Ayurveda - The Spring Renewal
Dr. Partap Chauhan
Spring, in a way, is the season of shedding and composting old materials in nature in order to enable new growth. If you don’t release the old and let go of the past, there is no room for the new to come in. The same holds true for you. Your body renews itself periodically. The renewal is complete in case you are mentally and physically a part of the process.
On the other hand, it is inadequate in case you are not aiding it. Your nervous system as a whole, smallest cells, tissues, and even organs are continually engaged in renewing the body and themselves – an effort that goes unnoticed by you. That, actually, is you working without your conscious knowledge.
The renewal that could appear in perceivable form to you is physical; a deliberate effort that you can make to give yourself better health. This effort however, from the Ayurvedic point of view, is dependant on a number of external factors like time of the day, your food, your body constitution, seasons and so on.
Spring, when everything else is renewing around, offers an ideal opportunity to tune you up in accordance with the nature. The fragrance, the essence, and the soothing breeze address different needs of your body and each one of these has an inherent strength to heal it.
Spring emphasizes emotional release working at deeper levels of the mind or disturbing mental processes that have taken place previously
within the same. While attributes as fragrance, vibrancy, and liveliness condition the mind, the overall impact of the season releases accumulated toxins from the body and rebalances systems and organs.
The removal of toxins could further be aided by specific panchkarma techniques that show excellent receptivity during this season. These are vamana and nasya; both recommended as kapha shamak – procedures that remove excessive kapha from the body.
Kapha, as written in the previous Arogya, complements spring till it lasts. So the season desires attention particularly from you if you are of kapha constitution. Since it is not possible for everyone to have panchkarma therapy, the next and the best alterative to it is consuming honey. Only care to be taken is that the honey should be pure and from reliable source.
For more information on Ayurveda and it benefits please contact:
Kaviraj Partap S. Chauhan (Cyber Vaidya)
Director, Jiva Ayurvedic Research Institute