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How to heal thyself

Rejuvenation involves detoxifying the body to get rid of all accumulated toxins. Once the body is detoxified, the next part involves rejuvenating the body by different rasayans and procedures. Finally, the person has to maintain his or her nutrition to keep the body rejuvenated.

brunch Updated: Mar 10, 2012 18:45 IST
Dr Shikha Sharma

Rejuvenation involves detoxifying the body to get rid of all accumulated toxins. Once the body is detoxified, the next part involves rejuvenating the body by different rasayans and procedures. Finally, the person has to maintain his or her nutrition to keep the body rejuvenated.

Detoxification consists of the purva karmas, the pradhan karma (or panchkarmas) and the paschat karmas. The pre-procedures to panchkarma is called purva karmas. They include nutrition and certain procedures.

OilNutrition consists of all vegetarian foods taken in small quantities, plus internal oleation by consuming ghee (organic only). A gradual decrease in foods is advised, followed by oil massage using medicated oils, and then steam is recommended. An oil massage helps to move toxins to the elimination passages and steam helps to increase elimination by sweating.

During this time, it is also recommended that a person begins pranayam, and performs yoga asanas and kriyas to help calm and center the mind to gradually balance the emotional toxins and blocked emotional energies.

After the purva karma, the next step is the panchkarmas, or the five procedures for deep tissue detoxification.

These involve:
Nasayam: nasal insufflations and face massage to allow elimination through the sinuses and nasal passages.
Vaman: a medicated emesis therapy that removes kapha toxins collected in the body and the respiratory tract.
Virechan: medicated purgation therapy that removes pitta toxins accumulated in the liver and gallbladder. It completely cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract
Vasti / basti: cleanses accumulated toxins from all the three doshas through the colon. Also, medicated oil or ghee and a herbal decoction is given as an enema to clean the colon.

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