Introduction

Dhauti is a very important technique of auto-cleansing. While there are many kinds of Dhauti, the most important ones are explained here.

Vastra Dhauti

This is done with white muslin cloth (about 14 feet long and 2’’ wide). The cloth must be sterilized and kept in a closed container. This strip is dipped in lukewarm water and one end is taken deep into the mouth using the index and middle fingers. The cloth is then swallowed slowly and carefully along with the saliva. With the help of some warm water, the cloth should be swallowed little by little until only a small portion remains outside. This should be followed by Nauli or Uddiyana.  The strip should then be drawn out slowly with both the hands. The whole process should not exceed 10 minutes. This process should be practised on an empty stomach only and the strip should be removed within 10 minutes of insertion. The person should remain quiet. In case of an itching sensation, stop for a while and continue insertion after the feeling has passed. Persons suffering from gastric and duodenal ulcers, hypertension, heart problems and hernia should not practise this kriya. It should be performed under expert supervision, once in a week.     Vastra Dhauti is known to be beneficial in cases of Asthma, Bronchitis, chronic cough and other respiratory disorders. It removes excessive bile and phlegm from the stomach. It is effective in indigestion.

Vamana Dhauti or Kunjal

For this procedure, lukewarm water should be flavored with aniseed and cardamom. While in Kagasana, the person should drink four to six glasses of this water or as much as possible in quick succession until he feels nauseated. Immediately after this, standing up, the person should bend forward and insert the first three fingers of the right hand far back into the mouth until he vomits and the water gushes out of the mouth. This process should be continued until all the water comes out and the stomach becomes empty.

Vamana Dhauti should be practised early in the morning on an empty stomach. The water should be drunk quickly. If required, Jalaneti should be practised immediately after. In cases of bronchial asthma, diabetes, constipation, arthritis and flatulence, a little salt should be added to the water to expel the accumulated phlegm and other toxins from the digestive system. However, a person suffering from stomach ulcers, heart problems and hernia should avoid this kriya. On the other hand, persons suffering from high blood pressure can practise this kriya with plain water or aniseed cardamom water without salt, under expert guidance. The kriya should be practised once a week or more often if required. Vaman Dhauti is recommended for patients suffering from indigestion, asthma, diabetes, constipation or chronic cold. It cleans the upper portion of the gastro-intestinal tract by removing excessive mucosal secretions and bile from the system.

Limitations

People suffering from heart problems, or those who are very weak or are running fever should not practise it. Females should not do this during their menstrual cycle.