Shankha Prakshalana – yogic practice of bowel cleansing (part 1)
Shankha (Skt. Shankha) – means “mollusk shell”, prakshalana (Skt. Prakshalana) – complete washing, purification. Shankha-Prakshalana (SHP) – the practice of cleansing the gastrointestinal tract. Ancient people were observant: mollusks wash their shell, sucking and pushing water out with muscular effort. The common name for SHP is translated as “Shell gesture”. The SH procedure consists of drinking salted water, performing a series of special exercises that push water through the digestive tract until it is evacuated through the anus, and following the instructions for a subsequent diet that ensures the formation of pristine microflora. Thus, this is a natural, reliable, simple and soft method removing accumulated toxins and cleansing the entire digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.
Why flush the intestines?
Do you know the general feeling of apathy, lethargy? Do you know about constipation and other digestive disorders by hearsay? Are you sick often – weak immunity? Girls regularly suffer from vaginal candidiasis (thrush)? Want to start eating right and start a weight loss program? – all these are direct indications to the Shankha-Prakshalan.
A part of the nervous system that controls autonomously (without our conscious intervention) by internal organs is called autonomic. Until recently, traditionally distinguished 2 departments in the autonomic nervous system – Sympathetic (responsible for the excitement of the “run-and-run” excitement) and Parasympathetic (responsible for the processes of general inhibition, “lie down, sleep”.) Management of the digestive system was “due” to the parasympathetic department of the autonomic nervous system system. But due to the complexity of regulation and the huge number of interconnections in recent years, the THIRD department of the autonomic nervous system, which is exclusively responsible for digestion, metasympathetic, has been increasingly found. The autonomous regulation of digestive processes is so complex that the intestines can be likened to a “digestive brain”. This “autonomous” brain coordinates not only digestive activity, but also affects blood pressure, the formation of hormones of the immune system and psychoactive substances (serotonin and dopamine), on which our emotional state depends.
The digestive tract is a unique biological factory that continuously produces materials for building and nourishing the cells of our body. A famous aphorism says: “We are what we eat.” Shankha-Prakshalana is a method to bring this factory to a clean, pristine state. Drawing an analogy with a computer, this is a reinstallation of the digestive system. And if you consciously embarked on a creative path of self-improvement, Shankha-Prakshalana will easily allow you to make a qualitative transition that opens up new opportunities for further work with your own consciousness, because “in a pure body is a pure spirit” if you rephrase the famous saying 🙂
ATTENTION! Shankha-Prakshalana is a powerful tool, it should be used strictly as necessary, performed correctly, pay attention to contraindications – otherwise you risk harming your health. Therefore, it makes sense for the first time to do the practice under the supervision of an experienced instructor.
The food that we eat – alas, is far from perfect environmental friendliness and is not always easy for our body to absorb. We add here the environmental factor and emotional stresses – we get the accumulation of toxins and poisons in the body. The main “repository” of these toxins is the intestines. Slags create favorable conditions for the development of putrefactive processes and “bad” bacteria. Normally, the total weight of the intestinal microflora of a healthy person is several kilograms (up to 3x!). The vital products of microflora make up a significant part of the feces removed from the body. Complete removal of microflora from the intestine (or its destruction as a result of antibiotic abuse) leads to a serious disease – dysbiosis. In addition, in the intestinal microflora there is a delicate balance between beneficial bacteria and bacteria – parasites (for example, E. coli, fecal streptococcus and various strains of yeast). Useful bacteria are especially vulnerable to the action of laxatives and antibiotics. As a result, uncontrolled reproduction of bacteria – parasites and, especially, yeast, leading to poisoning of the body and a number of diseases among which the most common yeast infections.
The correct practice of the Shankh Prashalany removes toxins and bacteria from the body, with the subsequent restoration of good intestinal microflora.
The consequence of the practice is the normal full-value assimilation of food.