Happy Monsoon and the Lifestyle according to Ayurveda

 


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Written and Edited by Dr Vikram Singh (Md, Ayur)
Founder of Ayurcare

Monsoon is a season of romance. The cool breeze and damp smell of the earth after a long roasting summer turn the mind ecstatic. Jumping in the puddles, dancing in the rain, going for a long drive etc add to the pleasure. However, it continues to remains so until an individual holds good health as rainy season brings a plethora of diseases along with. It has been observed that there is an increased occurrence of air and water-borne diseases in the rainy season.

Ayurveda lays emphasis on prevention of diseases rather than to cure them. Based on the analytical reasoning, Ayurveda recommends different regimens of diet and lifestyle for different seasons to ward off the imbalances in the body and thereby helps in boosting immunity and maintaining good health. This concept of following a specific diet and lifestyle modification in a specific season to prevent various diseases is described as Ritucharya.
Ritucharya is derived from two words –


1. Ritu (Season) and
2. Charya (Regimen or routine to be followed).



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Monsoon season is categorized as Varsha Ritu in Ayurvedic texts. It ranges from the month of Shravana toBhadrapada (Mid July to Mid September) and denotes the onset of Visarga Kala or Dakshinayana or Southern Solstice. During this season, the sky is covered by clouds and rains occur without the thunderstorm. The ponds, rivers, etc are filled with water.

Ayurveda describes the aggravation of Vata and accumulation of Pitta in Varsha Ritu. Constant raining, moisture in the atmosphere and cold weather results in aggravation of Vata which was accumulated during the dry and dehydrating heat of the summer; while Pitta accumulates following the conducive acidic conditions of the atmosphere as the predominant Rasa is Amla (sour) and Prithvi and Agni are predominant Mahabhutas in the rainy season.

According to Ayurveda, Agni is responsible for the digestive & metabolic activities of the body. During monsoon, the digestive fire or Agni weakens, leaving digestive system most vulnerable to various ailments. Diet thus followed during this season should balance the vitiated doshas and stimulate Agni to perform proper digestion.

Monsoon is the time when body’s immunity drops, thus proper care should be taken to prevent possible illnesses like general debility, blood and skin related problems, pain and swelling of joints, ringworm, fever, malaria, dysentery etc. In addition, other virus and bacteria related diseases may also emerge.

Here are few simple guidelines recommended by Ayurveda that should be followed during the monsoon season. By following these dos and don’ts, you’ll be able to celebrate the monsoons without fearing its adverse impact –

DIETARY REGIMEN 

 

 
ü One of the foremost rules in monsoon in Ayurveda is to eat according to the ability of one’s digestion. One must use spices such as pepper, ginger, asafoetida (Hing), garlic, cumin powder, coriander and turmeric for enhancing digestive capability. A small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal is highly recommended. These help in improving immunity too.
ü Consume warm, light and fresh foods prepared from barley, rice, wheat, gram flour, corn or oats. Brown rice and bread are the best food items to go with during monsoons.
ü Avoidance of curds, red meat and any foodstuff, which takes longer time to digest, is good during the monsoon. One may have buttermilk instead of curds. Include cow’s ghee in daily diet to kindle the digestive fire.
ü Consumption of uncooked / raw leafy vegetables and salads should be avoided. You may consume their sour and salted soups instead. However, if you want to have them raw, they should be washed thoroughlyto ensure removal of bacteria and dirt before eating. The leafy vegetables contain larvae too and you need to be very careful in finding them while washing. The vegetables recommended in this season include yam (Suran), snake gourd (Turi), pointed gourd (Parwal), bitter gourd (Karela), cluster beans (Gavaar), apple gourd (Tinda), pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and garlic etc.
ü Drinking boiled water with a dash of honey, or sipping on hot and herbal tea is ideal for this season. Drink small portions of lukewarm water throughout the day for good digestion. Pure water should be taken. If the water is taken from well, pond or river, then alum should be applied before using it. Water should be consumed within 24 hours of boiling. Avoid drinking excess fluids at this time as this further slows down the metabolism.
ü Among fruits, stick to pomegranates, mangoes, bananas, apples, lychees and cherries. Stick to seasonal fruits during monsoons as the unseasonal ones can easily get infected with microbes and worms during the monsoons.
ü Avoid non-vegetarian foods in monsoon. The possibility of germ content is highest in non-vegetarian foods.Those who can’t should go for lighter meat preparations like soups and stews rather than heavy curries.
ü Increased intake of sweet, sour and salty food is recommended while excessive pungent, bitter and astringent tastes should be avoided. Food, which contains acid, salt and greasiness, should be taken.
ü Although it is difficult to resist snacks in the cool weather, your diet should mostly consist of cereals and vegetables cooked in minimum of oil. If you want to snack, there is no dearth of healthy options. In rainy season, prefer grilled items such as bhutta (corn), chana (black gram), etc as humidity is very high and these food items are relaxing to the system and will not lead to accumulation of doshas. Having oily food would create problems in digestion.
ü Eat food cooked at home always. Excellent road side temptations like pani puri and bhel puri are not prepared hygienically and thus may cause stomach aches. So it would be better to control yourself till the end of the season so as to keep yourself healthy and fit to enjoy the monsoons to the fullest.
Avoid eatingchaats, fried items such as pakoras, pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors
Avoid foods such as pasta, soups, and other such foods which are meant to be good host for the growth of bacteria. Avoid fermented foods which include idli, dosa, uttapam, etc. People tend to eat a lot of junk and fried food during the rainy season. This can lead to weight gain and lethargy.
ü Excessively spicy foods such as tamarind and pickles should be avoided. They add taste to your food but can be very heavy in the monsoon.
ü Don’t consume food which is stored in cold storage or a refrigerator.
ü Fasting is especially recommended in the monsoon season, particularly for people fond of erratic eating. You can gain a lot of health benefits simply by observing a weekly or fortnightly fast during monsoon. It helps to improve your digestive fire.
 LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS


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Consumption of healthy diet only may not provide desired results unless supported by lifestyle modifications. Following are the tips for important changes in lifestyle of rainy season –

 

ü Avoiding daytime sleep is good as it hampers digestion and slows down the metabolism. Similarly, waking during night too is a bad thing to do as it further vitiates an already aggravated Vata.

 

ü Over exertion or over work will lower your metabolic rate and hence must be avoided. Perform only moderate exercises such as light walks and simple yogasanas. Do not tire yourself.
ü Keep the surrounding dry and clean and do not allow water to stagnate at places near you as it offers mosquito, flies and many microorganisms which may cause many diseases like malaria, typhoid, common cold, conjunctivitis, cholera and a variety of skin diseases.
ü Avoid getting wet in the rains. Always carry an umbrella. However, if it happens, it is better to take a bath with clean water and change into dry clothes as soon as possible in order to avoid exposure from infections as immunity is naturally low during monsoon. Keep body warm, to protect any attack from viruses as and when body temperature goes down.
ü Dampness breeds fungal and bacterial infections. Hence home as well as workplace should be damp free.
ü Oil massage followed by a warm water bath regularly is recommended.
ü Fumigation with likes of loban and dry neem leaves for drying cloths and killing insects / bacteria is recommended.

 

ü Use of Perfumes is advocated in this season.
PANCHAKARMA

Varsha Ritu or Monsoon season is considered as the best to go through Ayurvedic treatments since the moist climate opens up the pores in the skin, making it more receptive to all the medications and treatments. Ayurvedic treatments are highly recommended during this season in order to prevent any kind of disorders and to boost immunity.
Here are few key benefits of Ayurveda during the Monsoon season
 

 

Balances the vitiated doshas

 

Increases immunity

 

Cleanses & detoxifies the body

 

Rejuvenates body & mind 
Prevents lifestyle disorders like diabetes, blood pressure & stress

 

Conclusion
In this season, more especially, people of vataja prakriti and likewise people suffering from vataja disorders like arthritis (rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis), backache, lumbar and cervical spondylosis, insomnia, swelling in joints, sciatica, body aches etc are major sufferers. They must consult an Ayurvedic consultant so as to avoid a Vata imbalance.
If the above-mentioned diet and lifestyle is followed during the Monsoon, one can do their best to balance the body and mind.
Note: Article is Originally Written by Dr VD Singh and Author can be reachable at https://drsinghspeaks.blogspot.com/
With Regards,

 

 

 

Dr V D Singh MD (Ay)


Ayurcare, Vijaypur (Jammu)
Mobile : +91- 9419180272 | +91- 9622361874

 

 

Burt Reynolds heart attack and death analysis : Medical Astrology in the light of heart attack

What is Heart Attack ? 

If you believe that you are having the symptoms of a heart attack, please call 911 immediately and seek medical attention. The heart is a muscle like any other in the body. Arteries supply it with oxygen-rich blood so that it can contract and push blood to the rest of the body. When there isn’t enough oxygen flow to a muscle, its function begins to suffer. Block the oxygen supply completely, and the muscle starts to die.

Heart muscle gets its blood supply from arteries that originate in the aorta just as it leaves the heart. The coronary arteries run along the surface of the heart and supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle. The right coronary artery supplies the right ventricle of the heart and the inferior (lower) portion of the left ventricle. The left anterior descending coronary artery supplies the majority of the left ventricle, while the circumflex artery supplies the back of the left ventricle. The ventricles are the lower chambers of the heart; the right ventricle pumps blood to the lungs and left pumps it to the rest of the body.

What Causes a Heart Attack ? 

Over time, plaque can build up along the course of an artery and narrow the channel through which blood flows. Plaque is made up of cholesterol buildup and eventually may calcify or harden, with calcium deposits. If the artery becomes too narrow, it cannot supply enough blood to the heart muscle when it becomes stressed. Just like arm muscles that begin to ache or hurt when heavy things are lifted, or legs that ache when you run too fast; the heart muscle will ache if it doesn’t get adequate blood supply.

This ache or pain is called angina. It is important to know that angina can manifest in many different ways and does not always need to be experienced as chest pain. If the plaque ruptures, a small blood clot can form within the blood vessel, acting like a dam and acutely blocking the blood flow beyond the clot.

When that part of the heart loses its blood supply completely, the muscle dies. This is called a heart attack, or an MI – a myocardial infarction (myo=muscle +cardial=heart; infarction=death due to lack of oxygen).

Picture of Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) Picture of Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

 

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The circulatory axis in natal chart is afflicted on two points Aquarius and Sagittarius ,while the sign and house having Leo sign is under malefic influence ,lord of Leo sun is hemmed in malefic s along with 3rd and 5th lord mercury ,sun is the fourth lord ,the karak of 4th and planet moon is also under malefic influence from Saturn through the 8th aspect of mars,karak of 5th Jupiter is also under the malefic influence since the lords of 4th ,5th ,natural sign lords of kaal pursh and sign lords are all in malefic influence ,the involvement of circulatory axis again with malefic points to a cardiac problem.
He had triple bypass surgery in last week of Feb in the year 2010. Sun/Venus/Jupiter in Aquarius ,Rahu in Sagittarius ,Saturn in Virgo in 5th house of natal over moon.
Mars in cancer and mercury in Capricorn.Again the stress is on cardiac related axis and body organs.

At the time of his death Saturn is in transit on Sagittarius ,rahu in cancer and ketu in Capricorn ,sun in Aquarius ,Mercury /Venus in Pisces,Moon/Jupiter in Libra,mars in Scorpio. Dasha Mercury -Saturn .Mercury is lord of 2nd a marak.

Mars and Ketu – The Deadly Conjunction of two Warriors fighting for an unknown cause

Mars and Ketu conjunction always be considered as the deadly combination of the wars, Fear among people, battles among two countries or two neighbouring nations or arguments between two warriors fighting for a cause and when this combination is supported by Saturn and Jupiter it can bring Many catastrophic events in nations, earthquakes, war-like situation, fire and accidents. Luckily during this phase of Motion

Saturn was placed in 12th from the Mars and Jupiter placed in the 10th from it saving the Mars energy for betterment and Controlling the energy and bringing mars and Ketu energy into a balanced Action in society. But the main problem will come when Mars will gather enough energy in 60 days of 8 retrogression phases and its return will be deadly with South Node Ketu around 8 Degree in Uttrashada Nakashtra around 19th of September and up to 26th of September can bring much chaos. fear and debates like a situation in Society, till 26th of September Mars, will be in close association with South node Ketu, Sun in Pisces Navamsa ( The Jala Tattva amsa), it will bring much of ego and arrogance among people.

After the Comeback of Mars, the retrogression energy of mars will become immensely powerful for a period of the 1 month until and unless it will crosses over the 10 Degree of Capricorn with Ketu in Sharvana nakshatra. The planetary war between Mars and Ketu was already started from the 28th of August when Mars turns direct after gaining Maximum chesta bala ( around 48 Chesta, from the Sun ) via Retrogression, that time Sun and Mars having the relation of the 6/8 and the energy of Mars will settle down when Sun will be in Virgo, trine to Mars after crossing few degrees.

Question is why it is so? Because Mars is Agni Tattva Graha and Retrogression is an astronomical phenomenon occurs between an alignment of the three planets forming an energy relation between the Sun, Earth and The planet who is going to become retrograde and this Mars Retrogression has 8
States which was started from the 2nd May onward and it will complete these 8 phases of retrogression for the duration of 60 Days from 27th of June 2018 onward up to 28th of August.

These 8 Phases means, the 8 Energy gathering phases from the source energy of Sun which is again an Agni tattva Graha, Agni always rises up and keep on the blown upside and when it will be in maximum strength, it can burn the tattva of the planet it conjugates i.e with the moon, venus ( The Jala Tattva Graha, problem in weather and personal relations ), that’s the reason mars will become immensely powerful after 28th of August 2018 and till 1 month period of Mars, it will create lots of fuss, heated arguments, conflicts in close relations, fights among fellow people as Mars is going to fire up Ketu in Capricorn, as both the  planets are warm and agani tattva planets, so they will fight with each other without any reason for any unknown cause of war, as Ketu with mars is like fighting for no reason or fighting for an arrogance or Some disputes because of Heated arguments because of Ego and superior complexity.

During these phase People will face health issues because of the Pittha rog, i.e Stomach upset, indigestion problem, Jwar ( Viral Fevers), Jatha Agni Fire will rise up and people will start eating lots of Fiery food and fried foods and result will be the problem of Acidity and Indigestion related problem.The main issue will be people will start fighting with each other over small arguments or issues due to ego conflicts just to prove their points true or correct.

People having the profession of Preachers, Priests, counsellors, Astrologers, Lawyers, Judges, government officials, Military professions, wrestlers, swords fighters and other combat sports, Construction industry, Security personals, Hunters, Holistic physicians and politicians will face heated arguments and debates. Those who will lack moral ethics will get blown up by the true warriors, as mars has gained enough Power after the retrogression so mars energy won’t spare any cheaters or those people who will behave like chandala’s, or those having cheating nature or doing hidden kapta or forming Kapata yogas.

People with Capricorn Moon sign and Lagna of Gemini, Aquarius, Aries, Scorpio, Cancer, Virgo need special attention till 26th of September 2018. People running Mars or Ketu dasha need special attention not to indulge in fights or any debates.I hope this will clear up what it is about Mars and Ketu conjunction over Capricorn which is a sign of Bhoomi tattva so any matters related to cheating and fraud in money laundering will pick up like a fire and will be getting caught by the policing energy of mars. So be aware do not frauds in the matters of money and job, Saturn is behind this combination and it is also direct, so he is watching your actions.

Bhoomi is all about land-related issues, I,e Floods, Too much fire, too much heat and warm weather, people of South and North of india need special attention for any sort of Weather-related issues till 5th of November 2018. As per Brihat Samhitam When mars begin his retrogression in the star of Uttaraashda after being released from the eclipse in the star of poorva or uttar phalguni and get eclipsed again in the star of rohini it can afflict the three world with untold sufferings.

So mars in uttarashada is all about the Conflicts happening over spiritual debates or matters.Both the planets are fighting for a cause which has no end or has no goals. Ketu with mars is like blind anger which can bring much chaos like situation among society and it can bring many heated arguments in close relations.

 

Ritucharya: An Overview of Seasonal Regimen in Ayurveda by Dr Vikram

 
Written and Compiled by Dr Vikram Jasrotia (Ayr, MD)
Founder of Ayurcare
PREFACE

Ayurveda is the ‘Science of life’. Its fundamental and foremost principle is to maintain the health of a healthy individual by following proper diet and lifestyle regimen rather than to treat or cure an ailment. To achieve this goal, Ayurveda explains various protocols as per the need and necessity of an individual. These protocols vary from person to person as Ayurveda doesn’t accept ‘one-size-fits-all’ as true. As per Ayurveda no two persons are exactly alike in the given time. Hence the treatment is recommended keeping a variety of aspects of ailment and ailing individual in mind.
Apart from age, sex, constitution etc of the sick, various other external factors too are taken into consideration while treating a person, which may intermingle with the wellness of that individual. For example, the environmental factors including temperature, humidity, wind, rain, clouds, the nature of the land, water of the given place etc are kept in mind while designing a treatment protocol. To be more precise, the treatment plan for an individual dwelling in the mountainous terrain of Kashmir will be different from a person residing in tropical Punjab. Likewise choice of drugs varies from season to season.
TRIDOSHA
 


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This whole Universe is composed of five basic elements called Panchamahabhuta or Panchatatva viz., Ether (Akash), Air (Vayu), Fire (Agni), Water (Jala) and Earth (Prithvi); and man being the microcosm of this Universe, too is made up of these five basic elements. These five elements interact in specific patterns constituting Vata, Pitta & Kapha collectively called as Tridosha.
Tridosha are basic humors or bio-entity of the body. However, they can’t be seen being a non-physical entity, yet are evident through their bodily functions and typical symptoms. The balanced state of Tridoshas symbolizes health and imbalance of the same is considered as illness.

RITUCHARYA 
 
Ayurveda advocates that our body is affected by seasonal changes. As stated above, man is microcosm of the Universe. Vata, Pitta &Kapha govern all bodily activities of human as Air, Sun and Water do in the ecosystem of earth. As we see various changes in ecosystem such as scorching heat in summers, biting cold in winters etc, man being a part of the same ecology, his body is also influenced by such alterations in external environment. With the change in season, the change is evident in the environment we live in. If body refuses to adopt the stressors arose because of the changes in specific traits of seasons, it may lead to imbalance of Tridosha, which in turn may render the body highly susceptible to one or other kinds of disorders. To avoid this imbalance of Tridosha, Ritucharya (seasonal regimen) has been mentioned in the classics of Ayurveda.
Lifestyle diseases are a result of an inappropriate relationship of people with their environment. Ayurveda has depicted various rules and regimens regarding diet and behavior to acclimatize seasonal alterations and thus prevents the derangement of homeostasis which may cause various diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer etc. Ritucharya is a mode of living one’s life in context of the seasons. It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice literally meaning ‘seasonal regimen’. It recommends different diets and lifestyle schedules in each season which help in retaining the health. This could range from obvious choices such as wearing warmer clothes during the winter to seasonal eating habits. The importance of Ritucharya in Ayurveda is that the principles from it can be applied daily to benefit one’s body.

SEASONS
 
 
Ayurveda describes six seasons, each of two months duration, namely Shishira, Vasanta, Grishma, Varsha, Sharada and Hemanta in a year. A year (Samvatsara) is further divided into two semesters (Ayana), consisting of six months with three seasons each.
(1) Uttarayana or Northern Solstice – It indicates the ascent of the Sun or when the Sun appears to move northward. It comprises ofShishira, Vasanta & Grishma seasons. It is Agneya (Fire-like property) in nature.
(2) Dakshinayana or Southern Solstice – Dakshinayana indicates the descent of the sun or when the Sun appears to move southward. It comprises of Varsha, Sharad and Hemant seasons.
Uttarayana or Adana Kala or Northern Solstice 
 


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Uttarayana is also called Adana Kala. Adana means ‘to take away’. In Indian subcontinent this period may range from mid – January to mid – July when warmness and dryness in atmosphere increases and reaches its peak. The Sun and the wind become extremely powerful during this half of the year. The scorching heat of the Sun takes away the moisture and cooling quality of Earth leaving it dry and rough. Likewise energy and strength of the creatures also dries up leaving them debilitated. Adana Kala brings increase in the Tikta (bitter),Kashaya (astringent), and Katu (pungent) rasa (taste) respectively, in the successive ritus, which brings about dryness in the body and reduces the Bala (strength).
According to modern science this can be compared with the movement of Earth around the Sun to the position in which the rays of the Sun fall perpendicularly at 30 degree meridian of the North Pole on June 21st every year, called as summer solstice.

Dakshinayana or Visarga Kala or Southern Solstice 
 
Dakshinayana, also known as Visarga Kala is for giving of strength and vigour in all living beings. During this period, Moon dominates the Sun and anabolic activity dominates over the catabolic activity in the environment. The Sun releases the strength to the people while Earth is cooled down due to the clouds, rain and cold wind. Unctuousness sets in the atmosphere and Amla (sour), Lavana (salty), and Madhura(sweet) Rasa are predominant, so the strength of person enhances during this period. This period ranges from mid – July to mid – January in the Indian subcontinent.
According to modern science, this can be compared with the movement of the earth around the sun to the position in which the rays of the sun fall over 30 degree meridian of the South Pole perpendicularly on December 21st every year, called as winter solstice.
CLASSIFICATION OF SEASONS

TRIDOSHA STATUS IN DIFFERENT SEASONS

Vata dosha accumulates during the dry or dehydrating heat of the summer. In rainy season, due to constant raining, the moisture and cold weather aggravates Vata. The apetite (Agni) becomes low and causes indigestion.

Pitta accumulates during the rainy season due to the acidic conditions of the atmosphere and a weakened digestion. It is aggravated during autumn when the heat returns .This occurs after the cooling spell of the rainy season.
Kapha accumulates during the cold season due to the cold and dampness caused by the winds, clouds and rain. It gets aggravated during the spring when the warm weather liquefies the accumulating Kapha.
SEASONAL VARIATION IN HUMAN STRENGTH 
In the beginning of Visarga Kala and ending of Adana kala, i.e., during Varsha and Grishma, strength gets weak and debility occurs. In the middle of the solstices, that is, during Sharata and Vasanta, strength remains in moderate grade and during the end of Visarga Kala and in the beginning of Adana Kala, that is, during Hemanta and Shishira, maximum strength is seen.
SEASONAL VARIATION IN POTENCY OF TASTES 
 


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The following table summarizes the tastes which are more powerful and hence can be included in the diet in each of the six seasons.

Conclusion:
As adaptations according to the changes, is the key for survival, the knowledge of Ritucharya (regimen for various seasons) is thus important.Note: Article is Originally Written by Dr VD Singh and Author can be reachable at Ayurcare.
With Regards,Dr V D Singh MD (Ay)
Ayurcare, Vijaypur (Jammu)
Mobile : +91- 9419180272 | +91- 9622361874