Ayurvedic Cleanse: How to Reset Health in 4 Days

Ayurvedic Cleanse: How to Reset Health in 4 Days

By on September 19, 2016

Question: When is it time for an Ayurvedic Cleanse?

Answer: When digestion is weak, lymph is stagnant, and toxins have circulated and deposited in the deeper tissues of the body.

There’s a feeling of waking up groggy, tired, and stiff…and without an Ayurvedic Cleanse, these symptoms will tend to worsen and develop into more serious conditions over time.

…but this pathology can be reversed, toxins can be safely removed from the body, these symptoms can be eliminated, digestive and lymphatic health can be restored, and more serious conditions can be avoided with the support of an Ayurvedic cleanse.

Here are some of the common symptoms:

  • Allergies
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Breast Swelling/Tenderness
  • Swollen/Cold/Sore Hands or Feet
  • Cellulite
  • Fatigue
  • Mental “Fog”
  • Itchy Skin
  • Joint Discomfort
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Scratchy Throat
  • Frequent Colds
  • Water Retention


What Is An Ayurvedic Cleanse?

An Ayurvedic cleanse can range from a short 4-day home program for beginners (like Everyday Ayurveda’s program), to a longer 14-day home program (like LifeSpa’s Colorado Cleanse program), or a complete Panchakarma program within a clinical setting.

The 5 main elements of an Ayurvedic cleanse include:

  1. Non-Fat Kitchari Diet
  2. Oleation Therapy
  3. Herbal Protocol
  4. Hydration Therapy
  5. Purgation Therapy

Non-Fat Kitchari Diet

Kitchari is an Ayurvedic miracle food made from basmati rice, split yellow mung dal, and spices. It’s full of protein, easy to digest, and helps heal the digestive tract and intestinal mucosa.

Kitchari is the food staple during an Ayurvedic cleanse, and may even be eaten exclusively as a mono-diet. A non-fat kitchari is eaten during the cleanse to support the body’s movement into fat metabolism and detox of toxins and old emotions stored in the fat. This process is further supported by eating just 3 meals per day without snacking, and the biggest meal eaten mid-day.

RECIPE: Non-Fat Cleansing Kitchari
Recipe_ Non-Fat Cleansing Kitchari

During an Ayurvedic Cleanse, we use a non-fat kitchari recipe that supports the body’s transition into fat metabolism and detoxification.

This recipe can also be used for short periods of kitchari mono-diet programs to give the digestive system a chance to rest and heal.

Kitchari is made from white basmati rice and split yellow mung dal. Unlike other beans, mung is free of virtually all “flatulence factors” so it won’t cause gas. White basmati rice is used because it is the easiest to digest. Together, they create a tasty filling complete food to help restore your health.


Oleation Therapy

Oleation therapy is the Ayurvedic term for the external and internal application of oil to lubricate the body and support the transportation of toxins back to the digestive tract through the lymph.

Although other oils (such as coconut) may be used, the most preferred substance for internal oleation is clarified butter, or “ghee.” This ghee is taken in increasing dosages each morning of an Ayurvedic cleanse to help the body transition into a state of fat metabolism. It helps nourish and heal the digestive tract and deeper tissues, and it draws heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins back to the digestive tract to be flushed.

Herbal Protocol

There are generally two categories of herbs taken during an Ayurvedic cleanse: digestive herbs and detox herbs.

Digestive herbs are taken before meals to stoke the digestive fire (agni), and detox herbs are taken after meals to support cleansing of the lymph, blood, liver, and fat. The specific herbs used depend on an individual’s unique constitution (prakruti) and current state of imbalance (vikruti).

Hydration Therapy

It’s important to drink water to help soften the intestinal tract, support assimilation of the ghee throughout the system, and keep the lymphatic system and all of the cells of the body hydrated during an Ayurvedic cleanse.

There are two specific strategies:

  1. Drinking half of your ideal body weight in fluid ounces of room temperature or warm water each day. (i.e. If your ideal body weight is 140 lbs, you’d aim to drink 70 oz of water.)
  2. Sipping small amounts of hot water a few times each hour.

Purgation Therapy

On the final evening of an Ayurvedic cleanse, a laxative is given to flush all of the accumulated toxins out of the digestive tract.

The body is left feeling light and clean, but it is important to follow post-cleanse protocol over the days to come that will help restore digestive strength. This often includes a gradual increase in the complexity of food eaten, and an increased dosage of digestive herbs before meals for a few days. This is also a great time to repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria from healthy fermented foods and probiotics.

Remember, it’s not what we do from time-to-time, but what we do everyday that determines our long-term health. Ideally, an Ayurvedic cleanse is also a chance to reset our daily habits with the Everyday Practices.

How to Start an Ayurvedic Cleanse and Reset Health in 4 Days

For beginners who are ready to try a simple cleanse that can safely be done at home, we’ve created our Ayurvedic Cleanse program. It can be done any time of year, but is especially beneficial during the change of seasons, going into the spring or fall.

Click the banner below to learn more and get started!

AYURVEDIC CLEANSE: 4-Day Home Cleanse Program

Ayurvedic Cleanse


About Jacob Griscom

Jacob Griscom is the President of Everyday Ayurveda and Director of the Grow Your Ayurvedic Business program, the leading program for Ayurveda practitioners to grow thriving professional Ayurveda practices.

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