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17-Apr-2011

Five Steps to Health

Ayurvedic Home Cleanse

Spring cleansing can do wonders for your body and spirit, helping to rid the body of accumulated toxins (ama) produced by improper digestion. According to Ayurveda, the buildup of ama is the root cause of all disease. The traditional method for removing deep-seated ama is a seasonal cleanse called panchakarma.

Panchakarma refers to five Ayurvedic detoxification procedures, including the use of oil (internal and external) for releasing toxins, as well as purgative herbs and medicated enemas. The purification is traditionally followed by an herbal formula for rejuvenation. Panchakarma is not recommended during pregnancy, menstruation, or in certain medical conditions. (Please consult your practitioner before doing any type of detoxification program.)

The five steps include:

  • Drinking 3 oz. of ghee on the first three mornings of your cleanse. Ghee provides the lubrication necessary to bring toxins from the deep tissues to the digestive tract, where they will be eliminated using purgative herbs. 

  • Using nasya oil daily to lubricate your sinus cavities. This oil balances prana, clears the mind and relieves stress in the head and neck. 

  • Massaging your body with warm sesame oil before bathing. This abhyanga calms the nervous system, increases circulation and encourages the release of internal toxins. 

  • Removing old toxins from the GI tract by taking the Ayurvedic herbal formula, triphala. Triphala is a mild, yet effective laxative for cleaning out the intestinal tract. Flushing and nourishing the colon with medicated enemas using the Ayurvedic herb dashamula.

  • After a cleanse it is important to rejuvenate. Rasayanas are herbal formulas used to build a new, strong foundation from which to move forward. (Ed. Note: For specifics on Ayurvedic cleansing, we recommend you consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. )

During an Ayurvedic home cleanse, you will enjoy a mono-diet of the traditional cleansing dish called kitchari. Kitchari is a wholesome meal of basmati rice and split yellow mung beans cooked with spices and ghee. Kitchari digests easily, allowing your body to focus on burning off old toxins. Try this age-old technology to feel rejuvenated, revitalized and restored!

Dr. Sharada Hall
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Bodhimed Ayurvedic Cleanse
Recommended Read: Ayurveda and Panchakarma: The Science of Healing and Rejuvenation by Dr. Sunhil, M.D. Joshi

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