Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul: Sustainable Well-Being Through the Ancient Power of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy

Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul: Sustainable Well-Being Through the Ancient Power of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy

by Judith E. Pentz MD
Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul: Sustainable Well-Being Through the Ancient Power of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy

Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul: Sustainable Well-Being Through the Ancient Power of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy

by Judith E. Pentz MD


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Yearning to provide for her clients a healing she could not find in mainstream psychiatric practice, one woman psychiatrist travels to India for an ayurvedic cleanse called panchakarma and reconnects to her soul. That story is woven through this prescriptive book in a way that gently invites readers in to transformative ways to heal what they thought could never be healed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642503784
Publisher: TURNER PUB CO
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Judith E. Pentz, MD, has practiced as an integrative psychiatrist for twenty-eight years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is an assistant professor and attending child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at the University of New Mexico. In fall 2015, her essay, "Botanicals for Depression," was published in the textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention.

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Too many of us have tried just about everything to heal emotional wounds and shift them so they are no longer obstacles to happiness. It’s baffling. If we are actively seeking to change, then why don’t we heal? What if I told you that making a few small changes can make a dramatic, life-altering difference?

What if I told you that you could find healing on the cellular level, so the shifts are long-lasting and transformative?

The magic word: Ayurveda.

It means the knowledge of life. And one little ayurvedic practice—panchakarma—has made all the difference. Let me paint a picture of some of panchakarma’s simple life-giving methods: Imagine massages with warm sesame oil that soothe. Warmed oil gently poured on your forehead, which can bliss you out. Nurturing food served to support your process. These methods have a component beneath them that is reverent of the knowledge of life. The foundation of panchakarma is tender, loving care to our body, mind and soul, something we are short on in these times. Yet the results are not merely temporarily palliative. The methods guide you to find calm so you may come home to your essence. That is what lasts.

All of my life, I have sought a way to return to the soul. I believed this possible for my clients, in my work as an integrative psychiatrist, and I believed this for myself. Yet so often I would see people slip into their old ways of pain, even when they desired to move forward. I’ve always been seeking a way to create change in a sustainable way. I knew there must be a way to unlearn the pain that creates a chronic pattern in the mind and keeps the body a container for the old pain. For a long time, I would see myself and others experience temporary relief or incremental shifts. But I always wondered, is there something deeper, that if I could tap into it, would shift me in such a profound way that I could be changed from the inside out? And from that place, the unfolding would come with ease and joy?

I have found it.

My search has been long, but not without happiness. My search has been difficult, and it took courage. But now I experience a world of greater contentment and infinite possibilities. I feel cleansed and renewed from the inside, in a way that has rejuvenated my spirit and returned me to soul freedom.

Panchakarma touches every cell of your being. Through this book, I weave a narrative of my transformative experience of panchakarma on a trip to India, yet throughout I provide tools and techniques that you can do at home. In each chapter, you will learn more about these tools and how to use them. All of them help support you on your journey to wholeness. They are best done before having panchakarma experience. I did that and I found it to be most helpful. For instance, I know that simply doing shirodhara (slow release of warmed sesame oil on your third eye) once a month creates an incredible sense of calm and bliss that can last for days.

How have I changed, you might ask. I have a deeper awareness of who I am at the essence of my being. Patterns or habits that I once perceived as obstacles or did not even know were part of me have fallen by the wayside. Bringing beauty into my life is most important. Now I walk in the wonder and beauty of life, and I know that at the deepest level, I am changed. I have the capacity to be an observer of the day I am entering so that I am present with the day’s challenges in a more balanced way. When I encounter people who are less than kind, I can now interact and not take their behavior personally. My level of discernment has grown immensely. I know when to separate myself from the toxic space by taking a quick walk outdoors to reconnect with nature. These quick walks aid in my perspective as I hear the birds sing and feel the sun’s warmth on my skin. Then I return. In the past, I found myself triggered in countless ways and found that come evening, I could not recover from the demands of the day. With the aid of my self-care practices and daily ayurvedic rituals, I can maintain my capacity to be present long after these immediate effects from panchakarma.

That’s the power of panchakarma.

Table of Contents

Invitation to the Reader 12

Awakening 16

Introduction 21

What Is Panchakarma, Exactly? 21

Toxins and Chakras 29

Bouncing Back 34

Who Am I Now? 35

Changing Patterns 36

Eight Days to Soul Freedom 38

The Three Doshas 42

The Journey Begins 43

Chapter 1 The Power to Heal 45

Establishing a Routine 49

Before We Begin 54

A Plan 55

Seeking Calm 56

Oleation (Snehana) 60

Bodywork 61

"Cooked" and Invigorated 64

Chapter 2 Day of Transition 68

Basti 76

Elimination 78

The Tiffins 80

Chapter 3 Roller Coaster 86

Morning Rituals 88

An Assessment 91

Nightfall 94

Chapter 4 Bliss 96

Chapter 5 Going Within 110

Encountering India 116

Entering the Quiet 119

Chapter 6 Sweet Clarity 127

Savoring the Experience 132

Soothing My Head 135

The Eve of Virechana 137

Chapter 7 Great Expectations 140

Krishna and Radha 150

The Anticipation 151

Chapter 8 Open, Calm, Eager 153

Day of Rest 156

How Did I Do? 159

Chapter 9 Life Ever After 165

Epilogue: Returning to Life 168

Appendix A 173

Blank Ritual Journal 173

Glossary 180

Appendix B 196

Reasons to Consider PK 196

References 198

Panchakarma 198

Medical Conditions 199

Lung Conditions 199

Diabetes 199

Acknowledgments 200

About the Author 202

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From the Publisher

“Dr. Judith Pentz is a connoisseur of techniques and therapies that have been proven to work over millennia in other cultures. A key example is panchakarma, drawn from the Ayurveda healing tradition of ancient India. In Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul, Dr. Pentz reveals how and why this healing approach has endured over centuries, and how it can benefit those of use in modern cultures as well. If you have an instinctive reluctance toward mind-bending medications, this subtle, gentle way of healing your body mind deserves you attention.”

—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters

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