Monsoon is considered the major cause of various diseases due to vitiation of vata and pitta dosha. Aggravated vata and Kapha during this season, causes fermentation inside the stomach which increases acidity, lowers immunity and body strength, and various diseases as well.
Ayurveda strongly recommends seasonal purification practices in monsoon with few changes in diet. Monsoon is the best time to detox and rejuvenate, healing chronic diseases
Panchakarma therapies that can be practiced during this season include the following:
- Abhyanga (oleation therapy) – Massaging with medicated oils to increase blood circulation in the body and help to relax, nourish and rejuvenate all the body cells.
- Snehana is the immediate treatment after Deepana – Pachana. It is done internally and externally.
- Abhyanga is the external oil body massage. After observing the proper signs of saturation of Snehapana, Abhyanga should be done before Vamana and Virechana.
- Swedana (sudation therapy)- The patient is made to sweat by using steam from boiling herbs
- The process of inducing sweat through various procedures is known as Swedana. Baspa Sweda (Steam) is usually given before panchakarma.
- It helps to mobilize the saturated toxins and then move from different parts of the body to the middle part of the body, which makes it easy for the expulsion of doshas from the body.
- Abhyanga and Swedana (Steam) are the preparatory procedure of all the panchakarma – detoxification treatments.
- Shirodhara – Pouring warm oil, medicated buttermilk, water, or milk on the forehead for a specified period. This reduces headaches, stress, improves memory, and helps in insomnia.
- Virechana (purgation) – Helps cleanse the toxins from the body or balance Pitta dosha
- This procedure removes aggravated pitta dosha from the body and cleanses the GI tract.
Paschat Karma (Post procedures after Panchakarma (detoxification treatments)
After Vamana and Virechana, jatharagni (Digestive fire) gets diminished. Samsarjanakrama is performed to augment this diminished Agni (Digestive fire).
When the Agni (digestive fire) normalizes, the normal production of all Dhatus (Tissue elements) and respective malas (waste products) is seen. Categorization of days in the Panchakarma – detoxification procedure
|Treatments||No: of Days||Procedure|
|1||Deepana & Pachana (For improving digestive fire and for eliminating metabolic toxins)||It will be continued till the proper symptoms are present.||External treatments and Internal medications|
|2||Snehapana (Oleation therapy)||3-7 days (Depends on the symptoms of saturation).||Intake of medicated Ghee, No other treatments and Medications|
|3||Resting Day||1 day||Diet, Abhyanga (Oil massage), and Swedana (Steam).|
|4||Vamana karma (Therapeutic vomiting)||1 Day||Abhyanga (Oil massage), Swedana (Steam), and therapeutically induced vomiting|
|5||Samsarjanakrama (Post dietary regimen)||7 Days||Diet, external therapies, internal medications|
|6||Snehapana (Second course of oleation)||3 – 7 Days||Intake of medicated Ghee, No other treatments and Medications|
|7||Resting Days||2 – 3 Days||Diet, Abhyanga (Oil massage), and Swedana (Steam).|
|8||Virechana Karma (Therapeutic purgation)||1 Day||Abhyanga (Oil massage), Baca Swedana (Steam), and therapeutically induced purgation.|
|9||Samsarjanakrama (Post diet regimen)||7 Days||Diet, external therapies, internal medications|
|10||Basti Karma (Therapeutic enema) (Asthapana Vasti – decoction enema or Anuvasana Vasti – Oil enema or combined)||8 Days||Along with Enema, Internal Medicines, and Other External Therapies|
|11||Resting Days||16 Days||Internal Medicines and External therapies|
|12||Nasya Karma (nasal administration of medicine)||Till the proper symptoms of Nasya.||Along with Nasal Therapy, Internal Medicines, and External therapies|
Conclusion: The traditional treatments done in monsoon season are called Varsha Ritucharya (Ritu which means season and Charya which means regimen or discipline) or Karkataka Chikitsa (monsoon treatments) in Ayurveda. Along with panchakarma therapies, it is also important to follow a proper diet regimen during this season. You can revel in the rainy season to the fullest. What precautions to have? This can be managed by taking on Ayurvedic practices and medicines. In case you have a query, you can always consult Ayurvedic experts at Total Ayurveda Care and get answers to your questions! Lastly, make sure you stay away from disease outspread mosquito. In a simple way– try fumes of fried neem leaves as a mosquito repellent to protect illnesses.