
What are the various therapies?
Any Panchakarma programme begins with an Ayurvedic consultation. This involves thorough investigation using Ayurvedic principles, evaluation through Ayurveda consultation, and measuring of key organs and factors like pulse, structure, and senses. This is followed by a selection of herbs, design of diet, and identification of precautions to be taken during the Panchakarma treatments. An Ayurvedic physician assesses and monitors this via daily consultations. Next, the therapies begin.
Vamana or Emesis is one such Panchakarma therapy. This involves the elimination of toxins through induced vomiting courtesy of herbal medications. These herbal medications have a penetrating, pungent and hot potency, which, when used with care in accordance with clinical conditions, can help heal. With virechanam or purgation, the patient cleanses with controlled bowel evacuation for a specific time. Vasti or medicated enema helps pacify aggravated doshas. Vasti can be of two main kinds: asthapan vasti (decoction enema) and anuvasana vasti (herbal oil enema). With the nasya or nasal medication, the nasal passage plays a key role in detoxification and rejuvenation. Medicated oils, powders, fresh juices, and pastes are administered to facilitate this process. While the marsa nasyam addresses ophthalmological and ENT-related conditions, prathimarsa nasyam is performed as a daily routine to rejuvenate the sense organs.
Panchakarma Programme at Amal Tamara
The Panchakarma or Detox Programme aims to revitalise the body, mind, and soul by removing toxins from the body. This is made possible through Ayurvedic body treatments with herbal medicines, detox therapies including vamanam, virechanam, vasti, nasyam and rakthamoksham, Ayurveda diet plans, and wellness and lifestyle reforming activities.
The Panchakarma programme is available in two options: a 14-days course, and a 21-days one. In each, the wellness journeys include two major sessions of daily consultations and five monthly online follow-up sessions post departure. Each day comprises of 90-minutes long treatments sessions, split into 60 minutes and 30 minutes each. It even includes daily hour-long yoga sessions, daily half hour-long guided meditations, and wellness activities as scheduled. Moreover, the 14-day programme includes two hour-long therapeutic yoga sessions, while the longer plan allows for three. While each programme on offer is curated basis individualised expert Ayurvedic physician’s assessments, there may be variations on a case to case basis. Effectively, a personalised holistic healing is guaranteed!
But that’s not all! The Panchakarma programme also includes specially-prepared herbal medications during the stay, as prepared by traditional Ayurveda practitioners with GMP certifications; the Astha, Ekta, or Idha room basis booking type; access to the library and WiFi; organic vegetarian meals, curated according to body constitution, wellness and lifestyle reforming activities; and a complete digital detox, should the guest wish.
The Panchakarma Programme assures holistic healing without being pervasive. Not only does it work wonders in boosting immunity and improving metabolism, but it also keeps the body young and agile. The curated treatments also help amp physical and mental capabilities, improve skin and muscle tone, and most importantly—revive and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Naturally, then, Ayurvedic practitioners recommend periodic and seasonal cleansings, as well as detox therapies.
General wellness aside, Panchakarma is recommended when a clinical condition is hard to manage with internal and external therapies. Take joint-related ailments, for instance. These therapies help ease osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as gout and raised serum uric acid. Musculoskeletal issues—such as lower back pain, neck pain, slipped disc, disc bulge, cervical spondylosis, lumbar spondylosis, juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, general muscle pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and coccydynia muscular dystrophy—can also be relieved, as can dermatological conditions. Neurological difficulties, reproductive disorders, sexual dysfunctions, endocrine issues, lifestyle disorders, developmental delays, and gastrointestinal ailments can be eased, too.