Kapalbhati Pranayama

Written By Dr. S. Choudhary on Monday, January 12, 2009 | 6:44 AM

There are several pranayama among all Kapalbhati and Anulom Vilom pranayama are the most effective one. Kapalbhati literally means luminous head which indicates clarity of mind. Kapalbhati and Anulom Vilom has been doing a miracle in number of diseases including diabetes, asthama and even infertility due to azoospermia.
It is not very tough to perform but the procedure should be correct.

How to perform Kapalbhati

Ideally kapalbhati should be done in the morning in empty stomach, if early morning is a problem then it should be performed after 3-4 hours of meal. One should sit in sukhasana or padmasana and should inhale passiely and exhale forcefully. This provide aeration to blood circulation. Even a handicapped who is unable to sit in padmasana can do it sitting on the chair with straight spine. Inhalation and exhalation should be from nostril and abdominal muscles should come into act.
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Duration to perform Kapalbhati

For normal person 15 minutes are more than enough if other pranayama Anulom Vilom, Ujjayee, Bhastrika and Bhramari are done. But in person having any skin problem like vitiligo or liver problem, infertility or even cancer or other tumor, the duration should exceed to half an hour.

Benefits of Kapalbhati

Kapalbhati is one of the most beneficial pranayama and has proven to be effective in several disorders that include even several types of tumors and chronic skin problems. It is helpful to control diabetes mellitus by stimulating pancrease thus increasing release of insulin.

Kapalbhati has been effective in various liver disorders and there are cases where even chronic liver diseases had witnessed improvement. Apart from that it has increased the survival rate in case of blood cancers and other tumors too.

Kapalbhati has been seen to increase sexual function and has been beneficial for infertility. Two important and most common causes of infertility is blockage of fallopian tube in females and oligospermia in males and Kapalbhati is helpful in both.

Kapalbhati is beneficial in common abdominal problems and controls indigestion, constipation, it has shown to be effective in irritable bowel syndrome.

Kapalbhati purifies blood circulation by aerating it and has been extremely beneficial in several chronic skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, allergies, leucoderma, vitiligo and even acne.

Several mental disorders including anxiety, depression and even schizophrenia had been cured by this asana.

Thus one must make it a routine to perform Kapalbhati along with other pranayama like anulom vilom, bhastrika, Ujjayee and Bhramari gives a new motivation to live a healthy and fit life.

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