Ayurveda principles stress on the fact that for a person to look and feel beautiful from the outside, he / she must be healthy and at peace with the elements of nature from the inside as well. This is the reason why, Ayurveda cleansing forms an important part of Ayurvedic healing.
To put it simply, Ayurvedic Cleansing refers to those internal cleaning and detoxification techniques that rid the body of all unwanted toxins (ama) which tend to accumulate within the body over time as a result of unhealthy eating habits and faulty lifestyle. If the food we eat is not digested properly due to various reasons, it leaves behind undigested substances that further clog the body channels and interfere with the proper functioning of the body. Such harmful ama buildup should be removed and flushed out from the body periodically to maintain good health. Incorrect food and lifestyle are two main factors responsible for ama buildup in the body.
The most common signs of ama buildup in your body include lethargy, constipation, feeling of heaviness, weakness, irritable bowel, thickly coated tongue,
Diet Specifications for Ayurvedic Cleansing
What you eat, how you eat and when you eat – all have a profound effect on your overall health and internal balance. Here are a few simple tips to follow in order to reduce the chances of ama buildup in your body –
• Eat fresh food everyday as opposed to stale, leftover, packaged food.
• Include such foods in your diet which will pacify your aggravated dosha.
• Opt for a vegetarian diet with lots of fresh fruits, organic vegetables as well as such food items which are light and easy to digest.
• Soups, whole grains and dals are especially good as they reduce ama.
Lifestyle Specifications for Ayurveda Cleansing
• Exercise regularly and stay active.
• Try to eat each meal at the same time everyday.
• Eat a light breakfast and dinner and make your lunch the heaviest meal of the day.
Ayurveda Liver Cleansing & Detoxification
The practitioners of Ayurveda advise individuals to make use of Ayurveda liver detox and cleansing programs to flush out the toxins (ama) that interfere with the proper functioning of the liver. Since individuals are exposed to the negative effects of the environment on a regular basis,
Ayurveda Liver Detoxification may be required at least once in a year or at the end of each season.
Ayurvedic Cleansing Treatment – Ayurveda Panchakarma
Ayurveda Panchakarma is the most important detoxification and purification treatment that Ayurveda has to offer. It combines 5 different therapies that help in cleansing the body of all toxic wastes (ama) that accumulate over time due to faulty lifestyle, poor eating habits, excessive stress and prolonged illnesses. The number of techniques actually used will depend on your particular requirement.
Let’s take a look at each of the elements that collectively make up Ayurveda Panchakarma
Purvakarma or pre-treatment includes Snehana (oil massage and bath) and Swedana (liquefying the body toxins) which are used to prepare the body for purification. Individuals who will be undergoing the Panchakarma therapy may be put on special diets to open all channels of the body to accept purification therapies.
1. Vamana or therapeutic vomiting aims at removing the unbalanced Kapha toxins, thus clearing the respiratory tract. Useful for: people suffering from asthma, cold & congestions, allergies and repeated bronchitis.
2. Virechana or purgation therapy is meant to cleanse and purify the pitta as well as the gastro intestinal tract by making use of herbs that act as laxatives. Diet regulations also need to be followed. Useful for: removing the toxins that collect in the liver and gallbladder as well as treating constipation, diabetes, headaches, gout, worms and piles etc.
3. Nasya , nose cleaning therapy or nasal administration therapy makes use of oil to cleanse excessive kapha toxins that collect in the nose, sinus, throat, and head areas. Useful for: Sinusitis, allergies of the nose, headaches, migraine, and loss of smell / taste etc.
4. Basti, Enema or Colon Therapy removes toxins caused due to Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas through the colon. The colon is cleansed through the use of medicated herbs and oils in a liquid form which are given to the patient in the form of enema. Useful for: piles, digestive disorders, backache, arthritis & constipation.
5. Shiro-Abhyanga-Nasya: involves a deep massage of the neck, head and shoulders while making use of deep inhalation and nasal drops. Useful for: breathing problems
Ayurveda Panchakarma and other Ayurvedic cleansing treatments when conducted under the expert supervision of Ayurvedic Specialists are known to generate better health, improved digestion and healthier living.
About the Author
Dr Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga. She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing Through Ayurveda. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.
Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.