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Karkidakam – The best season for Ayruvedic Treatments

The constant showers, pleasant weather and a rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatment – there’s nothing more that can describe a perfect monsoon season. Varsha ritu or monsoon season generally starts off from June to August with environmental changes setting in gradually. With this change comes the aggravation of Pitta dosha in our body paving way to ailments. And according to Ayurveda, monsoon or Karkidakam is a season with highest levels of humidity in the air draining out Ojas (an essential energy for the body and mind) from our body. To cure the discomfort and distress of both the mind and body, there is nothing better than a natural healing system – Ayurveda treatments.

The drastic change from the scorching summer heat to heavy downpours is said to have a profound impact on the strength and immunity of our body. And this could throw off the balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas, hinting that our bodies require extra caution and care to maintain health.

Why should one take up Ayurvedic treatments during monsoon season? Take a look at the below mentioned benefits:

  1. It is more relaxing to do an Ayurveda treatment amid the soothing rain and cool weather. The calming effect of the rain coupled along with the healing powers of the treatment makes it the ideal time to rejuvenate and refresh the body.
  2. Ayurveda treatments basically involve the application of herbal oils and steam to detoxify the body. The rain and humidity during Karkidakam helps in opening the pores, making the body respond well to the treatments.
  3. Karkidakam-focused Ayurveda treatments help in keeping a check on the balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. This helps in recharging, replenishing and energizing the body for the rest of the year.
  4. Monsoon season might weaken our digestive fire and to rekindle it, Ayurvedic treatments prove beneficial. Also, those ailments caused due to climatic conditions can be treated through Ayurveda to avoid health problems and to maintain a fit body.

Karkidakam is the last month in Malayalam calendar, which is followed in Kerala. And it is marked as the end of a year with the following month, Chingam denoting the beginning of all things new. For a fresh and healthy start, people take up Ayurveda treatments during Karkidakam (a month of rejuvenation of the body and mind). Also, as per the beliefs in Kerala, Karkidakam is a month when our body is the weakest and prone to illness, calling for more caution and care.

The best way or a holistic approach to bring about a balance for your body, mind and soul is Karkidaka Chikitsa. It aims at detoxifying the body through Panchakarma. Here, the treatment targets the disease-causing factors in the body to boost strength and immunity and also to restore the body’s equilibrium and health. Other Ayurvedic treatments like Abhyanga, Pizhichil, Snehapana, Dhara, etc. can be done during this season.

Considered to be of profound significance and lauded by many for its multiple health benefits, Ayurveda treatments during monsoon is a big must among everyone in Kerala. A special diet and lifestyle is prescribed by Ayurveda practitioners to defend the body from seasonal diseases. The main item being the Karkidaka kanji or oushada kanji, a medicinal gruel made of Njavara rice along with medicinal plants and herbs is consumed throughout the month.

Therapies usually last from 21 days to 28 days giving an all-round treatment to heal the body and mind with the help of exclusively tailored treatment packages. At Krishnendu Ayurveda, we chart out the best Ayurvedic treatment packages that focus on rejuvenating the body during this monsoon season. Our expert Ayurveda physicians will help you out choose the best suited package ranging from five to seven, nine, eleven, fourteen, twenty one and twenty eight days along with dietary counseling. For a tailor-made authentic Ayurvedic experience, drop us a message or come visit us –


Dr. Sandeep Krishna is the fourth generation descendant of the Chingoli family, Beyond his bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS),he has finished his post-graduation specialized in Panchakarma.

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