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Traditional Indian Holistic Therapies To Heal The Root Cause Of Addiction

by Vera Kaur(more info)

listed in yoga, originally published in issue 237 - April 2017

Addiction is a form of dis-ease and can create an array of negative consequences on the body, mind and emotions. Common addictions include nicotine, alcohol, drug, caffeine, gambling, work and food. The subtle energy systems of the human body operate in harmony with the energy systems of the universe. Traditional methods of healing were based upon cleansing, balancing and strengthening the body’s energies to resonate with the universal energies, to instil optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Our body has been exquisitely designed to perform efficiently providing we abide by the laws of Mother Nature.


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When we deflect from these laws through breathing impure air, eating unnatural food, drinking adulterated water, ingesting toxic medication and drugs, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using inorganic body and household products, absorbing electro-magnetic pollution, being exposed to continuous stress and even thinking negative thoughts, our subtle energy systems become unstable, leading to dis-harmony and dis-ease of the body and mind.

The traditional energy healers of India were abundantly enlightened with Mother Nature’s healing therapies, to treat the underlying cause of dis-harmony and dis-ease, by regulating and empowering the body’s energy systems, and over the centuries many of these ancient practices have been kept alive, and can assist in healing us today.

It is believed that the root cause of all addiction stems from energy imbalances within the endocrine glands. To empower the endocrine glands and heal addictions, follow these traditional practices for up to three months:

Wholefood Diet

A wholefood diet consists of whole, unrefined, unprocessed plant-based food. What we eat directly affects our emotional and mental state. Nature’s food is positively and negatively balanced as it absorbs an abundance of life-giving solar energy from the sun, to nourish every cell within our mind and body. Traditionally, a wholefood diet was a spiritual practice, well known to empower the endocrine glands and instil peace of mind.

Include the following:


Ashwagandha is an Indian herb, well-known for its sedative properties which assist in soothing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms associated with addiction.


Gooseberries contain the highest source of vitamin C, rejuvenate the bodily systems, and work as a natural immune-booster and nerve tonic. 

Ginger Root

Ginger Root is an anti-aging tonic, reduces inflammation, encourages healthy oxygenation to strengthen the body and ground the mind and emotions.

Sprouted Legumes

Sprouted legumes, nuts and seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition, highly alkaline and detoxifying to calm the nerves and strengthen the body’s stress response.


Ghee is clarified butter, rich in anti-oxidants to calm the nervous system and restore the immune system, which is used extensively in India to nourish the body and detoxify the mind.


The ancient Indian practice of healing dis-ease by applying intermittent pressure on areas of the body, which correspond to the organs, glands, tissues and so forth, to regulate the vital energy and instil physical and mental well-being.

Addiction of any kind causes the accelerated aging of the body and mind. It is believed that the body’s life energy is discharged from the right hand, from the age of thirty five, which initiates the aging process, resulting in physical and mental health ailments. The youth maintenance acupressure point, located midway between the wrist and elbow, on the inner right arm, is believed to preserve life energy and actually reverse the aging process to a degree. Intermittently press this point for two minutes, three times a day to regain physical vitality and mental positivity.

To reduce the effects of physical stress, nervous tension and mental anxiety, firmly massage the middle toes for two minutes, three times a day. The degree of pain on the middle toes directly relates to the degree of accumulated stress within the body and mind.

To reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, firmly massage the ear using the thumb on the back of the ear and index finger on the front. Start on the outer edge and work towards the centre, intermittently pressing around the ears to release the body’s natural endorphins.

To assist in breaking addictive habits, place the index fingers on the inner edges of the eyebrows, at the centre of the forehead and place the thumbs on the temples. Press gently using small circular motions, for two minutes. Breathe slowly and deeply throughout. Practise three times a day.

Barefoot Walking

The ancient Indian practice of walking on the natural earth, barefoot. Within the earth there lies a powerful and unique energy source which we can draw upon. The earth is composed of minerals and the body is mineral in essence, therefore our body’s energies resonate perfectly with the earth’s energies, to balance natural rhythms and instil physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Practise walking barefoot on the bare earth, grass or sand for thirty minutes, two times a day, to discharge the accumulation of harmful free radicals and electromagnetic pollution and to absorb a concentrated source of anti-oxidants.


The ancient Indian practice of joining different combinations of the fingers and thumbs, to balance the vital energy flowing throughout the body and mind, to regain equilibrium. It is believed that the human structure is a miniature form of the universe, composed of the five elements, each of which corresponds to a specific finger or thumb.

Ganesha Mudra
Ganesha Mudra

Ganesha Mudra

The ganesha mudra is effective for strengthening the heart and the lungs, releasing stress and tension and increasing will power and determination, to release addiction.

  • Place your hands in front of your chest;
  • Allow your left fingers to point towards your right fingers;
  • Face your left palm outward and your right palm inwards;
  • Grasp your fingers tightly together;
  • Exhale and vigorously attempt to pull your hands apart;
  • Do not release your grip;
  • Inhale and relax your hands;
  • Repeat five times and then change your hand positions, facing your right palm outwards;
  • Practise two times a day.

Light Therapy

The ancient Indian practice of applying specific colours to parts of the body to heal energy imbalances. Each colour has a specific frequency and carries its unique healing properties.

The colour green is neutral, therefore effective for restoring balance and harmony within the endocrine glands, to release addiction. Green is the colour of nature, which soothes and calms the body, mind and emotions, to instil feelings of inner peace and contentment.

The traditional method of absorbing the colour green for addiction:

Place a green glass in the sunlight in such a way that the sun’s rays are absorbed by the glass and fall on to your back. The area should be unclothed and free of sunscreen. Ensure the rest of your body is kept warm. Absorb the concentrated green coloured rays for fifteen minutes in the morning sun and fifteen minutes in the evening sun.

Plow Pose

Plow Pose

Yoga Asanas

The ancient Indian practice of yoga postures for addiction, instils a restorative effect on the nervous and endocrine system, to relieve stress and anxiety. Through the daily practice of yoga asanas the physical body becomes relaxed, flexible and open, which promotes a similar effect on the mental and emotional body.

Practise the following yoga asanas three times a day:

Halasana (Plow Pose) calms and nourishes the entire being through balancing the endocrine system.

Sukhasana (Easy Pose) centres the body and stills the mind to regulate the energy flows throughout.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose) opens the heart chakra to relax the emotions.

Nakrasana (Crocodile Pose) gently quietens the mind to release nervous tension, fears and worries.


Upward Facing Dog Pose



Sitting Pose

Easy Pose


The ancient Indian practice of controlling the breath, by a number of techniques to increase the vital energy throughout the body. The regular practise of breath exercises can alter our physical, mental and emotional states, to initiate our body’s natural healing capacity.

Expansive Breath Exercise

The expansive breath exercise assists in releasing addiction by opening the heart chakra to enhance self-love and compassion.

  • Sit upright in a comfortable position with your eyes closed;
  • Place your hands on your chest, one on top of the other;
  • Bring your awareness to your heart centre and your emotions;
  • Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, whilst stretching your arms out to the sides, parallel to the floor;
  • Retain your breath for as long as you are comfortable;
  • During the retention of your breath, visualize your heart and lungs opening, and releasing emotional pain, imbalances or blockages;
  • Exhale slowly and deeply, bringing your hands back to your chest;
  • Repeat eleven times.

Practise two times a day.


The ancient Indian practice of placing the earth’s natural stones within the body’s magnetic field to restore the flow of healthy positive energy within and around the body by removing the toxic negative energy.

Carry the following crystals to assist in healing addiction:

  • Citrine to cleanse the physical, mental and emotional body;
  • Amethyst to release negative energy and unhealthy cravings;
  • Carnelian to stabalize and restore strength, positivity and vitality;
  • Rose Quartz to promote emotional healing, self-love and compassion.

Lying Pose

Crocodile Pose


Chromotherapy Healing Visualizations

The ancient Indian practice of using colour to create positive images of healing within the mental body, which allows the emotional body to respond, by becoming receptive to healing, which subsequently initiates the healing process in the physical body. Each colour has its individual vibration and carries its own healing properties. Our body and mind are intricately connected, which allow our thoughts to have a direct influence on our physical body.

The following visualization for addiction can be memorized, recorded or recited by a partner.                             

Practise morning and evening.

The colour green is neutral, therefore effective in restoring balance and harmony for all addictions.

  • Lie down comfortably, close your eyes and visualize the colour green;
  • See the colour green as a cleansing source of nature’s energy;
  • Allow the cleansing source of nature’s energy to surround your entire being;
  • Feel it relaxing your body, calming your mind and comforting your emotions;
  • Visualize nature’s green energy cleansing you, releasing any feeling of not being good enough;
  • Visualize nature’s green energy purifying you, releasing any feelings of not being fulfilled enough;
  • Visualize nature’s green energy empowering you, releasing any feelings of resistance;
  • Allow nature’s green energy to dissolve any deep-seated emotional pain or trauma;
  • Feel nature’s green energy balancing you and instilling harmony within each and every cell of your body, mind and emotions;
  • You feel grounded and empowered;
  • Release any resistance and trust in the knowledge that your healing is in process;
  • Create a positive image within your entire being, of this feeling of empowerment;
  • Draw upon it when you feel the need to feed your addiction;
  • Open your eyes gently and repeat aloud,

‘I am no longer affected by my past, my present is filled with positive thoughts that create my fulfilling future.’

Applying a few of the ancient practices, which you feel intuitively drawn to, will gently initiate your body’s self-healing ability. As the practices become a part of your daily routine, your subtle energy systems will gradually cleanse, balance and regulate themselves.

Slowly incorporating further practices, will allow you to release your negative energies of fear and resistance, and embrace your positive energies of courage and confidence, to empower your body and mind, to release your addiction.


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About Vera Kaur

Vera Kaur is from Sikh Indian origin and currently lives in the Forest of Dean, England. Indian holistic healthcare was part of her upbringing and in her twenties she visited and lived in ashrams in India, where she observed the remarkable results of the self-healing practices used by the traditional energy healers. Vera would like us all to be empowered with this ancient Indian wisdom, to take responsibility for our own health and well-being. Through her dreams and meditations she was guided to write her book Diagnose, Treat, and Cure All Dis-ease with Traditional Indian Holistic Therapies available to purchase via her website. Vera may be contacted via

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