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Monsoon & Ayurveda The aroma emitting from the soil , the tiny droplets hanging on to leaves, the thundering sound of the rain, and the wind in the air… Yes we are talking about Monsoon or Varsha Rutu. Monsoon not only brings changes in Mother Nature but also in our body. Vata, Pitta, Kapha are the 3 vital forces which regulate our body. Vata is responsible for conduction of the nervous system, blood circulation, musculo-skeletal movements of our body and also elimination of waste products from our body. Pitta regulates the digestion and metabolism in our body. Kapha governs the mucous secretion and lubrication of our joints. The atmospheric changes in Monsoon or specifically Varsha rutu lead to vitiation of Vata in our body. Also there is increase in the Amlata or acidity in the nature and hence in our body. This results in diminished bio-digestive fire (Agni). Vitiated Vata along with reduced Agni results in imbalance leading to diseases. Following are the diseases caused to vitiated vata. • Gastric upset in the form of gases, Abdominal bloating, loss of appetite, constipation • Chronic constipation leads to Piles and fissures in anal region. • Muscular pain and body ache. • Knee pain (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis) • Low back pain (Lumbar Spondylosis, PID, Sciatica) • Neck pain (Cervical Spondylitis) • Menstrual abnormalities like Dysmenorrhea, Irregular menses, Scanty menses, PCOD, Fibroids etc • Paralysis and other degenerative changes related to Nervous system. • Skin ailments like Psoriasis, Dry skin etc. These growing incidences of ailments due to accumulated vata and disturbed Agni 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. Ayurveda texts recommend specific Shodhan therapy (detox program) as per the season for everybody. This is a part of Rutucharya (Seasonal regime) – • Vaman(Clinically induced emesis)in Vasant rutu. • Virechan(Purgation therapy) and Raktamokshan(Bloodletting) in Sharad rutu. • Similarly Basti in Varsha rutu . Basti in Monsoon is advised not only for diseased but also for healthy people so that they remain healthy. Importance of Basti – Acharyas describe “Basti is half of the medicinal therapy, or even the complete treatment.” Charak- Sid. Ch. 1 verse 39 As per Ayurveda the intestines are the main seat of Vata in our body. Also modern science says that rectal route is the fastest route for drug administration. So any medicine given through intestines will get absorbed quickly. So Basti given through intestines will act as a corrective measure for the vitiated Vata. There are 2 types of Basti which are given. 1. Anuvasan basti or Sneha Basti – Oil Enema 2. Kashaya Basti – Decoction or Kadha Basti. These are given in alternate manner or in a specific order (as decided by the Ayurvedic Physician) for 8, 15 or 30 days depending upon the Patient and severity of Vitiated Vata. So, Stay healthy and rejuvenated this monsoon with benefits of Ayurveda. Please inbox us for any further information.
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