Preventive Ayurveda Series Dinacharya – Live Ayurveda Daily: Part 2
A replica of Shri Madan Mohan Temple has been created at Govardhan Ecovillage and was inaugurated on
January 25, 2019 in the graceful presence of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj and other dignitaries.
here is a unique concept of swasthavritta in Ayurveda. This word is a special word, made with the combination of two words “swastha” meaning health and “vritta” meaning the sphere. The word “swastha” means more than just health. It means to be stable in oneself, in one’s body and the world. “swastha” is a term that signifies not only the health of the body but also the mind, senses and the soul. The one who is “swastha” is not only healthy but also happy and peaceful. And the practice of being “swastha” should be done every-day for reaching the far end of life. Therefore, it is an important part of “dinacharya”.
Anjan (Herbal Kohl)
One of the Vedic mantras says, “may we see for a 100 years”. The concept of daily application of Anjan or eye kohl is in tune with the above idea.
Eyes have pitta dosha as the functional dosha as major chemical conversions are required for the production of vision. Other doshas like vata or Kapha can deteriorate the proper eye function. Imbalanced Kapha dosha is responsible for causing majority eye problems as excess Kapha is responsible for clogging, congestion, obstruction, and decay due to slowed metabolism. Anjan helps to remove the excess mucus from the eyes by stimulating tears glands. It prevents the formation of cataract, contagious diseases like conjunctivitis, glaucoma, or vision impairment. Therefore it is important to apply Anjan every day.
The timing of the Anjan is very important. Most of the people, especially ladies prefer to apply Anjan in the morning while getting dressed. The cosmetic application is the secondary objective of Anjan. According to Ayurveda, for the eye health purposes, Anjan should be applied at the night. The night is supposed to be the time of Kapha dominance. It is the best time to remove excess kapha from the eyes. Therefore, Anjan should be applied preferably after the sunset. Correspondingly, Anjan should not be applied in the morning time ideally, as it is the time of low kapha and high pitta. Application of Anjan at the daytime might eliminate the right-full amount of Kapha dosha from the eyes and create a deficiency of kapha that might lead to inflammation, itching or pain in the eyes. We can thus conclude that the wrong timing of Anjan application might be the reason of many people suffering from eye problems after using Anjan.
Dhumrapaan (Ayurvedic Smoking)
In must be surprising for many that smoking should be a part of the daily health regimen. However, this smoking is different from normal tobacco smoking. Ayurveda prescribes smoke of herbal preparations that can help to relieve many respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, breathing problems, chronic cough, rhinitis, post-nasal drip etc. it is also very helpful in neural disorders like a migraine, headache, eye disorders, etc. smoking with aromatic herbs like sandalwood, mint, khus etc produces a relaxing effect and helps to relieve anxiety, stress and several other mental disorders.
Smoking helps to relieve Kapha Dosha. Therefore, as described above, it should be done majorly at the night time after the sunset. Smoking during the daytime might lead to inflammatory disorders.
It is also important to note the right method of smoking which is starkly different from what we see today esp. in the movies. Ideally, the smoke should be exhaled from the mouth and not from the nose while smoking. If you exhale the smoke from the nose while smoking, there is a danger of damage to the fine nerves in the nasal chamber, whereas the nerves in the oral cavity are well covered to protect them from the hot or cold food. Besides, the mouth has more mucus as compared to the nasal channel and receives more help from smoking.
Again, moderation is the key to getting the best results from smoking. Ideally, you should smoke only once in a day. The best time to smoke is during the time Kapha dosha is elevated. There are 8 periods which are considered favorable for smoking according to Charak Samhita –
- After bath
- After dinner
- After vaman (therapeutic vomiting)
- After sneezing (chronic)
- After brushing the teeth (at night)
- After nasya (therapeutic nasal drops)
- After application of Anjan
- After getting up from sleep
Following the above-mentioned time phases for smoking, you would not get inflicted by any of the respiratory or nervous disorders.
However, no everyone is eligible for smoking. There are certain diseases and health conditions in which one should not smoke at all. For example, Charak Samhita prohibits the use of smoke by a person inflicted with any of the pitta disorders, inflammatory or autoimmune disorders, hemorrhagic disorders etc. Also, you must refrain from smoking when stressed, tired, anxious or sad. Smoking is absolutely prohibited for pregnant women. Therefore, it is best to consult an Ayurvedic physician before commencing with Ayurvedic smoking. It is important as smoking done in a wrong way can cause serious complications as well.
Nasya (Ayurvedic nasal drops)
Nasya is Ayurvedic nasal drops. According to Charak Samhita, a person who uses nasal drops daily retains his vision, hearing power, hair till the old age. Nasya is the deep cleansing and lubrication of the nasal channel that is connected to the eyes, ears and the oral cavity as well. therefore, the daily use of nasya helps to strengthen all these parts of the head region. Nasya also helps to prevent and cure various nervous disorders like a migraine, paralysis, chronic headache, rhinitis, stuffy nose and many more. Nasya also helps to prevent early teeth fall in the long term.
Anu tail is the most recommended nasal oil for daily nasya. In the case of non-availability of Ayurvedic classical medicines, you can also use melted organic Indian butter or ghee for nasya. It is easy to procure and simple to use. You can use a dropper or a cotton swab soaked in ghee for nasya.
In the next blog, we will be covering Datun (Ayurvedic toothbrush) and many more other daily health practices recommended in Ayurveda.