Purifying Herbs

Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine, or traditional Indian knowledge of life, is based on universally valid principles that have been carefully tested over more than 5000 years of existence.

It teaches us that there is a close connection between all the layers of our being (physical, vital-emotional, psychomental, supramental, spiritual). Also from Ayurveda we know that our individual structure is based on the 3 fundamental vital principles/DOSHA which are: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Their state of balance generates the being’ s health, and their imbalance generates illness. Imbalance of the Doshas results in the generation of toxic residues, called AMA, which pollute the overall being structure and then generate disease.

Symptoms of impurification are: feeling unwell, feeling of undue tiredness, feeling of heaviness in the body, low energy level, lack of mental concentration, disturbances in digestion, assimilation and intestinal transit, disturbance in the quality of physiological waste products of the body (urine, sweat, faeces), unpleasant smell of breath, accentuation of cellulite, heavy complexion or appearance of rashes on the skin, worsening of migraines, dull joint pain, etc.

Purifying actions carried out at one level are reflected, sooner or later, at all other levels of the being. We can thus understand the importance of purification, which carried out at the physic/body level will also lead to purification at the emotional and mental level.

Toxins are eliminated from the body via the body’s physiological waste products, which are urine (derived from blood), sweat (derived from lymph) and faeces. Therefore, by purifying blood, lymph and regulating intestinal transit, we can achieve a state of overall body purification. We can achieve this both with the help of medicinal plants with purifying virtues and with the help of fruit and vegetable juice cures.

Blood purification also cleanses the skin of all rashes caused by toxins in the body, reduces inflammation and joint pain, has an immunostimulant and antioxidant effect. The lymph, a component of the blood, has a different physiological role from the blood. While the blood’s main role is to transport nutrients and oxygen to all the body’s cells, the lymph has an important role in taking up waste products and eliminating them, thus keeping the body ‘clean’ and preventing the onset of disease. It is the lymphatic system that ‘sweeps’ waste from the tissues, collects and destroys toxins, bacteria, abnormal cells in the body and transports immune cells to areas where they are needed. When the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, our body cannot properly eliminate toxins and cannot properly regulate the amount of fluid in the tissues. Poor functioning of the lymphatic system leads over time to weakened immunity, weight gain and some serious conditions such as autoimmune diseases or even cancer. Cellulite is also one such consequence of poor lymph system function. Factors that adversely affect the lymphatic system include exhaustion and lack of rest, sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise, consumption of industrially processed foods that are full of toxic chemical additives and lack of natural raw and fresh foods.

We can achieve effective blood and lymph purification using herbs such as: Nettle leaves (Urtica dioica), Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale), Burdock leaves (Arctium lappa), Chicory root (Cichorium intybus), and Yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium), Echinacea flowers (Echinacea angustifolia), Marigold flowers (Calendula officinalis), Gentian root (Gentiana lutea), the aerial part of the Hyssop plant (Hissopus officinalis), the aerial part of the Cleavers plant (Galium aparine), the aerial part of the Yellow sweet clover plant (Melilotus officinalis), the aerial part of the Chickweed plant (Stellaria media), Lady’s bedstraw flowers (Galium verum), Elder flower (Sambucus nigra), the aerial part of the Wild pansy plant (Viola tricolor), the aerial part of the Agrimony plant (Agrimonia eupatoria), Aloe vera gel, Manjistha root (Rubia cordifolia), Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus), etc.

These herbs are commonly used both as powders taken sublingually and as liquid macerates.

Raw onion, garlic and ginger root can be used in the diet with very good results.

An important purifying action is also provided by fruit (especially citrus) and vegetable juice courses (carrot, parsley – root and leaves, parsnip, celery – root and leaves, cabbage, fennel – bulb and leaves, coriander – fresh leaves, etc.).

During cleansing cures, lymphatic drainage massage or even self-massage (which can be done by means of gentle pressure acting on the lymph node chains) is also recommended.

Some recent studies have confirmed the extraordinary influence of beneficial, creative thinking on lymphatic system well-being. These studies have shown that in human beings who are more often pessimistic, who have a predominantly negative, negative view of life, lymphatic system blockages are more common than in optimists.

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