Toxins are poisons in our body. They cause harm to our health and well-being.
Internally, our bodies produce and harbour toxins when we have inadequate digestion. When foods are not properly metabolised or eliminated efficiently, they ferment in the gut and colon. Rather than being expelled through the digestive tract, the toxins can enter the tissues where over time, they reduce our health and wellbeing.
Externally, toxins in our environment can be taken up by our bodies. These days, toxins are everywhere: in food as preservatives, in water as chlorine and fluoride, in the air as small chemical particles, and in most of the personal care products commonly available.
Any kind of substance which is harmful to your body may be considered a toxin, including poisonous substances generated by plants, some wildlife and disease-causing bacteria, non-naturally occurring chemical substances, synthetics, artificial foods, and manufacturing by-products which often contaminate our environment.
Toxins can form through wrong diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices. They can come from smoking cigarettes and consuming harmful substances such as alcohol, drugs, and caffeine.
Our body has an inbuilt ability to remove toxins naturally, providing the body channels and processes are healthy and fine. But if there is any obstruction or disturbance in the elimination channels of the body—lymphatic drainage, blood circulation, digestive elimination, urination, sweating—the toxins cannot be removed properly from the tissues.
When the toxins sit in the body for longer than necessary, they may cause inflammation in the tissues, and give rise to a host of physical and mental symptoms, for example painful joints and muscles, digestive disorders, skin problems, lethargy, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, to name a few.
OUR NATURAL DETOX (PANCHAKARMA) PROCESSES:
Panchakarma is an ayurvedic cellular cleansing process which completely removes toxins from the tissues and eliminates them through the alimentary canal. It is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, restoring balance and well-being, and supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Panchakarma has been used for thousands of years by ayurvedic practitioners in India. Here at Vibrant Ayurveda Wellness Centre, our Ayurveda Practitioner Vaidya Pradeep Neupane have completed specialised panchakarma training in leading ayurvedic wellness centres in Nepal and India. He is proud to offer his knowledge and expertise to the Australian community so you can take advantage of this ancient method for curing illness and promoting health and wellbeing.
Planning Your Natural Detox
Your detoxification program begins with a consultation with one of our experienced ayurvedic practitioners who diagnoses your mind-body constitution, discusses your health concerns, and tailors a program to meet your individual needs.
During the planning consultation, you and the vaidya (ayurveda practitioner) determine the length of your natural detox program, and the number and type of treatments you will have. At the meeting, you are given a detailed booklet that guides you through every step of the process, and provides advice about diet, lifestyle and supplements throughout the program.
Stages of an Ayurvedic Detox
A natural detox program consists of three main stages: preparing the body, releasing and eliminating the impurities, and rejuvenating the tissues
1. Prepare the body
To prepare the tissues for mobilising and releasing the toxins, you begin by following a very simple and easy to digest natural detox diet plan and taking prescribed herbs. You may be suggested to take some extra ghee and spices into your diet to help dissolve toxins and lubricate the channels in the body. The detox diet, spices, ghee and the herbs work together to draw out toxins from the tissues and build the digestive fire (agni). Without optimal digestion, our food and medicines cannot fully release their nutrients and curative potency.
2. Release and eliminate the impurities
Along with the preparation by following a detox diet and taking herbs, you come to the clinic for a series of treatments that support the body to eliminate the toxins that have been drawn out of your tissues. The primary treatments are ayurvedic deep tissue therapeutic massage (abhyanga) by using different herbs, sweating in an ayurvedic herbalised steam box (swedana) and herbal enemas (vasti).
Your program can also include herbal purgation to flush the colon and small intestine (virechana), nervous system treatment (shirodhara), nose and sinus treatments (nasya), herbal paste massage (udvartana), and ghee massage. The number and type of treatments you undertake depend on the program your vaidya (ayurvedic practitioner) designs in consultation with you before your detox begins.
3. Rejuvenate the tissues
When you complete the natural detox treatments, your tissues and digestive tract will most likely feel clean and ‘as new’. Sometimes you may also feel a little weak. Rebuilding your strength and resilience after this cleanse (rasayana) is an important phase of your detoxification program.
In the days following your final treatment, you will consult with your practitioner to review your experience and plan your transition to a regular healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. The practitioner may also suggest some herbs and treatments that will assist the rejuvenation process.
Post Detox Plan:
After the completion of detox program, you will be suggested to follow a long term diet-lifestyle plan based upon your constitution or Agni (Digestive fire). Along with diet/lifestyle plan you may be suggested to take some herbs and follow up treatments/ body therapies for a few months in order to help support the natural healing process of your body which generally takes some months.
WHY DO A NATURAL DETOX?
Today, many of us live a fast-paced life which can make it difficult to attend to the fundamentals of ensuring our good health – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Even when we ‘do the right thing’, we live in a world in which it is difficult to avoid environmental toxins. It is inevitable that many of us accumulate toxins to some degree.
If you are suffering symptoms of ill-health, an ayurvedic detox can restore balance to your body, heal your symptoms and bring back feelings of wellness and vitality.
But even if you are not sick, panchakarma is advised — just as you would service your car to keep it running well and to prevent any serious breakdowns in the future.
Health is the first wealth. Your investment in your health and wellbeing will always pay off. Many people feel like they have received a fresh, new body and mind after a panchakarma program at Vibrant Ayurveda Wellness Centre.
WHEN TO DO A NATURAL DETOX?
Ayurveda recommends people do a detox during each seasonal transition. Aligning with seasonal change is an ideal time to clean the body, improve the digestion, and improve the metabolic processes.
Four times a year may be too often for many folk, however; so, the signals for detox are when we feel out of balance, are experiencing illness or any form of physical or mental distress, or just know that it’s time for a ‘tune-up’.