To cleanse your kidneys is important due to the fact that the kidneys eradicate waste substances and toxins, which can result in damaging your organs. Different methods are available to cleanse your kidneys. However one procedure, becoming quite popular in Western countries, is the method of Ayurvedic cleansing. During this procedure, toxins and waste products are flushed out from your body in a holistic and natural way.
Kidney Cleansing: The 3 Vital Phases
- Purva Karma
Ayurvedic kidney cleansing comprises of three stages and it is suggested that the procedure must be done once every year. It takes approximately 3-weeks for completion. The cleansing begins with Purva Karma, which is the first phase, preparing both your mind and body. In the inceptive stage an altered diet should be followed for three weeks before starting the cleansing. Stimulants such as sweets, dairy products and coffee are eliminated from your diet. However, one week prior to the beginning of this cleansing procedure, a diet consisting of a large amount of vegetables and seeds should be followed.
Kitchari, a stew recipe prepared from lentils or mung-beans, rice, ginger, onions, garlic and ginger poses to be a great dish. Whilst preparing your mind, you should abstain from your regular daily activities to find time to meditate. Going for a nice stroll in a beautiful area like a park or just spending some time alone, whilst practising deep inhaling will clear your body of destructive and opposing energy.
- Pancha Karma
Your cleansing stage, called Pancha Karma is the second stage. This phase comprises of laxatives, enemas and cleansing. Laxatives and enema kits are available at your local pharmacy. By Panhca Karma your body eradicates toxins, called Dosha. A lot of sub-types of herbal massages and therapies are inclusive of Pancha Karma. Such herbal massages and therapies include: medicated enemas (Basti), Purgation using herbs (Virechana), emesis using herbs (Vamana), Administering of nasal oils (Nasya). Deep-rooted toxins are eradicated from your body through above-mentioned therapies.
Simple Kitchari Recipe
During the three days of cleansing, only Kitchari should be consumed. You should prepare fresh Kitchari each day. You can re-heat it, ensuring that your meal if filled with energy (prana). You should only take your next meal when you are really hungry. Meals should be eaten on a 3 to 4 hour basis. There are many methods of preparing Kitchari, however, this is a plain recipe for preparing Kitchari:
– a ¼ cup of basmati rice
– a ¼ cup of mung beans
– one cup of water
– one tablespoon of kefir or yoghurt
– a little sea salt (pinch)
– one tablespoon of ghee or butter.
Mix the rice, water, yoghurt and beans in a pot, soaking the ingredients for a period of 24 hours. When cooking, bring the mixture to boil and then adjust the heat of your stove to its lowest heat and cook for about 35 to 40 minutes. Afterwards, add the salt and it is ready to be served with ghee or butter. You can also add parsley or cilantro to the Kitchari.
Whilst in this cleansing stage, use the appropriate oils according to your skin type and massage your body each morning and then take a hot shower. This procedure assists in eradicating toxins from your body. For nasal irrigation, you will need a neti pot. Use a tongue scraper on a daily basis.
For your inner self, be creative, read, work in your garden or listen to some soothing and tranquil music. Abstain from watching television or listening to very loud music. Do yoga, meditate or take a walk in nature. Enough rest is required should this cleansing procedure causes fatigue.
Rejuvenation is the last stage and this part will take approximately a week. During this stage you will gradually return, following your usual Ayuverdic diet, consisting of: vegetables, rice and spices such as turmeric, coriander, cumin and ginger. Meditating regularly, will assure the rejuvenation of your inner-self! Emerging from such a cleansing procedure can be an emotional experience. Therefore, it is suggested that you take leave from your work, during the rejuvenation phase.