Check out this simple yet effective 9 day Ayurvedic Cleansing Detox or Home Panchakarma Program.
Let yourself feel full of energy, physically and mentally revitalised, balanced and spiritually uplifted.
As you know (if you have ever done this type of cleansing or any other cleansing) the end of the process is always the pleasant part, going through it, however, is a completely different story. In saying that, Panchakarma is a great way to fast as you feel very supported by the process on every level, and lets be honest being able to have food (kitchary) while you are cleansing is kind of a treat .
We wanted to share this technique with you since we have been practicing it for years, at least twice a year, and the outcome has always been very powerful.
When is the best time?
According to Ayurveda, the change of season is an ideal time to cleanse and rejuvenate the body. Since Spring is the perfect time to cleanse and detox this a great opportunity to practice this cleansing technique and feel physically, mentally and spiritually uplifted for the next few months.
Panchakarma is a unique and effective cleansing program in Ayurveda that removes accumulated toxins, increases energy & mental clarity, reverses effects of stress and restores your natural state of balance.
The program that we are sharing with you in this blog and its guidelines, are prescribed by Dr Vasant Lad in his book “Ayurvedic Home Remedies’. They are meant to be safe and effective. However if you have any medical condition such as being pregnant etc or are not sure, please consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before practicing any of these techniques.
How to do it?
Stage 1 - Internal Oil Application
So begin your home detoxification program with internal oleation. For 3 days in a row, take about 60ml of warm, liquified ghee first thing in the morning. The ghee provides internal oleation and lubrication, which is necessary so that the Ama or toxins start to be drawn away from the deep tissue into the G.I. tract for elimination.
Check this Video on How to Make Ghee
Stage 2 - External Oil Application
After 3 days of internal oleation, it is time for external oleation. For the next 5-7 days, apply 200-240ml of warmed oil to your body from head to toe, rubbing it in well. The best oil for this is sesame, which is heavy and warming. You can do this massage for 15-20 mins.
After the oil is well rubbed in and absorbed, take a hot bath or shower. Then wash with some Ayurvedic herbal soap, such as neem. Let some of the oil remain on your skin…
Stage 3 - External Oil Application
…during your home purification, every night at least one hour after supper take 1/2 to 1 tsp. triphala. Add about 1/2 c. boiling water to triphala powder, and let it steep 10 mins or until it has cooled down, then drink it. Along with its many healing and nourishing properties, triphala is a mild laxative. It will provide the benefits of a more potent purgative treatment, but more gently and over a longer span of time. Triphala is safe and can be effectively used for months at a time.
To complete your home panchakarma treatment, on the last 3 days perform an Ayurvedic medicated enema after your hot bath or shower. Use dashamoola tea for the enema. Boil 1 tbsp dashamoola in 1 pint of water for 5 mins to make the tea. Cool it, strain it, and use the liquid to make the enema. Ok, THIS is where it gets a little complicated.* …
First, introduce 145ml warm sesame oil into the rectum. Hold for 10 mins. Then introduce the herbal tea WITHOUT expelling the sesame oil, hold as long as possible and up to 30 mins. While holding the fluid, assume a hands and knees position and elevate the buttocks, this relaxes the colon. Periodically massage the colon counterclockwise….then evacuate. Don’t worry if little or no liquid comes out. For certain individuals, particularly vata individuals, the colon may be so dry and dehydrated that the liquid may all be absorbed. This is not harmful in any way.
This “snchana” (oleation both internal and external with ghee and oil), “swedana” (sweating using a hot shower or hot bath), and virechana (purgation) using triphala, followed by “basti” using dashamoola tea, constitute an effective panchakarma that you can easily do on your own at home.
During this entire time it is important to get plenty of rest, and to observe a light diet. From days 4 - 8 OR eat only kitchary cooked with this recipe on day 9 can be cook with veggies. This is a wholesome, nourishing, balanced food that is an excellent protein combination. It is easy to digest and good for all three doshas, and it is also cleansing.
Kitchary Recipe and Preparation:
Practicing yoga asanas, pranayama, relaxation and meditation are essential for deeper results.Your practice of yoga will become noticeably deeper throughout the stages. At the end, a feeling of lightness and complete rejuvenation will be experienced.
Check out the helpful schedule bellow to follow during your detox and enjoy this wonderful and ancient practice.
We would love to hear of your experiences. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment.