Dr. Kalyan recommends: Winter season regimen

Published: 26.04.2017.

Ayurveda puts a great emphasis on seasonal changes, because they affect our bio-physiological energies – doshas. The year is divided into 6 seasons depending on changes in the climate and each od those seasons follows a different regimen in terms of diet and life-style. This system is called Ritucharya (from: ritu – season & charya – regimen).

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Peak winter or Sisira rutu (1/15 – 3/15) is the season where the strength and appetite of the individual is at its peak and it is the season where a person is permitted for optimum work out and conjugal bliss. Due to the cold the skin pores will be closed to prevent loss of heat and the body starts burning up more energy to maintain body temperature.

Due to atmospheric cold during winter, the heat of the body is conserved inside by constriction. This leads to increase of digestive fire. So if proper heavy food is not consumed, it will burn away the body tissues, as the food in the form of fuel is not available. The individual naturally develops more appetite to adjust the increased demand. It is advised, in Ayurveda, to have more oily, sweet, sour foods to supply the required energy for the body. And at the same time it is also advised to maintain body temperature by having more exercise.

The individuals following wrong life style – like sedentary life style and having improper food will develop weakness as they are not supplying the required energy for the body or supplying more energy by having more and more heavy foods and sitting idle and not doing any work.

Ayurveda always recommends the same – to have a happy and energetic life, one has to live healthy.

Winter recommendations:

  • going to bed early and waking up early (22:00 – 6:00)
  • be physically active – yoga, walking, jogging…
  • eat proper food according to your dosha
  • visit new places – it is called Yatra Gamana and it is a protocol for dealing with various psychological problems, especially recommended during the cold and dark winter season

Recommended spices:

  • ginger
  • coriander seeds
  • curcuma
  • tulsi – holy basil
  • pippali – long pepper

Recommended herbs & herbal supplements:

  • aswagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • bala (Sida cordifolia)
  • ati bala – indijski livadni sljez (Abutilon indicum)
  • šatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
  • vidari (Lpomea paniculata)
  • liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Triphala – well known Ayurvedic supplement that combines 3 herbs

As seasons change so does the balance of the doshas inside our body and in the environment. To bring back the dosha equilibrium in our body, the vitiated doshas have to be expelled out of the body. This is done by performing purificatory therapies through Panchakarma.