We have always heard the phrase to go with the flow, haven’t we? Just as we move along the curve of the road when driving. This simple tactic is extremely beneficial for maintaining optimum health too. In these blogs focused on Ayurveda and its aspects, we have regularly emphasized adapting to seasonal changes to prevent occurrence of diseases. The movement of the sun influences many factors within the body. Along with energy or bala, the digestive fire within the body is also weak during this rainy season. The damp and cold climate leads to vitiation of vata predominantly along with other 2 doshas. Generally, Varsha ritu is believed to last from Mid July till the mid of September. The best scenario to help you imagine the state of your digestive fire is :- trying to light a fire or bonfire with wet branches or twigs. It's difficult and time consuming for those to take light. This is true for your digestive fire during this season. So burdening your already weakened digestive fire with an unsuitable diet will only further dampen it and cause health problems. Lack of sunshine, cloudy atmosphere could also lead to mental disturbances. Thus it is recommended to use a lot of aromatic herbs like Chandana (Sandalwood), wearing fragrant garlands, etc. These aromatic herbs contain phytochemicals that relieve mood disturbances and uplift the mood and atmosphere. They may activate certain areas in the brain which helps in controlling emotions and releases happy hormones.
Few guidelines that can be followed during the Varsha Ritu :-
Try to refrain from:
- Excessive liquid intake, wine, achar (pickles of all types), food which is heavy and hard to digest
- Getting wet in rain, day sleep, exercise, hard work, staying at river bank, and exposure to sunlight, wind are to be avoided
Seasonal Daily Regime:
- Use of hot water for baths
- Rubbing the body with Oil properly after a bath is advised
- Medicated Basti (enema) under the supervision of a Registered Physician, to expel vitiated doshas
- Tab Corysan,
- Sandu Mahasudarshan Kadha,
- Sandu Sitopalasav,
- Sandu Mahamanjishthadi kadha,
- Sandu Chyavanprash,
- Makarprash etc only on advice of Registered Medical Practitioner.