Ayurveda, the indigenous Indian medical science dates back to 3000 BC. In Sanskrit, Ayur means 'pertaining to life' and Veda, 'science' or 'wisdom.' Panchakarma is the rejuvenation therapy expounded in Ayurveda. But due to ignorance, it is often perceived as just another system of oil massage. Contrary to this belief, Panchakarma is a holistic rejuvenation therapy. This part of Ayurveda comprises five therapeutic actions to detoxify the body and to revitalize the body system. Panchakarma is intended not only for the elimination of toxins but also for the replenishment of tissues.
Panchakarma is always performed in three stages – Purva Karma (pre-treatment), Pradhana Karma (primary treatment) and Paschat Karma (post treatment).
Panchakarma grew and flourished in Kerala. The therapy procedures and equipment used varies from region to region. The book, Panchakarma: Ayurveda's Mantra of Rejuvenation is intended to familiarize readers with the Panchakarma therapies as practiced in Kerala.