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9th April 2014
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With the festivities of spring behind us, it’s time to welcome summer. Summer is the time to indulge in cold and juicy fruits, drinks, icecreams, but it also brings with it an increased risk of all sorts of infections – of eye, ear, respiratory tract, urinary tract, gut.
It is common to see people suffer from conjunctivitis, viral flu, measles, diarrhoea, dysentery, malaria in this season. These are caused due to viral, bacterial or parasitic infections spread through food, water and also carriers like mosquitoes and flies. The reason for this is that summer is the best suited season for growth of micro-organisms (virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi) inside and outside our body. Warmer weather, which help bacteria multiply faster, and the increased number of cookouts and picnics in the summer, contribute to a rise in food poisoning. Scientists have discovered that serious infections like cholera, diarrhoea, respiratory infections caused by gram negative bacteria increase by about 17 percent with every 10 degree increase in atmospheric temperature.
The hot weather leads to increased sweating, which increases humidity on body parts. Wet and moist parts of body act as breeding grounds for fungal infections, especially tenia infections causing rash, itching and irritation.
Children are particularly susceptible to viral cold, cough, ear infections, diarrhoea and urinary tract infections in summer.
Ayurveda recognizes that people fall sick more often during change in seasons. That is why Ayurveda has described a different seasonal regimen for each season by following which individuals can remain healthy even in the changing weather This seasonal regimen helps people to adjust to the changing season and environment.
In the Indian system the year has been divided into two halves based on the movement of the sun from the North Pole to the South Pole. Each half is comprised of three seasons of two months duration each. In the first half, the sun moves from the North pole towards the equator due to which the earth gets hotter and takes away energy from people leaving them weaker with every passing season.
उत्तरोत्तरंचसर्वप्राणिनांबलमुपहीयते||७|| Su. Sutra.6.
From Shishir to Greeshma i.e. from winter to summer, the intensity of the sun gradually keeps increasing. This causes a gradual reduction in the energy levels and vitality of the persons. That is why, the health of individuals is at its best in winter, but becomes more prone to disturbances in spring because of the melting of Kapha in spring. This further worsens in summer because the sun is at its peak intensity and absorbs lubrication from human bodies. It also leads to an increase in Vata, which causes a lot of dryness, and weakness in the body. This results in reduced appetite and digestion, hence the food ingested during this season does not get metabolized fully and produces an intermediate substance called ‘Ama’ which is the root cause of many diseases. The general weakness also makes people more susceptible to infections.
Preventing Summer Time Infections
1. Maintain good hygiene as most of these infections spread from faecal-oral and respiratory routes from other infected people.
2. Be extra careful at summer camps, where children are exposed to a lot of other people. Thiscan also help to reduce infections.
3. Wear light-coloured clothing and avoid areas with insect nests.
4. Avoiding eating stale or left over food.
5. Keep the body parts dry to prevent moisture
The diet should be more lubricating, nourishing and refreshing to make up for the loss of vital fluids brought about in the body due to harsh sun. That is why it is a time for celebration, eating all sweet things with more ghee in them e.g. Payasam and increasing the consumption of sweet and watery fruits. However, the diet should be easy to digest and smaller in quantity because the digestion is poorer in this season. Liquid forms of food such as a mixture of sugar and cold water; meat juice, milk, rice with milk and ghee should be taken as regular diet. In the night, boiled and cooled milk with sugar can be taken. Vegetables recommended for consumption in this season are bottle gourd, turmeric, ginger and pumpkin.
6. Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
Diet for summer:
Avoid excessive intake of salty, pungent, bitter, dry and hot substances. Avoid consuming liquor and stale or fermented food.
Lifestyle:Try staying in cool surroundings in this season. Use of herbs like sandalwood, camphor, khus/vetiver, and lotus for application on body or even for oral consumption is recommended. Some oleation of the skin with oils such as coconut oil or butter or cow’s ghee is good in summer. It is advisable to take a short nap in the daytime to make up for the energy loss.
Avoid too much physical exercise and exposure to sun in this season.
Therapies recommended for summer: Since the increased heat of the season vitiates Pitta, it also leads to increased levels of anxiety and irritation. Sometimes, inspite of following the diet plan these are not relieved. In such a condition, ‘Shirodhara’ is advisable. ‘Shirodhara’ is a process of pouring liquids on the forehead of an individual in such a way that it relaxes the person. The liquids selected for this ‘kriya’ are medicated oils / milk / butter milk / medicated water. The water or oil is medicated with cooling herbs like Chandan, Khus, lotus etc. to give a soothing effect. An individual at home cannot easily undertake this process, therefore it is recommended that people should go to a qualified physician or a hospital for this kriya.
So go ahead and face the harsh summer by following a few simple guidelines according to Ayurveda.
- Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti – fungal properties because bees produce an enzyme that produces natural hydrogen peroxide
- Turmeric has plenty of vitamin B-6, manganese, potassium and iron.All these have antibacterial properties which could help prevent bacterial infections like respiratory infections and Urinary Tract Infection, caused by MRSA ( Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) bacteria. MRSA is tough to treat compared to common staph infections since it is usually resistant to common antibiotics.
- Tulsi is a very effective insect repellent with larvicidal properties against several insects.
- Chronic candida infection and bacterial vaginosis are the two most common types of vaginal infections. Neem is a powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal and has been used successfully to treat both of these conditions.
- Neem contains an ingredient called sodium nimbinate, which has been shown to provide significant relief from eczema, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin conditions. Used topically, neem oil improves skin’s moisture retention while combating chronic viral skin infection.
Recipe of the Month
Neer mor recipe- Spiced Buttermilk:
Thick curd/ plain yogurt 1 cup, Water 4 cups, Green chilli 2,
Chopped ginger 1 tbsp., Chopped coriander 1 tbsp., Chopped curry leaves 1 sprig, Salt As needed, Asafoetida 1 pinch
To temper (Seasoning):
Oil 1 tsp, Mustard 1 tsp, Asafoetida 1 pinch, Curry leaves 1 sprig
- Chop ginger, green chilly, coriander and curry leaves very finely. In a deep large bowl, place the thick curd
- Beat the curd smoothly and add all the other items including salt. Add water and mix well.
- Temper the items given under ‘To temper’ table and mix it to the buttermilk. Let it cool.
Health Benefits of Spiced Buttermilk:
Keep yourself cool this summer by drinking lots of buttermilk.
Doctor of the Month
Dr. Rasmi Johnson, B.A.M.S., M.S.(Ay)
Sr. Physician, AyurVAID Hospital, Ramamurthy Nagar, Bangalore
Dr. Rasmi Johnson
, Sr. Physician at AyurVAID Hospital, Ramamurthynagar, Bangalore brings 13 years of experience in the highly specialised field of Shalyatantra or Ayurveda para-surgery. She holds a Bachelor in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery from the Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, Thaikkattussery, Thrissur, Kerala. (Calicut University) and Master in Surgery in Ayurveda from S.D.M College of Ayurveda, Hassan. She has also trained in Kayachikitsa (General Medicine) and Balachikitsa (Paediatrics) under the renowned (late) Vaidyabhooshanam Raghavan Thirumulpad, Chalakudy, Kerala.
She is an expert in classical Ayurveda para-surgical procedures: Kshara Karma (Caustic Cautery), Kshara Sutra (Caustic Thread), Agni karma (Thermal Cautery) and Raktamokshana (Blood letting)
preceded and accompanied by classical Ayurveda therapeutic and cleansing procedures for treating conditions including Non-healing wounds/ulcers
of various origins(Diabetes, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Varicose Veins, Bed-sores, TIA, Burns, etc.); Ano-rectal conditions
such as Piles, Fistula, Fissure, Polyps; Pilonidal Sinus; Tonsillitis. In addition, she has experience in managing and healing serious muscle-bone-joint-ligament conditions.
Prior to AyurVAID, she worked as a Lecturer for the Dept. of Shalya Tantra, Ashwini Ayurveda College, Tumkur and other centres in Kerala in the department of Panchakarma and Ksharasutra. Dr. Rasmi has participated in international seminars and workshops at SDMCA&H, Hassan and presented several papers, including “Ayurvedic approach to the diagnosis of Jalodara” in a Symposium on Udara Chikitsa, and the “Concept of Rasayana Chikitsa” in an international level seminar held at Thrissur, Kerala.
Get your queries answered at AyurMAIL by a reputed Ayurveda physician or VAID:from the AyurVAID team of senior physicians.
VAID: Mahadevan Iyer, Medical Superintendent, AyurVAID hospitals, Domlur Bangalore answers a query:
Query by Ms Leela, Bangalore:
I am a 46 year old woman suffering from fatique, dryness of skin, hot flushes, mood swings and irregular periods since 7 to 8 months.Kindly suggest a remedy.
Vaid: Mahadevan's Response:
A woman goes through several ups and downs during the reproductive cycle. Your symptoms are due to the hormonal imbalance that happens during the premenopausal stage. According to Ayurveda, this happens mainly due to imbalance of Vata and Pitta dosha. Ayurveda can help you in many ways because Ayurveda believes in positive health which is a combination of a healthy mind, body and spirit. . A healthy diet and lifestyle along with Ayurvedic herbs and therapies, will help you to a great extent
Firstly, it is important to understand that this is not a disease. It is a natural process that happens in the body when the reproductive cycle nears the end.
Follow discipline with regard to time and type of food.
Avoid excess spicy, sour, salty, fried food,junk food and caffeinated drinks. Reduce excess use of sugar,fats,refined flours and cold drinks.
Drink plenty of water and include lots of fresh fruits like apples, melons, pears, grapes, plums and greenleafy vegetables
Include more spices like cumin, fennel, turmeric and cinnamon.
Regular Abhyangam or massages and shirodhara with medicated oils help to rejuvenate and de stress
Detoxification therapies like Virechna and Basti help to get rid of the Ama or toxin bulid up in the tissues which helps balance the doshas.
Herbs like Shatavari, Yastimadhu and Ashwagandha can be taken as per the advice of the Ayurvedic physician.
Physical exercises or yoga and meditation are also beneficial.
Regular health checkups are important.
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