Kama Ayurveda

Kama Ayurveda

Kama Ayurveda is a concept based on achieving longevity. Ayurveda is not limited to being a Medical Science but has expanded and grown into a Life Science. Ayurveda offers numerous healthy practices, which are in fact many more than any current health system has in store. It can support other health systems and offer an insight into each and every single activity currently running and those that are yet to begin. Today humanity is progressing materially but lacking mental satisfaction and spiritual growth.

Ayurveda can unfold every secret of life, enabling continuous material growth without leaving the spirit behind or damaging the mind. Maintaining the physical, mental and spiritual energies balanced in every aspect of life is the golden key Ayurveda has to offer.

Admittedly, we are facing obvious imbalances while degeneration processes are part and parcel of any activity in our lives. If the recommendations based on the Science of Life are followed responsibly, this guarantees you that the continuous wear of the body will affect you minimally thanks to the timely maintenance procedures known as the system of Panchakarma.

The Ayurvedic regimen of right living is designed to maintain health and help you achieve a long and active life, providing relief from pain and diseases, and allowing satisfaction with life and attainment of self-realization.

These are:

 

  • Dinacharya (Daily Regimen)
  • Ritucharya (Seasonal Regimen)
  • Ethical Regimen

 

 

Dinacharya

Following certain rules and regulations on a daily basis has a preventive effect in maintaining health as it ensures a specific rhythm in the system (the body). If all activities correspond to the rhythm, this means that each organ and system function in a healthy way. Ayurveda therefore advises that a daily regimen should be followed, which serves as a monitoring tool to detect any malfunction as early as possible.

  1. In the morning, you must wake up an hour before sunrise, which is important for the proper elimination of all waste substances (e.g. urine, stool). Having done so, you are ready for the day, full of vital energy.
  2. Proper care should be taken of all sensory organs. These are the tools you use to connect to the outer world.
  • Scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper and check for any white coating. A clean red tongue indicates proper digestion whereas any white coating is a sign of Ama-toxins in the intestine.
  • To keep teeth clean, mixtures of bitter and astringent herbal powders are used. Herbs such as nimba and khadira are used for preparing tooth powders. They are good for strengthening the gums and teeth.
  • It is good practice to rinse the mouth with warm water in the morning and also after meals, especially after eating sweet foods. Swishing with warm water or oil pulling with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil is good for sensitive teeth and gums.
  • Washing your face with lukewarm water is a good practice to prevent wrinkling, making skin lustrous while also being good for the eyes.
  • Daily application of collyrium (kaajal) on the eyes is recommended for good eyesight.
  • Putting a few drops of medicated Ayurvedic oil or ghee in the nose (Nasya) can prevent diseases of the nose, eyes, throat, and head.
  • The skin constantly comes into contact with the external environment. Hence, a regular whole-body oil massage can prevent aging and wrinkles, increase appetite, and even boost immunity. It is a good idea to take a shower after the massage with warm or lukewarm water depending on the season and climate.

    It eliminates fatigue, cleanses the pores of the skin, removes sweat, improves appetite, and imparts a pleasant sensation to the body. Using hot water is not advisable, especially over the head as it is bad for the eyesight.
  • Regular exercise will make you sweat on the forehead and armpits while speeding up respiration as you will be forced to breathe in through the mouth. That will keep your body fit and increase your strength and stamina.
  • Sexual intercourse is tuning in your body, mind, and soul with your partners’. Ayurveda provides advice for enhancing sexuality and finding a compatible partner based on one’s constitution, strength, and the season. For instance, aphrodisiac supplements such as Vajeekar will fill you with vitality.
  • Vagbhata, a prominent researcher on Ayurveda says that happiness and sorrow, strength and weakness, knowledge and ignorance, life and death are all consequences of proper or improper sleep. It is advisable to fall asleep with a relaxed mind, early in the evening. Daytime sleep is contraindicated unless during a very hot summer season or in the presence of a specific disease.

Ritucharya

Every single activity in Nature is governed by two major energy principles – warm and cold. Heat promotes the use of energy, while cold aids energy saving. The purpose of the seasonal regimen is to help us cope with these atmospheric changes. A greater amount of heat makes plants more bitter, astringent and spicy in flavor so they can be consumed according to the season. Cold weather is suitable for sweet, salty and sour tastes which are more potent and enhance the energy of the body.

Spring

  • Weather: mild temperatures and humidity
  • Effect on Dosha: increase in Kapha, decrease in Vata
  • Major illnesses: running nose, sinusitis, respiratory tract infections
  • What to avoid: cold, sweet, and salty food, day naps
  • What to take: bitter and warm drinks, daily exercise
  • Strength and immunity: medium level
  • Panchakarma: Nasya, medicated enema (Basti)

 

Summer

  • Weather: high temperatures
  • Effect on Dosha: increase in Pitta, Vata accumulation, reduction of Kapha
  • Major illnesses: fever, diarrhea, dysentery, boils, skin rashes
  • What to avoid: hot and spicy food, hot weather
  • What to take: sweet and bitter fruit juice, raw and steamed salads, short naps in the afternoon, minimum intensity exercise
  • Strength and immunity: low level, weak appetite
  • Panchakarma: Virechana (induced laxative action)

Autumn

  • Weather: mild temperatures with cool and dry winds
  • Effect on Dosha: accumulation of Vata, gradual reduction of Pitta, gradual increase in Kapha
  • Major illnesses (early autumn): fever, skin rashes
  • What to avoid: hot food, too much exercise
  • What to take: cooling drinks as well as sweet, bitter and astringent foods
  • Strength and immunity: medium level
  • Panchakarma: Virechana (induced laxative action)

 

Winter

  • Weather: extremely cold
  • Effect on Dosha: aggravation of Vata, accumulation of Kapha
  • Major illnesses (early winter): fever, running nose, sinusitis, dry skin
  • What to avoid: hot food, too much exercise
  • What to take: good exercise, oil massage, heavy fatty foods tasting sweet, sour and salty  
  • Strength and immunity: good level
  • Panchakarma: oil massage, nasal drops, medicated enema

Ethical Regimen

Ayurveda prescribes an ethical regimen for a good and balanced mind. A balanced mind works towards achieving welfare in every respect whereas a restless mind or a mind in a state of inertia generates wrong judgments and misconceptions leading to excitement.

Some important principles of an ethical code of conduct are as follows:

  • Decisions should not be influenced by pleasure or pain, but by facts and truths;
  • Practice peace in your thoughts and actions. Speak in a soft and pleasant way;
  • Be regular and eat regularly led by appetite, not by passion;
  • Adopt, adjust and behave as per the time and place, for that controls your senses;
  • Observe cleanliness and hygiene both for your body and mind.