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Physiology of Shankha Prakshalana (Master Cleansing Process)

By Dr. Prafulla S. Dorle


Physiology of Shankha Prakshalana (Master Cleansing Process)

Suffering from constipation or Bloated abdomen or Indigestion or Heaviness of stomach?
Do all of these problems make you uneasy throughout the day?
Here is a solution for you... Master Cleansing or Shankha Prakshalan. This is also called as Varisar Dhauti. This technique is described in ?Gherand Samhita?, a text on Hatha Yoga written by Sage Gherand in 13th Century. Even diseases like diabetes, IBS, Colon related problems can be effectively treated with Master cleansing.

In the process you consume two glasses of salted water with lemon followed by 2 set of 6 exercises. Continue the process till you have consumed 12 to 18 glasses of water. Whenever you feel like, you can empty your bowels in between. The process continues till one see the clear water coming out of colon. Generally this process should be done in presence of medical expert as there are few risks involved in it. Also salt can increase blood pressure during the practice and people suffering from haemorrhages, ulcers of all kinds, pregnancy or menstruation should also not practice this technique.

The water one drinks is not completely absorbed in the stomach and intestines due to increased osmotic pressure of the salty and acidic water. So you may feel dehydrated during the process. But one should not drink plain water as this will be opposite to what we are trying to do.


Cleaning of the digestive system


The salt added to the water increases Osmotic pressure in intestine. It causes cellular water to flow from intestinal cells into the lumen of the intestine. This cellular water carries along with it, toxins and other harmful substances accumulated over years in the intestinal cells. This is called Reverse Osmosis which helps removing toxins from the blood. It normalizes the blood sugar level and blood pressure.

The additives, preservatives and chemicals in the food remains stuck up in the mucus of the intestinal cells. It goes on for years together and interferes in the process of enzyme secretion and absorption of food. Master cleansing helps in removal of this contaminated sticky mucus.

Master cleansing helps in normalizing the peristaltic movement by stimulating the intrinsic nerve plexus of the intestine and the intestinal muscles.

As it is very intensive process on the digestive system, one must give rest to the digestive system by following few of the following restrictions for next 7 days.

1. Do not consume milk or milk related products for next 5 days.
2. No fruits should be consumed for next 5 days.
3. Spicy, oily and fat rich food should be avoided.
 
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Dr. Prafulla Dorle