Detoxifications has a profound effect on your Agni (your digestive fire) and your Agni controls more than just your physical digestion, it also plays a pivotal role in the way you deal with, or digest your emotions.
We have all heard the phrase “totally constipated” when referring to somebody who is stuck up, tense and short-tempered.
They certainly aren’t talking about a person’s bowel movements, but are instead referring to their temperament and emotional state of being.
It has now been conclusively proven that the state of one’s digestive health directly affects one’s state of mind.
Certified scientific research has shown that ninety-five per cent (95%) of your body’s serotonin is housed and found in your gut, so your gut is quite literally your second brain!
Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilises our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. It impacts your entire body.
It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. It helps regulate your mood and appetite, and control your body temperature.
Your gut or “second brain” actually contains one hundred million neurons, which is far more than you have in your peripheral nervous system or even your spinal cord, so it stands to reason that digestive health would have a significant impact on your mental health.
Detoxification and Digestive Health
A healthily maintained gut equates to a healthy, balanced mind. When your digestive system is functioning perfectly, you experience mental clarity, patience, confidence, joy, enthusiasm and a zest for life.
However, when you have a digestive system that is out of balance, you may suffer from feelings of indecisiveness, depression, confusion, impatience, annoyance, anxiety, social withdrawal or physical sickness or disease, depending on your doshic makeup and constitution.
Well before it was established by conventional science, Ayurvedic science knew that digestion plays a distinct control factor in mental health.
Modern research has repeatedly confirmed this and has also linked poor digestion to mental disorders such as hyperactivity, attention deficit syndrome and even autism.
Your Agni has numerous emotional functions attached to it, in Ayurveda, they are named and listed as.
- Dhariyam: stability, endurance, patience, and mental agility and balance.
- Shauryam: courage, bravery and confidence.
- Harshna: Laughter, joyfulness, good cheer and happiness.
- Buddhikara: Mental reasoning, discrimination and logical thought.
- Raga: A colourful personality, enthusiasm, affection and general interest in life.
- Medhakara: Inter-cellular communication and intelligence.
Disturbed Digestive Health
However, when ones Agni is disturbed or imbalanced, one can experience the exact opposite of all the emotional functions listed above. In Ayurveda, the are know to be assocciated with a particular dosha, they are named and listed as.
- Ashauryam: Vata related: Anxiety, fear.
- Aharshna: Kapha related: Sadness, depression.
- Adhirata: Pitta related: Sloppiness or impatience.
Medhahara: Which can be related to any of the Dosha’s: a lack of intercellular communication, which causes a variety of illness, including cancer.
- Buddhihara: Vata related: Indecisiveness
- Vishada: Vata related: Absent-mindedness, confusion and inconsistency
- Viraga: Kapha related: Depression or withdrawal
The Gut, Ghee and Prana
Why does detoxification plays such a vital part in Ayurvedic health? It cleans and detoxes your doshas.
Be it ghee fasting, a brief water diet, or a juice diet or just a just a general intermittent fast.
The greatest Ayurveda integrates all aspects of the individual; mind, body, and soul.
Many of Ayurveda’s most potent treatments focus directly on the gut. This area of the body (the gut, navel, and colon) support a major marma point (behind the navel) connecting a network of thousands of the body’s vibrational channels (nadis) which carry prana or life energy.
It is also the seat of the third chakra (Manipura) which influences willpower and individual ego.
On the physical level, detoxification treatment helps to reduce digestive and elimination problems.
Ghee and oil are used widely in Ayurvedic detox, both internally and externally, as both capture and pull out physical toxins, negative energy, and balance all the doshas.