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Ayurvedic Land and Seed Theory: Cleansing to Restore Balance

on January 9, 2023

An important concept in Ayurveda (traditional East Indian medicine) is the land and seed theory.

It’s really very simple. The body is the “land.” The “seed” is a virus, bacteria, toxic substance — anything that can take root and cause disease. 

In order to function properly, the body needs to maintain balance through good digestion and regular elimination. When toxins build up in the system through poor diet, inadequate digestion, or slow elimination, the “land” becomes fertile for the “seed” to grow and thrive, thereby causing discomfort and illness.

We restore the body’s balance by periodically following a cleansing regimen. In Ayurveda, this is recommended at every change in season, but you can do this whenever you feel the need.

Since stress negatively impacts the digestive tract, reduce the amount of stress in your life by getting enough sleep and practicing meditation and other stress-relieving acivities.

Physical activity energizes both the digestive and immune systems. Engage in daily exercise, and don’t be afraid to sweat! Sweating opens up the pores and allows toxins to escape through the skin. Breathe deeply, and open up the lungs.

Treat yourself to a massage or visit a spa. Take a warm bath or shower every day. (Jacuzzis, steam baths, and hot tubs feel wonderful!)

Flush out your system with plenty of water, fruit juice, vegetable juice, and herbal tea. Dandelion root tea is especially beneficial in detoxifying the body.

Promote regular elimination by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Add more fiber to your diet with whole grains and legumes.

Since this is a cleansing diet, avoid junk food, fatty food, processed food, sweets, soft drinks, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Limit your intake of meat and dairy products.

Spice up your meals with liberal amounts of fresh herbs and spices. Cilantro, mint, lemon, basil, ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, clove, fenugreek, cinnamon, black pepper, and fennel whet the appetite and stimulate the digestive juices. Use extra-virgin olive oil whenever possible.

Prepare cool, light meals in summer and warm, nourishing meals in winter.

Follow this regimen for at least 30 days. People with chronic health problems or disabilities should consult a physician before making any diet changes or engaging in physical activity.

Dawn Pisturino, RN

2007; January 9, 2023

Published in The Kingman Daily Miner, June 7, 2007.

Copyright 2007-2023 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


31 responses to “Ayurvedic Land and Seed Theory: Cleansing to Restore Balance

  1. aparna12 says:

    Excellent and very informative post, dear Dawn. Loved it so much. Thank you so much for sharing such an interesting information on Ayurveda. ❤❤❤❤😊😊😊

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I love how you consolidated this and made it easy to digest Dawn! Kudos to you!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Maryann says:

    Thanks for the post! It’s really informative 🙏💚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Wonderful post Dawn. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. What a timely reminder! I have been bad with my diet (as in healthy eating) lately, and my body is reminding me to get back to the basics. Thank you for this.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. utahan15 says:

    sugar and salt
    and thoughts of uncle walt

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Oh Dawn, what a thorough report of such an effective regimen that is an amazing detoxification process. Thanks so much for sharing this with us my friend. 😊🙏🏼🤗

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Excellent and informative. You broke it down very clearly

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Andrew Book says:

    Great reminders!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Tamara Kulish from https://tamarakulish.com/ says:

    Great advice for those who have chronic illnesses, but of course caution must be included when trying this out!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Belladonna says:

    This is great addvice!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. sharonstjoan says:

    Very good advice – the ancient wisdom of India!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. drunkpilot says:

    I’m a pilot, a captain of the skies,
    But this cleanse, it has me telling all kinds of lies,
    Gone are the days of booze and fried foods,
    I miss my whiskey, my burgers and my moods.

    The land and seed theory, they say it’s true,
    But all I can think of is my next brew,
    The body’s the land, the seed, a virus or toxin,
    But all I can think of is my next shot of gin.

    To function well, they say, maintain balance,
    But all I want is to go on a binge and dance,
    But toxins that build up, through diet or stress,
    Are taking away my ability to impress.

    So I restore balance, with cleansing regimens,
    But all I can think of is my next sin,
    Reduce stress they say, get enough sleep,
    But all I want is to go on a bender and weep.

    Physical activity, daily exercise, sweating,
    But all I can think of is my next shot of gin,
    Treat yourself to massages, spa, warm baths,
    But all I can think of is my next round of laughs.

    Flush out your system, with fluids, fruits, veggies,
    But all I can think of is my next bottle of whiskey,
    Eliminate regularly, and avoid junk, processed foods,
    But all I can think of is my next round of booze.

    I’m a pilot, a captain of the skies,
    But this cleanse, it has me telling all kinds of lies,
    I miss my whiskey, my burgers, and my moods,
    But I’ll try to fly straight, with this cleanse as my guide.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. I enjoyed this information and thank you for sharing it Dawn. I see it very do-able in my near future:):)

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Qwerty says:

    Ayurvedic Remedies, Show some love to it


    Liked by 1 person

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