by Dr Taruna Yadav, B.A.M.S.
Spring is here – now is the perfect time to balance disturbed doshas from winter!
The main pillars (tri stambha) of the Ayurvedic philosophy are Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the three doshas of the body. In Ayurveda, we believe that perfect health is achieved when we balance all three of these unique doshas.
A harmonious balance can be achieved by following a daily routine of activities and regular clearing of accumulated toxins from the body. It is also vital to improve health daily to avoid large-scale buildups of the doshas.
One of the reasons doshas become imbalanced is seasonal change. The switch from Vata season (winter) to Kapha season (spring) can be hard on the body, but we can achieve a perfect balance through Panchakarma, a purification treatment known as the perfect ayurvedic detox.
In this blog, we’re going to explain how your body changes from season to season and how Panchakarma can realign your dosha. Read on!
How your unique dosha react to seasonal changes
Vata – loosely translated as “air” – represents individuals who tend to be thin, quick thinking and fast moving, but have a tendency to be anxious with a dry complexion. The Vata season begins in autumn and continues until early winter.
Kapha – translated as “earth” – defines people with a solid frame and a calm, thoughtful temperament. While these people are kind, they have a tendency to become lethargic, attached and depressed, causing their skin to be oily. The Kapha season starts in late winter and continues on into spring.
Pitta – otherwise known as “fire” – is associated with people who are driven and energetic with a sharp intellect and strong willpower. These individuals also tend to be quick to get angry, causing their skin to be warm and easily inflamed. The Pitta season runs from late spring until the end of summer.
Throughout winter, we eat foods which are rich and heavy, endowing the body with earthy, watery qualities. Kapha gets stored in the body over winter and when spring arrives (along with the warm sun) the Kapha melts away from the body, causing unpleasant, cold-like symptoms including congestion, hay fever and allergies.
We balance the Kapha by expelling mucus, regulating moisture levels and opening the channels for purification.
How Panchakarma can detoxify the post-winter body
Chakra recommends that we evacuate accumulated doshas in the first month of Vasant (spring), Varsha (rain season) and Sharad (autumn) with the help of Panchakarma.
Build up, collection and decomposition of doshas occurs in different seasons. To achieve a harmonious balance between the doshas, one should follow Panchakarma with the change of every season and eliminate the excess doshas.
Translated as “the five actions”, Panchakarma features a number of different treatments which when used in conjunction with one another, work to cleanse the body of toxins and help achieve “quantum healing”.
Dr Deepak Chopra explains Panchakarma no longer necessarily dictates five specific courses of action, but rather, is customised in a series of different steps with respect to your specific body type. It is also important to note that none of the steps in Panchakarma interfere with any medication you may be taking.
How Panchakarma is performed by your Ayurvedic doctor
Upon arriving at Ayurvedic Wellness Centre for Panchakarma, your Ayurvedic doctor will examine your immunity status, digestive health, general health and wellbeing, plus your overall body type.
Your doctor will then create a personalised treatment plan to ensure you get the most rejuvenating results from Panchakarma. You will be given diet instructions as well as essential oils and herbs to use at home.
As you progress through the treatment plan, your digestive organs and liver will be stimulated, resulting in the expulsion of toxins from your body.
You will need to set aside time to go through the treatment – up to seven days if possible. The treatment is refreshing and rejuvenating, however it can cause some discomfort and tiredness in the initial stages. Honour your body by allowing yourself to rest and recover.
The whole program is under the supervision of trained, experienced B.A.M.S. doctors in Ayurveda. It’s also essential to have Panchakarma administered by qualified professional therapists trained by our doctors. We know the proper (and improper) methods of Panchakarma, so you can rest assured that you are in safe, reliable hands.
Spring clean your health the Ayurveda way with the Panchakarma Detox
Panchakarma is one of our most energising, refreshing treatments for springtime detoxing. Our patients report feeling energetic, fresh and new after completing Panchakarma, with clear skin and glowing health.
One of our past patients, Stephanie Darling, described her experience like this:
“My personally tailored treatments were profoundly healing on many levels: physically, mentally and emotionally. I feel rejuvenated and deeply nourished. I feel…whole.”
Eliminating imbalanced doshas is the fundamental concept of Ayurvedic disease management. Panchakarma purifies, cleanses and refreshes the body, bringing much-needed harmony to the doshas in the warmer months.
– A Detailed Consultation with Dr Taruna Yadav is one hour long and costs $120