Modern science now believes that the cause of
degeneration, decay and premature ageing lies in free radicals
in the body. This overrules the earlier concept of germ theory.
According to this theory, accumulation of
toxins in our bodies creates free radicals.
Free radicals are dysfunctional molecules
(they have a missing electron). These are highly unstable
molecules and in an attempt to regain stability they devour
electrons from surrounding molecules. This creates more
damaged molecules and in a cascading effect, this leads
to damaged cells and this causes degeneration.
How free radicals
Free radicals are created as a result of accumulation of toxins
in the body. Toxins, themselves, are a result of our living
style, environment and emotional patterns.
With the kind of food we eat, the air we
breathe, the water we drink and our emotional pulls and
pressures, certain hormones are secreted that have a tendency to
leave behind toxins.
The accumulation of toxins in our body is,
therefore, natural. We CANNOT escape from this.
These toxins gradually form layers around the
lysosomes inside the cells. Lysosomes are structures inside the
cells that flush out the waste products from the cells. When
toxins form coats around these structures, they block the
membrane of the lysosomes from performing their natural
function. This leads to the build up of toxins and the creation
of free radicals.
With the accumulation of toxins taking place all the time, it is
necessary to find a way to rid the body of these toxins and
restore the cells to their normal functioning.
It is necessary to REVERSE this cascading
effect of damaged molecules.
Otherwise, this can result in various health
disorders and life threatening diseases. In fact, most of the
degenerative diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes,
immunity disorders, strokes, arteriosclerosis and heart ailments
can be traced to this one reason.
Modern medicine has devised a therapy called
'Chelation' to detoxify the body. It is performed by injecting
the body with a chemical that isolates the free radicals in the
body to prevent them from causing further damage to other cells.
It also restores the free radicals to their normal form.
Elimination of toxins is aided through the urinary system.
Our bodies carry out this 'Chelation' naturally. In fact,
Chelation is a process of nature. Tears, sneezing, mucus, sweat,
menstrual blood, urine and faeces are all nature's way of
The basic actions of our bodies such as
breathing, digesting, circulation and excretion are forms of
Chelation and our lymphatic system is an excellent Chelating
agent just like the chemical that is injected in to our bodies.
If we can find a way to have these working in
an optimum manner, we should be able to free our body of the
accumulation of toxins and thereby disease.
Yoga methods and techniques offer precisely these effects. It is
surprising that ancient yogis knew of these effects thousands of
years ago and have practiced methods that help to keep optimum
Hatha Yoga fulfils detoxification through the
practices of Asanas (Yoga poses), Pranayamas (Breathing
techniques), Mudras and Bandhas. While Pranayamas create the
right vibration in the cells by working on energy flows, Asanas
free up blocks and obstacles in the flow of this energy.
has powerful detoxification techniques of
irrigation (Jala Neti),
(Basti), and the Stomach wash (Kunjal). These are some of
the most effective techniques to prevent disease and ageing.
In fact, while techniques of Chelation
therapy work at a physical level only, yoga has techniques which
help in detoxification at all levels including mental and
spiritual. Techniques such as 'Kapalbhati' help in increased
oxygenated blood flow to the brain and help in 'purifying' the
In this Information Age, it is important that
man realizes the wonders behind his own body. He should use this
knowledge to develop a faith in the natural processes of the
body and assist it naturally, because the body has a way to
respond better to natural therapies.