- Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker ditched sex, exercise and caffeine for the Panchakarma cleanse.
- Panchakarma is an ancient Ayurvedic approach to detoxifying the body.
- Before trying it, experts warn that while there are psychological benefits, there are also risks.
No caffeine. No alcohol. No sex. No exercise. Sugar free. These are the rules of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s personalized detox routine.
On Thursday’s episode of “The Kardashians,” the reality star, 43, continued to talk about her IVF journey, noting that she’s been trying a new approach to expanding the family: Panchakarma cleansing.
“Our last egg retrieval wasn’t successful, so our new thing we’re going to try is a Panchakarma cleanse, which is Ayurvedic. It’s like 3,000 years, which will remove all the toxins that lie deep within our tissues in our bodies,” she said in a confessional.
Panchakarma is an ancient method rooted in the Indian practice of detoxifying and cleansing the body of unwanted waste. The treatment is unique in that it includes preventive, curative and promotive actions for various diseases.
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In the episode, Kardashian and Barker were assisted by Martha Soffer, who walked them through dietary changes as well as treatments, including a vaginal steamer and ginger foot bath as part of their preconception care. .
Experts say Panchakarma cleansing is used to treat a variety of issues including stress, fatigue, digestive issues or body inflammation. But while the cleanse can offer psychological, spiritual, and even physical benefits, they caution that, like most cleanses, Panchakarma is not a magic bullet.
“It’s not just a cure,” says Ayurvedic practitioner and therapist Navi Gill. “It’s a process and it’s a way of life…it’s an ancient medicinal practice and often when these things get super popular people take it lightly. But it really is a deep and intensive process. .”
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‘Panchakarma Cleansing’: What is it and how does it work?
Panchakarma, which translates to “five actions”, generally includes a pre-cleansing, a real cleansing and a post-cleansing process.
“You would prepare your body with a particular diet or the elimination of certain foods and then undergo body therapies, certain massages and sweats. And once you have gone through that for a certain number of days, Panchakarma is used to then the eliminate the body through purging, whether it’s intestines, stomach, sinuses, or blood,” says Gill.
For Kardashian and Barker, the process began with a five-day pre-cleanse to avoid sex, caffeine, sugar and alcohol, which “usually weigh heavily on the digestive system,” according to Gill. They then spent seven days visiting the spa for four-hour treatments like Abhyanga, “the four-hand massage” or Shirobasti, an oil treatment for the head.
However, Gill points out that “everything in Ayurveda is very individualized to the person.” So some participants may also undergo a purging process through enemas, for example, while others may be recommended a bloodletting.
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“When you go through Panchakarma, you’re usually working with an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner, and a protocol is designed specifically for what you’re looking to achieve to best suit your needs,” she says.
Gill says cleansing can provide many psychological benefits, including reduced stress, increased immunity, and improved sleeping and eating habits. And while many proponents recommend beej shuddhi – a pre-conception Panchakarma cleansing – to boost fertility, there is little medical research to support its effectiveness.
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Is Panchakarma cleansing safe?
In recent years, high-profile figures including Aaron Rodgers and Katy Perry have praised Panchakarma cleansing. But some critics say the idea of a “detox” is a pseudo-medical concept. Bonnie Taub-Dix, registered dietitian and author of “Read It Before You Eat It,” warns that most cleanses aren’t necessary for those who already eat a well-balanced diet.
“If you want to ‘detox’ your body, you already have that with your liver, your kidneys which are basically there for detox,” she says.
Panchakarma cleansing, which often involves purging methods, can also be dangerous and lead to the loss of essential fluids as well as severe dehydration, says Taub-Dix.
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“You could also create an electrolyte imbalance which is dangerous for your muscles, your heart and also your bowel function. Because when you do that you start eating again, you can’t have a bowel movement, so I think it there are many risks to consider.”
For this reason, Gill says Panchakarma is not recommended for everyone, including the elderly or those with pre-existing health conditions.
“Generally, we avoid any cleansing process when the body is already ‘in a state of distress or weakness,’ so we exercise extra precaution with those who are already ill (or have compromised immune systems),” says Gill. , adding, “It is really important to seek advice from a qualified Ayurvedic therapist when considering Panchakarma cleansing.”
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