Stomach Cleanse - Kunjal Kriya
Preparation: Wash the hands and make sure the nails are carefully trimmed.
Prepare about 2 litres of lukewarm (body temperature) water per person, adding I teaspoonful of salt per litre according to taste.
Technique I: Kunjal Kriya (the practice of vomiting water) Stand near a sink or toilet, or if the weather is warm, in a suitable place outside in the garden or near an open drain. Drink at least 6 glasses ofthe prepared water, one after the other, as quickly as possible, until the stomach cannot hold any more. It is most important to drink fast and not just sip the water.
When the stomach is full, the urge to vomit will occur automatically. Lean forward, keeping the trunk as horizontal as possible. Open the mouth and place the middle and index fingers ofthe right hand as far back on the tongue as possible. Gently rub and press the back ofthe tongue. This should induce the water to gush out from the stomach. If there is no expulsion of water, it means the tips of the fingers are not far enough down the throat or that the tongue is not being pressed. The more the practitioner relaxes into the practice, the easier it will be. During the expulsion ofwater the fingers may be removed from the mouth, although this is not necessary. When the flow of water ceases, again place the fingers in the mouth and repeat the process. Continue in this way until the stomach is empty.
Precaution: When the vomiting reflex ceases to bring up any water, stop the technique as it is a sure sign that the stomach is empty. These techniques remove some of the stomach lining, leaving it temporarily vulnerable. For this reason, it is advised to eat a light meal halfan hour after completion of the practice.
Contra-indications: These practices should not be performed by people suffering from hernia, high blood pressure, raised intracranial pressure, heart disease, stroke, acute peptic ulcer or by diabetics with eye problems. They are not recommended during pregnancy.
Benefits: These techniques tone and stimulate all the abdomi nal organs by inducing strong muscular contractions in the stomach walls. Excess mucus is removed, helping respiratory functions.
Practice note: Plain water may be used on the advice of a competent teacher. Salt water, however, dissolves mucus and also inhibits the secretion of acid in the stomach, making it generally preferable, and a must for those suffering from excess mucus and hyperacidity.
The biggest obstacle to these techniques is the mental block which people have towards the idea of vomiting. Some people are unable to bring up the water at first. The water in the stomach will then simply pass through the system in the normal way.
The expelled water might be discoloured, especially on the first few attempts. This can be caused by fermented food particles, bile or mucus from the stomach. When the stomach is completely clean, the water will become clear. Gaja kriya is an advanced form of kunjal. In this practice, the water is expelled from the stomach by contracting the abdominal muscles. This action requires practice and good control over the muscles of the stomach.