The stomach

The stomach seems to cause us more problems than any other organ in the body. We are able to forget most other organs while they carry out their duties, but the stomach often reminds us of its presence, especially when it is not working properly. Most people treat the stomach with little respect. They tend to stuff it with all types of food without consideration for its delicate nature. This kind of treatment is the root cause of many ailments which disturb us both physically and mentally.

Let us briefly consider the mechanism of the upper part of the digestive tract, the alimentary canal. The food that we eat is first of all masticated in the mouth, or at least it should be. It then passes along a narrow flexible tube called the oesophagus into the stomach.

The stomach is a bag-like organ located below the heart. When it is empty it resembles a medium-sized sock. It is capable of expanding quite considerably when filled with the food that we eat. It has thick, muscular walls which are far thicker than any other part of the digestive tract.

The purpose of the stomach is to churn and to break down the food before it enters the intestines. In the walls of the stomach there are multitudes of glands (an estimated 35,000,000) which secrete digestive juices. These are of various types and are called gastric juices. During the course of the day several litres are poured into the stomach to digest the food we consume. An important constituent ofthese digestive juices is hydrochloric acid. This is essential for complete digestion of food, but it can also cause us many problems such as hyperacidity and ulcers.

The food spends several hours in the stomach, depending on the nature of the food: simple and easily digestible food stays a relatively short period while certain types of food such as meat stay for a longer time. The food is progressively broken down to a more convenient form for the intestines to handle. When the food attains a suitable consistency it is passed to the small intestines through the pyloric valve at the lower end of the stomach. In the intestines the nutrients in the food are absorbed by the bloodstream and the waste products proceed to the anus for expulsion from the body.

The importance of this system needs no emphasis. It should be kept clean and in the healthiest possible condition if it is to retain its efficiency and to remain free from disease. Kunjal kriya specifically does this as well as removing acidity. It is therefore a panacea for those who have digestive ailments and for those who want to maintain the health that they already have.

The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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