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Cleansing Plans



   

According to Ayurvedic doctors, internal cleansing is an essential step in getting toxins out of the body. Liver and intestinal cleansing periodically is essential.
   

Please do not do a cleanse if you have a weak liver or colon. Here are cleansing plans you may want to try, click the tab that matches your DOMINANT Dosha:
   
 
Cleansing for the Vata Dominant Constitution
By Amber Vitse, Ayurvedic Practitioner (www.pranaayurveda.com)
(Editor's Note: If you do not know your constitution, also known as your Dosha, take the test by clicking here).
Daily Routine:
  • Wake before 7am, sleep before 10pm. If awake between 3 and 6, this is the best time to meditate
  • Use a dry wash cloth rather than a brush or loofah to exfoliate your skin. Implement Abyangha—self massage with oils. Use abundant Warming oil (click here for Abyangha instruction if needed).
  • Step into mildly warm bath or gentle shower. Pat dry with soft towels, apply more oil if necessary
  • Cleanse the mouth and teeth with mild paste, rub the gums with sesame oil
  • Engage in mild exercise like tai chi, walking or grounding and calming yoga
  • Dress in colors that mitigate Vata and promote meditation: yellow, orange, and red
  • Avoid cold wind and dampness, but if exposed cover the neck, chest, and head
  • If it is difficult for you to breakfast early, at least start with nourishing teas that are non-caffeinated and enhanced with milk or a milk substitute and a natural sweetener: ginger, cardamom, coriander, clove, fennel, cinnamon—like a chai blend
Taking your herbs: Triphala:If tending towards constipation, start with Triphala to get regulated. Try 2 capsules with each meal. If that does not get things moving, take 6-7 capsules at a time before bed with warm rice milk. Also try extra ghee in the diet, fresh figs or dried figs soaked overnight, and ground flax seed. Drink plenty of fluids—water or herbal tea. Do not start the liver cleansers until your bowels are moving regularly. Remain on the Triphala throughout the cleanse if you continue to have difficulties with sluggish bowels, hard faeces or difficult movements, or skipping days.

Phyllanthus: start with one capsule at night with fennel or ginger tea. Then add one capsule in the morning with the same tea. If feeling well, increase to 2 at night, then 2 in the morning as well. This should be sufficient for most. If you are a sensitive person, keep the dose lower, or keep it to once a day. Taking it at night allows it to facilitate liver cleansing while you are sleeping—when the liver does most of its work and the body is fasting. After 2 weeks, move on to the Picrorrhiza.

Picrorrhiza: Start in the same way, but take it as a food. Use a fennel or ginger tea, or combo, add rice or almond milk, a bit of sweetener. These carry it into the tissues. This herb is a protector and rebuilder of liver tissue. You can work up to taking 1-2 capsules with each of 3 meals per day. Do this for 2 weeks, or continue for a month if you’d like.

Foods during a cleanse
Do not fast if strongly Vata dominant or underweight.
Kichadi or Kichari is your best cleansing food while remaining nourished—Blend of Basmati or Brown Rice, Mung Bean, and spices. For recipe click here.
Seasonal Fruits: Cantaloupe and other Melons, Coconut, Fresh Figs, Grapes, Mangoes, Papayas, Peaches, Persimmons, sweet Plums, Fresh Dates. In the Spring try soaking dried Coconut, Figs, Raisins, Prune, Dates and add to soaked nuts or breakfast grains if you’d like.
Seasonal Vegetables—well steamed: Beets, Carrots, Jerusalem Artichokes, Okra, Sweet Potatoes and Yams, Turnips, Winter Squashes, Summer Squashes, Kale, and raw tomatoes and cucumbers on warm days. New greens not yet too bitter can be used in the Spring.
Grains: Rice is best during a cleanse, you should avoid inflammatory wheat. If you need a change, whole oat groats can be used
Animal Products: Try to avoid these during a cleanse as they are not sattvic. If you cannot avoid them, choose seafoods that are lowest in mercury http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/101/whichfish
Dairy Products: Should also be avoided during a cleanse, but if replacing animal protein and you are quite active, choose fermented dairy like yogurt and kefir, and choose organic and grass-fed.
Legumes: Mung beans, well cooked and made into a paste or soup are best
Oils: Ghee is the optimum for oleation of tissues for cleansing. Use plenty! Sesame oil is good for the rest of the body.
Nuts and Seeds: All can be used during this period as a replacement for animal proteins. Choose this year’s fresh crop, not rancid old nuts on sale to clear them out.
Sweeteners: Small amounts during a cleanse, of rice syrup, agave nectar, molasses
Beverages: Warmed rice milk, almond milk, herbal teas
Cleansing for the Pitta Dominant Constitution
By Amber Vitse, Ayurvedic Practitioner (www.pranaayurveda.com)
(Editor's Note: If you do not know your constitution, also known as your Dosha, take the test by clicking here).
Daily Routine
Wake before 7am, sleep before 10pm. If awake between 3 and 6, this is the best time to meditate
Use a body brush or loofah to exfoliate your skin
Implement Abyangha—self massage with oils. Use a moderate amount of Cooling oil (click here on Abyangha instruction if needed)
Step into lukewarm bath or gentle shower. Pat dry with soft towels, apply more oil if weather is especially dry
Cleanse the mouth and teeth with mild paste, mint helps
Engage in team sports to promote cooperation, or hiking to enjoy nature. Avoid saunas, steam rooms, sunbathing, and hot tubs
Dress in colors that mitigate Pitta and promote meditation: blues and greens
If it is difficult for you to breakfast early, try starting with a liver flush: juice of one lemon or lime, 1 Tbs. Olive Oil, ½ apple or pear, blend and drink

Taking your herbs:
Triphala:A Pitta dominant individual tends to have looser, more frequent stools, thus Triphala is used only to temper the intestinal activity. Try 1 capsule with each meal. If, during the cleanse as your body is adapting, your bowel movements become slower, you can increase to 2 capsules per meal. If you are skipping days, not having bowel movements, Triphala can be used at night before bed as well: 4-7 capsules at once with warmed rice or soy milk or room temperature water. Drink plenty of fluids—water or herbal tea. Do not start the liver cleansers if your bowels are not moving regularly. Remain on the Triphala throughout the cleanse if you continue to have difficulties with sluggish bowels, hard feces or difficult movements, or skipping days.

Phyllanthus: start with 1 capsule at night with fennel, mint, or coriander tea. Then add 1 capsule in the morning with the same tea. This can be taken along with the liver flush described above. If feeling well, increase to 2 at night, then 2 in the morning as well. This should be sufficient for most. If you are a sensitive person, keep the dose lower, or keep it to once a day. Taking it at night allows it to facilitate liver cleansing while you are sleeping—when the liver does most of its work and the body is fasting. After 2 weeks, move on to the Picrorrhiza.

Picrorrhiza: Start in the same way, but take it as a food. Use the same tea, or combination, add a bit of sweetener. These carry it into the tissues. This herb is a protector and rebuilder of liver tissue. You can work up to taking 1-2 capsules with each of 3 meals per day. Do this for 2 weeks, or continue for a month if you’d like.

Foods during a cleanse
Do not fast if underweight.

Kichadi or Kichari is your best cleansing food while remaining nourished—Blend of White Basmati Rice for Pitta, Mung Bean, and spices. For recipe click here.

Seasonal Fruits: Coconut (especially milky ones) or coconut milk, pomegranate, sweet cherries, grapes, mangoes, melons, pears, fresh dates and figs, sweet pineapple, sweet plums. Avoid sour or unripened fruits. There aren’t many seasonal fruits for most of us in the Springtime. Reconstituting some dried fruits in water for a few hours will give you some nutritious snack options. Coconut, figs, raisins, prunes, apples, and pears are good pitta choices; and Mexican avocados may still be available to you.

Seasonal Vegetables: Well steamed: Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, green beans, peas, steamed sweet onions like vidalias, sweet potatoes, turnips, and zucchini. Avoid especially orange or red colored vegetables. Unfortunately, tomatoes aren’t the best for you right now. In the Spring go for the new bitter greens like dandelion, chard, arugula, kale, chicory, etc. Then use fresh new asparagus for steaming, or peas, green beans, and sprouts as they become available. Mixed baby greens are good raw options this time of year.

Grains: For the astringent taste, use whole grain buckwheat, oats, and white rice, avoiding gluten-containing grains and corn during the cleanse.

Legumes: Also astringent, all legumes or beans are good for you right now except for lentils, especially red ones.

Animal Products: If you must have animal flesh, try freshwater fish and mild poultry or waterfowl.

Dairy Products: Dairy is usually approved for Pitta, but not so much while cleansing. Ghee, rice milk, and soy milk are options, though soy is not right for everyone!

Oils: Ghee is the optimum for oleation of tissues for cleansing. Use plenty! Coconut oil is also good for pitta and for oiling the head and body.

Nuts and Seeds: Coconut, sunflower seed, and lotus seed are appropriate nuts; all the others can be too heating. If they are a main source of protein for you, sprout them first by soaking overnight in water then laying out to sprout 1-2 days.

Sweeteners: Use sweeteners sparingly, but try rice syrup, agave nectar, and stevia (the bitter aftertaste helps Pitta).

Beverages: Warmed rice or soy milk, herbal teas

Cleansing for the Kapha Dominant Constitution
By Amber Vitse, Ayurvedic Practitioner (www.pranaayurveda.com)
(Editor's Note: If you do not know your constitution, also known as your Dosha, take the test by clicking here).

Daily Routine:
Wake before 7am, sleep before 10pm—Kaphas need less sleep but tend to sleep more! If awake between 3 and 6, this is the best time to meditate and exercise. Engage in vigorous exercise like the stronger yoga asanas, jogging if appropriate, Sweat, Sweat, Sweat!! Of all the doshas, you can take the most.
Use a body brush or loofah to exfoliate your skin vigorously
Implement Abyangha—self massage. You may not need oil if your skin is very oily—some Kapha-Pitta types. If you are more dry, use a small amount of the warming oil (click here on Abyangha instruction if needed)
Step into hot bath or shower with strong water flow, or even sauna to promote sweating.Vigorously dry yourself, stimulating blood flow
Try not to eat breakfast before 10am. Try starting with a liver flush: juice of one lemon, 1 Tbs. Olive Oil, ½ apple or pear, blend and drink. Add a dash of Pippali or Cayenne if desired.
Cleanse the teeth with spicy paste, brush the coating off the tongue or use scraper
Dress in colors that stimulate Kapha mind: yellow, brown and red

Taking your herbs:
Triphala: A balanced Kapha should have one very large bowel movement at about the same time every day. If you are skipping days, or not having adequate bowel movements, Triphala can be used at night before bed: 7 capsules at once with warmed goat’s milk or spicy tea like a Yogi herbal chai or ginger. Drink plenty of fluids—water or herbal tea. Do not start the liver cleansers if your bowels are not moving regularly. Remain on the Triphala throughout the cleanse if you continue to have difficulties with sluggish bowels, hard faeces or difficult movements, or skipping days.

Phyllanthus: Start with 2 capsules in the morning with the liver flush or with tea. If feeling well, increase to 2 at night as well. If you are a sturdy person, not much bothers you, add 2 more between 2-4pm. If you are a sensitive person, keep the dose lower. If you have to limit it to once a day, taking it at night allows it to facilitate liver cleansing while you are sleeping—when the liver does most of its work and the body is fasting. After 2 weeks, move on to the Picrorrhiza.

Picrorrhiza: Start in the same way, but take it as a food. Use the same tea, add a bit of raw honey, and a splash of goat’s milk if you want. These carry it into the tissues. This herb is a protector and rebuilder of liver tissue. You can work up to taking 2-3 capsules with each of 3 meals per day. Do this for 2 weeks, or continue for a month if you’d like.

Foods during a cleanse
You can tolerate the most food reduction.

Kichadi or Kichari is your best cleansing food while remaining nourished—Blend of White Basmati Rice for Pitta, Mung Bean, and spices—recipe is here. Use a small amount several times a day, heaped with steamed vegetables and the stronger spices.

Seasonal Fruits: Fresh apples and pears, kiwi, persimmon, pomegranate—avoid the sweeter fruits. Spring is a good time of year to use “stored fruits” like figs, prunes raisins, or apricots in very small amounts (remember each dried fruit represents a whole raw fruit) cut up to flavor your dishes or as a snack.

Seasonal Vegetables—lightly steamed or raw: Asparagus, artichokes, bitter melon, bok choy, tatsoi, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chilies, green and red peppers, green salads-especially mixed field greens and arugula, kale, chard, collards, turnip and beet greens, mustard greens, raw onions, radishes, spinach, sprouts. In Spring, go for as much raw as possible: asparagus, green salads-especially mixed field greens- new spring greens like dandelion, arugula, kale, chard, collards, turnip and beet greens, mustard greens, green onions, spinach, and sprouts.

Grains: For the astringent taste, use whole grain buckwheat, white or brown basmati, or roasted quinoa or amaranth.

Legumes: Also astringent, all legumes or beans are good for you right now except for tofu, chickpeas, and hummus of chickpeas.

Animal Products: If you must have animal flesh, try freshwater fish and game meats like venison, pheasant, or rabbit.

Dairy Products: Dairy is usually contraindicated during a cleanse. A bit of ghee for cooking and goats milk in moderation if you are accustomed to it can help with carrying the herbs into the tissues.

Oils: Ghee is the optimum for oleation of tissues for cleansing. But, Kapha does not need much right now.

Nuts and Seeds: Stick with seeds: pumpkin, flax, and sunflower. If they are a main source of protein for you, sprout them first by soaking overnight in water then laying out to sprout 1-2 days.

Sweeteners: Only use raw honey, and only when preparing goat’s milk or tea to take with the herbs.

Beverages: Room temperature water, herbal teas of the especially spicy kind.