The Graduated Diet

The Graduated Diet

The ‘graduated diet’, or sansarjana krama in Sanskrit, is a measure utilized in Ayurveda to rekindle the digestive fire (agni). It is used for the purpose of amapachana: to enhance digestion and the processing of wastes, and remove the metabolic and immunological detritus (ama) that is generated with poor digestion. The graduated diet can be utilized in a variety of situations, including whenever digestion is weak and in the treatment of diseases such as fever (jwara). The process of ‘rekindling’ the digestive fire (agni) is analogous to starting a fire in a wood stove, enkindling the agni with easily digestible foods as one would a fire with paper or kindling. Once the fire is established, in the form of a strong appetite, progressively denser and more energy-rich foods are introduced in a graduated fashion to feed the digestive fire, but never so much as to cause it to smolder or be extinguished. How much to eat? The graduated diet isn’t designed to provide a maximal source of … [Read more...]

A guide to fasting and detoxification

A guide to fasting and detoxification

One of the more popular topics in natural health circles is the subject of fasting and detoxification. Unfortunately, it's also a subject area riddled with confusion, inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and among its detractors, a great deal of skepticism. But while those who dismiss it as fanciful nonsense remain perplexed despite their admonishments against it, one of the reasons why the subject of detoxification remains a perennial issue is because as a practice it has been with us since before the dawn of civilization. The concept itself is hard-wired into our relationship with nature, and is expressed as an important component of physiological function that maintains homeostasis. In this free preview of class 15 of the Food As Medicine program, Todd Caldecott provides a detailed review of the subject of fasting and detoxification, from both a scientific and traditional medical perspective. In this class, subjects covered include fasting, herbs for cleansing, heavy metals, treatment … [Read more...]