-- Seasonal Purification Practices in Monsoon!
-- What therapies does Ayurveda suggest during this Season?
Health scientists say that diseases might be prevented or managed at four levels - primordial, primary, secondary and tertiary.
Proudly, we may say that Ayurveda is the only health science that has overseen the necessity of primordial prevention, that too centuries ago. So daily regimen (dinacharya) and seasonal regimen (ritu-charya) are the basic tools to achieve primordial prevention in the true sense.
The toxins or ama that accumulate in the channels (srotas) in the course of time may lead to a number of diseases which are long-standing (cirakaari) and complex (tiryak-gata). These might be incurable by medicines (bheshajadveshi roga). The toxins, in turn, may cause the coating of channels, obstruction, reduction of bio-fire, etc and eventually turn fatal. The alarming prevalence of lifestyle diseases may also be studied in this context. Seasonal purification practices (sodhana) done as per scientific guidelines may help individuals to attain equipoise (dhaatusaamya) periodically.
Karkataka (Mid July - Mid August) is marked with heavy downpour day and night which restricts people to stay at home. Mother Nature is blessed with the sprouting of all types of vegetative life during this time. Fresh and tender sprouts appear as signals of regeneration in all vegetations.
The Monsoons in Kerala do not pour for weeks and weeks together. It rains heavily for some time at regular intervals. Occasionally, the rains might stretch on for a few days, but the respite of sunshine is never far away. Naturally, physicians of Kerala have inferred that same regenerative physiological changes may also occur in human beings.
So, both the seasons and situation are favorable to observe palliative treatment for healthcare (deha raksha). Also, in the rainy season, the general stamina of individuals becomes lesser. This also happens during Summer. So rejuvenation procedures may be resorted to.
Some of the common Panchakarma therapies that can be practiced during this season include the following:
Months of heavy rain, cold and heat are not suitable for purification therapy. So in a year, we have to do Seasonal Purification practices thrice. Incidentally, the month of Karkataka is thus the time for the elimination of Vata. For this, the ideal purification procedure is enema (vasti). After purification therapy, the treatment that stabilizes and strengthens the body such as rejuvenation therapy may be carried out. This is the treatment protocol advocated in Ayurveda as a part of Seasonal Purification.
Any purification procedure is to be preceded by a pre-purification procedure (poorvakarma) and followed by post purification procedures (paschat karma). So, after assessing the condition of the individual, the person has to undergo internal function and sudation before performing an enema. Since the bio-fire is weak in the rainy season, attempts for augmenting it should be executed. Diet should be light but strengthening. In a way, as all the three humors or doshas are deranged in Monsoons, enema is the ideal purification therapy as it will expel all the three vitiated humors.
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