Panchakarma: The Most Comprehensive Resorurce Ever Published (Set of 4 Volumes)

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Publisher: Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan
Author: Dr.Pulak Kanti Kar
Language: English
Edition: 2013
Pages: 1445 (Throughout Color and B/W Illustrations)
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Essentials of Panchakarma Therapy (Vol-I)


About the Book

Comprehensive view of Panchkarma has been presented in this book with sequential illustrations. The pure connotation of Panchakarma has been magnified here in its applied form. The brief documentation will definitely enrich the out -come of Panchakarma in a qualiltative shape. The requisite therapy for the diagnosed disease in allopathic system is also tuned here with generalized therapeutic modules for the ready reference of the Ayurvedic practitioners. Few photographs of the patients before and after Panchakarma therapy are also added to encourage the concerned students ad physicians to incorporate this noble therapy into their daily practice. Moreover a short profile of Panchakarma has been annexed in this book to maintain the procedure and records in an arranged shape. This book will be immensely helpful to the Ayurvedic practitioners who are not well acquainted with Panchakarma but want to perform it in a rational way.


About the Author

Dr. Pulak Kanti Kar did his graduation 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 and motivation to propagate Panchakarma has inclined several students and practitioners of Ayurveda to perform this therapy in clinical practice.



The diseases are classified in different ways. The treatment schedule of these classified diseases is specifically divided into pacifying measures and purificatory measures. The diseases which are not cured by the administration of pacifying measures require purificatouy therapy which prevents and cures the diseases meticulously; or both the measures are-performed to arrest the deep seated complicated diseases. Panchakarma is a classical and vast therapeutic procedure and the complete knowledge of each therapy incorporated under Panchakarma is very difficult to perform without the guidance of the qualitative and experienced teacher having sound practice. The pure form of Panchakarma or all the therapies is to be practiced in such a way that in any circumstances respective therapeutics of Panchakarma may be administered with confidence; but prior to that, the pure form of Panchakarma is to be understood categorically to follow the applied form. The institutional knowledge helps the students to mature definitely, but the common application of Pachakarma is easily understood if an individual makes his mind to incline into the practice of Panchakarma. Therapeutically the Panchakarma is broadly explained but in a nut shell it can be studied and practiced with an innovative out look. The broad sense of Panchakarma is confined in this book in such a way so that all the beginners can have an idea with the preliminary experienced knowledge transmitted trough practice. The quantum of diseases is rapidly progressing and the ancient nomenclatures of diseases are to be examined in the modern perspective and the ultimate analysis is to be put with a classical amplification. The diseases in the modern era, apparently identical to that of the ancient nomenclature of the diseases on the basis of subjective parameters, may be encountered with positive coordination of respective purificatory therapeutics as mentioned in the compendium. In this book, the classical concept of Panchakarma is presented with its applied in relation to modern nomenclature of the diseases for the better understanding of the coming generation. The relevancy of modern parameters in clinical practice of panckarma and easily understandable assessment criteria in respect to specific therapy have been annexed in this book. The intension of writing this book will radically explore the momentum of the clinical orientation of Panchakarma.


Architecture and Applied Instruments in Panchakarma (Vol-II)


About the Book

Same drug act in different ways based on the route of administration. Different routes as nasal roeute, oral route, vaginal route, urethral route and rectal route are used for the administration of the drugs in Panchakarma. Action of drug is well described in the different compendium and the clinical efficacy of Panchakarma is well explained and practiced thoroughly, but the mechanism of the action of Ayurvedic drug is till unexplored in modern perspective. The mechanism of action of therapy as mentioned in Samhita is scientific if analysed in modern purview considering the Physiology, Anatomy, bio-chemistry etc. An attempt has been made in this book to establish the hypothetical mode of action of the therapy in Panchakarma for better understanding with scientific entity keeping the principle intact. This book will be beneficial for the students, teachers and professional who are always keen to know the hidden truth of Panchakarma.


About the Author

Dr. Pulak Kanti Kar did his graduation from University of Calcutta, Post graduation in Panchakarma from Gujarat Ayureved University and Ph. D from Rahasthan Ayureved 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.



Panchakarma is an effective measure to encounter the disease as well as to eliminate the morbid materials from the body to maintain an healthy state. The therapeutic approach is always scheduled on the basis of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and the absolute procedures of the administration of the respective therapy lead to achieve the ultimate goal. The primary action of the drug is supported by the action of the cellular activity. Different routes are used for the administration of the drugs and the same drug acts in different ways based on the route of administration. The drugs are generally administered through oral, parenteral, nasal or rectal routes, etc. In the ancient time, nasal route oral route and rectal route were the prime routes for the administration of drugs.

The cumulative cultivation of the knowledge of Panchakarama is though rationally accepted in respect to its therapeutic effect in empirical thoughts, but the modulation of the therapy has not yet been established in the purview of western science. The mechanism of action of therapy as mentioned in Samhita is scientific if analyzed in modern purview considering the physiology of vomiting reflex, defaecation reflex, ets. The hypothetical mode of action of the drug for Panchakarma is explained in this book for the better understanding with scientific entity keeping the principle intact.


Mechanism of Panchakarma and its module of Investigation (Vol-III)


About the Book

How to establish a Panchakarma centre’ is a frequently asked question, at least once by the junior Ayurvedic practitioners who have little money, small space but a sky limit hoe. This book may bring them ambrosia of confidence that they can do it even in their available space. In this book, therapies suitable for OPD level, small and clinic and moderate to large set up are illustrated with appropriate architecture. The utensils and instruments, which were used in ancient period, are mentioned here along with their modulated form which can be used in the sophisticated set up. List of medicines to be stored in the Panchakarma hospital as well as in the small set up is also mentioned in this book for ready reference. This is the easiest guide to be gone through even before dreaming of a sophisticated establishment of Pnachakarma.


About the Author

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



Panchakarma, the unique and wonderful treatment modality of Ayurveda is basically designed for the elite class of the society like king, merchant or somebody having similar status. It does not mean that people of lower or lower middle socio- economic group are not entitled to undergo through Panchakarma. Actually the disease that requires elimination therapy dies not attack people considering their socio- economic status. These people should also be treated by Pnachkarma but with utmost consideration and temperance, as it is really very expensive therapy. Gradual downfall of this miraculous therapy in last thousand years possesses many aspects behind it, but expense of the therapy along with lacuna of interest of the Ayurvedic Physicians to setup a complete and comprehensive Panchakarma centre are the prime reasons. The scenario has nowadays been changed completely. The average upliftment of the socioeconomic status of common people along with their health consciousness has pused hi-tide of Panchakarma in the ocean of medical and cosmetic field. More over it has now been accepted globally. In each and every country, the common people are becoming well acquainted with spas and massage parlous, where steam bath, hot-bath, anointment of herbs, etc. are done which are the basic and fundamental procedures of Panchakarma. The owner of those spas and parlours are to be motivated to use the same establishment for therapeutic purpose by simply appointing a Panchakarma physician. It is also a challenge for the Ayurvedic physicians to propagate and to practice Panchakarma in every aspect to explore its hidden fragrance not only to the elite society but also to the common mass in a very cost effective measure. The physicians should have to adopt modulations on Panchakarna made by many scholars to practice it in a rational way. This therapy has many fragments to be used in different circumstances and perspectives. The physicians, who have little space for clinic but interested to practice Panchakarma. Should perform few therapies in his own clinic in OPD basis. It will help him earn more money as well as fame. The physicians, who have more space, may design cabins to perform Pnachakarma accordingly. The ayurvedic doctors as well as non-medico landowner may also be interested to establish a full- fledged Panchakarma hospital where all types of facility related to Panchakarma would be available. In this book, therapies suitable for OPD level, small clinic and moderate to large setup are illustrated with appropriate architecture. Different designs of Panchakarma setups along with their cross sectional views are given. The interested concerns may adopt these basic structures with some innovative addition alteration according to their available space and requirements. The utensils and instruments, which were used in ancient period, are mentioned here along with their modulated form which can be used in the sophisticated setup. List of medicines to be stored in the Panchakarma hospital as well as in the small setup is also mentioned here for ready references.

This book neither is written to teach how to perform Panchakarma or its indication, contra- indication, its adversities, etc. nor to describe to mode of operations of various therapeutic instruments. This book is written for those individuals who know the Ayurveda as well as Panchakarma judiciously.

The aim of this book is to encourage all the Ayurveduc physicians as well as students to incorporate Panchakarma in daily practice. Just pick up a design for your dream establishment as per your need and start. List of suitable instruments are given. Collect them and place them accordingly for easier practice of Panchakarma.

To you reader, who are till in agony regarding shortage of money or space: Don’t worry. Settle your mind, relaaaax and start your practice. This small setup will definitely give you fame and money by which you may establish a big Panchakarma hospital to pipette the sorrows of sufferings. Best of Luck.


Principles and Practice of Panchakarma(Vol-IV)


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 and motivation to propagate Panchakarma has inclined several students and 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.






  Part- I 12
1 Purvakarma 16
1.1 Snehena 16
I. Bahya Snehana: 16
a) Abhyanga 16
b) Mardana 17
c) Unmardana 17
d) Murdhva taila 17
e) Shiro Abhyanga 18
f) Shiro Sheka 18
g) Shiro Pichu 19
h) Shiro Basti 19
i) Karnapurana 20
j) Nasatarpana 21
k) Akshitarpana 21
l) Mastihkya: 22
m) Snehavagahana 23
n) Snehadhara 23
II. Abhuantara Snehana 23
a) Sarpi (Ghrita) 23
b) Taila 24
c) Vasa 24
d) Majja 24
1.2 Svedana 33
2 Pradhana Karma 40
2.1 Vamana 40
2.2 Virechana  
2.3 Basti 62
I. Niruha 62
II. Sneha Basti 81
2.4 Nasya 95
I. General Procedure 98
II. Dhmapana 104
2.5 Raktamokshana 115
  Part - II 126
1 Some Special Svedana Procedures 136
1.1 Pinda Svesa 136
1.2 Shashtikashali Pinda Sveda 136
1.3 Annlepana: 141
1.4 Patra Pauttali Sveda 145
1.5 Jambira Pinda Sveda 145
1.6 Churna Pinda Sveda 149
1.7 Pan ni Kizhi 150
1.8 Baluka Sveda 152
1.9 Tuhsa(Husk) Pinda 153
1.1 Lavana Pinda Sveda 154
1.11 Jeeraka Pinda Svda 154
1.12 Karisha Pinda Sveda 155
1.13 Anda Sveda 155
2 Drava Sveda 158
2.1 Avagha Sveda 158
2.2 Dhara 159
2.3 Shirodhara 161
2.4 Kashiradhara or Dugdhadhara 165
2.5 Takradhara 166
2.6 Dhanyamla dhara 167
2.7 Pizhichil 169
2.8 Pizhin n u tad'aval 174
3 Shiro Pichu 175
4 Shiro Basti 177
5 Tala 184
6 Tala Potichchil 185
7 Nadi Sveda 187
8 Kshiradhuma 189
9 Upanaha 192
9.1 Niragmika Upahnaha 192
9.2 Sagneya Upanaha 194
10 Some Local Basti 198
10.1 Kati Basti 198
10.2 Urahbasti 201
10.3 Griva basti 202
11 Udvartana 204
12 Akshi Tarpana 206
13 Karna Purana 213
14 Mukhalepa 215
  Part-III 218
  Standard Pancakarma tratment of some common diseases 218
  Part- IV 237
  Some photographs of the patuebts treated with Panchajarma 237
  Part-V 247
  Annexure 247




  Part- I 10
1 Mechanism of Snehgana and Svedana 11
2 Mechanism of Vamana 42
3 Mechanism of Virechana 53
4 Mechanism of Basti 66
5 Mechanism of Uttarabasti 90
6 Mechanism of Nasya 111
7 Mechanism of Raktamokshana 124
  Part - II 130
  Standard Investigation Modules for Diseases indicated n Panchakarma 130




1 Panchakarma Theatre As Described In the Classics 11
2 Panchakarma Suitable In OPD Level 23
3 Panchakarma Suitable in 100 Sq Feet Area 32
4 Panchakarma Suitable In 300 Sq Feet Area 39
5 Panchakarma Suitable In 500 To 1000 Sq Feet Area 50
6 Storage Of Medicine and Utensils For Different Panchakarma Units 69
7 Panchakara Hospital 104
8 Panchakarma Resort 141
9 Applied Instruments 160




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 and 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 and 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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