In Ayurveda, the end of winters, from mid-March to mid-May is considered as the period of vasant ritu (spring season).
During this time, the winter season winds up and the sun becomes apparent again. Flowers start to bloom as the weather gets warmer. This signifies the onset of spring season.
Our body consists of three main functional elements, also known as the doshas- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Kapha dosha in body increases during the winter season. During spring (vasant ritu), this increased kapha is liquefied, due to the heat of sun. It decreases the Agni (digestive fire) and may give rise to many diseases. Kapha dosha should be restored during the spring season.
Aggravated kapha dosha can cause various ailments like:
Cough, cold, sneezing, indigestion, heaviness in stomach, nausea, excess salivation etc.
One, who has his doshas balanced, is able to enjoy the spring season. He feels fresh, and gains energy, enthusiasm.
Diet recommendations in Ayurveda
Kapha Dosha which was aggravated and frozen now begins to melt in this season. This reduces the Agni (digestive fire). Therefore, the digestive capacity drops significantly during the spring season.
Foods to eat:
During the spring season choose light and easily digestible foods.
Include these foods in your diet: barley, wheat, rice, bitter vegetables, mango, and honey, spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, and fennel help in stimulating the digestion. These spices are known to calm the increased kapha dosha in the body. They stimulate the digestive fire (Agni), and help in digestion.
Drink warm water. Those obsessed with teas can take herbal tea.
You can also drink fresh ginger tea to balance the Kapha dosha. To remove excess kapha, drink warm lemon water with little salt in the morning.
Foods to avoid:
Avoid sweet, salty or oily foods as they increase the Kapha dosha. Kapha dosha being already aggravated during spring, eating these foods can only make the condition worse.
All cold things should be avoided.
- Regular exercise
Regular outdoor exercise will help to reduce the increased Kapha dosha. It also allows you to revamp with nature thereby promoting a healthy mind.
- Do not take day-time naps
Day-time naps, especially after the lunch is strictly not allowed during this season. As day-time naps will slower the digestion.
- Practise yoga and meditation
- Quit smoking
Smoking causes indigestion, and it will aggravate the Kapha dosha
- Practise Abhyanga (self-massage)
You can self-massage your body every morning with warm sesame oil (Til taila)
Oil massage promotes relaxation; it balances the mind and stimulates waste removal.
- Bathe with warm water, apply some natural fragrance to the body
- Avoid exposure to direct air
- Panchakarma procedure given by Ayurvedic practitio
- ners is recommended.
Panchakarma is cleansing and rejuvenating of the body
Charak Pharma has a complete range of medicines for the symptoms of aggravated kapha dosha.
KOFOL syrup and lozenges
KOFOL is a combination of medicinal plants, which have mucolytic, expectorant, anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. KOFOL syrup is for productive cough and KOFOL lozenges for non-productive cough.
EXTRAMMUNE tablets and syrup
EXTRAMMUNE is an immunity builder and helps to achieve faster recovery from various infections.
OJUS Tablets and Syrup
OJUS is a complete digestive aid. It improves digestion and relieves nausea, bloating and heaviness in the abdomen.