Updated: Dec 9, 2020
More common than the physical pains of any withdrawal are the psychological and emotional symptoms. Making it through withdrawal can of course be greatly aided by purifying, cleansing foods which assist in the discharge of toxins on all levels.
Purification is not solely a physical or emotional matter; it entails purification of the mind, which ultimately includes inner development, attention, and wisdom. In nearly all cultures, fasting is accompanied by prayer or similar rituals, Very few of us have ever thoroughly purified ourselves or developed higher faculties of awareness, but individuals who have accomplished both have a unique quality; they are able to accept difficulties that others find intolerable. This capacity is an indication that they have worked through major emotional obstructions and experienced deep discharges...
Residues in the body from either medicinal or recreational drugs are very often stored throughout a persons life in the liver, brain, and other tissues. Examples include such common drugs as alcohol, cannabis, LSD, tranquilizers, pain relief drugs, birth control, and antibiotics. The residues of these drugs either accumulate directly, or the reactions they produce in the body result in a buildup of toxic by products.
A grain and vegetable diet supplemented with green foods helps remove drug residues. When there has been prolonged use, an excellent remedy is the herb chaparral (Larrea divaricata). To remove intoxicant and drug-related deposits with chaparral, take it only once a day for twenty days, then take a week off; daily consumption is then repeated for an additional twenty days. If the powder is available, stir one heaping teaspoon in a cup of warm licorice or mint tea (to mask its bitter flavor); drink the powder with the tea.
But even with these foods as aids, the most significant factor for achieving success in dietary transition will be the willingness to face whatever comes up, to learn from it, and to resolve it. This attitude of discipline and perseverance eases emotional distress while allowing the body to continue to purify new areas, until one eventually attains the spontaneity and innocence of a child.
A Daily Practice For Wellness
Number of popular teachings now available emphasize that very little needs to be done to achieve penetrating awareness. On one level these philosophies are accurate, since ultimate awareness is inherent in our nature and cannot be “bought” by our efforts. Before one can experience the ultimate, however, deep #purification is needed, if only to prepare the body and mind for increased levels of consciousness. Quick and easy enlightenment is not likely.
Suggestions For Easing Emotional & Mental Discharges:
1. Accept whatever happens as the perfect medicine for the situation
2. Maintain a daily practice for improving awareness and focus
3. Allow all emotional issues to resolve completely (feel whatever comes up, accept it, acknowledge it, and relinquish it; Let go)
4. If the emotions are strongly obstructed, focus on clearing the liver and become more involved in creative movement and exercise
Your Skin is a Mirror
Most skin diseases result to a large degree from a faulty fat metabolism. Foods rich in omega-3 and GLA fatty acids help remedy the situation. Sesame seeds, rich in oleic fatty acids, are also of benefit in the diet; unrefined sesame oil is the oil of choice and can be used moderately as a salad or cooking oil.
The beta-carotene/ provitamin A foods are beneficial. Yellow and green beta-carotene foods to emphasize include carrots, winter squash, pumpkin, leafy greens such as dandelion green, beet greens, spinach, kale, chard, watercress. Spirulina is also beneficial. All greens are rich in chlorophyll , which purifies the blood of the toxins that cause skin eruptions.
Seaweeds, because of their cooling, detoxifying nature, are recommended for regular use.
Those with weak digestive qi (loose stools, chronic fatigue) need to use seaweed cautiously
Other foods to be added freely to the diet are mung beans (easy to sprout) aduki beans, and unpeeled cucumber slices. Alfalfa sprouts are also emphasized in cases of acne.
Eliminate foods which are spicy, fatty, or greasy also avoid sweets, citrus fruits.
As Above So Below; As Within So Without
Even though the vitality of the skin is related to the lungs, eruptions surface because of faulty blood cleansing by the kidneys and liver. These two organs purify the blood, and when they are over burdened toxins in the blood are excreted through the skin. To purify the blood, one can emphasize the chlorophyll-rich foods mentioned earlier. In addition, blood purifying herbs are useful. Other important blood cleansing herbs:
Golden seal root
These herbs cleanse and cool heat toxins and dry damp mucoid accumulations in the blood and lymph system. For acute eruptions often just one herb is sufficient. They all promote bowel movement so take note.
Candida Awareness, An Underestimated Issue
The yeast and dampness-creating foods are those which are cold in temperature, too sweet or salty, mucus-producing, and stale or rancid. Too much raw food additionally weakens digestion, evidenced by loos or watery stools. Also included among yeast-inducing products are certain kinds of ferments, yeasted breads, alcoholic beverages, most intoxicants, and any food in excessive amounts. Complicated meals of many ingredients promote pathogenic fermentation in the digestive system, exactly what yeasts thrive on.
Women who take contraceptives are found to be at greater than average risk of developing candidiasis, and even though the precise etiology is unknown, it is clear that a continual unnatural stimulation of the hormonal system unbalances the same organs - the liver and pancreas - that support a healthy environment in the digestive tract. Anxiety and worry, according to Chinese Physiology, greatly contribute to damp excesses such as yeast overgrowth.
Recent research suggests that excess sex hormones, especially estrogen, may be responsible for certain cancers: “Breast cancer is linked to, if not caused by, the female sex hormone, estrogen.” Dr. Louise- Brinton, National Cancer Institute. Estrogen is in most birth-control pills and has been the center of hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women for fifty years. Kelp is sometimes given as a protection against cancer in women who take birth-control pills and other estrogen compounds.
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