Ayurveda is the most ancient medical science that is treating both acute and chronic diseases without a hitch. Looking at the miraculous work of this 5000-year-old science, many modern scientists are reading Ayurvedic scriptures and trying to understand the Ayurvedic principles. Worldwide people are opting for Ayurveda to benefit their health in a better way.
Recently Mr. Raila Odinga, the former PM of Kenya, even sought the support from Indian Prime Minister in expanding Ayurveda treatment to the African countries, after his daughter regained vision from pure Ayurvedic treatment. Not just this, the oldest man to be conferred with the Padma Shri award, Swami Sivananda (125 years old) is a monk from Varanasi, who lived his life on the principles of Ayurveda and is still leading a healthy life for his age. These live examples are proof that introducing Ayurveda in life can make a big difference by helping in reversing chronic ailment’s effects and can elongate a peaceful healthy life.
Ayurvedic knowledge is as big and deep as an ocean and to know about it in detail can be a catch-22. But learning some basic principles to lead a life according to Ayurveda and following them religiously can help anyone to lead a disease-free life for a longer period of time. Follow this article till the end to know more about such principles.
1. Correct the daily routine (Dincharya)
In today’s era, people are mostly spending their time on screens immediately after waking up. This time can be utilized for building a habit. According to research it only takes 21 days to form a habit. Know what can be changed or added to the daily routine below:
- Start by waking up early from your usual waking time.
- Drinking a glass of lukewarm water before going straight to the washroom.
- After coming out of the washroom one should do yoga and stretches. Ayurveda says one should practice Suryanamaskaram every day.
- Before taking a bath, one should massage their body with oil or use herbal scrubs made of Agaru, Chandana, etc.
- After eating gargles should be done.
- Massaging of feet is recommended for a sound sleep.
- Try not to use screens before sleeping.
- Try to sleep early to wake up early the next day.
Like this slowly adding a new routine per day or week can help form a habit and will give benefits to the body rapidly.
2. Follow the right seasonal regimen (Ritucharya)
Ayurveda texts have mentioned the great importance of following a seasonal regimen. Adapting and leaving the daily routine according to seasons can help prevent many seasonal disturbances. Knowing what should be eaten, worn, and drank according to the season can give a miraculous boost to the immunity of the person.
· In Hemant Ritu (Early Winter season)
- One should take Methi, Bathua, spinach, ginger, carrot, radish, orange, grapes, dry fruits, stuffed paratha, soup, warm milk, sesame seeds, etc.
- Sunbathing, residing in warm places, wearing heavy warm clothes, and oil massage is recommended.
· In Shishir Ritu (Winter season)
- Bajra, ragi, rice, wheat, beans, green vegetables, sweet lime, grapes, etc can be added to the diet.
- Exercise, sunbathing, oiling is recommended.
· In Vasant Ritu (Spring season)
- Pointed gourd, pumpkin, capsicum, beans, garlic, amla, apple, grapes, moong dal, masoor dal, arhar dal, wheat, barley, honey, cinnamon can be added to the diet.
- Regular exercise, dry massage, gargling, etc are recommended activities.
· In Greeshma Ritu (Summer season)
- Bottle gourd, pointed gourd, watermelon, litchi, papaya, mango, rice, daliya, sattu, milk, and products can be consumed.
- Bathing with cold water, chandana pack application, not doing any excessive physical exertion is recommended.
· In Varsha Ritu (Rainy Season)
- Brinjal, ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, jamun, fenugreek seeds, litchi, pomegranate, banana, papaya, old barley, wheat, rice, honey can be added in diet.
- Boiled water for bath, dry massage and not spending the time in sun is recommended.
· In Sharad ritu (Autumn season)
- Radish, tomato, coconut, spinach, singara, chickoo, dried raisin, honey, coconut water, rose sharbat, and cow’s milk can be consumed.
- Use of seasonal flowers, morning walk, moonlight bath, exercise should be added.
These 6 seasons affect health in their own way, so following Ritucharya is a wise move to preserve the overall health of an individual. Other Ayurvedic principles include the time to eat the meal, which natural urges to suppress, the correct way and time to drink water, etc.
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