There are six seasons or Ritus namely Shishir, Vasant, Grishma, Varsha, Sharad and Hemant. The transition period between the ritus is called Ritu Sandhi. It is a period of fifteen days. The last seven days of the ending season and the first seven days of the beginning season. This is the period when one has to gradually let go of the ritucahraya (Specific regime to be followed for that season) of the ending season and adapt to that of the next season. The latter half of June is the time of ending of
The latter half of June is the time of ending of Grishma and beginning of Varsha ritu. This is the time to adapt to the Varsha ritucharya. In Varsha season, Vata dosha aggravates(Prakopavastha), Pitta dosha accumulates(Sanchayavastha). So care should be taken to avoid the food and activities which cause
In Varsha season, Vata dosha aggravates(Prakopavastha), Pitta dosha accumulates(Sanchayavastha). So care should be taken to avoid the food and activities which cause vata prakopa. Agni or digestive fire which is not so good in Grishma ritu is further weakened in Varsha Ritu. The bala (strength) is alpa.
Diseases which are commonly seen in this season are Amlapitta ( Hyperacidity), Diarrhoea, Dysentry and skin diseases.
- Heavy to digest food should be avoided.
- Also, food with bitter and astringent taste should be avoided.
- Exposure to rain and winds to be minimum.
As the agni is weakened, ginger mixed with lemon juice and Saindhav (rock salt) can be taken in small quantity before meals as it improves Agni and helps proper digestion. Boiled water should be used for drinking.
Drinking warm water is always a good habit. It improves the digestion and avoids Kapha and vata vitiation.
Dr Aditi Gadgil
Somaiya Ayurveda Centre
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