Ayurveda Treatments in Kerala during Monsoon
The Monsoons, though known to be one of the most romantic seasons, is also the harbinger of several diseases. Ayurveda believes that the monsoons tend to aggravate the functional energy or ‘Pitta’ in the human body. Therefore, while chronic ailments like Arthritis and gastric problems aggravate, newer menaces like skin infections, sinusitis, asthma, indigestion and also diarrhea appear to trouble us. Moreover, it is also the time when the highest percentage of humidity in the air tends to drain out Ojas or the vital fluid from our systems leading to breathlessness and weakness. Along with physical discomfort, it also tends to add to our mental agony. The best cure in these times of distress is to look for a holistic approach that will act as a balm to our worries. Ayurveda, with its natural healing system, is the obvious choice.
Ayurveda for the “Varsha Rithu” (Monsoon Season)
Ayurveda identifies a defined timeline, i.e. mid-June to Mid-August, to counter the Monsoon diseases. According to ancient Ayurvedic texts, this is the time when the healing touch of Ayurveda’s medicinal herbs is the most sought after. Though environmental changes have caused overhauling of the defined timelines for the onset of monsoons, however, the treatment methodology in Ayurveda for diseases contracted during that season remains the same.
For the overall well-being of the body, Ayurveda suggests Panchkarma during the monsoons.
Some of the common Panchkarma therapies that you can practice during this season include the following:
- * Abhyanga – The practice of massaging medicated oils to increase blood circulation in the body and help to relax, nourish and rejuvenate the body cells.
- * Shirodhara – The practice of pouring oil, milk or medicated butter milk on the forehead for a specified period. This helps to reduce headaches, minimize stress, improve memory and eliminates disturbances during sleep.
- * Swedanam – The practice where the patient is made to sweat by using a steam made from boiling herbs.
- * Pizhichil – The practice of pouring oil all over the body prior to a massage to reduce dryness, minimize fatigue and cure all neurological disorders.
- * Virechana – The practice that clears all toxins or pitta dosha from the patient’s system.
Ayurveda’s dietary recommendations for the Monsoon
Along with therapy sessions Ayurveda also recommends an appropriate diet that will protect us from the onslaught of the monsoons. Take a look at some tips:
- * Eat moderately but drink lots of water. Moreover, water should always be boiled and cooled prior to drinking.
- * All fruits and vegetables should be washed with hot water prior to consumption.
- * Take regular oil massages to keep feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
- * Avoid curds or all other food or drinks that are cold
- * Avoid taking raw vegetables or salads in your diet
- * Include appropriate quantities of ginger in your diet so as to help in easy digestion
- * Avoid spicy and salty foods like pickles, chutneys, chilies and curries as they lead to indigestion, hyperacidity and bloating.
- * Avoid junk foods that are heavy and deep fried
- * Eat vegetables that are light and easily digestible like pumpkin, zucchini, squash. Also include fruits, Moong dal, khichree, corn, chickpea flour, and oatmeal which are good to eat and yet light on the stomach.
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