Ayurveda, the “knowledge of life”, is a millennia-old traditional healing art from India, which still today finds many practitioners all over the world. While the Western culture uses Ayurveda mostly for beneficial purposes, in Asia it is a scientifically taught healing method. As a holistic health therapy, it belongs to alternative medicine. Its holistic claim: The combination of empiricism and philosophy is directed at the physical and mental factors of a person’s health as well as at the emotional and spiritual aspects.
How does Ayurveda work?
The central assumption of Ayurveda is that any physical or mental and emotional imbalance is a problem and thus causes illness. A counteracting practice from my point of view is holistic health coaching. It includes osteopathy and cleansing and detoxifying techniques, a spiritual yoga practice, herbal medicine, medicinal grade essential oils, and nutrition. In this article, I would like to concentrate on the nutritional teachings of Ayurveda and present you a 10-day cleansing program. My recommendation is to do a cleanse at least once a year and ideally twice a year. The best time for cleansing is during a seasonal change from winter to spring or from late summer to fall. It is also related to the cycles of the moon, two days after a full moon is the best time. But even in late spring, it is an opportunity to give your body, mind, and soul a great gift.
Three Doshas of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic teaching aims to detoxify the body to activate the self-healing powers. A healthy diet is especially important for it. The three Doshas form the basis, which determines the mental balance:
• “Vata”, the energy of life, composed of the elements air and space
• “Kapha”, responsible for the structure and growth of the body, consisting of the elements earth and water
• “Pitta”, responsible for biochemical processes of the body, formed from the elements fire and water.
We distinguish people according to these three types. It is particularly important to feed yourself according to your Dosha if the detoxification cure takes place over a longer period of time. Digestion is a central theme in Ayurveda, which is why almost all food is cooked. Raw food, for instance, makes digestion more difficult for the body. Thus you rarely find it in Ayurvedic cuisine. Spices in favor are ginger, coriander, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, saffron, cumin, cardamom, cloves, and turmeric.
10 Days Ayurvedic Cleansing – Easy to integrate into your daily life
My 10 days program is divided into four different phases, each of which has an individual influence on the inner cleansing:
The first phase prepares the body for the purification and elimination of toxins. Fasting represents phase 2. During phase 3 you support the body in eliminating the waste products that were produced on the day of fasting. Phase 4 is a further period of preparation. The body can absorb food again in larger pieces after 10 days and digest it easily.
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