Ayurvedic Seasonal Cleanse – How Can I Detox My Body With Ayurveda?
While you can help cleanse your body naturally with foods every day, spring is a special time for an ayurvedic seasonal cleanse. In American culture we think of spring cleaning for our homes, and probably eating lighter to lose some winter pounds, but we can also learn from other traditions that incorporate a spring cleanse. For example, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which suggests certain foods for each season, spring is associated with the liver, so it is a great time for a liver-focused cleanse. Here in America we can incorporate different healing traditions to make a “melting pot” cleanse.
Traditional Cleansing Herbs
This Chinese herb can disperse Qi and clear heat from the liver, as well as help someone go with the flow of life. Like many herbs for spring cleansing in the Chinese tradition, this is a liver-specific herb. Planetary Herbals makes Bupleurum Liver Cleanse, which is an ideal formula for spring that combines Eastern formulation principles with some Western herbs.
Triphala is actually a combination of three berries, but the formula has been so effective that it is one of the best-known remedies from the Ayurvedic tradition. It is primarily a bowel cleanser, but helps to cleanse the liver and blood as well. The great thing about Triphala is that it is not like many other stimulant laxatives. It is gentle and not addictive to the bowels. This can be an issue with herbs like senna if they used for extended periods of time. Triphala tonifies the GI tract as it stimulates it, which means it will help digestion and elimination stay strong in the long term, not just during the course of a cleanse.
Psyllium seeds are the seeds of some plants in the Plantago genus. It also goes by the name of plantain (but a different plantain than the banana-like fruits). Plantago plants grow all over the world. Psyllium has a history of use in many countries around the world, including the U.S., India, China, and Europe. The husks of the seeds are very fibrous. They form bulk in the GI tract, which helps move stool out of the system. At the same time, this property can help in cases of diarrhea, since it can bulk up watery stool. This makes psyllium seed husk a great cleansing remedy for anyone with digestive issues.
Milk thistle seed is widely known as an amazing liver cleanser. It inhibits toxins from binding to the liver; so well, in fact, that it is in use in Europe, and experimentally in the U.S., to treat mushroom poisoning. Milk thistle has been in use for thousands of years. It was mentioned by Pliny, and included in Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, Matthiolus’ Book of Herbs in 1626, and Lonicerus Book of Herbs in 1679. Its excellent track record for detoxing the liver with very few reports of side effects ensures that it will continue to be used in people’s liver cleansing regimens.
Use These Traditional Herbs Separately Or In Combination To Cleanse As People Have For Thousands Of Years!