Our Ayurvedic Doctor explains how to flush toxins from Body. According to Ayurveda, there are three kinds of toxins which may enter the body. The first and most common, Ama, accumulates in the digestive system as a result of imbalanced, unhealthy dietary choices. If neglected, Ama will begin to affect areas of the body beyond just the digestive tract, and will develop into Amavisha, the second kind of toxin. Amavisha is the product of Ama’s interaction with subdoshas, and may have disastrous consequences. The third and final type of toxin is known as Garavisha, which translates roughly as “environmental pollution”. As its translation suggests, this toxin is the result of external chemicals, such as pesticides and pollution, entering the body. Although pesticides and pollution are obvious agents of Garavisha, processed and expired foods may also lead to the onset of this toxin. In this article, we will discuss the potential results of neglecting these toxins, whilst also detailing Ayurveda’s role in ridding them from the body.
Causes and implications of Ama
Ama is caused by a number of factors. These may include:
- Eating large meals at night
- Eating inorganic, processed foods
- Not waiting to digest a meal before eating another
- Eating cold foods
Often, these factors will lead to foul-smelling breath, whiteness on the tongue and a feeling of heaviness. If left untreated, Ama will manifest itself through a number of diseases, which range from mild to lifethreatening. These may include stress, anxiety, insomnia, aches & pains, blocked arteries, eczema, cysts and psoriasis. When free of Ama, the body feels light and fresh. The tongue is pink and clear, and aches and pains which were present beforehand disappear.
Causes and implications of Amavisha
Amavisha is Ama’s more reactive counterpart. Depending on the subdosha which Amavisha has mixed with, the toxin will lead to different medical conditions. For example, when it mixes with the Shleshaka Kapha subdosha, a variety of Amavisha called Shleshma is formed, which leads to bronchial infections and other conditions of the lungs. Therefore, the specific causes of Amavisha vary with the subdosha involved, as do the symptoms. In some cases, when Amavisha toxins are left untreated, they may lead to kidney dysfunction, liver disorders and coronary heart disease, all of which may be life-threatening.
Causes and implications of Garavisha
As its translated name, “environmental pollution”, suggests, the causes of Garavisha are typically outside of the body. Lead, arsenic, cleaning products and air pollution are all common causes of the Garavisha toxin. On a basic level, the implications of Garavisha may be as mild as dizziness or rashes, or as severe as heart palpitations, heavy metal poisoning and asbestosis.
What can Ayurveda do?
It is possible to take simple measures in your own home to reduce the presence of Ama. Integrating fresh vegetables, fruits, quinoa, rice, couscous and other natural foodstuffs into your diet will help to relieve the dietary imbalance associated with Ama. In addition, try to avoid fried and processed foods. As Ayurvedic medicine takes a different approach to healing for each body type, you may also wish to consult one of our inhouse doctors, who will be able to assist you in finding out the most effective treatments for your specific needs.
In any case, however, Ayurveda believes that treating toxins as early in their development as possible is the most efficient, healthiest solution. Therefore, we recommend our Panchakarma detox treatment to flush the body of toxins and leave you feeling rejuvenated and healthy again. As Amavisha is formed as a result of leaving Ama untreated, our Panchakarma treatment will target toxins in their early stage and reduce your chance of developing more complex medical conditions. We also recommend our detox treatments for Garavisharelated illnesses, however, in these cases, it is important to seek the advice of one of our inhouse doctors. In this way, the doctor will be able to provide you with allnatural prescriptions in order to help you manage your specific condition.
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