Fasting is a powerful
tool used since ancient times to cure disease.
Fasting is common, but not
many realise that fasting is also a powerful tool to cure
disease. By fasting, we provide space in our alimentary canal.
Space is the uppermost element in the five basic elements in the
body --space, air, fire, water, earth. The upper elements purify
the lower elements; space is, thus, the purifier of all lower
four elements. Heat, sound, light, water, air, gases and solid
particles travel through space. When you stop stuffing the body
with food, opting to fast, the intestines get space to work on
the old, undigested food in the intestines and the stomach.
Space is now available for the stomachís juices to act on the
leftovers, digest it, and excrete the waste. As we fast, muscles
of the empty intestines relax and blood moves to organs that
need repair, detoxification and rejuvenation. CO2 and toxic
wastes are transported to the excretory system for elimination.
The body has a natural ability to heal. This vital power of the
body usually busy in digestion and absorption of food is free to
heal sick organs when we fast. When we give our digestive system
a rest, the lungs are not required to remove extra C02 obtained
by burning carbohydrates and starch in food. Instead, they relax
and relief from respiratory diseases is obtained. Proteins
donít need digestion either and the renal system is free to
remove excess urea, creatinine and uric acid from the blood.
This reduces pain and swelling in joints and muscles, giving
relief in arthritis. Calorie-rich fats are not consumed, and the
body burns its own stored fats for energy, causing weight loss.
However, drink sufficient water to fill the space element of all
internal organs, otherwise they might shrink and could even
cause complete collapse. Water dissolves all released toxins and
flushes them out of the body. In chronic diseases, a fast
requires supervision and should be done in natural environs,
away from a city, and with complete physical and mental rest.
Fasting is not recommended for weak people, and for TB patients.
Diabetics and cancer patients need special supervision. Water or
juice or clear soup must always be taken in a fast. Fast either
once a week, a fortnight or once a month.