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April 2019

AYUHVA REVIVAL / 2019 / April

Ritucharya – Ayurvedic Seasonal Regimen

A season (Ritu) is comprised of two months (two Masa). Shishira Ritu (winter, dewy season) – Magha and Phalguna (Mid January – Mid March) Vasanta Ritu (Spring season) – Chaitra and Vaishakha (Mid March – Mid May) Greeshma Ritu (Summer season) – Jyeshta and Ashadha (Mid May to Mid July) The above three Ritus form Uttarayana – Northern solstice. Here, fire is dominant. It is also called as Adana Kala, wherein the human strength is relatively low. Varsha Ritu (Rainy Season) – Shravana and Bhadrapada – Mid July – mid September Sharath Ritu (Autumn season) – Ashvayuja and Karthika – Mid September to Mid November Hemantha Ritu (Winter season) – Margashira and Pushya - Mid November to Mid January These three seasons form Dakshinayana – Southern solstice. It is also called as Visarga Kala, wherein the...

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SIX TASTES

There are 6 basic tastes perceived by human tongue. They are Madhura – sweet, Amla – Sour, Lavana – Salt, Tikta – Bitter, Katu – Pungent, Kashaya – Astringent are the six types of Rasa(taste). They are successively lower in energy. That means, Sweet taste imparts maximum energy to body and the astringent, the least. The tastes are formed due to the combination of two Bhutas (primary elements). Madhura (sweet) – Prithvi + Ap (earth + water) Amla (sour) – Tejas + Ap (fire + water) Lavana (salt) – Ap + Tejas (water + fire) Tikta (bitter) – Akasa + Vayu (ether + air) Katu (pungent) – Tejas + Vayu (Fire and air) Kashaya (astringent) – Prithvi + Vayu (earth + air) Effect of tastes on Tridosha: Sweet, sour and salt mitigates Vata and increases Kapha. Bitter, pungent and astringent tastes mitigates Kapha and...

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KAPHA DOSHA

Qualities of Kapha: Snigdhna – oily, unctuous Sheeta – coldGuru – heavyManda – mildViscous, shlakshna – smooth, clearMrutsna – slimy, jellySthira – stability, immobility Functions of Kapha: Kapha confers stability, lubrication, compactness (firmness) of the joints,Kshama – It is the cause for mental capacity to withstand or withhold emotions, strains etc. It is also cause for forgiveness Effects of increased of Kapha: Agnisadana – weak digestive activityPraseka – excess salivationAlasya – lassitude, laziness Gaurava – feeling of heavinessShvaithya – white discolorationShaithya – coldnessShlathangatva – looseness of the body partsShwasa – dyspnoea, asthma, COPD Kasa – cough, cold Atinidrata – excess of sleep Decrease of Kapha: Bhrama – Delusion, DizzinessShunyatva – emptiness of the organs of KaphaHrudrava – tremors of the heart (palpitation)Shlatha sandhita – looseness of the joints. Place of Kapha  Ura – Chest Kantha – throat  Shira – headKloma – PancreasParvani –...

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PITTA DOSHA

Qualities of Pitta: Sasneha – slightly oily, unctuousTeekshna – piercing, entering into deep tissuesUshna – hotnessLaghu – lightnessVisram – bad smellSara – having fluidity, movementDrava – liquidity. Functions of Pitta Dosha: In its normal state Pitta causes digestion and metabolism Maintenance of body temperature, visionCauses hunger, thirst, appetiteMaintains skin complexion, intelligence, courage, valour Softness (suppleness) of the body. Effects of increased Pitta: Pitta when increased produces Yellow discoloration of the faeces, urine, eyes, and skinExcess of hunger and thirstFeeling of burning sensation Very little sleep. Decreased Pitta causes: Mande anala – weakness of digestive activityShaitya – coldness Prabha hani – loss of luster (complexion). Place of Pitta Dosha: Nabhi – UmbilicusAmashaya- stomach Small intestineSweda – sweatLasika- lymphRudhira – bloodRasa- plasmaDruk – eyeSparshanam – skinSpecial seat – Nabhi - region around the Umbilicus. Five types of Pitta: Pachaka Pitta Ranjaka Pitta Sadhaka Pitta Alochaka Pitta Bhrajaka Pitta 1. Pachaka Pitta It is located between large intestine...

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VATA DOSHA

Qualities of Vata: Rooksha – dryness Laghu – Lightness Sheeta – coldnessKhara – roughnessSookshma – minutenessChala – movement Functions of Vata Dosha: Vata is responsible for all movements. (Movement of blood in blood vessels, movement of nutrients, movement of air in lungs, locomotion movements of hands and legs etc). In its normal state Vata causes enthusiasmVatha Dosha regulates respiration processRegulates all locomotor movementsRegulates all activities of mind, speech, initiation of natural urges (tears, faeces, urination, sneezing, coughing, vomiting yawning etc)Maintenance of the Dhatus (tissues) in their normalcy and proper functioning of the sense organs. Effects of increased Vata: Vata, when increased produces Karshya – emaciationKarshnya – black discolorationUshnakamitva – desire for hot things Kampa – tremors Anaha – bloating, fullness, distention of the abdomen, Shakrut Graha – constipation Bala bhramsha – loss of strength Nidra bhramsha – loss of sleep Indriya bhramsha – loss of sensory...

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WHAT IS A DOSHA?

To understand the basic concept of Ayurveda which is called Dosha, it takes quite a bit of time. Health & illness is directly dependent on dosha. In other words, doshas are the dynamic biological energies found in the body, mind and surrounding. It is a Sanskrit word which means fault or vitiation. Basically doshas are of two types. Sharirika dosha – Vata, Pitta, Kapha Manasika dosha – Rajas, Tamas  & Satva, which is said to be the balanced state of mind Note: Acharya Sushrutha included Rakta(blood) as Fourth dosha as it vitiates and purification of Rakta(blood) is mandatory with Raktamokshana (blood letting), one of the panchashodana (5 purificatory procedures). Vata, Pitta and kapha are the three Doshas of the body. Perfect balance of three Doshas leads to health, imbalance in Tridosha leads to diseases. The Tridoshas are derived from the Panchamahabutas(Five...

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What is your purpose of life???

The purpose of life might seem like an overwhelming and difficult question and some don't have an answer either. But when they have an answer, it differs from person to person. Perhaps you’ve also asked yourself at one point or another what's the purpose. Why are you here? What’s life really about? Some say the purpose is to create yourself, others say to love unconditionally, to be happy, to explore and experience, to discover, to travel world and much more. . Ayurveda tells about the purpose 5000 years back, Ancient seers understood life's purpose and formulated it in the treatise. 🕉️Aayu: kāmā yamānena dharmārtha sukha sādhanam | Ayurvedopadeśeṣu vidheya: paramādara: || Meaning of the verse, The 4 purpose of life are 1. Dharma –...

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LOKA PURUSHA SAMYA SIDDHANTA (THE LAW OF MACROCOSM AND MICROCOSM)

Human body is an epitome of universe. According to “Yat Pinde Tat Brahmande” theory of Yajurveda, all that exist in the brahmanda also exist in the pinda. Meaning, everything that exists in the vast external universe(the macrocosm) also appears in the internal cosmos of the human body(the microcosm). The universe and the individual share such similarities that every part of the universe is represented in an individual in minute dimensions. The individual (purusha) is a tiny replica of the vast universe. This siddhanta is enunciated by Vedanta Darshana. Purusha means human body or individual and loka means nature or universe. Charaka in the verse, Ch. Sha. 5/3 says, “Yaavanto hi loke bhaava vishesha taavantaha purushe, yaavantaha purushe taavanto loke” i.e. Human body is similar to universe, all the entities...

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Brahma Muhurtha (a wake up call)

Quest for longevity and disease free life is the aim of man since antiquity. In the Chapter of Dinacharya (daily chores), there are protocols to be followed for a healthy long life. One among which is, the time to give up bed, ancient scholars called it as Brahma muhurtha. There’s a great saying by Benjamin Franklin that “Early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. He has also quoted “the early morning has gold in its mouth”. Not only him, but Aristotle, the great has quoted “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom”. These sayings are time tested and very much accepted worldwide. “Brahmi Muhurte Uttishtet Swastho Rakshartham Ayushah” Meaning, If a...

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Ancient gems(books) on Ayurveda

As you all know, Ayurveda is an ancient health care system, you must be wondering how the knowledge sustained for millennia. Right, it did not spread or learnt just by the word of mouth, it was possible only by our sages who documented in that era. The seers, with their immense power understood the concepts of Ayurveda from the almighty, formulated, edited and monographed. Some of which was lost with the evolution of world. Credit also goes to the medieval and modern period scholars, who recollected the scattered matter, translated and re-edited the treatises and made it easy for the world to understand Ayurveda. Ayurveda has been existing from the time immemorial and is based on time-tested theories adding to its credit. Ayurveda is thus...

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