Pancha Karma

Cleansing and detoxifying the body are part of the core philosophies subscribed to by Naturopaths and the Herbalists. In addition, there are many complementary and functional health care providers such as Nutritionists, Chiropractors, and Alternative Medical Doctors that now accept these same philosophies. In Dr. Linda’s perspective as a researcher and complementary healthcare practitioner for over 20 years, the PanchaKarma cleansing programs of the 5,000 year old Ayurvedic sciences are some of the most advanced systems of cleansing. PanchaKarma is the seasonal purification process, which is the backbone of Ayurvedic Health Care.

Unfortunately, many of the detoxification programs people try only address one system at a time. Prevailing detoxification programs only deals with a singular item such as liver cleanse, kidney cleanse, or blood and bowel cleanse. If one of the eliminative systems is sluggish, it is almost a guarantee that the other systems are functioning sub-optimally as well. To help with removing toxins, fasting is usually recommended regardless of the time of year or condition of the patient. Fasting at the wrong time of the year can drastically disturb the nervous system. One of the greatest aspects of PanchaKarma is that it addresses all the systems. Not only does PanchaKarma seek to help the person attain wellness, the process of oilation protects the nervous system. One of the key points to better understand how PanchaKarma integrates its health sciences is by awareness of how lipids are the main transport mechanism for toxins.PanchaKarma

 The rational behind seasonal cleansing programs is based upon the primary Doshas (i.e., the elements of air and ether as Vata/wind/motion, fire and water as Pitta/Bile/transformation and water and earth as Kapha/phlegm/stability) and the corresponding accumulation of these Doshas within the bodily tissues during each season. This continual accretion of Doshas can block energy channels and interfere with proper circulation throughout the body. The build-up of Doshas is best understood with the analogy that if you only add water to a tub, it will overflow. Doshas are similar except that they overflow into places where they do not belong. Such hostile invasion into unprepared territory is a primary cause of disease and unstable lifestyles. PanchaKarma relieves the overflow and stress of the elements, and enables the person to better adapt with seasonal changes. The sacred self is able to return or better maintain an improved level of homeostasis.

PanchaKarma offers one of the most comprehensive methods of removing toxins from the body. This method seeks to reverse the direction of disease, deny it from manifesting itself, redirect disorders back into the blood stream, and eventually deposit the toxins into the gastrointestinal tract, the origin of the disease process, where they can be eliminated. This cleansing process is achieved through several protocols such as special diets, oilation therapy, steam therapy and cleansing therapies. Near the conclusion of the therapy, special attention is given to purgation, blood donating, or enema therapy and the need for such treatments depending on the Ayurvedic practitioner’s assessment via pulse, tongue, urine, palpation etc. of unbalanced Doshas or as required to eliminate toxins residing in the gastrointestinal tract through this process.

PanchaKarma strengthens the system and rebuilds the body’s cells and tissues after the toxins have been expelled.

Some of the benefits of PanchaKarma: Healing and restoration of the tissues, channels, digestion, and mental functions.

Therapies are given to strengthen the body part or organ system affected by the illness so that it will be more resistant to further illness.

PanchaKarma has two forms:

When the patient is weak and the disease is strong, precautions are used and palliation or nourishing therapies, such as priority therapies of oilation and enema therapy, are the main focal point.

When the patient is strong and the disease is weak, reducing or detoxifying therapies, such as drying, sweating, and the use of astringents, which balances the flow of body fluids, is the priority.

PanchaKarma emulates the best methods of nature to assist in the process of healing and safe detoxification. Traditional therapies consist of:

All these therapies start off with Cranial massage and foot massage. This decreases any potential for side effects such as headaches, sluggishness and GI distress.

PanchaKarma-2Abhyanga- this is external oilation including foot reflexology and cranial massage, a unique herbal oil massage using two Ayurvedic practitioners. It is designed to deeply moisturize the skin, break up toxins and stimulates circulation. It enhances immunity and creates relaxation in the mind and body.

Garshana-silk glove massage enlivens, revitalizes, enhances circulation and is excellent for mobilizing the lymphatic system.


PanchaKarma-3Udvartana-herbql paste massage for aiding in the removal of toxic lymphatic congestion and enhancing toxic elimination through skin.

Udvartina for lymphatics –herbal paste consisting of Manjista and sometimes tumeric applied to all major lymphatic regions with hot towel compresses. Garshana is done prior to this therapy to address superficial lymphs. Abhyanga and Swedna is done after the lymphatic paste.


Vishesh– deep muscle massage with hot towel rubdown. This treatment is stimulating and cleansing. Great for the Kapha in the group.
Swedna – Herbalized Steam therapy. Steam Therapy removes mental, emotional, and physical toxins lodged deep within the tissues. This is usually done with most other treatments. Following your treatment the steam tent will leave you feeling clear, rejuvenated and deeply moisturized. Medicinal herbs like lavender, chamomile, calamus and eucalyptus help clear the channels, relax the muscles and nurture the senses.

PanchaKarma-3Shirodhara– This process consists of pouring warm oil over the third eye. This process expands consciousness, synchronizes brain waves and coordinates body and mind and increases spiritual energy. A profound treatment that works specifically on balancing and stabilizing the activity of the mind. Warm sesame oil is beautifully streamed over the third eye, taking you on a journey deep within. Other treatments may include: • Marma point therapy – marma points are power points located on the body that are areas of concentrated life-force energy. This will help balance the flow of energy through the muscles, joints and organs of the body. • Nasya – heat applied to the forehead and face (sinus), and then specific oils inhaled through the nostrils to purify the sinuses. • Garshana – Starting with silk gloves then exfoliating herbs are used with this hands on therapy. This rids the skin of dead cells and stimulates the lymphatic circulation.

Nasaya –This therapy involves oilation of the Coronal sutures, sinus regions and occipital region, along with the application of Essential oils to facial marma points. It includes Swedana therapy. This treatment combats the deep dryness that exists at the root of many respiratory and allergic conditions. Increases Prana, the vial life force.

Marma Therapy –Marma points refer to the junction sites of the five organic principles of muscles, vessels, ligaments, bones, and joints. These junctures form the seat of the vital life force or Prana. At these junctures, the vessels enter the organisms to supply moisture and nutrients. Physical or energetic obstructions brought on by injury or Emotions or AMA (undigested food) of any of these points will create a blockage of vital energy that may cause a variety of diseases. This therapy involves a light pressure applied to each appropriate marma using a base oil with essential oils.

Marma Therapy is one of the treatments highly recommended by Dr. Linda.  Marma’a are pressure points that are considered vulnerable and sensitive zones.  The Chinese Meridian system originated from this science,  Marmas are part of a greater “sacred philosophy” that maps out the body according to subtle energy currents and power points. Marma’s serve as switches that connect vital organs, subtle nerves, energy centers, vessels, joints etc. The process of Marma can be done as a single therapy with profound results OR as part of PanchaKarma.  As an individual treatment (includes Abyhanga and Swedana) the cost is $260.00 for a 2 hour process.


Single treatments of any of the above mentioned Ayurvedic hands on therapies   or Shirodara are also available on an ongoing basis with Dr. Linda and her Ayurvedic Technician, Kathleen. Costs range from $165.00 – $260.00. Single Shirodara treatments are $75.00 (these prices do not include assessment or STO and any integrative services.  Call for more information

PanchaKarma Comprehensive Day treatment– this includes evaluation/assesment, Soft tissue adjustment, Abyanga or Udvartina, Swedna, and shirodara with a protocol for the season $340.00 (process takes 2-3 hours). Urine testing is discounted to $60.00 if needed. Most patients finish out the week doing an at home PK with instructions from Dr. Linda.

Non-Traditional Therapies we integrate into our PanchaKarma:

Psychosomatic Energetics-this process addresses the menta/spiritual component of illness.The Emotional conflict that causes dysfunction with Autonomic Segments (Chakras)

ART (Autonomic response therapy)- Assessment of Autonomic System response, this determines the body’s ability to self regulate.

STO- STO is a form of vibrational medicine that uses hand spectrum energies to drain and cleanse organs and soft tissue in the body. This technique reconnects information gathering cells to innate intelligence to balance the mental, physical, spiritual triune of well-being.

Homeopathy/homotoxicology- This system is based on Homotoxicology according to Reckenweg. Preparations are composed of combinations of homeopathic substances. These substances cause shifting of disease from one phase to another by stimulating the excretion of toxic componants and by relieving blockages due to physiological metabolical process chains.

Biological remedies, Nutritional pharmacology and Airnergy treatments (oxygen facilitation) are also part of our integrative PK program.  Additional testing may be required such as: Liver panel, Creatinine clearance, Regulation Thermography, Toxic Urine profile, Urine Analysis..

The ideal Integrative PanchaKarma therapy is done for a minimum of 7 days around the seasonal change. Four of these days in office treatments are preformed; midweek fasting or mono diet and meditation are done during this process also. All Testing, Nutritional pharmacology, Herbals, Oxygen facilitation, Homotoxic and Biological remedies are additional.

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