Just recently I went on panchakarma retreat in Ayurveda Yoga Villa in Kerala. In Sanskrit panch means five and karma means action, so it is literally five detox treatments.
To do it properly takes time 3 to 4 weeks, because you need to prepare and recover from each treatment. At ‘Yogavilla’ all the remedies are made in a traditional way, and supercharged with special Sanskrit mantras. The herbs and food are all freshly grown on site, or picked from the natural forest surrounding the centre.
On this programme there is no cheating. Brace yourself for a few weeks with no tea coffee or naughty treats. Whilst there I realised the detox is similar to the herbal ones I use at home.