This technique gives the best possible wash to the digestive system from the stomach to the mouth. As such it helps remove all diseases of this region which are the result of a build-up of toxins or general impurities. It also helps to eradicate bad breath, the accumulation of phlegm in the throat and sore throats.
Most of us at one time or another have had stomach problems. There are various causes -eating too much food, eating food that is too rich, bad or that is impure, as well as over-secretion of gastric juices, particularly acid, due to emotional upsets or sustained stress. Kunjal cannot change your food habits and certainly cannot remove mental and emotional tension. However, it can help to keep the stomach in good order by washing it clean of impurities. The salt water also reduces the secretion of acid from the glands in the stomach. These in general are rendered more efficient thus allowing better digestion offood. All these are important factors in preventing indigestion, obtaining the best possible assimilation of nutrients into the body as well as eliminating other digestive ailments.
Whenever you feel a little queasy in the stomach, perhaps early in the morning, we certainly recommend kunjal to bring relief.
There is another factor that makes kunjal so useful. There is a tendency for the residue of undigested food to lie in the bottom of the stomach after all the easily digested food has passed to the intestines. This is particularly the case if one has a distended stomach, for the bottom of the stomach is more than likely below the level of the outlet to the intestines (pyloric valve). This acts as a reservoir in which fermentation takes place. When one eats the next meal this residue is mixed with incoming food and can pass into the intestines. This can contaminate and poison the system, for much of it will be absorbed into the bloodstream from the intestines. Kunjal kriya throws this fermented waste out of the stomach before it can cause harm. As such kunjal is a sure way of preventing autopoisoning of the body.
People who suffer from biliousness inform us that kunjal gives them marvellous relief. When they expel the water it is green in colour, which indicates the presence of bile. Actually the bile is secreted from the gall bladder into the intestines below the stomach, but somehow or other it often finds its way up into the stomach, especially if it is over-secreted. Kunjal brings wonderful relief by eliminating the accumulation of this nauseating and bitter tasting bile.
Asthmatics find kunjal a wonderful practice. Why this is so is not certain for there is no obvious connection between the lungs (the site of asthma) and cleansing the stomach with water, but we do know that it does bring relief. This is confirmed by the large blobs of phlegm which are thrown out by asthmatics during kunjal. Possibly expulsion of water from the stomach simultaneously stimulates a nervous reflex action in the lungs, which in turn expels mucus secretions from the bronchial tubes. This helps to remove blockages in the respiratory passages of the lungs and brings great relief to the asthma sufferer by allowing him to breathe more easily.
People who suffer from asthma should and can perform kunjal when they are actually having an attack. It is found to terminate the spasm. In this case it is essential that the stomach is completely filled with water to obtain the best results. Though it may be difficult to drink the water down quickly because of shortage of breath, you must try; with determination it can be accomplished. One should actually resist the urge to vomit so that the stomach can be filled to the brim - bloated in fact. The bronchial tubes, which tighten and contract during an attack of asthma, relax as soon as one expels the water. This brings much needed and instant relief.
This practice is also called baghi kriya. Both vyaghra and baghi mean 'tiger'. This technique is therefore known as the tiger action of regurgitation. It is a similar practice to kunjal but a large portion of semi-digested food as well as water is expelled from tbe stomach.
The tiger has been observed to gorge itself with its prey and then regurgitate the remnants of the food from the stomach three or four hours later. There is a good reason for this. It is the portion of the food which is most difficult to digest that stays in the stomach longest. The most nutritious and easily digestible portions quickly pass through the stomach into the intestines. The remainder contains far less nutrition and requires a lot of energy and activity by the digestive organs to eliminate it. The expenditure of the body is probably far greater than the gain. The tiger, therefore, vomits this unrequired portion and so saves overworking the intestines.
The ancient yogis had taken heed of this sensible habit of the tiger and utilized it for their own benefit. They took their food in the normal way and then three hours later expelled the remaining undigestible or difficult to digest portion. This saved them many intestinal ailments and discomforts and allowed the energy in the body to be directed towards more useful purposes. Vyaghra kriya was also practised most effectively by the later emperors of the Roman Empire, who used it to avoid indigestion after their famous orgies.
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If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.