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Seasonal variations (Ritucharya) directly impact the health status of a human being. This is one of the fundamental tenets of Ayurveda approach to treating diseases and maladies afflicting the human body and mind. But, Ayurveda simultaneously is also not constricted by the variations and offers many all season remedies, and healing and rejuvenation solutions.
At AyurVAID Kalmatia we offer wellness and health holiday packages under guidance of expert Vaidyas (Doctors) and care givers throughout the year. However, we also follow the seasonal principals laid in Ayurveda as to which is best time of the year to treat a particular ailment, or the season most suited to undergo a therapy.
The change of seasons and the ensuing disturbances lead to derangement in the bio-elements (Dosha) and psychic elements (gunas), leaving the human being exposed to a Sanchaya (accumulation), the first stage of disease. As the change of the season continues, the human being if he ignores his condition, exposes himself to Prakopa (vitiation). He can bring the doshas back to normalcy with due diligent diet and medical interventions though it is held that Nature too shows mercy as the next change of season helps naturally Shaman (pacification) of the condition.
The atmospheric fluctuations caused by the changing seasons create a disturbance in the equilibrium of the mahabhutas, the five elements- Akash (Ether/Space), Vayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Jala (Water) and Prithvi (earth). This in turn impact and imbalance the physiological constitution (Prakruthi) of a human being represented by the three Doshas (Bioelements)– Vata, Pitta and Kapha – and his psychological character represented by the Gunas – Sattva (intelligence, imparts balance), Rajas (energy, causes imbalance) and Tamas (substance, creates inertia).
Expert physicians at AyurVAID Kalmatia have evolved seasonal treatment modules for different physiological and psychological conditions for the most effective results and outcomes. Given below is a representative set of all season programs.
Current Season – Hemant Ritu (Early Winter)
This is the season to eat, and eat heavy, for your digestive power is on the increase.In this season, when the cold wind (vayu) touches the skin, it causes vaso – meaning the temperature present inside the body is not passed out of the body. Due to this, jatharagini or the digestive fire inside the body increases, leading to a natural increase in your digestive power. This enables digestion of large quantities of food, and also foods, which are heavy (guru aahara). You tend to be hungrier most of the time!
The month of Marghashira according to Hindu calendar begins from 30th November, marking the arrival of Hemanta Ritu. Pushya maas is the following month. These two months are considered as Hemanta Ritu, as stated in Ayurveda Samhitas. This ritu according to Ayurveda, is the ritu of highest in strength. The weather outside favours the potency of everything. During Hemantha, bala(innate strength) is pravara- high. Madhura and Snigdha dravayas can be consumed without any guilt, provided your physician has not restricted them, owing to an existing medical condition.
If you don’t satiate jatharagini (which is like fire simmering all the time within you), it will start burning your own shareera dhatus or body tissues. This causes vitiation of vata dosha called vata prakopa and leads to what are popularly grouped as vata rogas or vata-related disorders.
Hemanta Ritu increases vata in Nature, and if there is a lot of it within you as well, there will be complaints like ache and pains of various types, stiffness and dryness of skin.
By following the Dos and Don’ts of this ritu, you can keep the vata dosha under control. Foods to be consumed in Hemanta Ritu are:
1) Madhura (sweet), amla (sour) and lavana (salty) in taste (2) Foods, which are, snighda (unctuous) in nature (3) Lots of preparations from milk butter, ghee etc. (4) Products of sugarcane like sugar, jaggery (5) Flesh of aquatic animals and flesh of animals in areas receiving heavy rainfall (6) Flesh of those animals living in burrows (7) Medicines should be taken with madira, seedhu (products of molasses) and honey which acts as anupana (mediators). (8) Vasa- Muscle fat can be consumed.
Dos and Don’ts:
1) As the nights are longer, person feels hungry early in the morning. So, after attending to ablutions, one should resort to Abhayngam (Oil therapy) with oils that have Vata balancing properties. Oil application should be done especially to scalp and forehead.
2) Warm water should be used for ablutions, thick sheet made of cotton, leather, silk, wool or bark of trees that are light in weight should be used during sleep.
3) Exposure to sunlight and fire should be resorted to, judiciously.
4) Foot wear should be worn always.
5) Avoid consuming Vata Vardhaka (which means foods that increase Vata dosha) like pulses and dry food items
6) Avoid exposure to strong breeze, cold wind
All Season – Therapies & Treatments
Panchakarma ( Detox), Shirabhyangam (Medicated oil therapy for head and face), Thalam (Herbal Paste on Head), Karnama Pooranam (Oil pouring into ears), Nasyam (Nasal instillation of medicated oil), Doomapanam (Medicated Steam Inhalation), Pada Prakashalanam plus Abhyangam (Feet treatment), Bashpaswedam (Steam Therapy) Mukhabhyangam (Facial Muscle Toning), Mukhalepanam (Face Therapy – Herbal Paste), Sarvangam Abhyangam (Medicated oil therapy).
Indicative package duration – 5 to 7 days
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Disclaimer: * Outcomes may vary from person to person