The Indian name of this remarkable method does not have any analogs and reflects its essence very precisely. “Shank Prakshalana” means “the effect of a shell”, because during this procedure water freely flows through the gastrointestinal tract as through a shell. In this method, a person drinks water and then makes it pass through all the parts of the intestine and go out through the anus by performing special exercises.
All the methods described above have limited application. Enemas do not have any effect on the small intestine and laxatives do not clean the large intestine very effectively. Meanwhile, the state of our intestine has a significant influence on our health, well-being and working efficiency. Here is a list of most common diseases, caused by rotting of fecal masses stuck in the intestine: stomach and duodenal ulcer, cirrhosis of liver, chronical arthritis, cancer, anemia, chronical dysentery, kidney stones, neuritis, allergies, chronic genital and bladder infections, chronic and acute appendicitis, spleen and liver hypertrophy, neurotic and psychical disorders, insomnia, sciatica, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and various skin diseases.
Shank Prakshalana cleans all the compartments of gastrointestinal tract. Even an intestine full of hard feces and gases becomes absolutely clean after two or three procedures.
In case of intestinal parasites, the majority of helminths are removed, sometimes in people that did not even think they had some. Complete cure is achieved through the second cleansing or increasing of volume of water used in the procedure. In this case, Prakshalana can be done several times with one week interval.
Shank Prakshalana is performed on an empty stomach, normally in the morning. It takes 40-45 minutes for a prepared person, but in the first times it usually takes around 3-4 hours. Moreover, sometimes you will need to use bathroom in following hours as well, so it is better to conduct this procedure in the weekend.
Cleansing is performed with salty water. Water should be of a room temperature or a bit warmed up till body temperature. Such water does not deprive you of energy and is absorbed much slower that the warmer one. However, some sources recommend performing Shank Prakshalana with very hot water, so that you could drink it without burning yourself. Cold water should not be used as it can deal significant damage to your inner organs.
A full tea spoon of salt is dissolved in a liter of water. It is practical to prepare three-four liters at once, as with a smaller quantity you will end up losing speed. Salt is added to water to limit its absorption in the stomach and intestine.
Passage of water through the gastrointestinal tract is ensured with special exercises. There are four of them and they should be performed sequentially and non-stop. The technique is very simple and is available for anyone who does at least some physical activity.
EXERCISE 1. BENDING TO THE SIDES
1. Stand straight, keep your feet apart from each other and parallel to your shoulders. The distance between feet depends on your height, if you put them too close or two far the effect might not be reached.
2. Interlock your fingers and raise your hands up above your head. Stretch up a little.
3. Bend to the right, keeping your body vertical without bending forward.
4. Without stopping, go back to the initial position and bend to the left. Your head should be always kept between your arms. In the extreme positions the side surface of your body will stretch a little.
5. Quickly, without stopping, bend to the right and to the left, 4 times each side. You will not spend more than 10 seconds to do it.
Bending opens the pylorus and water can pass from the stomach to the duodenum.
EXERCISE 2. TURNING TO THE SIDES
1. Stand straight; keep your feet apart and parallel to your shoulders.
2. Raise your left arm to the side to the same level as your shoulder. Raise your right arm, bending it in the elbow, and place your fingers on the left clavicle. The right elbow should be levelled with the shoulder.
3. Turn your body and head to the left, moving your left arm back. Look at the tips of your fingers.
4. Without staying in the extreme left position for long, turn to the other side. While passing through the initial position change your arms. Now the right arm should be stretched to the side and the left hand should be placed on the right clavicle.
5. Quickly, without stopping, repeat turns to the left and right, 4 times each side. All the movements should be performed in around 10 seconds.
Turning makes water come through the duodenum to the large intestine.
EXERCISE 3. TURNS IN THE PLANK
1. Place yourself in a horizontal position, like a plank. Keep your feet apart depending on your height, as in the previous exercises. Bend your back bringing your head up, but do not exaggerate. Your pelvis should not be touching the floor. This is the initial position.
2. Turn your head to the right to look on your left heel. Your shoulders should not be moving, just your head. Meanwhile, one half of your belly is drawn inside and this is what gives the effect.
3. Without staying in this position for long, go back to the initial position and turn left.
4. Make 4 turns to each side. This should take from 10 to 15 seconds.
Later, the exercises are performed with your eyes closed, so you do not really look on your heels.
This exercise makes water move through the small intestine.
EXERCISE 4. SQUEEZING THE ABDOMEN
1. Stand straight; put your feet approximately one and a half times wider than the shoulder-width. Stretch your arms to the sides and clench your hands into fists.
2. Turn to the right, rotating both feet 90 degrees to the right. Start bending while turning and, in the final position, press your right hip with your belly. Meanwhile, your left knee should approach the floor and your left arm should be placed behind your right leg. Try pressing even the left side of your belly with your hip by turning your body to the right.
You can place your right hand on the left knee, as it will make this movement easier.
3. Go back to the initial position and repeat the turn, making it to the left side this time and pressing the left hip with your belly.
4. Perform this exercise 4 times for each side. These movements will take you around 15-20 seconds.
Water passes through the large intestine.
All four exercises should be mastered before starting the procedure, so that you would not get confused in the process. Usually it is enough to repeat them a couple of times.
Description of the process
1. Drink a glass of salty water and perform the set of movements. All four exercises should be done in a row without stopping.
2. Drink the second glass of water and repeat the movements. Drink a couple of glasses in a row repeating the set of movements after each of them.
3. When you feel the need to use the bathroom, empty your bowels.
4. Drink another glass of water and repeat the movements. If you do not feel like going to the toilet, drink one more glass and do the exercises again.
5. Drink water, repeating the set of movements after each glass, and go to the toilet whenever you want. Normally, people try to empty their bowels after each glass of water, but you do not need to control that too much.
Continue doing so until the water ejected becomes clean (usually it is slightly yellow because of bile). Depending on the stage of pollution, it can take you from 8 to 15 glasses of water.
6. After achieving the necessary result, drink two glasses of room temperature water without the addition of salt and throw up. This will clean the stomach and close the pylorus.
7. After cleansing the stomach do not eat anything for at least 30 minutes, but not longer than an hour. It is necessary to eat some food after 30 minutes and before one hour. People adapted for the excess of salt and with experience in fasting are able to not eat anything after Prakshalana for a long time and even start a fasting cycle this way.
1. Sometimes people are not able to open the pylorus immediately. In this case water does not leave the stomach causing a feeling of heaviness and the abdomen increases in size. If this happens, you can repeat the set of exercises 2-3 times in a row. Sometimes, it is even needed to perform the movements two times after each glass of water.
You can try to make the passage of water easier by drinking half a liter of warm water (not tea!) with 2-3 teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before the start of procedure.
2. Usually, the first evacuation occurs naturally. However, sometimes it happens that a gas block or fecal masses impede the normal cleansing process. If there is no result after 6-7 glasses of water, you should repeat the set of exercises several times without drinking. Then drink another glass and repeat the movements again.
If there is still no result, a small enema should be performed. As soon as the pylorus is activated for the first time, there are usually no more problems afterwards and the following evacuations happen automatically.
3. If the water still does not pass through the intestine, but it leaves the stomach, you can continue drinking water and doing the exercises. If your stomach is overfilled, do not drink water, but continue repeating the movements. When tired, you can lie for a couple of minutes, relax and then continue. Sooner or later (depending on the condition of the intestine) the result will be achieved. Water is absorbed very slowly; it does not have where to go to, so sooner or later it will pass through the whole intestine.
However, if you have already drunk 3-4 liters, performed an enema and there is still no desire to use the toilet, you can stop the procedure and cleanse your stomach by throwing up, or just wait for the water to absorb.
4. After every time you go to the toilet, it is recommended to wash your intimate parts with warm water. If the anal mucosa is irritated from salt, you can pass some vegetable oil on your anus after washing it.
5. After the end of the procedure, there is still some water left in the intestine, so you will have to use the toilet a couple more times. You should not drink anything before you eat for the first time; otherwise, the water consumed will pass through the intestine on its own and be evacuated. Even after eating it is better to not drink anything for some time.
6. It is not recommended to leave the gastrointestinal tract empty for a more than an hour. The first meal usually consists of buckwheat or rice with butter. It is recommended to use clarified butter, but any that you like will do. Such meal contributes to good functioning of liver and pancreas, it absorbs the excess of salt and balances your Dosha. It should be cooked in water, without salt or sugar, until very soft. It is better to not eat anything else during the first meal.
7. Salty water attracts liquid to the intestinal walls, which is a part of the cleansing procedure. Therefore, unless you feel too thirsty, it is better not to drink anything for two hours after a meal. Afterwards, you can drink water, weak herbal teas (mint, linden, chamomile etc.), mineral water, weak tea etc. Coffee and cacao are not recommended in the first day.
8. The second meal should be taken not earlier than in three hours. In this day, it is not recommended to eat meat, fish, milk and sour-milk products, cottage cheese, sweets and pastry or to combine fruits with other food. Starting from the second meal, you can eat grains, vegetables, bread and cheese. Next day it is better to not consume animal food and sweets. During the procedure all the intestinal microflora, both good and bad, is removed. The nature of food consumed in the first day defines what kind of microflora will be formed. Healthy food and positive energy help to restore the optimal microflora. For this purpose, you should control the compatibility of foods and maybe it is worthy to not eat fruits during this day.
9. Shank Prakshalana makes your muscles work quite a lot, so muscular pains are common in this day and the next one. In this case, it is better to not do any other physical activities in these two days.
10. Shank Prakshalana is performed when necessary. As a preventive measure it is recommended to perform it once in three months, as the seasons change. However, you can do it more often. There is a special rejuvenation method involving daily performance of Shank Prakshalana during the period of one to three weeks.
Dhirendra Brahmachari, director of National Institute of Yoga in Deli, recommends performing this procedure every 15 days. Yet for this you need to be really enthusiastic and passionate about it.
Shank Prakshalana should not be done by people currently suffering from acute gastric ulcer, acute dysentery and other acute diseases of digestive organs (colitis, gastritis, pancreatitis, appendicitis etc.), as well as tuberculosis and intestine cancer. However, cases of curing these diseases with Shank Prakshalana have been reported.
The procedure should also not be performed during menstruation, as well as in case of fever, high pressure or heart pains. After three-days starving, it can be performed the earliest in a week, and after a week of fasting – not earlier than in a month.
The gastrointestinal tract is completely cleaned from all the waste, including that glued to the intestinal walls which cannot be removed during normal defecation. The intestine becomes pristinely clean, what can be noticed even by the structure of stool.
In this connection the following was said: “Positive effects will not be noticed in the next day, they will not be obvious, however they will soon reflect on the freshness of breath, cause better sleep and cleaner skin. A diet with no excess of meat will make even the strongest body smells disappear and the face color will become clearer. This procedure is not only “removing”, it also tones one up. It stimulates the liver, which can also be noticed by the color of first feces, and other glands connected to the gastrointestinal tract, especially the pancreas.
Text: from the book A.Eddar “Treatise of nutrition”.