Features of Ayurvedic Cleansing
Cleansing Can Be Done Through Lifestyle or Specific Procedures
In Ayurveda, cleansing the body refers to the reduction of excess doshas and elimination of ama (toxins). This can be done slowly overtime through lifestyle practices, diet and herbs; or more immediately through cleansing measures, including panchakarma.
Cleansing Lifestyle Practices Work Slowly Over Time
Shamana therapies are the lifestyle practices and are chosen by constitutional type and season. These work to reduce doshic excesses and detoxify slowly over time. Shodhana, refers to the stronger cleansing procedures, specifically panchakarma. In panchakarma, there are five primary procedures that powerfully remove toxins from the body.
Lifestyle practices (shamana) are the most important therapy when undergoing any detoxification program. No cleanse will work without appropriate shamana (lifestyle practices) practices.
Stronger Cleansing Measures Are Done At Specific Times Of The Year
Ayurveda generally teaches ongoing detoxification is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Longer programs are used at least once a year, while shorter programs can be used at the junction of every season. Cleansing can release many physical toxins, but we store mental and emotional ones as well, these too can be released when you are ready.