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  • Your Fall Wellness Guide: The Ayurveda Way

    Your Fall Wellness Guide: The Ayurveda Way

    In order to have a long and healthy life, one must be aware of the union of body (sharir), senses (indriyas), mind (satwa), and spirit (atma). Central to this ancient science is the concept of Ritucharya, or seasonal routine. Ritucharya emphasizes that we must adapt our daily routines, diet, and lifestyle choices to the prevailing season to support our physical and mental well-being. Since autumn is arriving, Vata will regain its dominance. Therefore, it is time to adjust our routines and diets to seek the warmth and nourishment essential for the season.

    Understanding ritucharya1,2,3  

    There is an intrinsic relation between the kala (season) and prakriti (body constitution) of a person since our conception and is believed to continue throughout our lifetime. Our prakriti is influenced by the three doshas, which often fluctuate with the changing seasons. Therefore Ayurveda prescribes specific regimens for longevity and maintaining our health, in the form of ritucharya (seasonal lifestyle) etc.  

    Rituchakra (season cycle) has a significant impact on our doshas, and ritucharya emphasizes on the importance of altering our routines, diet, and lifestyle choices in accordance to the prevailing season. 

    Know your dosha here!

    Each ritu (season) has its own peculiarity regarding its atmospheric characters, and it is believed that the prakriti or body constitution of an individual are likely to be vitiated with changing seasons. Different traditional and Ayurvedic texts, outline practices to embrace and avoid in each season. Following these seasonal regimens can help individuals stay healthy!

    Sharad ritu/fall season4,5,6 

    Sharad ritu or fall season is one of the six seasons in the Indian Ayurvedic calendar. It starts around September and approximately lasts till November. During autumn/fall, we are suddenly subjected to the heat after having adjusted to the rain and cold. During autumn (sharad), the Sun is scorching, making the overall atmosphere hot and intense and the Pitta dosha, which tends to get aggravated during the rainy season can be further provoked by the hot and intense sun. 

    Fall diet tips

    A supportive fall diet7,8,9,10 

    During the autumn, the body's strength is considered moderate, resulting in a medium level of digestive power (agni). Charaka, in his dietary recommendations for this specific season, has taken great care to alleviate the effects of Pitta on our body. During this season, it is advised to consume only light foods that are easier to digest. Charaka suggests that, during this season, individuals should consume sweet, light, cold, and bitter foods and drinks, which have the potential to pacify Pitta, but this should be done in the right quantities and food should be consumed only when a person is feeling hungry.  

    To minimise the effects of Pitta, use of ghee prepared with bitter herbs is also recommended. 

    Sushruta shares a similar perspective as Charaka but suggests the incorporation of astringent flavors, along with items like sugarcane, dairy products, honey, and green gram pulse to help alleviate Pitta-related imbalances. 

    Here are the dietary recommendations and habits to follow during the autumn season: 

    • Consume sweet, light, cold, slightly bitter, and pitta-pacifying foods and drinks in appropriate quantities, preferably when you have a good appetite.
    • Opt for the meat of common quail, partridge, sheep, rabbit, etc.
    • Sushruta suggests the use of preparations made from milk, sugarcane juice, honey, and oil during the autumn season. 
    • Fruits and vegetables that can be consumed during this season include: banana, apple, grapes, indian gooseberry, chiku, methi (fenugreek), dudhi (bottle gourd), sweet potato,pumpkin, spring beans, karela (bitter melon), cucumber, cabbage, etc. Including these fruits and vegetables in your diet can help maintain balance and support well-being during the autumn season.
    • Avoid excessive intake of tea and coffee.
    • Refrigerated and chilled items should not be consumed.

    Skincare routine11 

    In tasyashitya chapter of Charaka Samhita, it is said “Tasya Shitadiya Ahaarbalam Varnascha Vardhate. Tasyartusatmayam Vaditam Chestaharvyapasrayam,” which means ‘the strength and complexion of the person knowing the suitable diet and regimen for every season and practicing accordingly are enhanced. 

    During fall, the heat of the sun is penetrating and there is a drop in moisture content. As a result, there is a significantly high chance of our skin getting dehydrated and the chances of sun damage and tanning are also high. 

    Furthermore, the excessive exposure to sun and heat may also trigger the appearance of early signs of aging, irritation on the skin, etc. Therefore, an ideal skin routine would include:

    • If the skin is dehydrated, gentle oil massage can be done to keep it nourished and well lubricated. Abhyanga with appropriate oil can be performed to keep the skin moisturized.
    • During fall, the heat of the sun is very intense and penetrating therefore, it is best to avoid sun exposure in order to reduce chances of skin damage. Ayurveda offers several herbs that are traditionally believed to help reduce the effects of sun damage on the skin. These include aloe vera, turmeric, sandalwood, Gotu kola, neem, etc.
    • Including practices in our routine that reduce the appearance of early signs of aging, irritation on the skin.  
    Fall skincare tips as per Ayurveda

    Other beneficial tips for fall season12,13,14 

    There are some other tips and recommendations that can be considered during fall. These include: 

    1. One should exercise moderately and must not over exert. Swimming can be a great exercise to indulge in.
    2. It is also recommended that a person should try to stay relaxed, avoid anger during this time of the year and get sufficient sleep. However, sleeping during the day is usually not recommended (depends on the person's state of prakriti and vikriti).
    3. Since fall nights are cooler as compared to days, Ayurvedic experts recommend sitting and soaking the moon light to get a sense of cool.

    The changing seasons and the external environment significantly influences our body and bring fluctuations in the concentration of the doshas. Therefore, it's essential to adapt our diet and behavior according to these changing seasons. Sharad ritu or fall, is a particularly dynamic period as it is the transition from sharp sun rays to the onset of winter. Thus, to navigate this shift successfully and maintain good health, following the sharad ritucharya is crucial. 

    To prevent the development of Pitta imbalances and related complications, it is recommended to consume foods with sweet, bitter, as well as light-to-digest. Using ghee, milk with added sugar, a small quantity of salt, wheat, barley, green gram, and rice is advised. 

    In addition, wearing light and clean clothing, spending early evenings under the moonlight is suggested. As a preventive measure, medicated ghee with bitter-tasting (tikta rasa) herbs can be consumed to maintain the balance of Pitta and ensure overall well-being. 


    1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3361919/#ref5
    2. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/333819435.pdf
    3. https://medicopublication.com/index.php/ijfmt/article/download/15053/13632/29249
    4. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/333819435.pdf
    5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/293285267_Importance_of_seasonal_regimen_with_special_reference_to_impact_on_physiological_parameters
    6. https://wjpr.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/article_issue/a253cfdb3d4f223f5f8013e371ac63e3.pdf
    7. https://wjpr.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/article_issue/a253cfdb3d4f223f5f8013e371ac63e3.pdf
    8. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/333819435.pdf
    9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3361919/#ref5
    10. https://www.wjpmr.com/download/article/73102020/1604139199.pdf
    11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3361919/#ref5
    12. https://ijapr.in/index.php/ijapr/article/download/2200/1556/
    13. https://wjpr.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/article_issue/a253cfdb3d4f223f5f8013e371ac63e3.pdf
    14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3361919/#ref5 

    3 Responses

    The Ayurveda Experience
    The Ayurveda Experience

    November 30, 2023

    Hi @Natalee Kenyon-Lodge, thanks for reaching out to us with your query! Regarding your question, the approach of this article is specific to seasons and not specific to region/terrain. For example, if you are experiencing rainy season in your area, you should follow the diet specific to that particular season and same with fall.

    Natalee Kenyon-Lodge
    Natalee Kenyon-Lodge

    November 23, 2023

    The article is very interesting. Are the the seasons stated from the eastern countries. I ask because according to (sharad) fall it refers to a hot season when in Dallas we are going into the rainy season. Can you explain

    Barbarajean Sammond
    Barbarajean Sammond

    November 23, 2023

    I just love your Sweetpea that’s all I wear

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