Ayurved says that the balancing of three doshas namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha brings good health whereas imbalance leads to disease.
Wrong diet, habits, lifestyle, incompatible food combinations, seasonal changes, repressed emotions, and stress factors can all act together or separately to change the balance of Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. This imbalance affects the Agni (gastric fire) and produces Ama (toxins). This Ama enters the bloodstream and is circulated throughout the body, clogging the
Srotas (channels which transport fluids). Blocked channels cause disease. Ama is the basic internal cause of all disease.
Shodhan (Panchkarma) i.e.detoxification and Shaman(alleviating therapy) are the therapies used to cure a majority of ailments.
Before undertaking a patient for Panchkarma, there is a preparatory course consisting of Snehan karma (oleation) and Swedan karma(sudation) so that the body gets ready for the elimination of toxins. The toxin deposits get loosened from the cells and tissues and are brought to the outer channel for easy elimination because of snehan and swedan.
Shaman is done after Shodhan. In this, herbs are administered orally and externally.
The decision whether you require a Shaman or Shodhan chikitsa belongs to your doctor.