Karkidaka Chikitsa: Ayurvedic Treatment for the Monsoons

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The Ramayana month is here and so are its traditions. The monsoon hues are at its verge and now it is the time to rejuvenate your body and soul. The first of Karkidakam falls on 17 July this year, and it is time to get ready to tackle all your health issues. Karkidakam is the final month in the Malayalam calendar and in this particular time, our immune system gets weak. Health issues can reach us so easily in this period and hence it is essential to be alert for the time being.

This season of the year is prominent for Ayurveda with the evolution of Karkidaka Chikitsa, a treatment that is specifically designed to cure body ailments and other diseases in the season of Karkidakam. Ayurvedic Massage is one of the vital component in Karkidaka Chikitsa and is an ultimate solution for all the health issues. Ayurvedic massages boost blood circulation and helps the muscles to relax. Ayurvedic massage also reduce stress by rejuvenating the body. In this process, medicated oil is used. Depending on the oil used and the body part served, these massages can be classified into different types.



Abhyangam is a full body massage with a focus on marma points in the body. Medicated oil is poured over the body focusing specific energy points. This is further massaged in circular motion. This treatment reduces the imbalance in Vata and will aid in the formation of white blood corpuscles. Immunity will be boosted with this treatment and it will also aid in removing the toxins from the body.



In Shirodhara, a combination of oil, coconut water, buttermilk and/or water is poured onto the forehead and then massaged. Shirodhara helps to relax the hypothalamus of the brain, and so it’s highly effective against mental conditions like stress and insomnia. Shirodhara is an effective treatment for greying of hair, hypertension, eye diseases etc.



This treatment is specifically done to relax the muscles and bones in the body. This treatment is known to reduce vata related problems in the body. Pizhichil is done by pouring warm oil on to the body with a thorough massage that helps you rediscover the lost strength of the muscles.



Cooked rice is seized with a cotton cloth, and is tailed by dipping it in medicated oil and cow milk, a Njavara is made. The procedure of pressurizing the Njavara on restricted energy points on the already oil-massaged body is called Njavarakizhi. This treatment sources an organized increase in body heat, thus increasing the perspiration. This treatment is effective in the removal of toxins from the body in the form of sweat, and it also intensifies the senses.


Apart from these ayurvedic massages, there is more treatments in Karkidaka Chikitsa which will aid in the rejuvenation of the body. Ayurvedic massage is arguably the best natural way for rejuvenation and removal of toxins from your body. It’s almost time for Karkidakam. Try these treatments in the season of Karkidakam and rejuvenate your body!





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