Panchakarma

If you choose for a panchakarma on your Ayurveda holiday, you’ll experience an intensive cleanse of the body. The Ayurveda panchakarma treatments boost the body’s immune system, reducing the likelihood of illness...
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Panchakarma in Kerala, India

Soma Manaltheeram

Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

Heritance Maha Gedara



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Nikki's Nest
4 Reviews
Trivandrum, India
A cosy ayurveda resort offering yoga and meditation, run by enthusiastic eco warriors in a tropical paradise by the Indian Ocean. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • From April – October for every 14 nights' booking a Face care programme OR Feet care programme (choice of 1x Face & 1x Feet treatment OR 2x Face OR 2x Feet (each treatment is 30 minutes and Face and feet treatments are only provided once a week)
  • Free nights!
  • 14=13, valid for all stays in April, May, August, September and October 2019
  • 14=12, valid for all stays in June and/or July 2019
  • For repeating guests (combing back for the second time): Free Back Water Cruise OR City Tour (valid for all stays between April - October 2019) + 5% discount for long stays off 28 days and above (valid for all stays between April - October 2019)
  • For repeating guests (combing back for the third time or more): 5% discount 
Ayurveda
Min. 7 nights, full board, ayurveda
Alpino Atlantico - Galo Resort
17 Reviews
Canico, Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)
Ayurveda in one of Madeira’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Alpino Atlántico combines authentic treatments with a spectacular setting. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Complimentary ayurveda hand massage  (valid for all stays of min. 3 nights)
  • Repeater offer: Free ayurveda package upon arrival (tongue scraper, sesam oil for daily orral and nasal care and ayurveda shampoo)
Yoga & Ayurveda
Min. 7 nights, 6 yogaclasses in group
Ayurveda
Min. 7 nights, 6 ayurveda treatments
Ayurveda Panchakarma
Min. 14 nights, panchakarma cure
4 Reviews
Trivandrum, India
Over 30 years’ experience plus one of the first Ayurveda resorts in the world. If you’re looking for authentic, traditional Ayurveda, Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort is the place for you. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free excursion: Back water tour for a min. stay 7 nights OR Trivandrum city tour for a min. 14 night stay
  • 15% summer discount on all stays in summer: April until September 2020
Panchakarma Ayurveda
Min. 14 nights, fullboard, ayurveda
Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort
24 Reviews
Trivandrum, India
Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village lives up to its name. Think authentic Ayurveda, a sandy beach with palm trees and cosy cottages. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free excursion: Back water tour for a min. stay 7 nights OR Trivandrum city tour for a min. 14 night stay
  • 15% summer discount on all stays in summer: April until September 2020
Panchakarma Ayurveda
Min. 14 nights, Fullboard, Ayurveda
Begnas Lake Resort | Official Sales Office Benelux
Pokhara, Nepal
Enjoy peaceful Ayurveda cures at the foot of the imposing Himalaya Mountains. True stillness; living in harmony with the untouched nature and exploring Nepal’s unique culture. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Reduced rates for single travellers (already included in the rates)
  • Complimentary spa credit voucher worth $ 100 per person (min. stay 7 nights)
Ayurveda
Min. 8 nights, full board, ayurveda cure
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara
12 Reviews
Beruwela, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara is a serene resort, where you can surrender yourself into the caring hands of the Ayurveda therapists? read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • 5% early booking discount when you book this program 90 days in advance (this offer is combinable with other offers)
  • Free nights for all stays in May, June and July 2019
Ayurveda Panchakarma
Min. 14 nights, full board, ayurveda
Lotus Villa
6 Reviews
Ahungalla, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Lotus Villa is a small-scale Ayurveda resort, where making connections with other retreat guests is very easy. This makes it a perfect place for solo travellers. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free round trip airport transfer
  • Early bird discount
Panchakarma Prevention
Min. 14 nights, Fullboard, Ayurveda, Yoga
Ayurveda Panchakarma Rehabilitation
Min. 14 nights, Fullboard, Ayurveda, Yoga
Atmantan Wellness Resort
18 Reviews
Pune, India
Traditional eastern medicine comes paired with a state-of the art spa, ultra-modern fitness facilities and western medical knowledge at Atmantan Wellness Resort. The purpose? To truly own a deep sense of wellbeing; not just experience it. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Reduced rates for single travellers (already calculated in the rates)
  • Complimentary one way Airport Transfer from Pune/Mumbai airport
  • Free room upgrade from Standard room (Asoka & Arjuna) to the next room category (subject to availability at the time of Arrival)
  • Free Spa credit voucher worth 75 USD per person (for any spa programme except the Wellbeing Booster)
Ayurveda Panchakarma 7 nights
Min. 7 nights, Full Board, Ayurveda
Ayurveda Panchakarma 10 nights
Min. 10 nights, Full Board, Ayurveda
Ayurveda Panchakarma 14 nights
Min. 14 nights, Full Board, Ayurveda
Ananda in the Himalayas
20 Reviews
Uttaranchal, India
A truly unbeatable wellness experience. One of the very best destination spas in the world, you can expect nothing but the best at Ananda in the Himalayas. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • For all Puurenkuur Travellers: a Spa Credit Voucher worth 100 USD per person on any booking and stay.
  • For repeat Ananda Guest: 10% discount.
  • For ‘Ananda Yogi’ (repeat guest who has completed 21 nights or 3 visits in the past 3 years): 10% discount and a choice of Benefits. Ask our Team for more details.
Ananda Rejuvenation Panchakarma
Min. 7 nights, Fullboard, Ayurveda programme
Panchakarma Intensive
Min. 14 nights, Fullboard, Ayurveda
Ananda Rejuvenation Panchakarma - 21 nights
Min. 21 nights, Fullboard, Ayurveda programme
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Is an Ayurveda holiday right for me?

What is Ayurveda? What does an Ayurveda cure involve? Is an Ayurveda holiday right for me? And is an Ayurveda cure healthy for anyone? We often get these questions put to us at Puurenkuur. Are you considering an Ayurveda holiday? We cover everything you need to know about an Ayurveda holiday, here. 

What is Ayurveda?   

Ayurveda means ‘Life Knowledge’. Ayurvedic medicine is thousands of years old. This medicine, thought to be the mother of all medicines, is all about restoring balance between the body, mind and soul. A traditional cure consists of an Ayurvedic diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, occasional chicken or fish (link naar blog over ayurvedisch eten), morning yoga and evening meditation, massages, herbal baths and steam baths. An Ayurveda practitioner will tailor your cure to you personally based on your dosha type (link naar verschillende doshatypes blog). 

What an Ayurveda cure does for you  

On an Ayurveda wellness holiday, you can have it all: an indulgent holiday and health cure in one! You’ll get to enjoy delicious food all holiday and still lose weight. Other pleasant side effects: a clear mind, total relaxation and newfound energy. Ayrvedic philosophy also offers us greater insight into ourselves and the world around us. 

Ayurveda is primarily a preventative medicine. An Ayurveda cure can rejuvenate your body and mind and can promote longevity. However, Ayurveda also achieves remarkable results for rheumatic conditions, sleep problems, chronic fatigue, stress, high blood pressure, migraines, psoriasis or depression.  

What types of Ayurveda programs are there?  

You can choose between a rasayana cure (wellness Ayurveda: for pure relaxation), an intensive panchakarma cure (purification of body and mind) or a medical Ayurveda cure (for the treatment of specific conditions or complaints). Medical Ayurveda cures require a longer stay. We also recommend repeat treatments and therapies.

What is a panchakarma?

If you choose for a panchakarma on your Ayurveda holiday, you’ll experience an intensive cleanse of the body. The Ayurveda panchakarma treatments boost the body’s immune system, reducing the likelihood of illness. The name panchakarma is Sanskrit; ‘Pancha’ meaning ‘five’ and ‘karma’ meaning ‘activity’. A panchakarma cleanses your body in five ways. The main aspects are oil massages, medicinal sweating and cleansing the colon and frontal sinuses (eyes and mucous membranes of the nose). These Ayurvedic treatments compliment one another completely, and lead to a deep and long-lasting bodily cleanse. The outcome is a body-mind balance that creates a sense of harmony and renewed energy.

Who is a panchakarma Ayurveda for? 

Anyone! You can follow a panchakarma Ayurveda cure for therapeutic or medical reasons. Are you healthy and want to stay that way? Do a panchakarma cure for prevention. Optimal results from a panchakarma Ayurveda holiday are obtained on stays of two weeks or longer.

Scientists research panchakarma Ayurveda 

New scientific research has shown that traditional panchakarma Ayurvedic therapy eliminates toxins present in the blood stream.

Scientific research conducted by Dr Waldschütz: ’Veränderungen physiologischer und psychischer Parameter durch eine ayurvedische Reinigingskur’, Erfahrungsheilkunde 4 (1999), S. 239 – 248), also confirmed that levels of cholesterol in the blood fall.

A typical cure day  

A typical cure day usually begins with yoga and ends with meditation. Ayurvedic meals are mostly vegetarian (with chicken or fish once or twice a week). An Ayurveda cure isn’t only limited to massages and treatments, but also includes nutrition, herbs, health products, yoga, meditation, readings and other activities (each hotel’s weekly activity schedule can be viewed on the hotel page). 

Ayurvedic baths and massages  

In Ayurveda treatments, the therapists use a lot of warm oils with herbs that are rubbed pretty much all over the body. The herbs are absorbed into the skin through the oil. 

A-Z of Ayurveda treatments:  

  • Abhyanga Shareera body massage  
  • Abhyanga Shareera head massage   
  • Acupuncture   
  • Decoctions  
  • Face treatments  
  • Herbal baths  
  • Herbal steam baths  
  • Nasya Karama nose treatment  
  • Pinda Sweda Nawara Kizi massage  
  • Purification Therapy (Rakhtha Mokshana Karma)   
  • Shirodhara (oil on the ‘third eye’)  
  • Shiro Vasti  
  • Vamana Karma (emesis therapy)   
  • Vereka Karma (purification of the body)  
  • Vasti Karma (enema therapy)  

Balancing the dosha types

Ayurveda recognises three types of life energy: Vata, Pitta and Kahpa, also termed ‘types’ or ‘doshas’. Every one of us is different and has a different balance of these three energies. In a healthy individual, all three energies are equally balanced. If one of the three is dominant, physical or mental issues will develop. An Ayurveda cure is thus designed to rebalance the three doshas. At the start of your cure, the Ayurvedic practitioner will establish which type you are using a questionnaire. He or she will then devise a treatment plan based on your dosha type and any issues. Every individual thus has their own unique treatment plan. 

Which Dosha type are you: Vata, Pitta or Kahpa?  

According to the Ayurvedic philosophy, from birth, we all have a unique balance of the three Dosha types. This balance is reflected in a person’s body shape, immune system, character traits and behaviour. Vata, for instance, represents impulsiveness. Vatas can be identified by a slight body shape, mobility and a restless mind among other things. Vatas are susceptible to experiencing anxiety and stress. Pitta represents firepower. Pittas often feel starving if they don’t eat on time. They live according to the clock and hate wasting time. They are also demanding, determined and critical. Kapha represents structure power. Kaphas think long and hard before they make a decision. They like to lie-in, are respectful, empathic and are emotional eaters. 

A more comprehensive description and a list of questions to ask in order to determine your dominant dosha type can be found in our blogAyurveda Types: are you an impulsive Vata, fiery Pitta or a calm Kapha?’ 

Good to know  

In Ayurveda, male therapists will treat makes, and female therapists females (the therapist will be massaging / treating you). 

This is the case in India and Sri Lanka. In Europe, resorts may deviate from this because there is often just one Ayurvedic therapist. If, as a woman, your preference is to be treated by a female therapist, please make this clear. 

Take books and magazines with you. In line with Ayurvedic philosophy, most authentic Ayurveda resorts in India and Sri Lanka do not have TVs or air-conditioning so that you can really relax. 

Ask Puurenkuur  

If you have any other questions about Ayurveda, or want help finding the best Ayurveda destination for you, our wellness holiday specialists are here to help.

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