THE AYURVEDIC CLEANSE
Ah, the term ‘cleanse’ has been deemed so glamorous in our culture. Juice cleanses, water fasts - it is hard to navigate what IS a cleanse, and whose a good candidate for one? We’re here to breakdown both.
WHAT IS AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE?
Traditionally, an Ayurvedic cleanse is called a Pancha Karma. Pancha Karma means five actions, which refers to the five treatments classically involved in a cleanse. If you go to India, it is a sacred practice, individualized to each person, completed for at least a months span, in a secluded environment. In our western culture, we use the term Pancha Karma pretty loosely. Our crazy schedules don’t permit a traditional PK, so we make it accessible for ourselves in our own versions of “Pancha Karma”. Want to know the details of a traditional PK cleanse? Click link in our bio for our blog post on it.
This week I am starting a personalized, at-home PK under the care of my Ayurvedic doctor and mentor. I will take you through the THREE PHASES of an at-home PK and share my experiences, feelings and Ayurvedic insights. But, of course, I have some disclaimers. This specific plan is individualized for my constitution and my current imbalance. I am also under the care of a certified Ayurvedic doctor. In other words, do not try this at home kiddos UNLESS you are a good candidate for a PK, you are doing a modified version that is personalized for you OR you have the care of an Ayurvedic Practitioner (oh hi, that’s me!) SHOULD I DO A CLEANSE?
There are three different types of PKs, but for simplicity, we are just focused on the purification type of Pancha Karma. In these types of PKs, a good candidate would need to have strong ojas (energy), presence of ama (white coating on tongue, to be vague), excess dhatu (tissue) or excess kapha. PK (Purification Type) is NOT recommended for people who have low ojas, weakness, exhaustion, weight loss, mental instability, very old age, very young, pregnant or postpartum.
Follow along on our story and look out for our next blog post summarizing the whole dang thing 🤗. Happy cleansing!
Angelica & Rachel