Question: Nowadays, no one is really free to go through weeks together of Panchakarma treatment. Hence, can the Panchakarma treatments be shortened to help patient’s busy schedule?
Dr CR Agnives – For Panchakarma therapy, there are some rules to be followed. Before Vamana and Virechana, patient has to undergo Snehana, then Swedana. And after Vamana and Virechana, there is some strict diet to be followed for 3 – 7 days. If Vamana treatment (vomiting therapy) is done on a patient, you have to wait for 15 days, before conducting Virechana (purgation treatment).
This time gap is very essential because, in Vamana and Virechana treatments, you are voluntarily irritating the gut. Once the gut is irritated, it requires some times to get normal. Say, if you conduct Virechana without 15 days gap of Virechana, you are irritating the gut again, without normalizing it. It is a sin.
A real patient waits – Moreover, if the patient really wants proper treatment, he will surely wait for any suggested time to get his illness cured. Those who are in a hurry are not patients. Do not treat them with Panchakarma.
An ideal example: Once a team of many patients from Russia went to Vaidyaratnam Ousshadhasala. They demanded that these so and so procedures should be done on them within three days. They came with a list of treatments. The doctor there said that it cannot be done like that. The doctors here will examine and decide what treatments to do and when to do them. We cannot do treatments based on patient’s list.
Going for any extent to extract money is not good. See, if you want to induce Vamana, Doshas should first come in to Koshta (gastro intestinal tract). Then only they can be expelled out. For this, at least one day Sadya Snehana, then Abhyanga and Swedana are minimum requirements.
So whatever you do, it should have at least an imaginary purpose. Without a proper planning, just blindly doing a treatment is something like…….. I won’t say butchering, because butchering is a very decent profession.