Karkidaka Chikitsa The Monsoon Rejuvenation Treatment.

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Karkidaka Chikitsa The Monsoon Rejuvenation Treatment.

In Kerala, as per the Malayalam calendar, Karkidakam is the last month which falls during July or August. As this is the period of monsoon season which as per Ayurveda aggravates the doshas and hence leads to many illnesses and health issues. The human body becomes more prone to diseases and it becomes important to follow health precautions in rainy season. Karkidaka is considered a challenging month when it comes to physical, mental and spiritual health. Hence people are advised to take safety precautions during rainy season like-
i. Reaching home and going to bed early.
ii. Daily early morning breathing exercise for at least 10 minutes.
iii. Daily consuming Luke warm water of at least 2 liters.
iv. Fried and non-vegetarian food should be avoided
v. Smoking and alcohol should be avoided too.
vi. Share more time with friends and family.

This is also a month where the pores of the human body are open which makes it more receptive to ayurvedic treatments. The monsoon ayurvedic treatment includes various therapies which help to keep the mind and body energized and recharged throughout the year. Practices followed in Karidaka are recital and listening of spiritual scriptures, special ayurvedic healing diet, Healthy routines, Satsanga (spiritual social gatherings) and karkidaka chikitsa. Karkidaka Chikitsa, a traditional practice which helps in healing the entire well being at all physical, mental as well as spiritual level. It helps in

a) Detoxifying the body
b) In boosting the immunity
c) Rejuvenating the body as well as mind
d) Alleviating current illnesses and diseases.
e) In preventing any further illness

Karkidaka Chikitsa aims for detoxification, rejuvenation as well as beautification of the mind and body. It is also known as Rithu Charya treatment. The major therapies followed in this month are
1. Oil Massages
Oil massages like Snehapana and Abhyangam are performed using hot medicated oils to give strength and rejuvenate the body.

2. Panchakarma
This treatment detoxifies the body. It includes five techniques Purvakarma (oil massage and sweating), Vamana (vomiting therapy), Virechana, Nasya (medicated drops poured through the nose) and Basti (medicated decoctions administered through the rectum). Though as per the age, mental, physical conditions and some other factors one or two procedures may be omitted.

3. Ayurvedic food
A special ayurvedic food called Karkidaka Kanji which is basically rice porridge with medicated herbs. This porridge is made of njavara rice which are boiled with ingredients like cumin seed, malli, vizalari, fenugreek, karkokilari, aniseed, mustard seed, ayamodakom, aashali, dry ginger, putharichundaveru, nutmeg varattumanjal, grambu etc. After cooking coconut milk is added to it and it is also sauted with ghee and onions. This medicated porridge helps in revitalizing the body.

4. Sukha Chikitsa
It is given to people who are healthy to prevent the attack of diseases and illnesses. Medicated oil massages and special Kanji (rice porridge) are part of Sukha Chikitsa.
Karkidaka Chikitsa helps in promoting health and in preventing lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia. It also helps in diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lumbar and cervical Spondylitis, depression, anxiety, insomnia etc. It keeps Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in balance. Most of the people nowadays are aware of rainy season diseases and precautions and are prepared beforehand by taking preventive steps.

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