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MONSOON TREATMENT

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Karkidaka Chikitsa: (Monsoon Treatment)

According to Ayurveda, the Malayalam month of Karkidaka (Cancer) is time for preventive therapies. Karkidaka is known for rains and associated diseases. During this month, human body becomes extremely sensitive to pathogens. Karkidakam is the period of the year for many rituals and customs related to agriculture linked with religion. The monsoon was a period of misery and scarcity during the agrarian past in Kerala. The highlight of Karkidakam month is the specific ayurvedic treatments followed by people. Some people drink Karkidaka Kanji (Karkidaka kanji- a concoction of 42 herbs), a gruel mixed with herbs and medicines, in the month. Karkidaka has long been identified as the period for preventive treatments and rejuvenation therapies.

Karkidaka Chikitsa is particularly effective in the prevention of diseases and in increasing energy levels, reinvigorating the body and extending the longevity of life. Moreover it also prevents many another ailments such as arthritis, spondylitis, back pain, sleeplessness, stress and depression.

Karkidaka Kanji (Karkidaka kanji- a concoction of 42 herbs) is basically rice porridge with medicinal herbs added. Karkidaka kanji kit is also available at our Ayurvedic Centre during this period.

The major Ayurveda therapies done during the Karkidaka month are:

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Massages

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Oil massages (Abhyanga) of various kinds to strengthen the body, customized for various age groups are done. These massages are done with medicated oil, and are part of rejuvenation therapies.

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Sukha-chikitsa (Preventive therapy)

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Sukham means healthy state and chikitsa is therapy or treatment. Sukhachikitsa is given to healthy persons, to prevent attack of diseases. Massages (abhyanga) and specially prepared kanji (rice porridge) are part of sukhachikitsa.

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Rejuvenation Therapy

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Ayurveda rejuvenation therapy is long process, lasting for many days, from 21 days up to 45 days. During rejuvenation therapy, the body is first cleaned off accumulated toxic materials (excess fat, chemicals, pathogens, etc).

The body is then strengthened with special medicines like Rasayanas and with medicated oil massages (Abhyangam). Rejuvenation therapy can also include full-scale panchakarma treatments. However, according to the age, physical and mental conditions, and other factors, the doctor may decide to omit one or more procedures of panchakarma treatment.