Stomach Cleansing – Is this Useful or is it Bonkers?

Despite a lot of interest cleansing techniques it is rare to hear of the techniques of stomach cleansing. Perhaps this is due to them being part of traditional yoga cleansing practised by very few people.

The simplest technique is one that is practised first thing in the morning before breakfast!

It is called vamana dhauti although you might find it called kunjal and it consists of drinking 8 or 9 glasses of salty water which of course will bring on a feeling of nausea and likely will produce a vomiting reaction and the entire contents of the stomach will be emptied.

Voila – stomach “cleansing” achieved!

I do not recommend this traditional technique although it is basically not that different from using a Neti pot or doing colonics or using an enema.

There are variations on this stomach cleansing technique and again I do not recommend them! One is to swallow inch by inch either a narrow strip of bandage or a narrow rubber tube. It takes quite some practise to be able to swallow several feet of either. After some time the bandage or tube is removed and rinsed and the stomach has had some mucus etc removed and is declared cleansed.

I have a life long devotion to yoga and have never delved into these traditional “purification” or cleansing techniques. Real yoga is about meditation and living the right lifestyle and these techniques are in my opinion pranks and are rightly all in the history books and I think that is where they should stay.

Here is Dr Oz take on colon cleansing…

The goal of “stomach cleansing” can be achieved for all organs in the body by modern Naturopathic treatment including a high quality vegetarian diet including lots raw juices and natural fibre.


Alex Newell ND

I'm Alex Newell and I am a Physicist who retrained as an Osteopath and Naturopath when my own health began to decline in my 30's. In fact I kept training and asking questions and began writing books and blogging over the last few years. The purpose of this blog, is to help those with an interest in Natural Health Care to improve their health and detox and chelate industrial chemicals out of the brain and body in a safe and effective way. Please feel free to ask questions and contact me

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