Most parts of India experience heavy monsoons towards the middle of the year which was traditionally known to bring heavy rain and a paucity of fresh produce. This coincides with the Malayalam month of Karkidakam when, according to Ayurveda, the body is most susceptible to illnesses. The Ayurvedic View of Monsoon is that rain and the cool temperatures can cause immunity to be low and water-borne diseases like cough, cold and fever are likely. Therefore, this is the perfect time to indulge in a rejuvenating ayurvedic treatment that can flush away toxins accumulated over the year and strengthen the body using ayurvedic immunity boosters.
Ayurvedic treatments for the monsoon season are focused on correcting the aggravation of Vata and Pitta doshas in the body and helping the body develop immunity. Karkidaka Chikitsa is a preventive ayurvedic therapy that is specifically administered during this period to improve a person’s physical, mental and spiritual well being. For this, along with oushada seva, bath rituals, exercises and lifestyle modifications, Ayurveda stresses on dietary routines that help build immunity.
For the month of Karkidakam, Ayurveda recommends having a light, easily digestible diet with warm and unctuous meals which are supplemented with herbal medicines to prevent indigestion, heartburn, abdominal gas and flatulence, and a general lack of appetite. Warm rice gruel, lightly seasoned vegetable soups and goat meat soups, green gram and honey mixed with sour, salty, fatty and dry foods (dry ginger) as drinks & diets are advised. Primary among these is the Karkidaka Kanji, also known as Oushada Kanji. It is an easy to digest gruel of njavara rice which is enriched with herbs and spices. The kanji is taken as supper or early dinner for a period of 7, 21 or 42 days, as per the convenience of the person. Karkidaka kanji is known to keep diseases at bay and is one of the best immunity boosters for people of all ages. Food products that one should avoid during this time include milk products, egg, fish and meat and any food that is hard to digest.
Benefits of Karkidaka Kanji: Karkidaka kanji ingredients are a unique combination of herbs, spices and grains that cleanse your gut and restore the gut bacteria that aid proper digestion. It helps to expel toxins from the body and improve the person’s metabolism. By pacifying the aggressive Vata dosha in the gut, bones, muscles and joints, a diet of Karkidaka kanji for dinner for the specified number of days helps the person to feel rejuvenated and revitalized.
Preparation of Karkidaka Kanji: The key ingredients for the preparation of Karkidaka kanji are Njavara rice, Coconut milk and Oushadha choorna (consisting of Chukku, Ilavanga, Jatipatri, Jeeraka, Karayampoo, Kothamalli, Kurumulaku, Pippali, Elathari, Kurunthotti, Putharichunda, Dasapushpa etc.), along with Ghee, Rock Salt and Indian shallots for seasoning. These ingredients are combined together in a unique preparation and consumed while still warm.
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With the lifestyle change, no wonder there is an obesity crisis. Obesity is the excessive fat accumulation in the body which may lead to several other health risks. It is caused by unhealthy food habits and a sedentary lifestyle. It can result in type-2 diabetes, heart diseases, and hypertension. Ayurveda offers treatment for obesity with proper medication and a strict diet. Nisakathakadi Kashaya Tablet developed by Sitaram Ayurveda helps to manage blood pressure, diabetic complications like neuropathy and nephropathy. It also helps to cure diabetic retinopathy. This tablet is a solution for all the diseases caused as a result of obesity.
Psoriasis is an auto-immune skin disorder in which skin cells build up and form itchy, dry patches. The only cure is to stop skin cells from multiplying. The prescribed medications can cause unwanted side effects. At the same time, Ayurveda has a line of treatment available to heal Psoriasis with some dietary regulations. The Psora herbal oil is an external ayurvedic medication with Sweta Kutaja, which improves skin health and rejuvenation. It can calm the flaky skin and considerably reduce cell growth.
Toothache is the pain we feel around the tooth, caused when the nerve in the root, the gums, or the tooth itself is disturbed somehow. Dental infection, cavities, and gum disease can also be the reasons. Taking care of dental hygiene is one way to prevent such problems and bring relief from tooth pain. Arimedadi Taila is a gargle liquid that can be used daily to fight toothache, inflammation, and bleeding of gums. It can also be used as a remedy for bad breath and for treating enamel erosion in teeth.
A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs, and piles are the swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus. A permanent cure for both is surgical removal, while Ayurvedic medications offer to manage the signs and symptoms associated with them. Dusparsakadi Kashaya is effective in the management of Piles and Fistula. It also helps with abdominal bloating and indigestion. It has ingredients such as Patha, which treat Infertility, hypertension, and skin diseases.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease that affects the airways of the lungs. There is no cure for asthma, but the symptoms can be managed. At times bronchodilators are known to cause side effects. Ayurveda puts forward different medicines to manage the symptoms of asthma. Vasarishtam contains vasaka, which is used for treating cold, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. This syrup also benefits in Sinusitis treatment, Allergic Rhinitis treatment, and other respiratory tract infections.
Kidneys are vital organs, and it is crucial to keep them healthy always. Staying hydrated and a clean diet is two natural ways to keep your renal healthy. Staying out from habits like smoking and alcohol consumption is a great favor to one’s kidneys. Ayurveda has medicines like Punarnavadi Kashaya to strengthen the renal function and detoxify the body fluids.