Words of the Wise

"Fasting is the first medicine."
Ayurvedic Text


 "After weeks of suffering from diarrhea and nauseous in pain, I was exhausted physically and mentally. After doctor visits, prescriptions, emergency visit to ER, CT scan, blood tests, stool samples, no one could find "anything wrong." Then, when I was ready to give up, Fate brought me to Michi's door. And Michi helped me save my life, literally. Michi is a treasure to the Verde Valley. She is intuitive, knowledgeable, caring and gifted. Thank you, Michi, for opening my doorway into Ayurveda. You will always have my gratitude." 
Christine / Cottonwood


There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptimess.
We are lutes, no more, no less.  If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you run up the steps in front of you.
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.  Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
When you're full of food and drink, Satan sits where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue in place of the Kaaba.  When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon's ring.  Don't give it to some illusion and lose your power, but even if you have, if you've lost all will and control, they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
A table descends to your tents, Jesus's table.
Except to see it, when you fast, this table spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.
— Rumi

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Ayurvedic Fasting

“Fasting releases the physician within. Fasting breaks the cycle of unconscious eating and living. Fasting naturally detoxifies the body and enhances the mind”
— Dr. Mark Laursen M.D.
(quote from his book, Start Living Stop Dying)

Fasting has been a practice for many causes. Some people use fasting as a way to lose weight, or to cleanse the body. Some people use fasting for spiritual practice, or to express political views. 

Sometimes, during intestinal cleansing, fasting is incorporated into the latter part of the program, depending on the person.

In Ayurveda, fasting is a way to rest the digestive organs, kindle the digestive fire and release accumulated toxins from the body and mind. Fasting also eliminates accumulated gas, improves clarity, clears bodily odors and increases energy.

Ayurvedic fasting favors regular short term fasting over infrequent long term fasting. Some people fast by consuming light foods only, such as Kitchari. Some people consume only fruits, vegetables or juice. Others drink only water or tea. Still others abstain from both food and water. In determining the appropriate type and length of fast, it is important to consider one’s constitution, overall physical health, toxicity levels and previous life style.

The wrong fast can deplete energy and weaken health. If you are new to fasting with chronic health issues, proceed with caution. I recommend consulting an experienced fasting coach. Improper fasting can deplete bodily tissues leading to a doshic imbalance. It is important to fast properly, and to break fast properly.

My best recommendation for fasting is through Panchakarma. Along with a with mono Kitchari diet, this is a more complete cleansing, providing rejuvenating and balancing benefits for the body. During the Panchakarma program, the therapies are customized for an individual's constitution, doshic imbalances, age, physical health, immune status, seasonal considerations and a host of other factors. Panchakarma promotes deep cellular purification using safe, gentle and effective methods.

Prepatory therapies to Panchakarma include light fasting or a Kitchari diet, herbal oil massage (Abhyanga), internal herbal oilation (Pre PK Preparation), Shirodhara, and steam therapy. These therapies loosen accumulated toxins, which are then eliminated through the major channels of the body.

Advice for people who are fasting to lose weight
By reducing caloric intake, the body will start burning stored fat. You might also lose weight by losing water through detox. But fasting might slow down or compromise your metabolism. If that occurs, it's possible to rapidly gain weight after you come out of a fast.

If you are interested in losing weight, or further information on fasting, I recommend visiting www.NaturalBodyHealth.com. Also read Dr. Laursen’s books “Start Living Stop Dying", “The Inside Out Diet” and his newest book on how to fast safely, "Original Fasting."

Dr. Mark Laursen M.D.