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Intestinal Wash (Audio)
Date: Mar 11, 2009
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A more thorough and taxing method than basti (yogic
enema) for cleansing the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the
or the intestinal
wash, which entails drinking a large quantity
of salted water. The salt prevents immediate digestion, and the water passes
through the entire digestive tract, flushing everything in the digestive
system out with it.
This procedure has been used by yoga
practitioners for many centuries, and something similar to it is used in
modern times to evacuate the digestive tract before a major medical
procedure such as surgery.
Dhauti should not be
done often. It depletes the system of natural biochemicals much more than
basti does. Weekly would be considered to be very often for dhauti, and even
monthly may be considered frequent for this procedure. Several times per
year, at most, is a more balanced approach to its use.
To perform dhauti, we
drink two quarts or liters of salted water (two teaspoons of salt per quart
or liter) slowly but steadily glass by glass over about fifteen minutes.
Doing some light nauli (see
Lesson 129) between glasses of water is okay
to aid in the inner flow. Then lie down on the left side (for best flow
through intestines) for 20 minutes. Then go to the toilet, if the urge has
not sent you there already.
It is best to plan on at
least 30 minutes of eliminating off and on, and then lie down and rest
afterward. The salt causes the water to pass straight through the entire GI
tract for a big flush out. Besides the cleansing, this procedure can be
temporarily depleting, due to the loss of biochemicals and vital essences in
the GI tract.
In truth, basti (yogic enema see Lesson
314) is a more practical method. It can be
done much more easily and quickly on a daily basis, if desired that often,
and is not depleting. In fact, basti will increase the flow of inner energy,
once ecstatic conductivity begins to arise in the neurobiology. Basti
stimulates higher digestion in the GI tract, upstream from the colon,
whereas dhauti temporarily suspends all digestion until the GI tract
recovers from being completely flushed out. This is why it is recommended to
use dhauti sparingly, particularly when ecstatic conductivity is on the
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