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Method of Kunjal

Note: Please do not do this technique without expert advice and supervision for the first time. For this reason, the recipe for the water mixture is NOT being included.

General (for information only)
Jala Kunjal should be done first thing in the morning, before any food or drink is taken, when the stomach is sure to be empty. Outside on the grass or into the bush is the nicest place to do Kunjal, but if this is not feasible, into the bath or a basin is far preferable to using the toilet.

  1. First make the mixture as advised. The correct mix is quite important, since if it is too fresh it will not cleanse the stomach's mucous lining as effectively as intended, and if it is too salty it will taste foul, be harder to drink, and may leave you feeling thirsty for sometime afterwards.

  2. Drink 6 - 8 individual cupfuls in a row. The idea is to drink until you are absolutely full, so mixing 2 litres is usually more than you will need.

  3. 3. The water should be drunk as quickly as possible (not sipped slowly). The best way is to exhale fully and then guzzle as many gulps as you can with each inhalation; rest for a breath or two and then repeat that pattern until the you feel full to bursting capacity.

  4. 4. When full, and before expelling the water, it is good to do some stomach churning, but this is not obligatory.

  5. 5. Then, from either a squatting or a bent forward position, two longest fingers are used to press the root of the tongue to stimulate the vomiting reflex. Be sure the finger nails are clean and not sharp. This should make a quick and easy gushing out of the water held in the stomach. Once the contractions start, one should keep pressing the tongue until all the water is out. You should stop when dry reaching starts but before any stomach bile comes up. The whole process, from making the water to finishing, need not take any more than about 5 minutes.

  6. 6. After Kunjal, Jala Neti stages 1 and 2 should be done. You can use the last half litre of the undrunk Kunjal water for this. Then lie down and relax in Shavasana for a few minutes afterwards. Always wait about 20 - 30 minutes after Kunjal before eating food.

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