Dashakarma is a therapy for achieving balance in body, mind, and consciousness

DashakarDAD Ayurveda Coursema is more than a system of treatment – it is the science and art of living that helps us achieve health and longevity. It emphasizes various methods of purification and rejuvenation as well as preventive and healing. Dashakarma is an integral consciousness through detoxification and rejuvenation.

What is Dashakarma?

Dashakarma is a group of five remedies designed primarily to cleanse the body of toxins. Ayurveda believes that the purification of the body before the start of any other therapy is important. 
Just as the old dirty linen is washed and purified before adding a new color, the body needs to be purified before it can be replenished with new colors of health, youth, elation, and vitality.

Basic Principles

Oil Massage

The process of Dash-karma usually begins with two sets of remedies: Oil massage and fomentation.

oil spillOlation involves the use of oils or oily substances on the body. Ayurveda offers a wide variety of oils mainly prepared from various herbal and mineral ingredients for external use. In addition to oil and ghee, it is used exclusively for internal use. The fatty substance acts as an effective medium, manages to reach deep tissues, helps deliver medicinal substances to each and every cell of the body, and loosens toxins trapped in the cells.


FomentationThe therapy that induces sweating is called compress therapy. Compress therapy is usually followed by oil massage. Tissues softened by oil massage treatments become more pliable with subsequent cauterization. Oil massage loosens deeply accumulated toxins and helps to flush them out of the body.

Application of the two principles

The principles of isolation and fermentation are applied through some treatments. Some of these Ayurveda remedies are:


It is a type of body massage in which suitable herbal or medicated oil is used. This can be done for the whole body or a specific part like the head, leg or joint, etc. Its main purpose is to lubricate the body parts and pacify the vata dosha.


ShirodharaIt is a special medicine aimed at providing relief from diseases related to the head region. In this therapy, a stream of hot oil is poured at the center of the forehead through a vessel in a uniform motion. The temperature and speed of the oil stream are kept constant during the therapy lasting 30 to 60 minutes.


PizhichilPizhichil is an excellent therapy for relieving joint, muscle, and nervous problems. In this therapy, streams of lukewarm medicated oil are poured over the entire body, accompanied by a light massage with rhythmic hand movements. It helps in relieving pain, nourishing the nerves and muscles, reducing stress, and bringing peace and relaxation to the mind.

Potala Massage

Potala MassageThis message involves using a pouch filled with medicinal herbs or nutrients that are heated in oil and then applied to the body for pain relief, stress reduction, and regeneration.

The Five Therapies ‘Dash’ ‘Karmas’


VamanDrug-induced image In this treatment, the patient is given internal and external elimination and formation therapy for a few days. Once the toxins are liquefied and collected in the upper body cavities, the patient is given medicine and decoction for vomiting. It induces vomiting and helps eliminate toxins from body tissues. Vamana therapy is mainly recommended for kapha-predominant conditions like psoriasis, obesity, asthma, and hyperacidity.


VirechanIn Aushadhi Siddha Pooja Virechana, the evacuation or evacuation of the intestines occurs through bowel cleansing. In this treatment system, internal and external drainage and compression therapy are also given to the patient. After that, the patient is given a herbal laxative which helps in emptying the bowels which helps in clearing the toxins from the body. Treatment therapy is mainly recommended for pitta-dominant conditions like herpes zoster, jaundice, colitis, celiac disease, etc.


BastiAdministering medicinal substances through enemas is Ayurveda’s unique contribution to the medical world. Therapy has enormous benefits, especially in complex and chronic diseases. According to the nature of the disease, herbal decoction, oil, ghee, or milk are administered into the rectum and have a positive effect. This therapy is highly effective against gout conditions such as arthritis, hemorrhoids, and constipation.


NasyaThis therapy involves a gentle massage and fomentation to the head and shoulders followed by administering nasal drops into both nostrils. It effectively cleanses the head area and provides relief from headaches, migraines, hair problems, sleep disorders, neurological disorders, sinusitis, chronic nasality, and anatory diseases.


RaktamokshanBlood sacrifice This therapy is good for purifying the blood and is effective against diseases caused by impure blood. This can be done in a specific area or for the whole body. This therapy is especially useful in various skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and localized lesions such as boils and pigmentation.

When not to go for Dash-karma

Dash-karma therapy should only be administered by a trained and qualified Ayurvedic doctor after proper consultation and according to the patient’s health status. It should be avoided during fever, injury, and pregnancy.

Benefits of Dash-karma

Benefits of Dash-karma
Dash-karma brings immense benefits including improved digestion and the benefits of a full body massage such as improved hygiene, metabolism, unblocked channels, tissue rejuvenation, toxin removal, relaxation, enhanced immunity, weight loss, and stress relief.

Dash-karma Fact

When should I go for Dash-karma?

Dasha-karma is particularly recommended when a patient has a deep impairment of Doshas (Vata, pitta and Kapha), there is an excess accumulation of Ama (toxins), and there is a severe severity of symptoms. You need to consult an Ayurveda practitioner to understand the condition of your doshas and the amount of toxin accumulation in your body. An imbalance of doshas and a severe increase in toxins can be seen through a variety of physical, mental and emotional symptoms.

You can also go for Dasha-karma from time to time for rejuvenation and detoxification. This is especially recommended during the change of seasons, especially during spring and autumn. If you are regularly suffering from joint pain, headache, muscle problems, stress and anxiety, then performing Dasha-karma will help you.

The quantity/dosage of ghee that you may be required to drink depends upon the state of your health and the underlying disease. It is decided by the physician after taking into account various factors such as the intensity of your disease, strength of your gastric fire, age, prevailing season, etc. You will be asked to increase the dosage of ghee gradually so that you can easily adapt to the taste and intensity of its effects.

Dash-karma helps in the purification and rejuvenation of the body and mind. It does so by restoring the balance of doshas and the elimination of toxins. The therapy should be followed by a proper diet and lifestyle so that the positive changes triggered by Dash-karma are maintained, and noticeable results can be seen. Though Dash-karma may provide quick relief in relaxing and rejuvenating a healthy individual, in people with ailments it may take some time to show effects.

No matter what the state of your health, you will be asked to take light vegetarian food and soups during the Dash-karma treatment to ensure that the doshas do not get impaired any further. You will be told to avoid heavy, spicy, oily, stale, and non-vegetarian food, with light, fresh, and moderately spicy food would be recommended.You should also avoid eating late and sleeping during the day. You will have to completely avoid the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and non-vegetarian foods during the treatment.

Yes. Dash-karma therapy can be carried out anytime during the year because it is designed according to the prevailing season. However, the spring season between March to April is considered the best time for cleansing and rejuvenation. Also, the autumn season or fall season is a good time to go for Dash-karma.

Generally, a person undergoing Dash-karma is advised to take rest and avoid mental and physical strain. If your work does not involve much physical activity or mental strain, then you can go to work while you are on Dash-karma treatment.

Dash-karma is a therapy that can be done regularly (quarterly, half-yearly, or yearly) to rid the body of toxins and provide protection from all kinds of diseases. As such, Dash-karma is ideal not only for people with health problems but also for their health since it helps in cleansing and rejuvenation. It works on all levels of the human energy system that including the mind, body, and emotions.

An individual going for Dash-karma treatment should follow a gentle and relaxed lifestyle. Unbalanced or aggravating the doshas are prohibited. One is advised not to sleep till late in the night nor till late in the morning. Also, strenuous activities, daytime sleeping, and sexual activities should be avoided. Patients are recommended to go for a bath at least an hour after they are given a massage.

Dash-karma Package

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Remember that Dash-karma is not only recommended for a particular condition but can also be taken for relaxation, detoxification, and rejuvenation.

If you are an international patient, you can also visit our International Patients section to know more about how you can book a treatment package at DAD.

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The DAD Dash-karma program includes deeply rejuvenating and cleansing therapies that help restore balance and reawaken the body’s natural healing mechanism. Apart from therapies that target a specific disease, we also provide tailor-made packages to achieve balance in body, mind, and spirit.

Our Dash-karma centers are staffed by expert therapists trained in the traditional art and science of Dash-karma. These centers are serene, clean, and beautiful, and modern hubs of peace, wellness, and healing.

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