Panchakarama is the highest level of healing in the Ayurvedic tradition. It is recommended on a seasonal basis, as well as when an individual feels out of balance or is experiencing illness.
Pancha ≡ five and karma ≡ technique.
During this intense cleansing process, the five elements, which are the pillars of the whole universe, are getting purified within your body. It is a very intense process of detoxifying on all layers such as mind, emotions, karmas. Five methods or procedures (panchakarma) eliminate vitiated doshas from the body.
Because of it's very intense and also subtle effects, you can only undergo this process during an auspicious time, which can be found by looking into your astrology.
The duration of purification for the particular individual varies by proper diagnosing & various connective factors. The classical duration is set into 7, 14, 21, 41 days of time.