Who doesn’t love rain? The answer for sure is nobody. Rainy Season is the most beautiful time of the year; it is romantic, soothing and relieving. Its advent fills the atmosphere with a very heart throbbing fragrance of sand. A cup of tea and a plate of pakora is all it takes to enjoy this weather. But with beauty comes the flaw. Monsoon brings with self-diseases like jaundice, typhoid, cholera, and flu. It becomes mandatory to follow a right diet pattern and treatment. There are many Ayurvedic remedies that promise to treat the symptoms and help one recover soon.
Ayurveda says, in monsoon, the Vata dosha is dominant of three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Hence, the diseases are caused by Vata dosha. Here, are some treatments done during monsoons:
1. Abhyangam (Oil Massage)
The problems like joint pains due to arthritis and weak bones, various aches and pains can be cured by oil massage. It also rejuvenates the dull and pale skin during monsoons. It imparts glow to the skin and keeps bone healthy. Oil massage followed by Steam treatment opens the pores of the skin and detoxifies it.
2. Swedan (Heat Treatment)
These are of two types: Patrapottali swedan and Ruksha Swedan.
The former is the heat treatment with bolus prepared from leaves of medicinal herbs and relieves pain and swelling in arthritis, spondylosis and other pains of bones and joint. The latter is a dry heat treatment which relieves patient from pain due to rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic ailments.
3. Drink boiled water:
Drink boiled water to avoid waterborne diseases. A sore throat, throat pain, and the common cold can be treated by drinking warm milk with turmeric powder during monsoons. Gargling with tulsi leaves and turmeric too proves effective during a sore throat.
4. Recommended food:
Red Rice, Sathi Rice, Wheat, Jowari, Bottle Gourd, Snake Gourd, Okra, Dodka, Ghosali, Legumes, Green Gram, Black Gram, Tubers Garlic, Onion, Ginger, Dates, Grapes, Coconut, Mulberry, Cow Milk, Buttermilk, Ghee, Coriander, Cumin, Jaggery, Mint, Asafoetida, Black Pepper and Piper Longum.
5. Foods to avoid:
Bajri, Millet, Maize, Barley, Spinach, Bitter Groud, Chavlai, Cabbage, Dry Vegetables, Lentil, Gram, Tuber Potato, Sabudana, Arum Carrot, Jackfruit, Cucumber, Watermelon, Muskmelon, Paneer, Buffalo Milk, Shrikhand and Fried Food.