Our Chief Physician Dr Robin Jacob says –Every year, with the arrival of Malayalam month ‘Karkidakam’, most of the households in Kerala prepare for the healing practice which is mentally, physically and spiritually engaging called ‘Karkidaka Chikitsa’. Karkidaka or monsoon time is considered as one of the most challenging times of the year. With the change in seasons and fierce rains, infections and water borne diseases spread during this period, along with several health conditions like asthma, allergies and arthritis; which is why our ancestors started following several customs during the month for health improvement.
Special Karkidaka Chikitsa at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda which is the Ayurveda monsoon treatment has multiple benefits.
It helps detoxify the system of all the accumulated toxins by properly channeling it which gets eliminated from the body through cleansing. ‘Oushadha Kanji’ which is vital to the Karkidaka Chikitsa is made with herbs that are known to improve immunity and enhance bodily healing. The massage therapies by our trained Ayurveda Team that follow help rejuvenate and nourish the body. It improves the blood circulation which inturn will help the body be refreshed. The monsoon Ayurveda treatment Kerala helps break down the fat deposits in the body and tone the muscles which results in weight loss.
Karkidaka Chikitsa is the best time to address any prevailing health issues and seek treatments to heal the ailments. Once it is addressed during the most challenging times, our body will be equipped to cope up with it if it resurfaces again says Dr Jobin J Madukkakuzhy Medical Director Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda India- Germany.
Why Karkidaka Chikitsa at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda?
We at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda Homestay and Lake and Mountains are equiped with traditional knowledge and modern ambience cater Karkidaka Chikitasa at its best.
Karkidaka Chikitsa begins with the understanding that the monsoon season affects the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha differently. Throughout the summer season, we might be exposed to different types of toxins which get accumulated in our body which gets piqued by the rains. It results in bringing about an excess of Vata or Vata disorder in our body which inturn leads to various other diseases. Monsoons arrive as an end to an extremely hot summer, raining down on earth which leads to an increased acidity in food resulting in Pitta dosha. It leads to fever, digestive problems, inflammation and acidity. The chances of water and food getting contaminated are high during the monsoon season which can amplify the Kapha dosha. It results in cough, cold, allergic reactions and skin diseases.
Karkidaka Chikitsa includes elements that can help realign and balance the doshas in our body. The Ayurveda Kerala treatmentat Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda is also beneficial in curing any long standing diseases and preventing any other diseases from occurring, as the treatment plan helps re-energize, re-invigorate and re-align the body.
Practicing the Ayurvedic way of life during the Monsoon
Karkidaka Chikitsa was a custom designed by our ancestors since Generations at Madukkakuzhy to make it a way of life. These customs ensured that every one in the household practiced the same lifestyle during the most challenging month when health is concerned. As the Agni / digestive fire is affected by the cold weather and rainy season, our body is prone to be acidic for which a diet suitable for the season needs to be maintianed.
The Monsoon Diet suggested by our Diet and Nutrition Team at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda.
● Make sure to have at least 2 litres of lukewarm water a day
● Abstain from Non-Vegetarian and fried foods as well as Alcohol and smoking.
● For enhancing immunity, Include the healthy mix of herbs and nutrients called Karkidaka Kanji or Oushadha Kanji.
● Practice a healthy sleep routine of not staying up late and starting the day early.
● Include deep breathing / Pranayama in your routine every morning and practice it for a minimum of 10 minutes.
● To ensure spiritual healing and keeping a positive mindset, participate in dialogues that radiates positive messages or indulge in prayers.
Oushadha Kanji / Karkidaka Kanji
Following the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda, Oushadha kanji / rice porridge is one of a kind herbal diet which is equally good for all age groups. It is prepared using a combination of herbs, spices, grains and medicinal plants that have proven benefits in fighting numerous diseases including arthritis and other common diseases, boost immunity, aids digestion, detoxifies and rejuvenaties. Here we combine the traditional knowledge of Ayurveda with regional recepies to get the best benefit for the guest says Mrs Molly Joy who heads the diet and nutrition department at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda.
For the medicine preparations, we rely on the local herbs collected from our herbal garden and is prepared at the medicinal unit at our facility Madukkakuzhy Ayurvedic Phramacy to ensure that it retains its essence and follows the traditional preparation method as per the classic texts under direct supervison of Ayurvedic doctors.
Panchakarma at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda is a detoxification program which is curative in nature and help reinforce immune system. The monsoons, due to its moist nature is considered the best time to undertake a panchakarma program, as the dhathus or tissues are easily softened during the purva karma including oleation / Snehana and Steaming / Swedana therapy. With the tissues well prepared and malleable, the Ayurveda Packages at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda including detoxification techniques in removing excess doshas and amas are even more effective and the toxins are eliminated completely and efficiently providing the individual a holistic system wide cleanse.
Karkidaka Chikitsa is an extensive treatment plan devised by experienced practitioners by combining various Ayurvedic therapies to detoxify, rejuvenate and re energize the whole body. With all the intense schedules and demands that our body is put through all through the year, it needs a time out to rejuvenate and recuperate itself.
The monsoon therapy can help prepare the body to handle further intense schedules and move ahead with a fresh vigour and passion. The Ayurveda treatment in Kerala is the best gift that one can present to the body to keep it strong and youthful.
Make an appointment today to know further about the Karkidaka Chikitsa at Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda and gift yourself a much deserved wellness holiday