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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kerala Ayurveda's Panchakarma Treatments during the Rainy Season of Karkidaka

In 2009 we published a post on Karkidaka treatments written by Guest Blogger Dr. Anishkumar. This is a continuation of the same, but written by Maneesh Jayachandran from the viewpoint of a patient.


Ayurveda is the knowledge about human life and it's maintenance. It contains the knowledge to protect the health, prevent diseases, treat the diseased and rehabilitate the cured patients. Ayurveda lays more stress on prevention of disease rather than treatment. There is a practise of people taking traditional karkitaka treatment to cope up with the environmental changes.It is a period of detoxification done during the malayalam month of Karkitaka (July-August) during the rains.Panchakarma treatments are provided by different doctors to cleanse the human body.Panchakarma means five activities or processes done to cleanse the body, mind, intellect and indriyas (senses). They are vamana (vomiting), virechana (diarrhea), vasthi (a process of providing medicine to the body through anus similiar to enema), nasya (providing medicine through nasal openings) & rakthamoksha (the process of draining impure bloods through wounds made in skin). A combination of these techniques are done by doctor to cleanse the human body.Body should be prepared for panchakarma. Snehanam and Svedanam are the two cleaning procedures.

Ayurvedic Herbs ae depositing in the fire during a vedic yajna.The herbs & materials gets converted to vapour state, rise above and invoke the clouds.It is a chemical process. Similarly there is an agni or fire altar in our stomach. It is called the Jadaragni. Food deposited in the Jadaragni, it gets converted to energy and is used to power the operations of the top part of the body including the brain.The energy rich brain decides to provide the life sustaining materials to all cells of the body. According to Ayurveda, the internal Agni powers the human body in a healthy way. It is a life force that acts and controls all activities happening in the human body. When the life force weakens, diseases affects our body. So Agni should be improved for long life.There are chances for weakening of the Agni during the rainy season.

THe Keralite practices of health protection are mainly aimed to strengthen the Agni. The first friday of Karkitaka month is celebrated as Oushadhaseva day. Koduveli is consumed as medicine. The sanskrit name of Koduveli is Agni itself. The normal instruction is to consume koduveli after cleansing it.Uncleaned koduveli is also seen given by some doctors on Oushadhaseva day.Quantity will be very less.

Kerala treatments of Abringam, Dhara, Pizhichil, Kizhi is mixed with Panchakarma treatments. Pizhichil and dhara are contribution of malayali doctors to Ayurveda.The basis is charakam, Sushrutham, Ashtangahridayam texts. These treatments are very expensive nowadays. Budget disease prevention treatments are also popular. For eg. Uluva and Shathakuppa is crushed and mixed with warm gingelly oil. This mixture is applied in the body for 30 to 45 minutes and allowed to bath. Bath can be in water boiled with leaves of Avanakku, Vathamkolli and Plavu. This can be done for seven to fourteen days. Also stomach can be cleaned using gandharvahasthadi kashaya or avanakku oil. Kadukka, Curry leaves or chukku made kashayam also does the trick. Rest and proper food is important when undergoing karkitaka treatment. 

Treatment in Ayurveda tradition is like an austere practice that needs complete participation of the individual. Self restrain is essential to attain results. Hot water should only be used for cleaning, drinking and bathing during the period of treatment. Hotwater improves the Agni and performance of the kidneys. It clears cough and food residue that stays in the throat and tonsils. It vanishes ribs pain, abdominal distension and hiccough. Bathing in hot water cures vatha related problems. If the water is too hot, it might create injury in eyes & hair. To prevent myocitis, mix crushed Kadukkashells to the bathing water. Similarly Oedema, Pain, Churning, Numbness etc. can be prevented by mixing crushed avanakku leaf and Karunechi leaf to the water.This can cure joint pains & oedema that comes after a viral fever.

Do not sleep during the day or wake up during the night.Irregular sleeping pattern can affect our biological sleep clock. This can derail biological inner processes in the body.Do not obstruct the normal operation of flatulence, faeces, urine, semen, hiccough, cough, sneezing, yawn, vomiting, sleep etc. These are called the Vegaas. Don't close the tears. Do not bear the hunger and thirst.Do not miss sound sleeping.Flatulence and the rest are in-built regulatory mechanisms. Stopping them can cause many diseases.

Do only simple exercises during the treatment period. Avoid sexual intercourse. Only this way the body's energy can be used to cure the damages happened to the body. Avoid journeys, Dust, Smoke, Sunlight, rain etc. to save you from infection & allergic disorder. Hard Pillow is avoided to avoid even slight impact to the head and spine. Limit the use of television, cell phone & computer. Avoid the tasty & beautiful foods. Don't use intoxicating substances. The basic idea is to avoid temporarily the comforts to get a healthy result after the treatment.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchakarma 
  2. http://www.ayurvedichealing.net/panchakarma/
  3. Ayurvedavum Deerghayussum - Dr. K. Muraleedharan ISBN 987-81-8264-931-6
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Purusha

Purusha who is the master of the past & future is residing at the centre of the human body secretly with the size of a thumb just like the emptiness in a bamboo. Those who venture out to know it will not retreat from it.

The master of the past & future with the size of a thumb finger, the Purusha , is like the light without the smoke.He is the one present today. He will be the one who will be there tomorrow. That is sure.

Just like water fell on mountain flow down through different streams, the one who see dharmas as different and chase them.

Just like how pure water mixed with pure water remains. Dear gowthama, the philosopher's mind will stay calm like that only.

There is an eternal vital birthless house with eleven doors. Once a man finds the master of the house by pursuing him, he does not fall prey to sorrow. He will get freedome from ignorance. The wise sanyasi who sit at a clean place, the vanaprasthi who dwells in the forest or anthariksha, the hotavu or grahastha who sit near the fire altar, the guest or athidhi who goes from door to door, one who sits with the commoners, one who sits with big shots, one who attains truth, one who take birth in lower strate of society, one who takes birth to do great things, one who takes part in activities that help others and he is the one who manifests at the epitome of success or progress.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Explanation of Shuddha Brahma

It is because of a reason that the sun rises and sets and all devathas are being stitched together with that.Nobody wonders about it.It is certain that it is what you seek.

Whatever is there , it is here. Whatever is here, it is there too. The one who sees diversity in it he will attain from death to death.

Experience it with the mind. Then there is no different. THe one who sees diversity travels from one death to another.

Hidden Agni inside Matter

The Agni which knows everything is protected and hidden inside the matchbox. Just like a womb is protected in a mother's body. Those who have known the agni respects it by offering havis to it.

Two Shapes of Paramatma

The shapeless Paramatma has two forms. They are Hiranyagarbha Swaroopa and adithi Swaroopa respectively. He is the one who came from the tapas in the beginning. He was there before the water came in to existence. He enters the heartspaces and views through the material world.

What has been created out of the hiranyagarbha, the adithi manifested through the matter.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Who am I?

who am i

The Soul

Soul is that which experienced the sound, shape, taste, smell and touch combined with the living experience. It experienced the dreams while asleep and the senses while awake. A man who learns about this will be bereft of sorrow. He who experienced the lively experienced about the past, present and future and knows about the owner of these experiences, he will not shy away from the knowledge of the atman (Soul).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rajnikanth's Kabali Watching Experience - Magizhchi

I had to watch Kabali yesterday evening. Since the release of the Rajnikant starrer, people in Kerala joined the mass hypnotism done by the marketing team of Kabali. So tickets were hard to get and the theater was crowded. I have been enjoying Rajnikanth movies for a long time. But have avoided movies such as Lingaa, Kuselan and remake of malayalam Manichitrathazhu psycho movie. I approached this movie amidst negative reviews. But the movie was a typical ganster movie. Glad that Rajnikant have come down from superhuman personality to a common man whom bullets can injure (but cannot kill).SPOILERS AHEAD. ..The hero is an educated tamil migrant who choose to take arms and engage in criminal activities to help and support tamil migrant population. Just like dons Haji Mastan does charity with his money, Kabali also runs hospitals and schools to rehabilitate tamils. Kabali run a crusade against drugs and flesh trade rampant among the gangs of Malaysia and finds his family ruined in the aftermath. As usual in the tamil movies, the inferiority complex of average tamil man is being used well in the movie. That is where Rajni has invested over years for his career. Rajni is living the tamil dream of men with black colour having inferiority complex over being black and used to being insulted by arrogant whites over their complexion. The average tamilian dream of a fair girl, ability to throw away people around defeating the laws of gravity, rags to riches story and extreme adherence to morality in spite of defeats in personal life. The film makers have introduced the racism element cleverly in the movie. Just like the antihindu elements in PK and prohindu shivlinga scenes in Bahubali. Tamil people always complain why they are being targeted and mistreated in foreign countries. It is because where ever these indians go , they take their culture with them .In Islamic states like Saudi Arabia, their nationalism is based on religion. Migrants have to blend with them, keep their religious practices private in fascist nations like Saudi Arabia. Else those indians will be butchered. But tamil people have extreme fundamentalism over their language and race. Tamil terrorism is a menace to the society. The movie fails to address that .It chooses to sympathise with it. Rajnikanth is a phenomenon that deserves global attention. How he generate mass fervor and the money he makes with marketing, PR and global releases should be studied by all students with keen attention. #Magizhchi