Ayurvedic Cleansing: How do You Know it is Time For a Body Cleanse?

Dr. Shubham Kharche

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Shubham Kharche


4 min read

Key Takeaways

  • Unexplainable body aches indicate you many need to cleanse your body
  • Gaining weight and stomach ailments are also signs for a body cleanse
  • Proper ayurvedic treatment helps eliminate toxins from the body

Ayurvedic cleaning is one of the traditional methods to eliminate toxins from your body and be protected against diseases. Ayurvedic cleansing helps maintain a harmonic balance between the body and mind. According to Ayurvedic principles, there are five elements in the world that include Vayu, Prithvi, Jala, Teja and Aakash. [1] Various combinations of these five elements give rise to three doshas known as Vata, Kapha and Pitta. Maintaining a proper balance between these three doshas helps in overall well-being. Any kind of imbalance may result in illness. In this regard, experts suggest that you cleanse your body to get rid of all accumulated toxins and restore balance.

To detox the body, Ayurveda follows different Ayurvedic body cleansing techniques that include the following.  

  • Traditional Panchakarma therapy
  • Vasthi
  • Udwarthanam
  • Shirodhara
  • Abhyangam
  • Nasyam
  • Chavutti Thirumal
  • Snehapanam
  • Ksheera Dhoomam

Kapha season, towards the end of winter, creates sluggishness in the body due to accumulation of toxins. This may indicate the need for a body cleanse. Check out these simple signs that suggest your body needs Ayurvedic cleansing.

types of ayurvedic cleansing

Gaining weight 

When there is an accumulation of toxins in the body, your metabolism tends slowdown, which may result in weight gain. In order to prevent these toxins from reaching vital organs, the body starts expanding its fat cells for absorbing them. Thus, it becomes impossible for the body to eliminate these fat cells. The body weight may not reduce despite following a proper eating regime and this is a sign to cleanse your body. [2]

Suffering from body aches 

The buildup of excessive toxic waste in the body can cause fever and inflammation. This is mainly due to excess heat generated by the body that can result in body aches thereby indicating the need for an Ayurvedic cleanse.

Sleeping restlessly  

If you are unable to sleep continuously at night, then it is ideal to go in for Ayurvedic body cleansing. Lack of proper sleep can result in lack of energy on waking up and stiffness in joints and muscles.

Experiencing stomach bloating 

Bowel movements may become irregular due to accumulation of toxins in the body. Irregular bowels may result in constipation or stomach bloating. You are prone to face indigestion problems as well. All these signs are well indicative of the fact that it is time for a body cleanse.

Additional readAyurvedic Treatment for Constipation: 5 Simple Home Remedies 

Coating around the tongue 

Your tongue can be viewed as a diagnostic tool to understand what’s going on in the body. A tongue of a slight pink color is a healthy indicator of your body condition. However, if you notice a thick white coating around the tongue, it clearly indicates that there is an accumulation of toxins in the body.

Emitting bad odor or breath 

Bad breath is yet another indication that your body needs Ayurvedic cleansing. Bad odor is a sign that toxins are built up in the body.

Feeling extremely tired after having a meal 

You may notice that in spite of having a wholesome nutritious diet, you feel lethargic. However, this shouldn’t be the situation as a healthy diet ideally makes you feel energized and refreshed. This means that body is not able to digest food properly and the undigested residues is being converted into toxic substances. This is a clear sign that there is an excessive accumulation of toxins in the body and the body needs a thorough cleanse.

Additional readHow to Improve your Diet and Lifestyle with these Simple Ayurvedic Tips

Apart from restoring mental calmness, a body cleanse is essential to rejuvenate and energize the cells in your body. This also strengthens the body’s innate mechanism to fight against infections.

Following an Ayurvedic treatment plan that includes Ayurvedic cleaning may lead to you noticing certain signs your body is detoxing. This includes feeling fatigue, nausea, sweating or shivering. If this happens, don’t be alarmed, unless the symptoms worsen. On experiencing fever, vomiting or anxiety, book an appointment with an Ayurvedic doctor. You can find one near you within minutes on Bajaj Finserv Health. This way you can use a holistic approach to attend to your concerns and stay healthy.

Published on 11 Aug 2021Last updated on 12 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198827/
  2. https://www.keralaayurveda.biz/blog/6-signs-its-time-to-cleanse

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Dr. Shubham Kharche

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Shubham Kharche

, BAMS 1


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