RITU CHARYA ( Ayurveda seasonal regimen - pivotal for good health)

ritucharya

Ayurveda is the oldest medical science in the world. It was cognized by the ancient yogis from deep states of meditation.  It comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. 

The ayurvedic sutras/regime of proper living is designed not only for curing disease but also for maintenance of health, achievement of long, healthy and active life, providing relief from diseases, allowing satisfactory enjoyment of life and attainment of realization.

In today’s fast life, disease like respiratory tract disease, skin related allergies and many other are mounting in incidence every day and are burning challenge for medical system. Immunological status is continuously being degraded with the passage of time and centuries. So one of the most important ayurvedic sutra is rittucharya which one can practice to maintain healthy life and to boost up the immunity system of body.

Kal viparya (seasonal changes) play an important role in the causation of disease and adoption of certain seasonal regimen prescribed by ayurveda prevent some disease.

Ayurveda divided the calendar into two body:

  • Uttarayan
  • Dakshinayan

Each of these division consist of three season

Uttarayan - also known as adana kal(period of depletion-gradually decreases of dehabal). It compromises three season(six month)

  • Shishir ritu (mid of January- mid of March)
  • Vasant ritu (mid of March - mid of May)
  • Grishm ritu (mid of May- mid of July)

Dakshinayan - also known as visarg kal(period of regain-gradually increases of dehabal). It compromises three seasons (six month)

  • Varsha ritu (mid of July- mid of September)
  • Sharad ritu (mid of September- mid of November)
  • Hemant ritu (mid of November- mid of January)

Diet and Lifestyle in different season

Shishir ritu (winter) : During this period cold air increases the jathragni(digestive power). Which needs to be satisfied with heavy diet?

Dos

  • Intake sweet, sour and salty food
  • Milk and its product (ghee, curd etc.)
  • Honey, luke warm water
  • Nutritious diet
  • Oil massage
  • Protection against cold physical exercise
  • Steam bath

Dont’s

  • Bitter, astringent and pungent food
  • Fasting
  • Use of cold water
  • Living in cold environment

Vasant ritu (spring) : During this period increasesd cough is liquefy with the heat of sun and as such disturb the digestive power or jatharagini and causes many kaph related dosha.

Dos

  • Drink Luke warm water
  • Use of wheat barley
  • Use of asav- arishth 
  • physical exercise
  • Instill nasal drop(anu tail)

Don’ts

  • Sour and fried food
  • Heavy diet
  • Day sleeping.

Grishm ritu(summer)

Dos 

  • Sweet, cold and liquid diet
  • Water in abundance
  • Seasonal fruit like grapes coconut water etc.
  • Morning walk.

Don’ts

  • Heavy exercise
  • Excess sexual indlgence
  • Hot spicy and salty food 
  • Exposure to sun

Varsha ritu (rainy) : During the period of dehydration in previous ritu the power of digestion is weekend. It is further weekend due to vitiation of vaat and other dosha during the rains. So it is advisable to be moderate as regard to diet and regime during varsha ritu.

Dos 

  • Use of honey
  • Use of rice, wheat
  • Boiled water
  • Oil massage
  • Asava arishtha
  • Soup of pulses

Don’ts

  • Cold water 
  • day sleeping
  • heavy exercises 
  • avoid stagnant water
  • Excess sexual indulgence

Sharad ritu (autumn) : The body part are adapted for rain and cold are suddenly exposed to the heat of the sun with the begning of sharad so the pitta accumulated during the rain generally get vitiated. So the following diet is to be followed.

Dos

  • Sweet, bitter and astringent food
  • Amla, grapes(munakka)
  • Uses of rice, wheat and moong
  • Virechan(puragation)

Don’ts

  • Fried food
  • Use to curd
  • Day sleping
  • Avoid sun.

Hemant ritu (winter) : In this season the digestive activity become more powerful. Vayu is accentuated and needs to be satisfied with heay diet.

Dos

  • Sweet,sour and salty food
  • Milk and its product(ghee,curd etc.)
  • Honey, Luke warm water
  • Nutritious diet
  • Oil massage
  • Protection against cold physical exercise
  • Steam bath

Dont’s

  • Bitter, astringent and pungent food
  • Fasting
  • Use of cold water
  • Living in cold environment

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