October 29, 2021 4 min read
It's not Spring, but there's never a bad time for cleansing. Especially in the Fall. With that in mind. Today, let’s talk about Ayurvedic cleanses.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that believes health and wellness depends on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit is necessary to prevent disease. It also is one of the world's oldest medical systems.
The system is considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine which is used to describe medical treatments used instead of traditional, mainstream therapies. More than half of adults in the United States say they use some form of alternative medicine (acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, reiki, herbal medicine, etc.). According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, about 240,000 American adults specifically use Ayurvedic medicine.
In Ayurveda, the belief is, every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe--space, air, fire, water, and earth--that combine in the human body to form energies that control how our bodies work. These energies--called doshas--are Vata (space and air), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). Everyone has a unique mix of these three doshas and your health is linked to the balance of your doshas and the presence of toxins in your body.
In this case, toxins can be physical (found in food, household products, air, water, etc.) or emotional (negative thought patterns, self-criticism, stress, pain, etc.).
While there are plenty of people you can visit to have an Ayurvedic regimen created for your specific issues, there are several ways to also cleanse on your own.
A complete Ayurvedic detox often lasts several weeks, but you can start with as few as three days to determine your body's response. The process and elements--which you will see are forms of basic self-care--remain the same regardless of the length of the detox.
To prepare, you should consider the time you need to get yourself set up for the detox, the time the detox will take place, and how long your transition back will take.