Pre-PK Preparation

The week before your Panchakarma Therapy

Saturday:

Your diet before PK should favor the Kitchari diet as per instructions or warm oily cooked food. No cold food or drinks, no raw vegetables, and no dairy, no heavy food such as meet, or bread. Your daily routine should gradually become less active in the week before Panchakarma.

Sunday:

Continue the Kitchari Diet

Monday:

Take ½ tsp triphala powder (or 2 tablets, or 2 capsules) every evening before bed except the night you take castor oil for purgation (usually Friday evening).
** If you have loose stools or diarrhea as a result, reduce or stop the intake of triphala.

Tuesday:

Continue taking triphala every evening.
Continue Kitchari Diet.

Wednesday:

First thing in the morning on an empty stomach, take 2 Tbs. of warm liquid Ghee.
**If you have elevated cholesterol, instead of ghee, take 2 Tbs. flax seed oil first thing in the morning, and1 Tbs. before or after lunch, and 1 Tbs. before or after dinner.
Eat nothing until your hunger has returned.
If you are easily nauseated by oils or if taking ghee causes nausea, add the following spices to the ghee: 1 pinch of salt. 1 pinch of black pepper powder, 1 pinch of ginger powder. Follow by sipping hot water in an amount suitable to your thirst.
If you experience serious nausea or vomiting, or are otherwise unable to take the ghee, stop taking the ghee alone. Instead, add the ghee to your food.
Continue taking triphala every evening.
Continue the Kitchari diet.
Comments: Discontinue all elective food supplements, such as Vitamins, minerals, and herbals. Continue with doctor prescribed medications, according to your doctor’s instructions. Reason being is to rest your digestive system.

Thursday:

Same as Wednesday except: increase to 4 Tbs. ghee and, for nausea, add 2 pinches salt, 1 pinches of black pepper powder, and 1 pinches of ginger powder to the ghee.
**If you have elevated cholesterol, instead of ghee, take 2 Tbs. flax seed oil first thing in the morning, and1 Tbs. before or after lunch, and 1 Tbs. before or after dinner. Continue taking triphala every evening.
Continue Kitchari Diet.
Comments: Same as Wednesday

Friday:

Same as Wednesday except: increase to 6 Tbs. ghee and, for nausea, add 3 pinches salt, 1-2 pinches of black pepper powder, and 1-2 pinches of ginger powder to the ghee.
**If you have elevated cholesterol, instead of ghee, take 2 Tbs. flax seed oil first thing in the morning, and1 Tbs. before or after lunch, and 1 Tbs. before or after dinner. If you are not experiencing loose stools or diarrhea, take 2 Tbs. of castor oil Friday night before bed. It is OK to add the 2 Tbs. of castor oil to a cup of warm ginger tea or warm milk. Do NOT take any triphla this night if castor oil is taken.
Note: If you have loose stools or diaherra, you may take 2 tsp psyllium husks with a large glass of warm water Friday evening before bed. Continue the Kitchari diet.
Comments: Same as Thursday

Saturday:

If no bowel movements occur all day Saturday from the castor oil taken on Friday night, again take 2 Tbs. of castor oil or take 2 tsp of triphala powder (OR 8 tablets OR 8 capsules) Saturday night before bed.
For people who are traveling on Saturday, it is advised to the castor oil upon arrival, instead castor oil, triphala should be taken in the normal dose (2 tablets, OR 2 Capsules, or ½ tsp of powder).
Continue the Kitchari diet if it is possible. If not, try to eat warm cooked Kitchari like food.

 

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