Principles and Practice of Panchakarma

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Item Code: NAF264
Author: Dr. Pulak Kanti Kar
Publisher: Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9788170845185
Pages: 866
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 10.0 inch x 7.5 inch
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About the Book

The theoretical part of Panchakarma has been explained in this book with an outstanding clinical approach. The procedures have been critically analyzed in the purview of the concept of Panchakarma depicted in the compendium supported by appropriate references. The subject is presented in such a way that Ayurvedic people can realise the matter with a ration vision and can perform the therapy in daily practice.


About the Author

Dr. Pulak Kanti Kar did has graduation from University of Calcutta, Post graduation in Panchakarma from Gujarat Ayurved University and Ph. D from Rajasthan Ayurved University. He has successfully performed thousands of Panchakarma in different critical diseases. He has written six valuable books on different aspects of Panchakarma. His approach & motivation to propagate Panchakarma has inclined several students & practitioners of Ayurveda to perform this therapy in clinical practice.



The principle based theories if applied in the clinical practice and show their effectiveness to mitigate the diseases, then the theories are converted into applied procedure. The principle is formed through observation, re-observation, experimentation, hypothesis, re-experimentation and conclusion. These six steps are primarily documented in different ancient medical compendium and the vivid description of any therapeutic procedure is detailed with its applied form. All the theories are having some prerogative values because of experimental depiction.

Panchakarma is a fruitful measure and its extensive efficacy is classified in different dimension to cure different types of complicated diseases. Vamana, Virechana, Niruha, Anuvasana and Nasya are the five procedures and subsequently Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Nasya and Raktamokshana are also broadly termed as Panchakarma. The qualitative effect of Panchakarma is purely detailed in a cumulative perspective. The cultivated knowledge of Panchakarma is well transmitted in the way. of applied synchronized process. The inclination towards the practice of Panchakarma is very much' essential for the Ayurvedic doctors to achieve the goal. In day to day practice, the new diseases are evolving with intense gravity and therefore to combat those, Panchakarma is an effective measure. It is not essential that all the karmas are to be performed at a time or in a specific disease, but considering the involvement of the Dosha, dhatu and mala, severity of the disease and the constitution of the individual, the respective measure is advocated following the principles; as a result of which, the outcome is extra-ordinarily beneficial.

In the ancient time it was well practiced with confidence as the Ayurvedic physicians were well acquainted about those therapies and were experts to perform and confident to arrest the adversities well in advance. In due course of time, the practice of this therapy was in a dilemma because of the non acquaintance of the principles of those therapies. The experienced physicians performed these therapies not only by the empirical ways but also maintaining the scientific entities. The appropriate choice of drugs, schedules of dose, preparation of the medicines, requirements for respective diseases were methodically pre tuned and these classical therapies were magnified in different consequences of different diseases.

The micro level analysis of Panchakarma is till unexplored in spite of several research works made in different apex and local Ayurvedic institutions. The recent generation always tries to analyse the matter in the perspective of modern lights. The enriched science behind this therapy is nowhere enlightened. This leads to call for reanalysis of the justification and efficacy of Panchakdarma in new dimension keeping the principles intact. Propagation of knowledge of Panchakarma will definitely accelerate the logical thoughts and practice with regained potentiality of the Ayurvedic physicians.

In this book, with the advent urge of the students, the thorough principles if Panchakarma have been postulated with an elaborative purview in a sequenced manner. Rhythmical study of the portion of Panchakarma of different Ayurvedic compendium has been incorporated in this book to hasten the micro analysis of the systematized study.




I. Snehana 29
1 Types of Sneha: 32
2 List of common sneha dravya: 33
3 Indications of snehana- karma: 46
4 Contra-indications of snehana-karma 49
5 Sneha pana kala: 50
6 Complications of snehapana if taken in wrong time: 52
7 List of Sneha to be used in different diseases: 55
8 Fixation of dose: 73
9 Determination of Koshtha: 80
10 Does calculaton: 81
11 Dietary regimen suggested by Charaa and Vagbhatta 84
12 Pradhana karma: 84
13 Snehapjirna lakshan: 86
14 Pradhana karma: 97
15 Sadyasnehana Yoga: 102
16 Sneha Vyapada 105
17 Bahya Snehana(external oleation) 108
A Abhyanga: 109
B Udnartana: 115
C Mardana, Unamardana: 117
D Padaghata: 117
E Padabhyanga: 117
F Samvahana: 118
G Lepa: 118
H Parisheka: 120
I Gandusha 122
J Murdha taila: 130
K Karma Purana: 145
L Nasa tarpana: 145
M Akshi Tarpana: 145
N Mastishkya: 150
O Snehabagahana: 153
18 List of Snehana in different diseases: 153
II. Svedana 210
1 Properties, main actions & predominance of mahabhura of svehana dravya: 213
2 Types of svedana: 213
3 Indication of sankara sveda 226
4 References of pinda sveda 227
5 Prastara sveda 231
6 Some indications of prastara sveda 232
7 Nadi sveda 233
8 Some references of madi sveda 237
9 Avagaha sveda: 238
10 Some references of nadi avagaha: 240
11 Pizhichil: 248
12 Indication of parisheka: 251
13 Jentaka sveda: 280
14 Ashmaghana sveda: 282
15 Some references of ashmahhana sveda 283
A Karshusveda: 283
B Bhu sveda 284
C Kumbhi sveda 284
D Kupa sveda 286
E Holaka sveda 286
F Tapa sveda 288
G Ushma sveda: 289
H Upanaha sveda: 291
I Three varieties of upanaha 298
J Some references of upanha 299
K Drava sveda 308
L Anagneya sveda 309
M Vyayama 310
N Ushnasadana 311
O Gurupravarana 311
P Kshudha 311
Q Bahupana 311
R Bhaya 311
S Krodha 312
T Upanaha sveda: 312
U Ahava 312
V Atapa 312
16 Samyaka svedana lakshana 313
17 Ayoga of svedana 313
18 Atisvinna lakshan 314
19 Treatment for atisvinna 315
20 Indication of svedana 317
III. Vamana 327
1 Sambhara Smgraha (collection of necessary utensils): 334
2 Vamana Karma 336
3 Indication of vamana 337
4 Contra indication of vamana 340
5 Reasons behind avoiding Vanana in contra indicated cases 342
6 Determination of Koshtha of the persom in vamana: 347
7 Pradhana karma: 362
8 Matra of vamana aushadha: 363
9 Characteristics of samuaka-vamana 374
10 Characteristics of Asamyaka-vanana 375
11 Characteristics of Ati vamana 375
12 Pashchat karma 376
13 Evaluation of the shuddhi by several means 377
14 Details of complications 384
15 Samsarjana karma 390
16 Types of samsarhana krama 392
A Peyadi samsarjana kraa 390
B Tarpanadi krama 34
17 Table showing vuapada mentioned in different sanhita 398
18 Upadrava of vamana & virechana 404
19 Some common indications of Vamana 426
20 No. of Kalpana of Vamaka dravyas mentioned in Charaka Kalpasthana 440
IV Virechana 442
1 List of virechana drugs 445
2 Best drugs for virechana 451
3 Classfication of virechana drugs 451
4 Virechana karma 457
5 Indication for virechana 458
6 Contra-Indications (Ayogya) 461
7 Selsection of virechana drugs as per the doshika dominancy 467
8 Dietetic regimen before virechana 475
9 Aushadhi matra of virechana 478
10 Assess ment of virechana 484
11 Samyaka Yoga Lakshana of Virechana Karma 485
12 Ayoga lakshana of Virechana karma 487
13 Atiyoga Lakshana of Virechana karma 487
14 Samsarjana krama 491
15 Tarpandi krama 494
16 Some kalpanas of Virechana 505
17 Indication of virechana in different diseases 517
V. Basti 530
1 Classification of basti 533
2 Medicines used in basti 544
3 Indication of asthapana 558
4 Contra indication of asthapana 561
5 Indication of anuvasana 565
6 Contra indicationof anuvasana 565
7 Putaka Dosha and its complication 569
8 Basti netra 570
9 Table of calibre of the hole of nozzle according to age 574
10 Size of basti-netra, parinaha and karnika according to age(Sushruta) 575
11 Netra Dosha and its complication 575
12 Procedure of basti therapy 577
13 Niruha basti: Samyaka yoga lakshana 602
14 Niruha basti atiyoga lakshana 603
15 Nirhua basti atiyoga lakshana 604
16 Complications of niryha basti and their signs synotins and treatment 605
17 Signs and symptoms of proper anuvasana(samyaka yoga lakshana) 624
18 Anuvasana basti ayoga/hinayoga lakshana 624
19 Anuvasana basti atiyoga lakshana 625
20 Complications of sneha basti with their signs-symptoms and treatment 625
21 Uttarabasti 629
22 Basti vyapad according to Sushruta 641
23 Some important preparations of basti 686
VI Nasaya Karma 733
1 Classification of nasya 734
2 Administration of nasya 740
A Purva karma 741
3 General indications of nasya 748
4 Contra indications of naysa 749
5 Effect of nasya if administered in contra indicated condition 751
B Pradhana karma: 755
6 Samyaka Yoga Lakshana of Virechana Karma 757
7 Ayoga 759
C Pashchat karma 762
8 Dose of nasya at a glance 775
9 Duration of nasya karma 776
10 Some hasya yoga 777
11 Indication of nasya in different diseases 779
VII Raktamokshana 788
1 Importance of rakta-mokshan 789
2 Types of rakta- mokshana 797
3 Prachchhana 802
4 Procedure 802
5 Shringavacharana 803
6 Alabu-avacharana 804
7 Ghati yantra 804
8 Sirvyadha 805
9 Rakta-mokshana yogya 806
10 Rakta-mokshana ayogya 810
11 Rakta-mokshana-- samyaka srava lakshana 822
12 Asamyaka srava lakshana 822
13 Raktamokshana ti srave lakshan 823
14 Four measures to stop bleeding 826
15 Jalauka avacharana 831
VIIII Appendix 844

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