Recently heard alot about ” Dopamin detox” as how abstinence from desire and devices will lead to setting mind in balance, refreshed and rejuvenated. So being an Ayurveda practitioner i wanted to bring Ayurveda perspective into light about this.
Ages before our hrishis knew that controlling senses can lead to great health benefits so they added many scientific ideas of keeping health to our tradition and named them as DHARMA. Dharma litterally means a person’s riteous duty towards his body , mind, family and society.
Many concepts of once a day fasting, once a month fasting , shravan fasting (one month fasting) , chaaturmaas ( four month fasting) were started with an idea of mind and body detox. So you stay away from food and desires and spend time in temple. Temple was a place outside the village, away from everyone, with peace, cool envirnment inside to spend the day in devine thoughts.
But when you are ill or due to irregular routines , stress ….. body accumulates toxins inside so in such a situation only fasting will not help…….so our rishis formulated PANCHAKARMA. In panchakarma you achieve mind as well as body detox.
In panchakarma, you stay in isolated places near to nature in clean clear environment, away from devices so mind detox is achieved. For 15 days you are served only health food and only in the amount required for surviving so your body detox starts.
How PANCHAKARMA works?
In PANCHAKARMA, your digestive system is used for purification….suppose a machine is to be put on for purification mode then its basic function should be stopped…..in same ways….if your digestive system is to be used for purification…then its everyday eating should be minimised to eating only that much food which is required to survive….then only our digestive system will get time to remove out toxins.
In first 15 days (purification part of Panchakarma) , basic food is given, medicinal ghee is given in large amount which will work for removing toxins from body. Patients is asked to follow abstinence and no desires and devices. Anything which increases your food requirement is also avoided like even exercise is avoided.
In next 15 days ( strengthening part of Panchakarma), you are given healthy diet and taught all forms of yoga and meditation and medicated ghee for strengthening body is given….this is called RASAYAN which increases your body and mind strength and vigour.
So Panchakarma proves to be benefiting a person with dopamin detox as well body purification and strengthening