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"Lagu Shanka Prakshalana" cleansing question

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There is this yoga practique called Shankha Prakshalana, and the short version, I belive it's Lagu Shankha Prakshalana that acts as a kind of laxative to alleviate constipation. It implies drinking some salty water (wich is not rapidly absorbed by the body) and do certain asanas that helps to open the valves of the gastrointestinal track, so the water will drag the stools so you can go to bathroom.

Although I try to eat more vegetable and fibre I still ocasionally suffer constipation so I wanted to try but there's the think: there is an asana (the cobra pose) that may be harmfull for me cause I got an inguinal hernia, so I wonder if there would be some alternative to this, cause I read that there are alternative asanas to do this practice. Anybody has heared about this. :huh:

Thanks a lot, and regards.

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2 hours ago, raulm60 said:

... I got an inguinal hernia...

If you have an inguinal hernia...go to a doctor and get it repaired. I had that hernia.

From the time I went to doctor for my physical and got a diagnosis, then a consultation with surgeon, scheduled surgery, and a two day recovery...a total of three weeks.

I'm not a doctor, but there can be severe complications that might result if the situation isn't rectified.

It wont repair itself nor will it go away..it can (and will) only get worse.

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3 weeks is such a short time to address a chronic medical issue!  And a 2 day recovery, too, so I second Larry's suggestion to get it repaired instead of trying to put it off. I had something bothering me for many years. Even though it took me a few months to fix it gradually, the result has changed my everyday life and has been completely worth it.

Anyway, it sounds like your main intention is to help your body cleanse naturally (and possibly prevent a new hernia in the future or prevent straining). I don't know about that practice in particular (the drinking salty water reminds me of the prep people do for a colonoscopy, which does not sound fun), but let me suggest some other things to look into if you haven't already tried. Have you already tried experimenting with different vegetables or high fiber root vegetables? E.g. okra when eating it raw or sweet potatoes?   There are some naturally based fiber supplements, such as magnesium supplements (can also help with bones and calcium absorption, but don't take it if you already have a low heart rate because it'll further relax your heart) or OTC fiber supplements that you can try out, too.  The salty water seems abrasive to the body.  Otherwise, maybe a local Ayurveda specialist will know about this practice (or have other ideas about diet to help you) and can also monitor your health.

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20 minutes ago, yogafire said:

3 weeks is such a short time to address a chronic medical issue!  ...

An inguinal hernia isn't something where you need to watch for months with second or third opinions. It's a physical malady (not an illness) It's like a broken bone, the doc sees it and can figure it out within a minute or two. It's pretty routine....and very common.

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And a 2 day recovery, too,...

Two days on the couch, I walked with a limp for a few days. 

 

The best part is the Propofol (anesthesia)...best sleep ever!

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:o Wow, wow, do not worry folks, I'm fine with my hernia, is just a mild disease for what I wasn't considering repair while it doesn't bother me. Doctor said very clearly that have no risk for me as it is now, and literally the first thing I found searching for it was a newspaper citing a scientific study recomending it to be repaired only when it's painfull, due to risk of also generally mild complications. Then I didn't searched a lot for other studies, certainly.

I understand, nevertheless, that is not necessary for this condition to worsen, is just rare for it to submit, or so say the medical info pages; it is obvius for me, for some anectodical evidence, that  it can recede through some alternative means, but I'm not discusing about that cause I'm not trying to be right or defending any option. I'm not taking any risks with my health or anything so belive me this is not an important issue and you do not need to convince about anything: my health or life does not depend on it.

As we are at a yoga forum I can't resist, just to show that I'm no lunatic (I insist I'm not trying to prove any point, but just show that... there are some alternative opinions) to show this article I found about how yoga can help a hernia to get better: Effect of yoga therapy in reversible inguinal hernia: A quasi experimental study Alagesan J, Venkatachalam S, Ramadass A, Mani SB - Int J Yoga ... and guess what :unsure:, I'm not doing this asanas... well I'm lying, I do some of them, actually: are fun, and helped a lot with my back problems (much more painfull).

I understand the good intentions, but you don't need to hurry and give such a worrying advice: some person also told me months ago when I ask for advice to a light diet that an hernia had serious risks and blah blah... that didn't felt very well (also cause finally he didn't gave me any advice) so I asked my doctor and she said that there was no risk for me, and my treatment was my personal choice; she also explained me that this usually get gorse, but I had actually read in that article that, acording to statistics, it is indeed wiser to wait and only repair if and when this happens. If I need surgery, as if I needed for my apendix or my teeth or whatever, I will get it: no worries ;)

I just wanted to do this practice, mainly, true, cause being full may affect my hernia and make it bothersome...  but actually the last weeks this did not give me any trouble; I just had already knew about this practice and was intrigued: I never really paid attention before to certain chronic constipation I got, and is never a bad thing to adress it.

Also, I already found an alternative series of asanas: http://yoga.omgyan.com/kriya/Shankha-Prakshalana.html:D

 

Thanks for all and regards

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Good, glad your condition is in check then and you are managing it well.  It just sounded more severe to me if you are modifying poses to avoid aggravating the area.  Everyone's body is different, so I am glad you are finding something that works for you.

Apologies for coming off too conservative or pushy about getting it checked.  I realize now that I reacted strongly because of my history with my family regarding alternative medicine treatment and cancer (luckily things are stable now).  I believe, like everything else, there needs to be a balance, with this situation being between alternative therapies and Western medicine. This isn't relevant to your situation (sounds like you are already doing this), so I'm just explaining why I reacted that way.  For something that could be "fixed" instead of long-term managed with, the fix sounded attractive to me.

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