ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: SIGNIFICANCE OF ASHTAMAHADOSHAKARABHAVAS IN PANCHAKARMA: A REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Nagalakshmi B *, Vinaykumar K N
Abstract: Chikitsa is a process which not only aims at the radical removal of the causative factors of the disease, but also at the restoration of the Dhatu Samyata. It is broadly classified into Shodhana and Shamana Chikitsa. Panchakarma considered under Shodhana Chikitsa includes a specially designed five procedures for internal purification of the body. Panchakarma helps in reversal of the pathology by drawing morbid doshas from Shakha to Koshta and eliminating the same through the nearest possible route. In this process, there will be influence of the procedure at both Somatic and Psychological levels. In order to get optimum therapeutic effect of Panchakarma, in order to provide a favorable environment for the procedure to act on the body as well as to ensure the safety of the patient in preventing any complications that may arise either during or after the treatment, a set of rules and regulations pertaining to Ahara, Vihara and Manasika bhavas are to be followed by the client undergoing the Panchakarma. Among these, the Ashtamahadoshakarabhavas also called as Ashtamahavarjyakarabhavas are of paramount importance and creating the awareness in the patient undergoing panchakarma to avoid these eight impediments facilitates the attainment of optimum therapeutic effect without any complications. Henceforth, it is very important to have a thorough knowledge of Ashtamahadoshakarabhavas and its complications as well as its treatment.
Keyword: Ashtamahadoshakarabhavas, Panchakarma, Chikitsa