Fasting: History and Purposes
The History and Use of Fasting
The use of fasting has a long and ancient history as a healing process and a spiritual-religious process. It has been a tradition in most religions including Christianity, Judaism and the Eastern religions to purify the system and enhance communion with god or higher sources or intelligences.
For many ancient philosophers, scientists, and physicians, fasting was an essential part of life, health, resistance to disease and recovery from illness. These included Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Galen and the forefather of modern medicine, Hippocrates, from whom we derive the ‘Hippocratic Oath’. Many yogis have used fasting as an excellent health measure.
Juice fasting may be used in treatment plans for many diseases, to increase our natural resistance to disease, to detoxify from drugs, alcohol or coffee, to promote transformation or life transition, or to provide increased mental clarity and spiritual awareness.
Some of the chronic conditions for which fasting may be beneficial as a part of the treatment plan are listed as follows:
- Colds and flus – and prevention of these
- Respiratory tract infections
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive complaints – constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, IBS, food allergies/sensitivities, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease
- Skin conditions
- CVD disorders – atherosclerosis, hypertension, HBP, coronary artery disease, angina pectoris
- Fatigue – in many cases
- Mental illness – in some cases
- Immune conditions – hypersensitivities, auto-immune conditions
Fasting is very versatile and generally fairly safe; however it should not be used without proper supervision from an experienced health practitioner who can monitor physical, physiological and biochemical changes.