Sharad Rutucharya

Hello dear Reader,
After my previous post on Rutucharya & Varsha Rutucharya with the help of my friend Dr. Soumya Bhat, here comes second one!

Human body is a pancha boutik constitution and is of such a kind that, anything that you give habitually, it becomes used to it! Yes, shareera (body) gets habituated to a thing which is given to it on a regular basis.

We have discussed about ‘Varsha Rutu/ Rainy season’ in our previous post. Following Varsha Rutu, here comes Sharad rutu which is already in its last phase this year.  This is the season of festivals beginning with Navarathri and we are now celebrating Deepavali. Wish you a Very Happy Diwali, festival of lights.

Now let us understand the facts of health related to Sharad rutu.
With the Varsha Rutu, the season of monsoon, body was acclimatized to cold temperature and changes took place in body was in accordance to that.
During Varsha Rutu, Vaata dosha was predominant in the body and pitta dosha was having tendency to get accumulated.  Varsha rutu was the season where pitta dosha had attained ‘Sanchaya avastha’.
Like any other Rutu, Sharad rutu consists of 2 maasa which are Ashwina Maasa & Karthika Maasa. In English calendar, it is mid-September to mid-November.

During Sharad rutu, sun rays become intense and cold atmosphere of the earth goes on decreasing. Body becomes hot all of a sudden and doshas also undergo certain changes in their state. Basically Pitta, liquid dosha may be correlated to bile juice and other hormones that secrete in our body for various functions.
Pitta dosha which is accumulated in the body tends to aggravate in sharad rutu & starts dislodging from its site.  A simple example will be overflowing tank, which cannot accommodate any more if supplied.
If proper care is not taken, aggravated pitta dosha may cause various diseases.

Our food and lifestyle should be such that, they should control pitta dosha in the body and must be helping the body to withstand the on-going climatic changes.

There is a concept called Rutu shodhana* in Ayurveda. That is all about removal of aggravated doshas from the body! It is suggested to adopt one of the Panchakarma procedures in order to remove excessive pitta dosha.
As pitta dosha is liquid in state, it is having more of downward flow by nature. Ayurveda has two main panchakarma procedures that are commonly used in expulsion of doshas.
  • Vamana (Urdva marga nirharana): It is done by inducing vomiting
  • Virechana (Adho marga nirharana): It is nothing but inducing defecation
Virechana is the ideal technique for expelling pitta dosha. One can under undergo virechana during sharad rutu, preferably in the second month (Karthika maasa) in order to detoxify the body. But it should be done under strict medical supervision. It is not at all advisable to take self-medication as per virechana therapy is concerned.
Apart from therapeutic measures, there are several simple and easy-to-adopt diet and lifestyle practices which we can adopt ourselves. This requires very simple knowledge on quality of food items that we should consider in this season.  This post will help you in this regard.

Ghee is one of the best pacifiers of pitta dosha. Using cow ghee is recommended in this season.
The ideal Rasa (taste) here is tikta (bitter). Internally, bitter taste helps to balance pitta. It decreases water retention and acts as liver tonic. It is cleansing and takes away burning sensation caused by pitta.
Some food items having bitter taste are:
Fenugreek seeds
Green leafy vegetables
Pomegranate pod
Skin & tender leaves of vegetables
  • Dishes having bitter, sweet & astringent taste are ideal in this season.
  • Light for digestion food items
  • Rice, green gram, sugar candy, gooseberry, snakegourd, honey,…
  • Water from all sources (well, tank, bore well, river, stored rain water) are good enough to consume.
To avoid:
  • Exposure to fog and eastern wind
  • Taking alkaline diet
  • Heavy food
  • Curds
  • Sesame/ gingelly oil
  • Sun bath
  • Strong alcoholic beverages
  • Day sleep
To avoid adverse effects of sun rays:
  • Evening – Anoint the body with chandana (sandalwood), ushira (cuscus grass/ laavancha) & karpura (camphor)
  • Wear garlands/ pearl chains, light cloths
  • Enjoy moonlight atop the terrace
  • Reside in white mansions

Suggested Food list from this blog, Sahaja Siri:
Nelanelli Tambuli, which is best for the season
Soppu green gram Palya/ Any green leaves subzi
Important Notes:
  • *Ruthu Shodhana is a technique used to maintain health of healthy individuals. Periodically one can undergo vamana or virechana to detoxify the body and maintain good health.
  • It is always suggested to undergo any of these techniques with a supervision of Ayurveda practitioner. No self-trials & should be avoided in case of other medical complications.
  • This article credit completely goes to Dr. Soumya Bhat, who has referred "Ashtanga Hrudaya' text book of Ayurveda