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A Taoist Approach to Internal Cleansing
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About The Book
How to cleanse the nine openings of the body for detoxification and self-healing
• Explains how to purify the body’s internal environment through mono diets, fasts, and colonic cleanses to prevent degenerative disease and premature aging
• Presents a 14-day total-body cleansing guide
• Includes chi self-massage and healing sound practices as well as natural recipes for herbal tonics and cleansing flushes
Long known by Taoist masters, the body has an innate ability to heal itself, an ability that is hampered by toxins in the food we ingest and energy blockages that arise from illnesses and obstacles in our lives. These blockages transform the body’s energy rivers into a polluted and stagnant swamp--the root of degenerative disease as well as premature aging.
Revealing the detoxification and rejuvenation practices of the Taoist sages, Master Mantak Chia and William U. Wei show how to reactivate your body’s self-healing abilities by gradually and safely expelling accumulated toxins through fasting, mono diets, and cleansing the nine openings of the body. Using the practices of chi self-massage and healing sounds along with natural recipes for herbal tonics and cleansing flushes for each of the openings and their related organs, the authors explain how to balance and purify the body’s internal environment through acid and alkaline foods, urine therapy, colonic cleanses, dry skin brushing, ear candling, and energized water. Concluding with a 14-day total-body cleansing program, Cosmic Detox offers tools to keep the energy rivers clean and flowing, preparing the body for higher level Taoist practices as well as enabling healing of our emotional and spiritual bodies.
The Nine Openings of the Body
The Front Door
Urinary Tract and Genitals
The front door opening of the body includes the urinary tract (kidneys, bladder, and urethra) as well as the genital organs. Collectively, these structures help to filter and excrete waste and toxins consumed and processed from the digestive system through the excretion of urine. The system also acts as a balancing mechanism by balancing water, pH levels, and various hormones and minerals that the body needs to have flowing in precise concentrations through the bloodstream for maximum development. This front door opening is very important for the birth, growth, and reproduction processes of the body.
Characteristics of the Front Door
Associated Organs: Kidneys and adrenals
Healing Sound: Chooooo
Parts of the Body: Side of foot, inner leg, chest, groin
Senses: Hearing (ears and bones)
Color: Black or dark blue
Negative Emotions: Fear and shock
Positive Emotions: Gentleness, stillness, and alertness
Associated Organ: Kidneys
On an energetic level, the kidneys express the base of our spiritual power through the ming men point, where the root of chi within the body is stored. The kidneys form the basic yang and yin energies from which all the other organs draw. As the seat of the body’s energetic power, the kidneys are an important aspect of the body to keep in balance. Being a water organ yet the source of fire for the whole body, the kidneys must constantly balance themselves between yang and yin energies.
Urinary tract diseases are the second most common infection in the body. A disruption of the kidney yin always affects the kidney yang energy and vice versa, as both are intimately connected. This imbalance is expressed in the body in various ways depending on whether yin or yang is deficient. When kidney yin energy is deficient, the body might experience soreness around the kidneys, ringing in the ears, or hot/sweaty palms. When kidney yang energy is deficient, the body might experience soreness around the kidneys, difficulty urinating, a decreased sex drive, or an unwillingness to experience any cold feeling.
Front Door Opening Cleanses
For the front door cleansing, Taoists highly recommend focusing on the kidneys with a cleansing herbal tea; periodic vaginal douches and regular sexual chi self-massage are also recommended. This will assist in clearing out any debris or blockages and buildup of various toxins through the front door opening.
Kidney Flush and Herbal Cleanse
The kidneys are extremely delicate, blood-filtering organs that congest easily because of dehydration, poor diet, weak digestion, stress, and an irregular lifestyle. The main form of congestion in the kidneys is kidney stones. Most kidney grease/crystals/stones, however, are too small to be detected through modern diagnostic technology, including ultrasounds or X-rays. These are often called “silent” stones and in general do not seem to bother people much. When they grow larger, though, they can cause considerable distress and damage to the kidneys and the rest of the body. To prevent kidney problems and kidney-related diseases, it is best to eliminate kidney stones before they can cause a crisis. You can easily detect the presence of sand or stones in the kidneys by pulling the skin under your eyes sideways toward the cheekbones. Any irregular bumps, protrusions, red or white pimples, or discoloration of the skin indicates the presence of kidney sand or kidney stones.
The following herbs, when taken daily for a period of twenty to thirty days, can help dissolve and eliminate all types of kidney stones, including uric acid, oxalic acid, phosphate, and amino acid stones. If you have a history of kidney stones, you may need to repeat this cleanse a few times, at intervals of six weeks.
Marjoram (1 oz.)
Cat’s claw (1 oz.)
Comfrey root (1 oz.)
Fennel seed (2 oz.)
Chicory herb (2 oz.)
Uva ursi (2 oz.)
Hydrangea root (2 oz.)
Gravel root (2 oz.)
Marsh mallow root (2 oz.)
Goldenrod (2 oz.)
Directions: Take 1 ounce each of the first three herbs and 2 ounces each of the rest of the herbs, and thoroughly mix them together. Keep them in an airtight container. You may put them in the refrigerator. Before bedtime, soak 3 tablespoons of the mixture in 2 cups of water, cover it, and leave it overnight. The following morning, bring the concoction to a boil; then strain it. If you forget to soak the herbs in the evening, boil the mixture in the morning, and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes before straining. Drink a few sips at a time in six to eight portions throughout the day. This tea does not need to be taken warm or hot, but do not refrigerate it. Also, do not add sugar or sweeteners. Leave at least one hour after eating before taking your next sips. Repeat this procedure for twenty days.
If you experience discomfort or stiffness in the area of the lower back, this is because mineral crystals from kidney stones are passing through the urethra ducts of the urinary system. Any strong smell and darkening of the urine during the kidney cleanse indicates a major release of toxins from the kidneys. Normally, the release is gradual and does not significantly change the color or texture of the urine. It is important to support the kidneys during the cleanse by drinking extra amounts of water, a minimum of six to eight glasses per day. If the urine is dark yellow, you will need to drink more than that amount.
- Publisher: Destiny Books (April 25, 2011)
- Length: 176 pages
- ISBN13: 9781594779480
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Raves and Reviews
“Chi self-massage and healing sound exercises are accompanied by recipes for herbal tonics and cleansing flushes in this excellent new age guide.”
– Midwest Book Review, August 2011
“With step-by-step instruction, diagrams, photos, and recipes, readers are offered a myriad of options to help detox their bodies.”
– Taste For Life, January 2012
“Overall, on completion of reading the book, one senses the presence of a broad new body of knowledge and understanding about how one needs to care for the body...The works of Mantak Chia are always meticulously correct in observing contemporary conventions about medical advice. At the same time, they communicate profound knowledge about how best to minimize one’s need to access mainstream medicine.”
– Reg Little, New Dawn, January 2013
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