Pancha Karma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. Recommended as a retreat whenever possible, Pancha Karma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas and nasal and colonic administrations. It is a very individualized and pleasurable experience. Pancha Karma promises the ultimate in mind-body healing–detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. Ayurveda recommends Pancha Karma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance. It is recommended on a seasonal basis, as well as when an individual feels out of balance or is experiencing illness.