Summer is here and we find ourselves sweating and fuming. Greeshma ritu- as summer is referred to in Ayurveda, is said to be the season where, the sun, in combination with the wind is all powerful. This powerful combination absorbs and drains the fluids from the living and the non-living, depleting the fluid stores and leaving everyone sapped and s
Date: 07 - Jan - 2021 12:05:44
Summer is here and we find ourselves sweating and fuming. Greeshma ritu- as summer is referred to in Ayurveda, is said to be the season where, the sun, in combination with the wind is all powerful. This powerful combination absorbs and drains the fluids from the living and the non-living, depleting the fluid stores and leaving everyone sapped and strained. This season is termed as Adaana kala- i.e.) the season where the strength and energy are drained by the
According to the Tridosha theory, (vata, pitha & kapha) we find an increase in vata dosha expressed as tiredness, body pain, flatulence, exhaustion, dryness, tanning etc in the body, during this season. There is also a decrease in Kapha dosha, considered to be the one to impart vigor to the body, which in turn leads to the increased levels of fatigue.
As there is a natural increase in vata, care should be taken to avoid those food stuffs and activities which tend to cause an increase in the same. This includes pulses like horsegram, rajma, chana, peas etc, potatoes, sweet potatoes & salty, pungent, sour tasting food stuffs. Very hot food should generally be avoided. It is best to keep away from alcohol intake, or limit it to a bare minimum, adding liberal quantities of water. Activities like walking in the sun; heavy exercise etc should be avoided. Sexual intercourse should be limited or avoided.
It is a good idea to stay near a pool or a stream or get away to a hill resort in summer to reduce the ill-effects of the sun. Food intake should be regulated to help the body adjust to the season. Food should be light, sweetish, slightly oily, cooling by nature & watery. Foodstuffs prepared from brown rice, milk, ghee, kismish, jaggery and tender coconut water are preferred. It is advisable to keep drinking water in an earthen pot (matka). This helps to keep it sufficiently cool. Cool drinks made of cooling herbs like useera, chandana & agaru and sufficiently sweetened and flavored are to be used.
Ayurvedic medicines & therapies play an important role in reversing the ill-effects of the season. Traditionally, these medications & therapies have been described as a matter of course to soothe the system from the ravages of nature. They are very effective in bringing back the strength and stamina and keeping the body healthy.
Several Ayurvedic formulations have been specially designed to help the body combat the heat waves. Some of them like useerasavam, draksharishtam etc are very effective. Several herbs like Amalaki, tamalaki, lotus stem, etc have a very good coolant effect.
Application of specially medicated oils in Ayurvedic therapies is highly beneficial to combat the dryness and itching & inflammation associated with summers. These oils help to maintain and balance the moisture in the body. They serve to retain and restore the fluid balance. They also help to soothe and soften the skin, prevent tanning and fight itching and inflammation.
Seka or rhythminc and contiunuous pouring of medicated decoctions over the body is a great way to beat the heat. The decoctions of coolant herbs help to alleviate eruptive skin conditions and keep the germs away. Seka also helps to maintain the thermostatic mechanism of the body, thereby leaving a cool and comfortable feeling.
A special body pack of medicated milk and rice nourishes and tones the skin, imparting a healthy glow. It is usually administered warm and hence penetrates the skin and helps to relax and rejuvenate the skeletomuscular system, wiping away exhaustion and fatigue.
Sirodhara, a continuous, rhythmic instillation of medicated oils, milk or buttermilk over the forehead has a cooling effect and removes stress and strain.
These therapies are very effective in beating the heat aggravated by the season or accumulated in the body due to food and lifestyle patterns. The effects of the seasonal changes are felt more acutely by the elderly due to a natural tendency of degenerative changes in the body (vata). These therapies help in boosting their immune systems and longevity.
Adhering to the age-old wisdom of our traditional science retards the progressive natural tendency of degeneration and promotes healthy living.
Arogya Ayurvedic centers offer all the above-mentioned therapies and medications in an atmosphere of utmost care and comfort, administered by trained therapists, under the able guidance of a dedicated team of doctors. The tranquil ambiance at Arogya is sure to help you relax and unwind.