The season of rains is here. The drizzling clouds bring changes not only in nature but in our bodies too. Many gurus of Ayurvedic science stated that when seasons change, we too need to change our lifestyle and diet to suit the particular climate change. However, it should be gradual. Slowly try to give up the initial lifestyle and adopt a new one.
In Ayurvedic literature, the year is divided into 6 ritus named as grishma (summer), Varsha (monsoon), Sharad (autumn), Hemant (winter), Shishir (late winter) and Vasant (spring). Comparing our body to a vehicle, which needs occasional servicing, one needs to observe seasonal variation or ritucharya. The season of monsoon brings with it increased incidences of gastric upsets, viral fever, etc.
Ancient scriptures of Ayurvedic science suggest that the rainy season in the months of June to August is an ideal time for Ayurvedic treatments. As the atmosphere is dust-free and the climate is cool, it lets the pores of the body to open up to the maximum extent. Thus it is an ideal time where the skin is most receptive to therapy.
During the rains in monsoon, Vata in our body is aggravated whereas Pitta is accumulated and Kapha is pacified or controlled. Further, the humidity in the air due to the clouds leads to fermentation and resulting in the conversion of ingested food into sour components, increasing acidity.
To combat any health hazards from elevated Vata and pitta dosha one might resort to cleansing procedures like Basti (medicated enemas) and virechan (purgation). Once the body is cleansed it is then important to keep it healthy through proper diet and lifestyle.
Hence, this Monsoon season, eat tons of nutritious food, stay healthy and try to balance your Vata with Ayurveda. So that you can forget the stress and enjoy the rains.