Category Archives: Seasonal Regimen

  • A Refreshing Sip….

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    The refreshing aromatic steaming cup of Tea,  is what one wishes for, after fresh showers of rain. The drop in temperature weakens digestion, and is an open invitation for viral infection, cough and cold. The warm sips of this herbal tea will surely turn a blessing for all of you. The combination of these three wonderful herbs will not only refresh your senses, but keep all the monsoon health issues at bay. Ginger boosts the digestion, cures cough and cold, relives sore throat and congestion. Tulsi is an essential herb which treats infections and is a very good antioxidant. Lemongrass works in the similar way, the refreshing aroma just adds the zest to the drink. Rock sugar adds taste to the drink and also relives cough and soothes the irritation of throat. Preparation :  Boil  a glass of water  in a vessel, Add 2-3 pieces of crushed Ginger, 2 twigs of Lemon grass and 4-5 leaves of Tulsi. Let it simmer for next 4-5 mins. Now add rock sugar as per your taste. Strain the Tea. Your
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  • वर्षा ऋतु आणि आरोग्य – बस्ति चिकित्सा

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    पावसाळा सुरु झाला म्हणजे मन कसं प्रसन्न होते, मातीचा सुगंध, हवेतील गारवा, गरम गरम चहा आणि  भजी (तळलेले पदार्थ)… वा… कसा छान बेत जमतो. अहो पण कधी विचार केलात, भजीच का? श्रिखंड, बासूंदी, ताक, अगदी आईस्क्रिम का नाहि, खावेसे वाटत आपल्याला? सांगते, आपल्या शास्त्रात म्हणजे (आयुर्वेदात)  ह्या सगळ्याची शास्त्रशुद्ध उत्तरे आहेत. आयुर्वेद हे फक्त व्याधी उपचाराचे नाही  तर जीवन जगण्याचे शास्त्र आहे. सद्वृत्त, दिनचर्या, ऋतुचर्या, स्वास्थ्य, आरोग्य आणि दिर्घायुष्य  कमावण्याचे साधन आहे. प्रत्येक ऋतुच्या गुणधर्मानुसार, आपला आहार विहार बदलत असतो, व परीणामतः शारीरिक दोषांमधे देखिल बदल होतच असतात. एकूण ६ ऋतु, त्यांचे गुणधर्म,त्याचा शरीर दोषांवर होणारा परीणाम आणि त्या अनुषंगाने पाळावयाची  ऋतुचर्या, पुन्हा कधीतरी सविस्तर बघु. वर्षा ऋतु, आणि त्याच्या अगोदर असणारा ऋुतु म्हणजे, ग्रीष्म ऋतु (उन्हाळा). ह्या ऋतुमधे अत्यूष्ण, तीक्ष्ण, गुणांमुळे वात दोषाचा संचय होतो. पावसामुळे वातावरणात वाढलेल्या गारठ्याचि संचित वात दोषाला जोड मिळते आणि वात दोषाचा प्रकोप होतो. आता हया मुळच्या शीत आणि रुक्ष वात दोषाला शांत  करणार कोण?  तर उष्ण(गरम) अणि स्निग्ध असे तेल; म्हणूनच गरमागरम तळलेले पदार्थ खाण्याची इच्छा शरीर व्यक्त करत असते. आहे कि नाही आपल्या शरिराचे हायटेक मेकँनिजम ? हा प्रकुपित वात पुढे सांधेदुखी, कंबरदुखी, अंगदुखी इ. वातविकारांना बळ देतो, हाच प्रकुपित वात पित्त  दोषाच्या साहचर्याने शितपित्त(आंगावर पित्ताच्या गांधी उठणे), अॅसिडिटि होणे, अजीर्णासारखे व्याधि  उत्पन्न करतो. पावसाळ्यात जठराग्नि (पचन शक्ति) मुळातच दुर्बल असतो आणि निसर्गतः वात दोषाचा प्रकोप, हया सगळ्यावर उपाय म्हणून अयुर्वेदात सांगितल्याप्रमाणे वर्षा ऋतुचर्येचे पालन करावे. पचण्यास हलके, ताजे आणि गरम अन्न खावे. तेल तुपाचा योग्य प्रमाणात  आहारात वापर करावा. http://www.ayurvedalive.in/the-monsoon-health-care  ह्या सगळ्या तक्रारींवर उपाय म्हणून आणि त्याखेरीज स्वास्थ व्यक्तिंनीदेखिल आरोग्य टिकवण्यासाठी व वातविकार टाळण्यासाठी पावसाळ्यात बस्ति कर्म (पंचकर्मातील एक ऊपक्रम) करूनच घ्यावे. आयुर्वेदतात ऋतुनुसार पंचकर्माचे(शोधन कर्म) वर्णन केले आहे. त्यातील एक म्हणजे वर्षा ऋतु मधे बस्ति. बस्ति महात्म्य  : ग्रंथात बस्तिचे वर्णन अर्ध चिकित्सा म्हणुन व प्रसंगी पूर्ण चिकित्सा असे आहे. बस्ति मुळे वात दोषाचे नियमन होते. शारीर धातुंचे पोषण आणि वर्धन करते. तारूण्य टिकवण्यास मदत करते. पचन शक्ति सुधरण्यास फायदेशीर ठरते. आरोग्य टिकवून राहते. वात विकार व काही पित्त विकारांचे देखिल शरिरातून उच्चाटन करुन टाकते.  बस्ति उपक्रमानंतर  संधिवात,गुडघेदुखी, कंबरदुखी,आमवात ह्यात उत्तम उपशय मिळतो. अपचन, मलबद्धता, पोटात वात धरणे ह्या तक्रारी दूर होतात. अनापत्यता, पाळीच्या तक्रारी, सौंदर्य वर्धन हयात उपयुक्त. हे आणि अश्या बर्‍याच फायद्यांनी बस्ति आपल्या शरिरास उपकृत करते. मग कसला विचार करताय? ह्या पावसाळ्यात तुमच्या जवळच्या आयर्वेदिक दवाखान्यात जाउन वैद्यांच्या मार्गदर्शनानुसार बस्ति घ्या आणि वात विकारांना अलविदा करा….

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  • 10 Superfoods for Summer

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        This year the summer is really hot, and the temperature is already at its peak, and assumed to sore up in the coming days. Blame it on global warming, deforesting, pollution, or our daily utility emissions; whatever the reason be, the main challenge remains how to survive it effectively and naturally. The flaming sun is taking away all the body energy and enthusiasm, those sitting in offices, homes, travelling either aid themselves with air-conditioners, coolers, etc.,but these too have their share of ill effects on the body. What can we do to protect our health and also be fresh and energetic ? This has been already explained in the following article. http://www.ayurvedalive.in/ayurvedic-tips-to-beat-the-heat-this-summer Now here in this article we shall have a look on some superfoods of the season  (summer), which will keep you cooool internally. 1. Pomegranate :  तत्तू स्वादु त्रिदोषघ्नमं तृड्दाहज्वरनाशनम् |ह्रत्कण्ठमुखगन्धघ्नं तर्पणं शुक्रलं लघु ||102|| कषायानुरसं ग्राहि स्निग्धं मेधाबलावहम् ||103|| – Pomegranate (Punica granatum), is one of the best fruit to be consumed in this season, it balances all the three doshas of the body, the juicy sweet and sour
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  • Curd – The lesser known facts

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    With the onset of summer, and the raised temperature, it is but normal that many of us bring about small changes in diet and routine. The warm clothes are replaced by light coloured cotton clothings, some start intake of cold drinks or cold water over warm sips of water, tea, coffee and/or soups, fresh fruits, juices and etc,etc… One more inclusion or advise which is very common, ‘Have a bowl of curd or curd rice- to keep cool’. How true and appropriate is this? Now lets see what Ayurveda says about curd – “।। अम्लपाकरसं ग्राहि गुरुष्णं दधि वातजित्।। मेदःशुक्रबलश्र्लेष्मपित्तरक्ताग्निशोफक्रृत् । रोचिष्णु शस्तमरुचौ शीतके विषमज्वरे।। पीनसे मूत्रकृच्छ्रे च रूक्षं तु ग्रहणीगदे। नैवाद्यान्निशि नैवोष्णं वसन्तोष्णशरत्सु न।। नामुद्गसूपं नाक्षौद्रं तन्नाघृतसितोपलम्। न चानामलकं नापि नित्यं नो मन्दमन्यथा।। ज्वरासृक् पित्त वीसर्पकुष्ठपाण्डुभ्रमप्रदम्। “वा.सू.५ Curd is sour in taste and vipaak (rasa dominant after digestion), heavy to digest, contrary to everyone’s belief it is hot in potency, pacifies vata, but increases kapha and pitta dosha. Intake of curd builds up excess of meda dhatu (fats), increases rakta dhatu, shukra dhatu (sperm count), strength, kindles digestive fire and develops or stimulates swelling if any. Curd is also beneficial in conditions like anorexia, as it stimulates taste buds. In conditions like running nose
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  • Turning co…ool to Hot !!!

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    Puzzled by the title ???? I shall elaborate the meaning, it indicates the change of season, from winter to summer. Ayurveda terms this change as ‘Rutu Parivartan’. Ayurveda explains 6 rutus in a year, namely Shishir, Vasant, Grishma, Varsha, Sharad, & Hemant. The upcoming rutu – which likely falls from mid-March to mid-May – The “Vasant Rutu”, is the junction of these two seasons, where in the climate is neither too hot and nor too cold. The season changes its nature and qualities, and so does the body and its doshas. Hence it is very important to modify our diet and lifestyle accordingly to avoid seasonal illness. The sanchit (accumulated) kapha in the previous shishir rutu, starts liquefying with the increased warmth of the vasant rutu, which then spreads out and rests in sinuses, masks jatharagni and weakens it, resulting in indigestion, appetite loss, migrane, headache, acidity, cough, etc. Ayurveda explains some Do’s and Dont’s to prevent these ailments : Do’s in Vasant Rutu – Diet : Have foods which are easy to digest. Grains like
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  • 5 Super foods for winter

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    Health as per Ayurveda means equilibrium of all the three doshas, seven dhatus, three mala, and Agni. To maintain this equilibrium Ayurveda explains Dinacharya (Daily regimen) & Rutucharya (Seasonal regimen), which includes various diet, exercise, dressing, creating favorable, soothing  and comfortable surroundings as per the individuals prakriti and seasonal conditions. Here in this article we shall focus our details on Diet in Winter season (Hemant & Shishir rutu). Ayurveda has mentioned in details interesting foods for the season. Winter season is governed by Vayu mahabhoot, with dominance of vata and Kapha dosha. The dry and cold properties of the season, results in the increased demand of warmth and nourishment by the body. Winter is the best period of the year to replenish and restore body’s powerhouse. The Jatharagni (digestive fire) is very well kindled, and has the capacity to digest all the nutritious foods and store the surplus energy for rest of the year. If it is not supplied with sufficient fuel it can cause damage to healthy body tissues and so it is very
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  • Ayurvedic Tips to Beat the Heat this Summer

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    Summer season or Grishma rutu sets in increased body temperature, it aggravates pitta and triggers  physical and mental symptoms in the body like excessive thirst, weakness, sunburns,acidity, anger, impatience, irritation, and much more. External heat can be settled down with the use of air conditioners, coolers, fans, etc.but the internal chilling can only be achieved by proper diet and lifestyle. Ayurveda has precisely explained the seasonal regimen considering the human health. So this summer lets chill with these Ayurvedic tips: Diet : Pitta pacifying diet should be included. Avoid foods with Sour, spicy and salty taste, this category includes sour pickles, papads, chaat, chips, fried foods, canned foods, fermented foods like idli, dosa, dhokla, salted nuts, ketchup, bakery products etc. Include sweet delicacies like kheer, sweet semolina, shrikhand. Milk and milk products like milk flavored with gulkand, thandai, milk with sugar & cardamom powder; but No Milk shakes. Fresh unsalted  butter with sugar, freshly prepared sweet buttermilk improves digestion and also controls pitta. Avoid curd or Lassi. Ghee is another real good pitta pacifying ingredient, it provides good nourishment
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  • The Monsoon Health Care

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    The normalcy of Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha in the body is the state of well-being, whereas imbalance in this state causes disease. Monsoon brings about vivid changes not only in the nature but also the body. The season of monsoon brings with it increased incidences of gastric upsets, viral fever, malaise. All this is the result of diminished digestive fire, increased acidic tendency (Amlata) in the nature and the body as well; which aggravates Pitta. The accumulated vata in summer pops out its head, with the drop in temperature at the onset of monsoon. The vitiated vata leads to symptoms like Joint pain, muscular pain, acidity, loss of appetite, bodyache, gas trouble, indigestion, cough n cold, etc. These growing incidences of ailments due to accumulated vata and pitta dosha needs to be pacified with intake of medicines, proper diet and lifestyle modification. The excessive doshas should be eliminated through the body (detoxification) with the help of Panchakarma. Ayurvedic texts recommend specific Shodhan therapy (detox program) as per the season for everybody. This is a
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