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Panchakarma in Autumn – the best season for detox

We human beings are the part of the nature and are constantly interacting with the grand rhythm of nature. Our body constantly tries to cope with the alterations occurring in the nature. According to Ayurveda, the three dosha viz Vata, Pitta and Kapha makes up and runs our body. Their state is influenced by our diet, lifestyle, emotions and time too.

They undergo a cyclic increment and decrement in their levels with reference to different season. Specific doshas increase, aggravate and pacify naturally in particular seasons. The seasons associated with aggravated state of doshas and periods of transitioning of seasons are likely to turn on the conditions for the development of diseases.


Effects of seasonal change in the body

Different parts of the world experience seasons at different time and with some variations too. Talking about autumn, it is generally the season after the summer when hot days are slowly decreasing and transiting to cooler weather. Autumn can be roughly described as a dry, windy, light and cool season.

The nature of this season possess most of the qualities similar to that of Vata. Hence from the classical Ayurveda concept ‘like increases like’ Vata is aggravated naturally in the season of autumn. But season are not viewed in a narrow frame in Ayurveda they are taken in continuum. So the changes during the prior season are also taken in account.

Summer precedes autumn generally. Summer season is characterized by the increment and aggravation of Pitta. So when the season transit from summer to autumn one should understand in terms of human body we are transiting from aggravated state of Pitta to aggravated state of Vata.

For your general information, Pitta aggravation shows characteristic features of fever, inflammation, exhaustion and retention of metabolites in blood. Whereas the Vata aggravation shows characteristic features of dryness, body pain, disturbed digestion and in some stage insomnia too.


Why Panchakarma in autumn?

Due to domination of solar energy during the summer season individuals generally experience mental and physical exhaustion. Performing Panchakarma may further deteriorate the situation as these vigorous therapies could further hamper the body’s energy.

With the arrival of autumn, weather starts becoming cool and effects of scorching sun starts diminishing, making autumn a perfect season for providing Panchakarama. Panchakarma therapies mainly Virechana, Basti and Nasya can be the primary choices in the season of autumn.

Virechana is the classical Ayurvedic purgation therapy that is aimed to eliminate the toxin generated by aggravated Pitta dosha. Aggravated Pitta dosha is the major contributor for inflammation occurring inside our body. Thus, Virechana therapy is the best choice in reducing the events of inflammation.

Along with this, virechana has further following benefits

  • Flushes out the accumulated toxins from the GI tract
  • Improves digestion and metabolism
  • Enhances proper functioning of liver
  • Purifies blood and enhance skin complexion
  • Interferes unhealthy inflammatory processes going inside the body

Indications of Virechana:

  • Obesity
  • Chronic constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hyperacidity
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Gouty arthritis

Basti is basically the Ayurvedic enema therapy. The literal meaning of the word Basti means to hold. Since you will be holding the enema medium in your colon the procedure has been name Basti. On the same principle various kinds of Basti therapies are also present in Ayurveda such as Griva Basti, Kati Basti, Janu Basti (holding medicated oil on the region of neck, lower back and knee respectively).

All these therapies are prescribed according to the conditions. Local Basti i.e. Griva/Kati/Janu Basti are generally recommended in painful and inflammatory conditions of neck, lower back and knee. Whereas the classical enema Basti can be recommended in various ailments associated with Vata dosha.

Benefits of Basti:

  • Cleanses the lower GI tract
  • Promotion of secretions in the region of colon
  • Maintains bowel regularity
  • Induces healthy sleep

Indications of Basti:

  • Constipation
  • Sciatica
  • Lumbago
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Insomnia

Nasya is nothing more than administration of medications through nasal route. Generally, these are medicated oils which affect the respiratory and nervous system.

Benefits of nasya

  • Rids off the obstruction in upper respiratory tract
  • Helps to treat allergic conditions

Indications of nasya:

  • Headache
  • Sinus congestion
  • Pharyngitis
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Tingiling sensation on face

At Sunshine Ayurveda, we are launching Autumn Panchakarma Programme from coming March. The therapy procedures will be planned by an Ayurveda expert after assessing your conditions. Register your name soon.