Ayurveda, the science of life, is an Indian traditional medicine. It follows the core principle of natural medicine: “when balance is restored, health and wellbeing is inherent.” Among Ayurveda’s vast spectrum of dietary, lifestyle, herbal, and body therapies is a powerful detoxification protocol: Panchakarma.


In this blog post, we are exploring the second stage of the Panchakarma elimination process:


Letting Go What Does Not Serve Us

Panchakarma is the process of purifying the body, mind, and spirit through the five main organs of elimination: the bowels, urinary tract, skin, lungs, and mind. After drawing physical, emotional, and spiritual toxins to the surface during PurvakarmaPanchakarma activates the body’s elimination organs to safely and effectively proceed through the detoxification process.

The Process

During Panchakarma, Dr. Anup Mulakaluri chooses from over 25 main Ayurvedic therapies to encourage and support his patients’ individual detoxification process. He works with patients to understand their needs, their state of health, and the stage of disease. Based on his diagnostics, he then customizes the therapeutic process by carefully selecting the herbs, oils, mode of application, etc., that will best activate the specific organs of elimination to most effectively remove all toxins.

The Panchakarma detox lasts 5 or 7 days.

What to Expect in Panchakarma

Each day, the patient spends 3-4 hours at the clinic receiving 2-4 therapies. These therapies promote the elimination process and progressively guide the body and the individual through a process of physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual cleanse. There are many different kinds of therapies that patients receive to activate the body’s elimination process, including relaxing body therapies like an Abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage) or Shirodhara (bliss therapy), as well as a cleansing therapy that is specific to their needs. Closely monitored by Dr. Mulakaluri and the Ayurvedic therapists at Natural Rhythms, the protocol is often modified and adapted based on the body’s response to the therapies.

As the body and mind go through the process of detoxification and the elimination toxins, individuals may feel a bit lethargic and low energy. The body is working hard to eliminate the toxins! During this phase of elimination, any aggravations from the Purvakarma process begin to clear, although it occasionally takes additional time to get to complete relief. People often also have very powerful emotional releases and healing during this phase, as they surrender physically and emotionally to receiving the treatments that release the psycho-somatic toxins holding memories and emotional distress.

The results of this phase are powerful. Clients experience a deeper sense of who they are and better understanding of how they wish to live life, present-forward. They sometimes experience greater self-realization, a path that is enlightening and that motivates them toward the great task of Paschyatkarma. People start to feel physical and emotional relief and begin building motivation for the next phase.

The process of Panchakarma is complete when the body has concluded its detoxification process. Fortified with the physical and emotional relief achieved through Panchakarma, it is then time to move into the third stage of treatment: Paschyatkarma, the rejuvenation.

Learn More About Each Stage of the Panchakarma Treatment: