Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul

Coming in August 11, 2020, from Mango Publishing

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Here’s a little about why I wrote it.

For many years, I’d been yearning to provide my clients with better healing, but I could not find what I was looking for in mainstream psychiatric practice. In Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul, I tell the story about how I, as woman psychiatrist, traveled to India for an ayurvedic cleanse called panchakarma. It’s a story about how I reconnected to my soul.

All of my life, I have sought the way to return to the soul. As an integrative psychiatrist, I have guided others through that journey. To practice at my fullest capacity, I have always cultivated and maintained a strong connection to my inner being. It is my work to heal others.

What I didn’t know when I trekked to India for an ancient ayurvedic cleanse was that I  would find a path to my own healing. As an American woman, I had become increasingly concerned about the effectiveness of mainstream methods of psychiatric interventions that dominate the conventional wisdom. On a personal level, I became more strongly aware that I and many others were not thriving in the Western lifestyle in which we are immersed.

There must be a better way, I thought. It turned out I was about to embark on the most powerful quest of my life.

My journey to India was a leap. I had experienced panchakarma with two practitioners who split their time between New Mexico and India, but now, at a crisis point in my life, I sought more depth. After giving much to my patients and people close to me for most of my life, it was time. I wanted to intensify my focus and explore parts of myself I had neglected in my many years of guiding others. To do that, I would have to journey to Nagpur, India.

My intentions paid off. The experience changed me at the cellular level, as panchakarma intends. That is why the changes it brings are powerful, deep and sustainable. So many of us yearn to say with authority that they have been able to expand into much more present in their lives, to experience our lives through fresh eyes. What panchakarma can do is create profound shifts that lead to sustainable, substantial life changes, and that’s the journey of Cleanse Your Body, Return to the Soul.

My journey was not without challenges. It called upon me to surmount physical challenges and meet resistance within myself that I had buried for years. That experience gave me insight into why people don’t heal, and how they can heal on a cellular level, from the inside out. I can say that I have, indeed, returned to my soul. My wish for you is that you will find that path, too.


Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH

In “Cleanse Your Body, Reveal your Soul,” Judith Pentz, MD provides us with an Ayurvedic roadmap to health, illuminated by years of personal exploration as a physician and healer. In this comprehensive guide to the practices and process of Ayurvedic medicine, Pentz peppers this compendium of wisdom with explanations of herbal recipes, foods, medicinal preparations, and yogic practices. Pentz walks with us as a wise guide, so that we may understand and enact these methods into our daily lives, reminding us always that the journey to health and balance is as much a spiritual unfolding, as it is physically rejuvenating.

Leslie Korn, author of Natural Woman, The Good Mood Kitchen and others

Dr. Larry Dossey, MD

Dr. Judith Pentz is a connoisseur of techniques and therapies that have been proven to work over millennia in other cultures. A key example is panchakarma, drawn from the Ayurveda healing tradition of ancient India. In Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul, Dr. Pentz reveals how and why this healing approach has endured over centuries, and how it can benefit those of use in modern cultures as well. If you have an instinctive reluctance toward mind-bending medications, this subtle, gentle way of healing your body mind deserves you attention.

Dr. Larry Dossey, author of One Mind

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Judith is a wise kindred spirit who will take you on a journey to your most grounded, most spiritually aware self. This book has all the science and all the soul you’ll need to restore a sustainable sense of self-care in your life.

Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

James Greenblatt, MD

Dr. Pentz establishes herself as a practitioner who practices what she teaches, a clinician who does as much as says, and strives continuously to better herself in order to enhance patient care. It is a brave odyssey that she has undertaken to unlock the mysteries of panchakarma.
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