Here we take a look at Ayurvedic seasonal guidelines for the fall season. We also take a look at some diet, lifestyle, and herbal recommendations for fall.
The system of Ayurveda considers rtucharya(seasonal routine) to be one of the cornerstones of health maintenance and disease prevention.
Just like dinacharya(daily routine) provides a structure through which to balance dosha and guna within the context of the individual prakrtivikrtiparadigm, rtucharyaallows for awareness and alignment with nature.1
This is important in Ayurveda as doshas and elements in the environment fluctuate with the seasonal rhythms of the year.
The fall season is a time of transition and change. It is characterized most notably by Vata dosha and laghu (light), ruksha (dry), khara (rough), chala (mobile), and akash (empty), hima (cool) qualities.
In many parts of the world, fall invites cooler weather, shorter hours of daylight, drying of foliage, and increase in wind.
Traditionally, the beginning of the fall season is indicated for panchakarma to cleanse the body of excess Pitta which may have built up over the summer months.
Panchakarmaalso nourishes and prepares the body for the rise of Vata dosha in the environment.
Let’s take a look at some Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, and herbal recommendations for fall.
Ashwagandha is one of the primary Ayurvedic herbs used to support Vata dosha. It is a wonderful rasayana(rejuvenating) herb for the skeletomuscular system, majja vaha srotas (the nervous system), as well as weakness, fatigue, and sleep disorders.
Dashamula is a mixture of ten roots (dasha means ten and mula means root) which aims at pacifying Vata dosha through its action on the colon.
A decoction of dashamula is commonly used for basti enemas during panchakarma to eliminate excess Vata dosha from the body. It can also promote the cleansing of ama.
Bala, which means “strength,” is said to impart vigor, vitality and inner strength. It is a bronchodilator, strengthens the heart, calms pulse irregularities and arrhythmia, and provides building qualities in cases of emaciation or fatigue.
Bala helps to counteract the laghu (light), ruksha (dry) and khara (rough), qualities of Vata present in the fall season.
Tagar, also known as Indian Valerian is a wonderfully soothing and calming herb for elevated Vata.
It is a mild sedative which may be used to promote sound sleep, as well as to calm anxiety and racing thoughts induced by the chala (mobile) quality of Vata.
Tagar can also minimize menstrual cramping related to Vata and prevent the movement of stress to the GI tract.
Please consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before trying the diet, lifestyle, or herbal recommendations for fall mentioned in this article.
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