Monsoon Season Ritucharya, (Dos and Don’ts) as per Ayurveda.

  1. Ayurveda believes human body & world are made with Panchmahabhut.
  2. Hence, whatever changes take place outside in the world during the change in season, same takes place inside the human body.
  3. During rainy season. there is change in panch mahabhut and it creates imbalance in tridohas, vata, pitta and kapha. and leads to illness.
  4. We can’t change the season or the outside environment, but ayurveda has give do’s and donts, Ie pathya or apathya for each and every season, under rutu Chariya. If followed properly one can prevent illness.
  5. So, during rainy season weather is cold. To prevent cold affecting our body one should eat hot things.
  6. Hot is both, by nature and by temperature.
  7. Hot food should be included like garlic, fresh ginger available in the season, garmar, Mari, cinnamon, ajmo, etc Which will maintain body heat and also we should have hot and warm food rather than cold drinks or cold food, frozen food, which are encouraged in summer season. One can have ginger, tulsi honey and lemon drink on rainy days.
  8. Second change in outside weather is Vayu, lot of movement of air or wind. Similarly, inside our body also there is lot of movement of Vayu. Vaaya stays in pakavshaya, that is large intestine and bones. This vayu creates gas, bloating, burps in digestive system and increases pain in bone and joints.
  9. Simple solution to reduce the moment of vayu as per Ayurveda, is to have snigdha food like cooked food made with cows ghee or sesames oil or any good cooking oil. Avoid fermented food, raw sprouts, raw puffed snacks without roasting it with ghee and hing. One can also apply sesame oil or coconut oil and massage the body before bath.
  10. Other change outside is that there is water everywhere. Similarly, water increases inside over body as well. On and off one has to go for urination. So, try to have aged rice, wheat, dal, grains, which are less in water due to their storage and are also easy to digest.
  11. Last change seen outside, is about the Tejmahamahabhut ie sun, which was very intense in summer, but now it’s covered by clouds. Similarly, inside our body also Agni or pachan Shakti, is also reduce. To increase to Jathar Agni, Ayurveda recommends sour & salty food. So, include seasonal fruits which are sour in nature like plums, peach, pear, naspati, cherries etc which helps in increasing the digestive fire and avoid cold fruits like water melon musk melon mangoes etc.
  12. Regarding salt, saindhav or black salt can be added to ginger and lemon taken before meals will increase the digestive fire and improve digestion.
  13. Along with Aahar, Ayurveda also gives importance to Vihar. One should avoid day time sleep and excessive exercise, as this will further reduce the gastric fire.
  14. Due to change in season, there is change in internal environment of Mahabhutas and doshas , but due to proper aahar and vihar, one can balance it and prevent the illness.

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