What Happens during a Panchakarma

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What is a Panchakarma?

An Ayurvedic Panchakarma or PK is a detoxing programme with long-lasting health benefits. Panchakarma in Sanskrit means ‘five actions’ which are treatments that are integral to the ayurvedic process of purifying the body.

Your PK programme is put together according to the number of days you have chosen to stay with us and your health issues. The initial diagnosis and daily consultations with the doctor will ensure you receive the best treatments – the longer the stay, the more efficient the PK.

Doing a PK is giving the self ‘me time’. It is a gift of rejuvenation to the body, mind and soul that everyone deserves.

A Panchakarma at Oneworld Ayurveda

Panchakarma cleansing procedure in Ayurveda has three main phases:


Poorva karma

Preparatory Procedures

In this phase body and mind are prepared with various treatments for the cleansing. The treatments help to dislodge the deep-seated toxins in the body and make them ready for elimination.



Detox/Cleansing Procedure

Pancha means five and Karma means actions. There are the five cleansing treatment methods used for detoxification of the body and the doctor will decide which is the most suitable.


Pashchaath karma

Post-Therapeutic Dietetics

Post-therapeutic dietetics is designed to enhance and re-establish the digestive fire. Specially tailored diet is administered after the completion of the cleansing treatments to enhance the benefits of the Panchakarma and rejuvenation.

What can you expect from the authentic Oneworld Panchakarma experience?


Experiencing Panchakarma is beyond a spa wellness holiday and is different for each person. We tailor your schedule to include consultations, treatments, meals, decoctions, herbal juices, baths, yoga, meditation and much more.

During the initial consultation you can share all concerns and issues regarding your health including the reasons why you decided to do a Panchakarma. After your diagnosis, the doctor creates your individual schedule of treatments. Your progress is closely monitored by the doctor and adjusted as needed. There is a large variety of treatments that can be applied, depending on your condition.

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We take the experience to another level by offering a selection of personalized options. For example, you can decide to take a certain amount of time for silence, a day, a week, two or even three weeks. Just imagine the results! Or you can choose to have just your meals on your own balcony in silence. It is also possible to follow a very strict diet or to simply go with the flow.


Our aim is to guide our guests along a delightful journey of healing. Take a journey inwards and find the true meaning of your journey once you have done the first few consultations with the doctor.

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Our experience and knowledge in the world of retreat hospitality has established us as the best in what we are doing, it is our absolute standard. Our ultimate goal is to present you with alternatives to create health and happiness.


At Oneworld Ayurveda guests have the opportunity to live memorable experiences.

  • Daily practice of Vedic yoga, meditation and pranayama (breath practice)
  • Daily meeting with the doctor or assistant
  • Daily treatments in one of Bali’s most breathtaking treatment spaces
  • Daily meals prepared according to Ayurvedic principles
  • Optional walks in the rice fields or village surrounding the resort – an enjoyable cultural experience
  • Cooking demonstrations – an opportunity to learn
  • Group lectures with the Ayurvedic doctor, going deeper into the subject
  • Regular guest speakers on life-related subjects
  • Enjoy your own private space – the rooms are relaxing, with all the necessary comforts, decorated with taste and, most importantly, incredibly comfortable

Your experience with us is our focus, as we believe that a series of heartfelt experiences brings one closer to happiness.

Over the years, thousands have experience our hospitality by joining one of our retreats at Oneworld Retreats, now we take this venture to a higher level by focusing on health and wellness.

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What does authentic Panchakarma mean?

It is a common misconception that a PK is only authentic when it involves drinking ghee for 3-5 days, followed by purgation and eating repetitive food like kitchadi every day. However, there are many other considerations taken into account. The doctors will look at your age, bio-energies, imbalances, status of digestive fire, disease and its stage, extent of ama/endotoxins, seat of toxins and many other factors before deciding which treatment is best suited for you and selecting the detox method. Depending on your condition and progress during the PK, you might undergo several detoxes but it is very rare that one person has all five methods.

Ayurvedic doctor diagnosis
Avagaham Ayurvedic medicated bath

When the endotoxins are deep-seated, an external and internal oleation or snehana will be chosen. This treatment involves drinking ghee or oil or adding them to a soup or rice. But maybe a medicated oil enema, dripping oil into the ears, an oil massage or a bath are the best options for you, not to mention the many localised oil treatments for knees, lower back etc. Next comes formentation (swedana) using external dry or wet heat. This includes poultices, herbal baths, steam therapy, mild exercise or yoga etc. In addition to the above, your digestive fire will be improved and undigested matter (ama) removed by herbal medicines prescribed by the doctors.

All these stages are important to remove the deep-seated endotoxins from the tissues. Once they are ready for this, the right detox method will be chosen for you. And sometimes the endotoxins are already ripe for removal and no fomentation or oleation is needed at all. In cases like this, it is important that the endotoxins are removed as soon as possible.

Ayurveda Shirodhara treatment
Delicious Panchakarma food

As for the food, your diet during your PK will be light, easily digestable, not clogging your micro channels or producing ama, undigested matter. All the dishes on our menu were created with this in mind. Your diet will be adjusted by the doctors according to your condition and progress but you will be enjoying many delicious dishes along the occasional kitchadi!

There are Dos and Don’ts in Panchakarama, rules which should be followed strictly; your doctor will explain them to you. Among them are things like no swimming, no exposure to sun or wind, getting lots of rest and not going out for excursions or shopping trips, digital detox etc. If the rules are followed, the results of the PK will be good and the process easier for you. If not, you may be facing problems or unpleasant effects or will not obtain the results you came for. This is very important to understand and though at times may feel exaggerated, trust your doctors on this!

A typical day during your Panchakarma

As each person’s experience will be different, the daily schedules will vary. But to give you an idea of what your day could look like during your Panchakarma, here is a short outline:

Wake up early to the sounds of a gong before receiving your medicines. Do yoga and meditation in the beautiful yoga hall overlooking the rice fields or just relax on your terrace or in the gardens, taking a morning walk. After that, it is time for breakfast before you meet with the doctor and start your daily treatments in the Panchakarma treatment centre. The duration and number of the daily treatments will vary, depending on the stage you are at.

You may join the cooking demonstration and get some tips and tricks to take home with you. After lunch you will have free time to yourself in which to relax before your scheduled treatments. Early evening, there will be a meditation class and then it is time to enjoy dinner. Some days, there will be talks on interesting topics or guided rice field walks.

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