The Science of Monsoon Ayurveda
The traditional Hindu system of medicine of Ayurveda is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet and yogic breathing in order to cure your ailments. According to the Ayurveda – the human body is based on the five natural elements – fire, water, earth, ether, and sky. These elements make up for the Doshas in Ayurveda, which largely determines the personality, intellect and emotional stability of a human being.
The season of monsoon brings showers to your cities – taking away all the heat of the previous months. In the heart of these rain, blooms the nectar of life – with a renewed energy, lending that air of freshness. But, according to Ayurveda, aggravation of Vata and Pitta becomes a cause of various diseases during this season. In order to balance these Doshas in monsoon, you need to maintain a healthy constitution- says the concept of Monsoon Ayurveda. It is a holistic rejuvenation process that helps the body to detoxify and balances the doshas to strengthen your body to stay healthy throughout the year.
Varsha Ritu (Monsoon) is unarguably considered the best season to undergo Ayurvedic treatments, as the climate opens up the pores in the skin, making it more receptive to all medications and treatments. It also increases your immunity levels helping the body from preventing lifestyle disorders such as diabetes, blood pressure, skin allergies, anxiety, and stress. An imbalance in a dosha can erupt an ailment which disrupts the energy flow and also leads to an accumulation of toxins. To get the maximum out of Monsoon Ayurveda you need to understand the treatments which are available to you:
– Shirodhara: It is a stress-busting treatment, where medicated oil and milk is poured over your forehead for a specific time. It is known to alleviate you from neurological problems such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety. It is also a proven method to bring a state of calmness to you.
– Pizhichil: A gentle massage with a warm medicated oil, which is poured all over the body. And you are asked to lie on a wooden plank which helps with the efficiency of the massage. This is supposed to relax your body and at the same time, it should also help you to rejuvenate the muscles. This is known to be the best treatment for curing arthritis and blood pressure.
– Abhyanga: In this, your body is massaged with large amounts of warm oil. This oil is mostly infused with medical herbs which are made suitable to your past conditions. This is known to enhance blood circulation, rejuvenates the organs and also strengthens the muscles.
– Virechana: This treatment has huge benefits such as curing inflammation, headaches, jaundice and many gynecological disorders. It is a combination of an oil massage along with the poultices of herbs and oils.
– Vasti: This medicated enema treatment is administered through the reproductive parts of human beings. The toxins are expelled through the digestive system in your body. It cleanses the lower part of your body. It has often found useful in treating kidney stones, constipation, etc.
– Udwarthanam: It is a deep, full-body massage which is done using herbal powders. It helps to stimulate and break down fat-storage underneath the skin. While this is mainly used for weight loss and treating obesity, the medical purposes of this treatment are also far more valuable. Usually, dry grains and a variety of oils and milk are made into a paste and is applied all over the body for a period of time. It is to be cleansed with a warm bath.
– Swetnam: This is a herbal-concocted steam bath which helps the body to flush out toxins by making it sweat. Simply put, it liquifies the wastes internally. In an advanced method of the same treatment, poultices are made of oil and herbs which are pressed on different parts of your body, to achieve the maximum results.
Ayurveda alerts us about this immediate shift in lifestyle and weather can sometimes cause more harm than good. It is necessary for your body to rest and have a period of relaxation away from all the mundane of this world. So this monsoon season let the wellness rain!
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.