Vata reflects the qualities of air. Its characteristics are light, cold, dry, rough, and energetic. It is balanced by sweet, sour and salty tastes. Begins October 1 through Feb 1.
Pitta reflects the qualities of fire. Its characteristics are hot, oily, liquid, sharp, and intense. It is balanced by sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes. Begins June 1 through Oct 1.
Kapha reflects the qualities of earth. Its characteristics are slow, dense, soft, smooth, and heavy. It is balanced by astringent, bitter and pungent tastes. Begins Feb 1 - June 1.
KAPHA SEASON IS FROM FEBRUARY 1 - JUNE 1
Ayurvedic Medicine is based on the 5 elements: AIR, Ether (space), Fire, Water and Earth. These elements are forms of ENERGY. Everything is energy. We cannot have life without it. In order to stay in Balance we need to follow the rules of Nature. Our physiology is dictated to by these elements of Nature.
What does all disease have in common?
Yes, I know I have said this many times but it is important this season.
“Lack of Circulation and Inflammation”.
This time of year our circulation takes quite a hit. Why? Because cold is constrictive and Kapha is congestive. Our whole body is an unending network of physical circulatory channels and when those channels are constricted or congested with toxins we cannot flush out toxicity and we cannot nourish our bodies. Health can only be obtained when our channels are open, balanced, and free of acidic toxins. Our body’s can naturally flush toxicity out when these channels are open. Another reason for poor circulation is STRESS and ANXIETY which is also very constrictive. These 2 emotions are the theme these days with the COVID scenario.
This season our circulation becomes poor because of congestion. All of a sudden our bodies want to let go of what we have held onto during the VATA season. If we don't support this through Drainage and Detox we can become bloated, gain weight, digestion con become sluggish along with our metabolism.
More Pro’s and Con’s of this new season .
Kapha is considered the "King of the Seasons" Mother Earth wakes up and soon we will start to see growth in nature. The time of growing and testing new skills and a welcome of a new lifestyle. People generally feel more energized, as if emerging from hibernation.
If you stay in tuned to the season it can bring more understanding, caring, security, stability, support and empathy.
If one is not in tune to this transition it can bring dullness, greed, over attachment, and discontentment. One can become more stuck, critical, dull, and bitter. What is stressing you aside from not being in the moment?
It is said in Ayurveda that one can get all one needs nutritionally by consuming all 6 tastes at each meal. The six tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. But with each season there are 3 tastes that should dominate in each meal.
In the winter months of Vata season our bodies hold on to everything to support us in the season of divestment. We need more nourishment to deal with seasonal elements. We also tend to be less active, again because we are in “energy reserve time”. Call it the human hibernation.
As we move into the early spring season (Kapha) you will notice the snow becomes more wet and heavy. The air seems to be more dense. And with that we can feel more heavy, lethargic, and congested. Remember we are dictated to by nature, not the other way around. The more conscious we are the more we naturally tune into this phenomenon.
The main site of Kapha is in the stomach. So if you are experiencing discomfort here, more belching, bloating, overall digestion feels sluggish, then Kapha is building. The sinuses are the secondary mucus membrane to the Stomach; this can translate into more congestion, sinus infections, colds, allergies, weight gain etc. The other systems that can show symptoms this time of year is the lungs (bronchitis, pneumonia etc), lymphatic congestion, a slowing of metabolism and digestion is impeded. Metabolic and digestive processes are driven by the fire element which is lacking this season, so one must increase the element of fire by eating warming foods, using herbs supporting digestion like ginger and pepper. Not eating dinner too late in the evening (which is Kapha time) and do not drink cold fluids with meals.
As this season progresses it is a great time to do fasting, Purva Karma/Pancha Karma and cleansing diets. Don’t forget, aging is all about accumulation. This accumulation is from internal sources and external sources, whether it is by-products of metabolism and/or from the environment it creates the biggest obstacle for those of us trying to promote health and wellbeing in patients/clients
Tastes to Favor during KAPHA season:
Bitter, Astringent, Pungent.
Break out the Chutneys, Curries, , beans, lentils, pomegranate, spicy dishes, ginger, green leafy vegetables, Kombucha and other fermented foods.
BITTER is alterative (purifies the blood, cleansing, detoxifying, reduces all bodily tissue and increases lightness in the mind. It is antibiotic and antiseptic. In small amounts it is a digestive stimulant and helps digest sugar and fat. Spiritual questing, celibacy. Draws the senses but in excess can cause withdrawal, introverted behavior and can decrease libido. Specific organ is Spleen and liver.
Needed in small qualities for each humor. It is necessary for detoxification but can also be depleting.
ASTRINGENT stops bleeding and other excessive discharges (such as diarrhea and sweating) and promotes healing of the skin and mucus membranes, enhances water absorption, is expectorant and diuretic (increases urination), it tightens tissues. Drying, gathering, binding, excess coagulation and can cause fixation of thoughts, rigidity making the heart closed. Target organ is the colon. The cecum is considered the second stomach, the cecum makes food astringent. The appendix is the abdominal tonsil that maintains the bacterial content on the colon.
Needed in moderate amounts, as a secondary food, for maintaining firmness of tissues for all humors.
PUNGENT is stimulant, carminative, diaphoretic (promotes sweating, improves metabolism, promotes heat and digestion and counters cold sensations. It improves circulation and opens the channels, relieving nerve pain and muscle tension. Makes one ambitious, courageous, and confident in the right amounts. But is excess can cause violent behavior, and aggression. Specific organ is the heart (enhances cardiac function), pericardium, diaphragm
Moderate amounts are needed for maintaining metabolism and improving appetite and digestion.
See Below for more ideas!
SEASONAL DIET IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Take equal amounts of all vegetables and cut them in small pieces. Cook vegetables for 15 – 20 min. Take them out of the water and add vegetarian broth to it. Never use meat broth or added salt. Add a raw egg yolk to liquid after it has cooled down to 85 – 105 degrees F (1/2 egg yolk per person per cup of soup. The soup should be consumed the same day or at the latest the next morning.You can also use a Nutribullet or similar appliance to make this.
1/4 cup yellow split mung beans (soak these overnight in pure water)
1/2 cup jasmine or basmati rice (wash before using) or use sprouted quinoa if rice does not agree with you.
2 tbs of ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp celtic salt
1/2 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
Melt the ghee in a pot. Add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, the temperature is appropriate to add spices. Then add your beans and rice/quinoa. Coat the mixture in ghee and spices. Then add 4 - 6 cups of water or broth. You can add less broth/water if you want it thicker. You can also add powders instead of seeds/pods. Depending on the amount of water, add vegetables as desired. Bring the contents to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 1 hour until the beans are soft.
GERMAN CLEANSING DRINK
This old German remedy has been proven to be very helpful in treating atherosclerosis, cold and infections, high cholesterol and fatigue. By the way it is also very good in improving the immunity system and cleansing your liver.
For the preparation of this powerful drink you will need only four ingredients.
• 4 organic lemons along with the peel
• one ginger root (3-4 cm) or two tablespoons of grated ginger
• 4 large garlic heads • 2 liters of water
Method of Preparation:
2. Peel the garlic.
3. Put the lemons, ginger and garlic in a blender and blend until you get a nice texture.
4. Put the blend in a saucepan.
5. Pour the water over and stir until the mixture boils.
6. Then, turn off the heat and leave the mixture cool down.
7. Strain through a strainer and pour the liquid into a glass bottle.
Everyday 2 hours before meal drink one glass on empty stomach. Keep up with this procedure for 3 weeks. After that, make a pause of one week and then repeat the treatment for another 3 weeks. If you find out the taste is too strong add some honey.
After the first 3 weeks of the treatment you will feel how your body has significantly rejuvenated and recovered. This drink is extremely helpful in prevention of calcification in organism which is caused by the kidney stone formation and as well against vascular congestion.
THE ABASCAL WAY DIET by Kathy Abascal is an excellent diet to Quiet inflammation. Make sure you get the cook book with it, Available through www.TQIdiet.com and Amazon.
The topic of the Season and around the world. So I will shed some light from my perspective on this issue as short and as sweet as I can, and a few of the things I am doing to protect myself, patients and family. I could write pages on this subject but I will keep it as short as possible.
As you may remember several months ago I wrote about the studies out of France concering EMF pollution (these studies actually came out a few years ago). These studies showed the potential of more and more resistant and aggressive strains of Bacteria, Fungus and Virus becoming more prevalent across the planet.
In a recent Article by Tom Cowen MD “CoronaVirus - Could This Outbreak Be Connected to 5G?”
This article refers to the works of Martin Pall, PhD “EMF health effects, How EMF impacts the cells of our bodies via VGCC activation etc (see online youtube) and the book “THE INVISIBLE RAINBOW” by Arthur Firstenberg. This article is only a brief look at what these two pioneers are telling us.
Here is a exert from this article:
“Some interesting facts he writes about: every instance of "influenza" epidemic in our modern era was associated with a radical change in the electrification of the earth immediately before the outbreak. One of the most studied of these pandemics was the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which killed millions of people around the globe. The Spanish influenza pandemic actually started not in Spain but in the U.S. in early 1918. It was particularly associated with Naval bases and installations that were the first to install high-intensity radar.”
If you would like a copy of this article email me and I will send it your way firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank-you MaryAnn for bringing it to our attention.
So, what can we do about it? Well First minimize your exposure to EMF’s. And here are a few other things to have up your sleeve.
1. Natural Sanitizers: Lemon or lime slices will work, hydrogen peroxide and malt vinegar, and bleach to spray/wipe surfaces at home.
2. 3M 95 face masks. Any orifice is open to the virus, so eye protection is important too.
3. Use paper towels or sleeves to open doors and to touch surfaces in public areas.
4. OZONE devices: There are several units powered by safe and legal amounts of Ozone (.04 ppm). These levels of Ozone will also convert Volitile Organic Compounds to substances that we can safely breathe. Ozone kills mold, mildew, bacteria and VIRUS. If your unit is stronger than this use it when no-one is home or in the office. And should not be used when pets are present also. You can also get these safe units for Car, travel, small rooms.
5. For Plane travel purchase a Personal Air purifier. Several are still available on line. Face masks, eye protection, essential oils such as On Guard by doTerra (my Assistant Nancy is a distributor of this) or Thieves by Young Living (Janey Rainy 508-237-9847 is a distributor).
6. Diffuser’s using either of the above 2 mentioned Essential oils are important for Office, and Home use. They even have diffusers for cars. Wellevate has several variations of Diffusers.
INTERNAL REMEDIES TO SUPPORT OUR SYSTEMS.
1. Adaptogens – These are naturally occurring substances that do NOT aim to stimulate or suppress bodily functions, but rather restore the body’s own ability to self-regulate and self-manage. We are under very stressful times, STRESS being the primary cause of disease, The most valuable asset we can have it to improve the body’s ability to adapt, in other words “Open regulation” as opposed to being in a continual state of Fight and Flight which is Blocked Regulation. Here are some of the best Adaptogens. Read about them, find one you resonate with and have it everyday:
Ashwagandha, Holy Basil/Tulsi, Rhodiola, Astragalus, Rose hips, Reishi, Siberian Ginseng.
2. For Prevention I still encourage all to take Guna-Flu (code FLU) or Muco Coccinum (MUCO3) once a week. If you have sudden onset of Flu symptoms you would take a dose 3 times a day for 3 days max of either of these.
3. Acer Campestre (code ACERC) – this is a Gemmotherapy item from Belgium which will stop viruses in its track. An acute dosage would be 1 teaspoon 3 times a day for no more then 10 days.
4. FEVER – a basic fever is an expression of the immune system working at its best. Do not try to suppress it. We actually use a remedy called UNDA 15 (code UND15), 5 drops directly under tongue 3-6 x a day to optimize the natural process of defense by making the fever more efficient because a fever is helpful for the conservation of the immune system.
5. Keep you mineral density up especially Zinc (ZIN40) and Selenium (code SODIU). doing the taste test on a continual basis will ensure you are getting enough.
6. Eat for the SEASON, follow the rules of the season. Do your Drainage remedies consistently.
P3PRO sessions: We now have the Frequencies from Europe for the CoronaVirus. We run this several times a week in Stow. Come in and do sessions whenever you feel that you have been exposed, after traveling, and if you feel symptoms coming on etc.
My Assistant Nancy on Cape Cod (774-994-3277) also has them within her P3V3 device and does regular sessions.
There are so many other herbs, homeopathics, Alchemical preparations, and nutrients available to deal with physiological imbalances that would make us more susceptible to this FLU. These remedies are Chosen individually: based on organ weakness, constitutional weakness, predispositions etc. Come in for your seasonal check up to find out how you can support your own needs.
If you own the Polychromatic lights do the program for Virus if you feel you have been exposed or for prevention.
1. Use supportive herbs and herbal teas to facilitate rejuvenation and help you adapt to this seasonal change: Adaptogens - Ashwaghanda, Holy Basil, Haritaki and many others. Then switch over to more digestive supportive herbs especially Bitters after meals.
2. Bone Broth Cleanse, I personalize this based on ones needs.
3. Support the bowels while detoxing: Luvos mineral earth powder (available from my office), Triphala, Blessed Herb colon cleanse with ginger (online), These elements absorb a lot of the toxic material that is leaving the systemic body. If your bowels aren’t working well you can just end up re-absorbing these toxic elements. Triphala and or Flax seed meal in applesauce or warm water twice a day and maybe even soaked prunes before bed. If you tend to be constipated you may need to do extra purgation because the LIVER may be more responsible.
4. SUPPORT THE LIVER -
5. InfraRed Sauna is also a great way to Detox this season. Platinum Energy foot baths are also great (these can be done in my office). Detox Foot pads by Global Healing center is the only foot pads I will recommend these days. And Chi-enterprises make an excellent Bath called “BATHDETOX” online at www.chi-health.com. This is only herbs, no clay which can clog the pipes. And you can also do them as foot baths.
6. Homeopathic Drainage – UNDA #'s, Hevert Detox Kit,
Nestman drainage (Solidago, Lymphonest, Cholonest and/or Hepatica.
7. Other daily practices: Super Nasya by the Ayurvedic Institute or call the office, a few drops in each nostril before the Nedi pot to clear any excess mucus.
11. Dry brush your skin before showering with a loofah pad or silk glove (Amazon), towards the heart then use KAPHA massage oil by Banyan, Sesame, or Mahanaryan from Banyan (MAHAN) all over.
The primary body systems that need Drainage support on a continual basis are the Lymph, Kidney, Liver and bowels. Some of us may need additional support in these areas and other areas that tend to hold toxicity and this is why working with a professional is helpful. So come in for your Seasonal Check up to see how you can best facilitate Drainage.
And of course the best of the best as far as Cleansing, Detox and Rejuvenation goes is Purva Karma/Pancha Karma done in the Stow office only. This process works globally addressing body, mind and spirit. Stow office only.
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