Pancha means ‘5’ and kriya means ‘process’, so Panchakriya means ‘5 processes.’ But processes for what?
According to Vedic tradition, there are 3 main biological energies contained in the mind-body system, called ‘doshas‘. These 3 doshas are called ‘vata‘ (air/ether), ‘pitta‘ (fire), and ‘kapha‘ (earth/water). Our body is made of these 3 doshas, which themselves constitute the 5 elements. When any one of these 3 doshas are in an imbalance, this creates dis-ease in the body. Left neglected or exacerbated, this gives rise to greater issues within the body.
In order to flush out toxins, diseases, and negative energies in our body and sustain a healthy body, doing panchakriya is essential. Whether it be extra air trapped in the body, too much heat in the stomach, a chemical or hormonal imbalance in the blood or body fluids, or additives and chemicals in the sulci of the brain, these 5 techniques do wonders for your body and well-being. Your body is better able to absorb and utilize the energies that are present. The 5 different processes are done at different times of the day.
So what are the 5 steps to Panchakriya?
Neem juice/tea – Every morning, drinking a cup of neem tea or neem juice invigorates the body and breaks down the build up of toxins that get introduced to the body from food, water, and air. Not only that, but it also reduces dandruff, assists in the treatment of diabetes, improves gastric system, and so much more. It’s best to use fresh neem leaves and brew your own tea. Otherwise, finding organic neem juice or powder and mixing it with pure water works well, too.
Enema (rectum cleanse) – Cleaning the colon removes the crap (pun intended) that builds up. This heals and cleans up the digestive system. The brain-gut connection also improves, providing lots of clarity and removing dense brain fog. For some people, it even helps in relieving allergies, fatigue, even weight problems. It’s important to use pure water, free of any additives or chemicals. It’s also best to use warm water, not too hot or too cold.
Eye Cleansing – Would you be surprised if I told you that your eyes collect dust and contaminant particles as well as heat up? The best way to cool down and remove those particles is to use an eye cup and wash the eyes. Using pure water, pour it into the cup. Then place your eye securely over the opening. Holding the cup over your eye and looking up, keep your eye open and rotate your eye in a clockwise and counter clockwise direction. When switching eyes, change the water and repeat.
Nose cleansing – Due to diet and environment issues, people develop allergies and congestion problems. Sinus issues arise because of this. Whether it be inflammation or a build up of phlegm and mucus, using a neti pot to rinse flush out toxins can do much more than just provide a moment of relief. Using a pure, warm water saline solution, put the hose end into one nostril and tilt your head until water flows into the opposite nostril, keeping your head over a large bowl or sink. When the pot runs out, refill and switch nostrils. Pink salt is preferred.
Haritaki – Right before bed, a spoonful of haritaki powder pushes out all of the toxins that have accumulated throughout the day. In addition, it has benefits for virtually every system in the body, including the central nervous system, digestive system, circulatory system, and endocrine system.*Conventionally, the fifth part of the panchakriya is to use a sutra neti (cord) but this technique is best done under the supervision of an experienced teacher.*
‘Your body’s sickness, it has nothing to do with your mind. I tell you, work on your ‘Body.’ You just need to keep your stomach clean and light. Nothing else! You just need to carry your body gracefully. Nothing else!’ – H.H. Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
**You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Contact your health-care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem. Information and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.