Do you suffer from fatigue, bloating, constipation, indigestion, heart burn, bad breath or mental fog?
If so, then you are not alone but it’s positive, in that you are being given clear signs that your blood tissues and vessels are clogged. The substance causing the clogging is called ‘ama’, which in Ayurveda is considered the very root of all diseases, be it mental or physical.
Ama is a toxic, sticky substance made up of unabsorbed food particles flowing through your body. When your dosha becomes aggravated by a poor diets, processed or faulty food combinations, negative emotions or an unhealthy lifestyle; the internal fire - referred to as ‘agni’, becomes disturbed which in turn leads to poor digestion.
In Ayurveda the focus is on prevention as opposed to cure and while at this stage, there is disease, it’s not too late to reverse the damage. An efficient way to do this is through a cleansing ritual.
Panch = 5
Karma = Actions
The traditional Ayurvedic cleanse is a 5-step process to eliminate disease and can only be carried out by a qualified Ayurvedic doctor, usually in a dedicated treatment centre. Please do not attempt this procedure without supervision from a qualified practitioner.
While it’s tempting to head off to India to have the treatment, I would personally not prescribe that option, unless you have plenty of time. The body needs time to acclimatise and if you enter a different time zone, temperatures and then immediately go into the full panchakarma, it’s just too much of a shock to the system. Furthermore, traditional panchakarma includes induced vomiting and blood extraction; both of which are banned in UK, and so the treatments here are a little gentler and better suited to our way of living. Regardless of your choice, here’s a little of what to expect.
As mentioned, in India, your therapy plan would include induced vomiting and blood illumination but not here in the West.
If you don’t happen to live close to an Ayurvedic treatment centre or would prefer a little gentler approach, you can still an effective purification programme at home. The steps are similar to those in Panchakarma, just adapted to fit around work and busy lifestyle:
If you’re not sure what dosha – Vata, Kapha or Pitta – you are, please take our quiz to find out.
During this entire process it’s very important to make sure you get plenty of rest and observe a light diet. Once you’ve completed the internal oleation stage, so days 4-8, eat only kitchari, which is equal measures of basmati rice and mung dal cooked with cumin, mustard seed, coriander and 2 teaspoons of ghee butter).
Be your own healer. Do this simple home Ayurvedic cleanse and take responsibility for your own healing. Notice as you feel lighter, brighter and fall back in love with your life.
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