Utilizing Ayurveda in the Month of Bhadrapada

Bhadrapada, also known as Bhado or Bhadon, is the sixth month of the Hindu calendar. It usually falls in August or September in the Gregorian calendar, depending on the lunar calendar. Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine in India, is closely tied to the seasons and lunar calendar. Ayurveda recognizes the impact of seasonal changes on the body's doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and recommends different health practices and dietary guidelines for each season. In Bhadrapada, which typically marks the transition from monsoon (Varsha) to post-monsoon (Sharad) season in India, Ayurvedic practices often focus on balancing the increased Vata dosha and maintaining overall health. Here are some Ayurvedic tips and practices you might consider during Bhadrapada: Dietary Adjustments: As the monsoon season wanes, Ayurveda suggests transitioning to a lighter diet that is easy to digest. Include warming and mildly spicy foods to balance Vata. Incorpor

Vata Dosha & Balancing Habits

Any kind of movement in the body (solid, liquid, gas and even thoughts) is controlled by Vata. So, vata will be more vigorous when the imbalance would be greater between the two points within the body. This vigor/turbulence makes the person feel uneasy and anxious to any level as it is the flow of energy. Hence, it is very important to balance this dosha. A few symptoms of an imbalanced Vata dosha are as follows: Dry, rough and thin skin and hair  Susceptibility to cold and feeling cold in feet and palms. Being underweight Anxiety, restlessness, worrisome and afraid Constipation Insomnia and disturbed sleep at night Severe menstrual cramps and PMT Stiffness in joints Fatigued and poor endurance. What to do in these symptoms? This problem can be administered by adopting a few lifestyle changes. These changes are basic but requires conscious effort to bring about the desired changes. The first and foremost is to prefer cooked food over raw food and salads. People with vata dosha should g

Human Body & Doshas (Vaata - Pitta - Cough)

 As discussed in the previous blog, the three doshas (also known as Tridoshas) are fundamental principles related to the health (good or ill) of a human being. In this blog, the details of this very important principle is discussed. All the prominent ayurvedacharyas of ancient times including Charak, Sushruta, Vagbhata, Shrangdhara, Bhavamishra, Madhava etc have dealt with Tri-dosha/Tri-dosa and administration of the same for a good health and longevity. Where are these found in human body? : As mentioned in the verse 285 (Chapter XXVII) of Charaka Samhita, Vaata (Gas) is found in Pelvic region, i. e. between hip bones including bladder, rectum etc. and reproductive organs. Pitta (Acid) is found in cardiac region (the junction where oesophagus ends and stomach starts). The Cough (or Kapha) is situated in the head. Because of the proximity of the doshas to the specific organs, Charaka emphasises on eliminating them through emesis (vomit). Why are human beings impacted differently? : Cha

Health as Perceived in Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the oldest science of medication emphasizes on preservation of good health (prevention of ailments) more than letting a person succumbing to the ailment and then cure it. Hence, the focus is on following a lifestyle (also called a healthy lifestyle) instead of an event to be followed during the course of a disease. So, what is a healthy lifestyle? What is the meaning of being "healthy"? How can one know if the activities (s)he is involved in day-to-day chores helping her to be healthy? Sushruta, a great surgeon who is believed to have lived between 1200 B. C. to 600 B. C., defined "Health" as a balanced condition of the following: The three fundamental principles, called DOSHAS : Vaata (Gas), Pitta (Acid) and Cough   AGNI (Fire), responsible to carry out the digestive & metabolic activities of the body. Sama agni (balanced fire) results in smooth metabolism, Visham agni (erratic fire) results in irregular metabolism, Tikshna agni (extreme fire) result