Vaman Dhauti

Food Restrictions

Ideally for a month after the practice, all chemically processed, synthetic, pungent, spicy, acidic and rich foods should be avoided. No pickles, sweets, chocolates, ice-creams or soft drinks should be consumed. Milk, buttermilk, yogurt and all fruits, especially acidic fruits such as lemons, grapefruits, oranges or pineapples are strictly not advised.

Alcohol, cigarettes, tea, coffee, betel nut preparations,  and any type of intoxicant or drug should not be taken.

The diet should be as pure, simple, fresh and neutral as possible. It may include foods such as rice, wheat, bread, vegetables, with a low acidic content, nuts, lentil, and other pulses. Afther the Kriya the digestive system is very vulnerable and extra care should be taken to protect it.

Contra-Indications for Vaman Dhauti Kriya

This kriya should not be performed by those suffering from hernia, high bold pressure, raised intracranial pressure, heart disease, stroke, acute peptic ulcer or diabetes with eye problems. It is also not recommended during pregnancy.

Benefits for Vaman Dhauti Kriya

This Kriya tones and stimulates all the abdominal organs by inducing strong muscular contractions in the stomach walls. Excess mucus is removed helping respiratory functions. It helps produce a balanced acid and alkaline ratio in the stomach and is especially useful in the management of belatedness, indigestion, acid reflux and flatulence.  It also helps to release pent up emotions and emotional blocks or feelings of heaviness in the heart caused by inner or external conflicts and pressure.

~ adapted from, “Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, S.S. Sarawati (2008). Bihar, India.