An Ayurvedic approach to cleansing... 

Published : 10/24/2017 21:12:53
Categories : Health

Spring Cleanse Interview Series (Part 1): An Ayurvedic Approach

Dipika Delmenico is an Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, Anthroposophic Naturopath, Presenter, Nāda Yoga teacher and Author.

She has been practicing traditional holistic medicine clinically for more than 20 years having worked with thousands of patients globally with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Dipika is the founder of The Radiant Woman Wellness Programs, reconnecting women to their womanhood creating vitality for all phases of life, and, creating vitality through sound.

Dipika has lived on the Surfcoast with her family for 15 years and currently practices in Jan Juc and Albert Park.


What does ‘cleanse’ mean to you? 

Since time immorial ancients have cleansed to get closer to their innate, divine source.  We cleanse to to relieve ourselves of the burden of accumulation of living. We cleanse to allow the body to release, recalibrate, reconnect and remember. To remember we are already whole and complete.  Cleansing fine tunes our instrument so we can feel the resonance of our inner sound.  Cleansing in essence means reconnecting with clarity to our heart, truth, nature and and others.

How often do you cleanse, and recommend others to?

Cleansing can be done on a weekly, seasonally, annual basis.  Cleansing can be short and gentle or it can be longer, deeper and more penetrating.  The longer and deeper the cleanse the more preparation mentally, emotionally and physically is required to support you in the cleanse.

At home I would recommend beginning with a soup cleanse for one day a week.  In Ayurveda we would recommend whole green mung soup (see my website here for recipe) or vegetable broth.  

This is a great way to gentle cleanse and prevent accumulation of excess heat and metabolic waste in the tissues of the body.  

Longer, deeper cleanses are also soup cleanses but because they are mobilising and removing accumulation deeper into the tissues and organs of the body, we use ghee and medicated castor oil or gentle purgative to remove what has been mobilised into the gut.

Please share your primary dietary cleansing tips / process

As above, I would always recommend doing a weekly mung soup cleanse.  This is indicated for everybody without professional supervision and a wonderful way to sweep the path clean and recalibrate your digestion.

For details of how to do the one day mung cleanse download my free ebook A-Your-Veda ~ Your Inner Treasure Roadmap.

In essence all you eat for the whole day from breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between if needed, is mung soup.  That’s it!  Avoid any alcohol on this day and ideally coffee.  You can drink ginger tea through the day or the metabolic tea of cumin, coriander and ginger as in A-Your-Veda.

What have you noticed in your practice or clients as a common difficulty in cleansing?

It is difficult to make change.  Keep it simple.  Small, specific, gentle steps are the most powerful ones.  You do not have to cut out everything at once.  You can start with becoming more moderate.  However, as far as cleansing goes, you can start with a weekly soup cleanse.  If you have digestive issues, low energy, gut complaints, then avoid refined flour (especially wheat) , processed sugar  and hard yellow cheese.

However, in saying this, fasting is a most efficient and effective way to reduce inflammation in the body.  Hence people feel good and have more energy after a day of soup fast and are inspired to keep it going.

What tips do you have for working through these?

Be gentle.  Begin with something manageable.  If you love meat, sugar, alcohol and coffee of course it’s going to be hard if you decide to do a deep cleanse and cold turkey cut all these things out.  Planning and preparation are key here.  Cleansing day does not have to be on a Saturday or day of social celebration. Let is be part of a solution and not create more problem for yourself.

What products or foods are essential for a thorough cleanse?

Quality vegetables as close to nature intended as possible. Whole green mung beans. Ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin. Cooked as soup.  Ghee.  Castor oil.

What are some potential cautions people should look out for while cleansing / preparing to?

The deeper the cleanse the more sensitive your digestion is on coming out of it.  That not only means be careful with what you eat but be mindful that you are more mentally sensitive to impressions.  Be gentle.

What is your favourite healthy meal/snack during a cleanse? 

A bowl of mung soup with ghee and coriander.  Pumpkin.  Mung flour pancake with papaya, blueberries or spinach and cooked veg. Delicious!

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Any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey?

If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you are getting.  Sweep the path but do it in a gentle, sustainable, moderate way.

What's next on the cards for you?…

I’m about to teach my next online course The Radiant Woman: Creating Absolute Vitality for the Second Half of Life.  It’s reconnecting women to their great feminine essence and radiant vitality in all phases, stages and transitions of life.  The sound of their womanhood.  This is bringing ayurvedic principals into the 7 Life Processes.  When woman is well, children are well, families are well, communities locally and beyond become well.


For more information on The Radian Woman course CLICK HERE

To Make a Booking with Dipika (at Albert Park, Jan Juc, or via Skype) visit her website


I hope you've enjoyed some of this incredible wisdom that Dipika has so generously shared with us! 

I look forward to hearing stories from those of you whom may take some of this on and start a regular cleansing practice with it!

Please share this information with anyone and everyone you think could benefit so together we can continue to inspire an uplift those around us to their best possible health.

Yours in health,

Annabel and the Surfcoast Wholefoods team.

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