SHARAD Ritucharya: Ayurvedic Regimen for the autumn
It’s subtle, yet it is there. Change is in the air, I can feel the weather changing. The green of the leaves has changed to red, gold….. The rustle of the falling leaves, a little drop in temperature, a cool breeze especially in the early morning and late evenings … all indicate that autumn is knocking at our doors. So it’s time for my next post, sharad ritucharaya or the ayurvedic regimen for the autumn season.
During rainy season, prior to sharad ritu the weather is moist and the sky is cloudy. However in Sharad Ritu or autumn season, the sanchit Pitta Dosha of the rainy season gets aggravated because of exposure to the warm sun rays. Due to vitiation of Pitta, ayurveda recommends food with bitter, sweet and astringent tastes.
Sharad Ritu Charya
Food should be madhur (sweet), laghu (light) and tikta (bitter)
Rice, wheat (Godhuma), moong (green gram), yava (barley), honey, and milk should be a part of diet.
Ghrit (Clarified butter) especially with tikta (bitter) herbs is recommended to pacify pitta.
Foods like Vasa (Fat), Oil, Curd and meat of aquatic animals should not be consumed.
Sour (khatte) products should not be taken in this season.
Ayurveda recommends that one should sit in moonlight during the early hours of night, as it has a soothing effect on the aggravated dosha.
Use of purgatives is advocated in ayurvedic texts, for this season.
Sleeping during the day is not recommended
Too much exertion and physical exercise is not advised in this season.
This season comes just before winters. So the weather is cooler than summers. Dress warmly and avoid too many outdoor activities.
Some more suggestions to Stay healthy this Fall
The season is changing and this affects us physically and mentally. This is the time of the year when there is maximum chance of dosha imbalance. One may experience fatigue, stress, mild constipation, Amalapitta (Acidity), Sheetpitta (Urticaria), Kandu( Itching) etc. This can be prevented by maintaining the internal balance of doshas . Establish a regular daily routine, stay calm, warm and nourished. Drink lukewarm water and sip spiced green tea. Utilize the energy within and focus attention inwards. Establish healthy routine, plan new beginnings, take care of your health and cherish the beautiful season to understand your own self, holistically.
I sincerely hope by following the regimen mentioned above one can transition smoothly into the next coming season, the hemant ritu or winters with good health and insight. I am looking forward to questions and suggestions related to the above topic.
STAY CALM, FOLLOW THE REGIMEN AND BE POSITIVE J
© Dr.Moninder kaur 2013