Ayurveda Seasonal Regime,Seasonal Food Regime Arctic Beavers,Ritucharya,Ayurveda Rituals,Ayurveda Ritucharya,Ritucharya according to Ayurveda

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Ayurveda Seasonal Regimen

A season is a division of the year characterised by particular conditions of weather, temperature etc. Seasons result from the yearly revolution of the earth around the sun and the tilt of the earth's axis relative to the plane of revolution.

According to Ayurveda a year is divided into two parts (kaals), based on the position of the sun:

  • Aadaan kaal (Uttarayan) : When sun takes North Way course. Aadaan means taking away. During Aadaan kaal which is considered Hot (Aagneya) the sun and wind are powerful. The sun takes away the strength of the people and the cooling qualities of the earth. It is the period when body strength is weakened. This period consists of three seasons-Shishir, Vasanta and Grishma.

  • Visarga kaal (Dakshinayaan) : When sun takes South way course. Visarga means giving. During Visarga kaal which is considered Cool (Soumya), the sun releases the strength to the people. The moon is more powerful, the earth becomes cool due to the clouds, rain and cold wind. This period consists of three seasons-Varsha, Sharad and Hemant.

  • Ayurveda also delineates the ascendant and descendant of strength as per Ritu (Season) which is as follows:

    Low Strength Medium Strength High Strength
    Beginning of Visarga Kaal Mid of Visarga Kaal End of Visarga Kaal
    End of Aadaan Kaal Mid of Aadaan Kaal Beginning of Aadaan Kaal

    In Ayurveda, season is referred as 'RITU' and year as 'SAMVATSAR'. One year (Samvatsar) consists of six Seasons (Ritu) i.e. each ritu consists of two months. The Ancient seers of ayurveda highlighted the relation between season and health and have recommended proper seasonal regimens. The Season affects the physiology of human being, so if appropriate regimen is not followed then one may not cope up with the seasonal changes and fall ill. So to attain the maximum benefits from the good qualities of the Season and protection from its bad effects, Ayurveda prescribes certain rules in regard to diet, behaviour and medicines which is called seasonal regimen or RITUCHARYA (Seasonal regimen).

    S No.

    Name of Ritu









    1. Shishir Maagh and Phalgun (About Mid January to Mid March) Unctuous, Sweet, sour taste diet. Meat of animals of damp region Wine, honey, Milk, milk products, sugarcane products, New Cereals, edible oils ,hot water. Massage Sudation Much Spicy, Bitter, Astringent taste diet Light and cold food Much travelling
    2. Vasant Chaitra and Baishakh
    (About Mid March-Mid May)
    Barley, old wheat, honey, roasted meat,
    Beverages such as asava (fermented infusion), sidhu (fermented sugarcane juice),
    Emesis (Vaman)
    Physical exercise.
    Dry massage.
    Medicated smoke inhalation
    Keeping medicated liquid in mouth
    APPLY camphor or sandalwood Intercourse.
    Heavy, sour, sweet, unctuous food Sleeping in day time.
    3. Grishma Jyasth and Aasadha
    (About Mid-May to Mid July)
    Sweet, cold, unctuous, light, liquid food
    Beverages with sugar.
    Meat of birds, quadrupeds,
    cold water
    Sleep in day time at a cool place
    Apply sandalwood paste on body.
    sour , salty and spicy food Exercise, intercourse
    4. Varsha Shraavan and Bhadrapad
    (Mid July to Mid September)
    Food and drinks should be taken with honey
    Sour, salty, fatty food
    Old cereals
    Like barley, wheat, rice
    Meat of Arid animals
    Vegetable soup
    For drinking use boiled cool water
    Rub the body
    Take bath
    Wear aromatic garlands
    Wear light and clean apparels
    Live in a place devoid of humidity
    Groat diluted in excess
    Water of rivers
    Sleeping in day
    Excessive exercises
    Moving in Sun
    Sexual intercourse
    5. Sharad Ashvin and Kaartik
    (About Mid September to Mid November)
    Sweet, light, cold and bitter food and drinks
    Meat of Common quail, antelope, sheep, rabbit etc
    Cereals like wheat, rice, barley
    Ghee medicated with bitter herbs
    Water exposed to the sunlight for whole day and to the moonlight in night in this season is called as 'HANSODAK' and this water should for drinking, Bathing and swimming
    Blood letting
    Clean cloths for wearing
    Garlands made of seasonal flowers
    Staying in moonlight in evening
    meat of aquatic and marshy animals
    alkaline salt preparations
    Sun bath
    Sleeping during day time
    Exposure to easterly wind and frost
    6. Hemant Margshirsh and Pausha
    (Mid November - Mid January)
    Unctuous, sour and salty taste food
    Meat of borrow dwelling animals and aquatic animals and animals who eat food by snatching
    Wine with honey
    Milk and milk products
    Sugarcane and its products
    New rice
    Hot water
    Apply hair oil
    Live in basement or inner heated house
    The vehicles, seat and bed should be properly covered by silk cloth or blanket etc
    Wear heavy and warm cloths
    May indulge in sexual intercourse
    Light food and drinks
    Intake of gruel
    Exposure to cold wave

    Ritusandhi : Ritusandhi is of fifteen days. It is the time of last seven days one season and seven days of commencement of next season. To adapt the changes between two seasons ritusandhi charya is mentioned i.e. during this time the regimen of previous season should be discontinued gradually and that of subsequent season should be adopted.

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