Keeping Well When Monsoon Dwells

First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing the scorching heat of summer. But monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking precautions against these diseases.

The diseases associated with monsoon are malaria, jaundice, gastro intestinal infections like typhoid and cholera. Apart from these, viral infections like cold and cough also make their presence felt.

Puddles of water formed due to rain become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. As a precautionary measure against mosquito bite born diseases one can use mosquito net around the bed which is better choice to mosquito repellants like mats and coils. A mosquito repellant cream is the best choice when you are away from home. Fumigating the house with smoke of dried neem leaves in evenings for 1-2 minutes is an excellent ayurvedic method to keep mosquitoes away.

Pollution of drinking water during monsoon is very common. It is very necessary to drink clean and pure water when water borne monsoon diseases like diarrhea and gastro intestinal infections threaten us. Drinking boiled water at home is strongly recommended to tap water. Prefer mineral water of government certified companies when you are away from home.

Walking in dirty water during rainy season leads to numerous fungal infections which affect toes and nails. Diabetic patients have to take a special care about their feet. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Avoid walking in dirty water. Keep your shoes, socks and raincoats dry and clean. Drying clothes with fumes of loban and dry neem leaves is recommended in ayurvedic texts.

Precautions have to be taken to prevent dampness and growth of fungus (mold) on and around the house where asthmatic patients live. Avoid fumigation in case of asthmatic patients.

Ayurvedic Tips to increase body immunity and preventing diseases of monsoon. 1. The digestive system gets weakened due to dehydration in summer. This leads to low digestive power. This is further weakened by vitiation of doshas and dhatus due to monsoon. Hence following diets which increase power of digestion and strengthen the digestive system would be beneficial in rainy season.

? Light foods prepared out of old barley, rice and wheat.

? Sour and salted soups of vegetables.

? Drinking boiled and cooled water mixed with little honey.

? Consuming little quantity of wine prepared out of grapes.

? Adding ginger and green gram in daily diet.

? Eating warm food.

2. Avoid the following

Sleeping in daytime.

Over physical exertion.

Over exposure to sun. 3. Always keep the surrounding dry and clean. Do not allow water to get accumulated around.

4. Keep your body warm as viruses attack immediately when body temperature goes down.

5. Do not enter air conditioned room with wet hair and damp cloths.

6. Dry your feet and webs with soft dry cloth whenever they are wet.

7. Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs.

8. Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads.

9. Drink plenty of water and keep your body well hydrated.

10. Do not allow kids to play in stagnant polluted water filled puddles.

Ayurvedic Home remedies for Monsoon diseases

1. Apply castor oil or sesame oil for cracked feet and skin.

2. A freshly prepared paste of turmeric, neem and sesame seeds is recommended in ayurveda for fungal infection between toes.

3. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a tea spoon of honey in empty stomach. This flushes out accumulated toxins.

4. Freshly prepared radish juice is the best remedy for cold.

5. A pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt mixed in warm water reduces cough

6. The following home recipes can be used as home remedies for digestive disorders of monsoon

In Indigestion Ingredients: Rice-1/2 cup Water -4 cups Long pepper- 2or 3 Ginger -1'' Method of preparation: Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with crushed ginger and salt. Powder long pepper and fry it in a spoon of cow's ghee and add it to gruel. Consume this when it hot. This is very light to digest and relieves colic pain.

In Diarrhea Ingredients: Rice -1/2 cup Water ? 4 cups Ginger paste ? 1/2 spoon Salt to taste Pomegranate juice: ½ cup Method of preparation 1. Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with ginger paste and salt 2. Add pomegranate juice when the gruel is warm. This gruel rehydrates body and supply energy . This soothes inflamed walls of intestine and controls bowel movements.

In flatulence Ingredients: ½ cup of rice 4 cups of water Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) - powder-1/2 spoon Roots of pippali or long pepper Ginger paste -1/2 spoon salt to taste Method of preparation Cook Rice, haritaki powder , roots of pippali and water together. Add salt to it.Consume this when it is warm. This relieves flatulence and regularizes the bowel movement

Thus precautions coupled with care really help you to enjoy monsoon. Have a healthy and safe monsoon.

Dr.SavithaSuri http://www.ayurhelp.com

Biography of Author

Dr.SavithaSuri has been an Ayurvedic Practitioner since 1989. After getting a graduation degree in ayurveda (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) in 1988 from University of Mysore, India, she started practising ayurveda . Her articles about ayurveda have been published in news papers and websites. She is a regular health columnist to a regional news paper.

Dr.SavithaSuri lives in Mysore , Karnataka, India. She gives consultations in Mysore and also in Bangalore the silicon valley of India.

Ph:91-0821-2451405 http://www.ayurhelp.com [email protected]

In The News:

Top 8 Alternatives To MLflow  Analytics India Magazine
Sophia Mays offering alternative to Mayor Hart  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Using Asian Herbal Combinations for Treating Hemorrhoids

Asian HerbsI have found Chinese herb formulations quite effective in... Read More

Discover The Missing Key to Improving Your Health

Do you know the top ten causes for death? You... Read More

Gratitude

Here's a quick question: You've got a bad cold. Do... Read More

10 Essential Food Safety Tips For AIDS Sufferers

Persons with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are especially susceptible to... Read More

Reduce Asthma And Breathe Free

Asthma can be a serous and often frightening condition that... Read More

Ganoderma the Miracle Herb - Can It Help You?

Let us see if Ganoderma which has been discribed as... Read More

Hypnosis: Benefits You Can?t Live Without

Hypnosis In The Real WorldWhen you think of hypnosis, do... Read More

Gestalt Therapy And Hypnosis

The Gestalt approach to therapy can be termed "phenomenological-existential" as... Read More

Herbal Medicine for Diabetes

Herbs used in traditional Indian medicine to treat diabetes seems... Read More

Plain Soap as a Natural Method of Infection Prevention

It is estimated that 80 percent of communicable illnesses are... Read More

Addressing The Cause And Finding A Cure: Why Cause is Everything When It Comes To Low Back Pain

There is an epidemic, at least in the States when... Read More

Aura and House Clearings - Rid Your Space of Unwanted Energies

Aura and space clearing can be accomplished in a number... Read More

Pa-Kua Feng Shui Basics

FENG SHUI BASICSFeng Shui (literally "Wind and Water" in Chinese),... Read More

Six Smoothie Recipes for Constipation and Acne Relief

I recommend drinking a morning smoothie if you have constipation... Read More

Oregano Supplements : An Effective Natural Treatment for Fungus and Other Ailments

What's the big deal with oregano? Many of you have... Read More

Home Remedies, Treatment To All Ailments By Herbal Homemade Remedies

Given below the list of Best Home Remedies for all... Read More

Fasting is the Fast Track to Detox

Because of our mechanized and industrialized society we find toxic... Read More

All Natural Shampoo - 5 Tips

All Natural Shampoo - 5 Tips Here are 5 tips... Read More

The Benefits of Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most common form of relaxation massage... Read More

An Aspirin A Day Can Give You Cancer

I want to share a health alert with you. So... Read More

Fruits, Juices, and Food for Relieving Hemorrhoids Part II

Eating the right kind of food and following good eating... Read More

Holistic Medicine

Holistic Medicine involves natural treatment options like holistic nutrition, herbology,... Read More

Got a Headache? Painkillers Are NOT the Solution!

Say you had a stressful day at work, didn't get... Read More

The Mechanics & Effects of Smoking

So exactly what does happen when you smoke?Every puff on... Read More

Do Magnets Work?

The scientific explanation behind magnet therapy is that the magnetic... Read More