Ayurveda, also known as 'the science of life' emphasizes holistic wellness to ensure harmonious equilibrium among mind, body, and consciousness. Any imbalances in the doshas (energetic qualities), Vata, Pitta, Kapha, either due to internal or external factors, might lead to the accumulation of toxins (ama) in deeper tissues or organs of the body and thus create diseases. However, detoxification of the body through numerous therapeutic strategies with the aid of Ayurveda can help to enhance balance among doshas and bring positive changes in the body. According to Ayurveda Expert Shreyansh Jain, Chief Executive, Medy365.com "properly functioning Agni (digestive fire) is the key to good health as it helps to assimilate nutrients and get rid of ama. Ayurveda recommends several methods to maintain Agni, one of which is utilizing oils, either internally or externally. Castor oil, sesame oil, or ghee can get the digestive juices flowing and dissolve fat-soluble toxins. One can include spices and herbs such as turmeric, cumin, ginger, mustard seeds, etc. in the diet to maintain Agni."
AYURVEDIC WAYS TO DETOX THE BODY
- Some of the other popular and widely used ayurvedic techniques include Neti (cleansing and purifying of the nasal passages) and Dhauti (cleansing and purifying the entire alimentary canal). Nasya is another interesting technique in which one can use a few drops of sesame oil and massage it into the nostrils. It also helps to alleviate headaches.
- For teeth cleaning, one can use toothpaste that contains neem or clove. Oil pulling is another method to remove foul odour, decrease bacteria, and ensure healthy gums. The simple act can be performed by taking 1-2 teaspoons of sesame oil and warm water in your mouth and gargling up to 5 minutes.
- Inhaling aromas by lighting some incense, preferably organic like rose, sandalwood, etc. can pacify your Kapha and ease your mind and soul. If you suffer from a stuffy nose, clear your nasal passage using a neti pot. Mix half a teaspoon salt with 240ml warm water and pour it onto your nostril using the pot. Then blow out the water from each nostril.
- Breathing exercises hold the utmost relevance in Ayurveda, and yoga can be pivotal in regulating and refining your breath. Kapalbhati and other alternate nasal breathing are effective techniques to clear the inner channels of the nose and improve respiratory endurance.
- Consuming a variety of ayurvedic herbs like Indian Sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus Indicus), Neem Leaf, Turpeth Root (Indian Jalap), and Tinospora Cordifolia (Indian Tinospora), Licorice Root, Sandalwood etc. can be beneficial to eliminate toxins or waste product from the body and maintain healthy, vital organs. One of the potent herbs prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners, Triphala has the potential to aid diseases like pneumonia, cancer, AIDS, and provides strong immunity.
For overall detoxification of the body, take baby steps, and make healthy lifestyle transitions at your own pace. Everyone is capable of achieving the benefits of Ayurveda with the right knowledge, even if one starts as an amateur. Once the overall state of balance and health begins to improve, one can quickly adapt to these effective ayurvedic cleansing methods in their daily routine.
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