Major changes occur when Winter turns into Spring and the agents of renewal at work on the natural world, can be harnessed to purify and renew your body.

Cycling through the year and through the Doshas

With the cycle of the year comes a cycle though different Doshic influences:

  • January through to May is the Kapha season and with it comes Kapha’s cold, wet, slow, heavy, structuring properties.
  • June until August is the Pitta season and the hot, sharp, active and organising principles of Pitta predominate.
  • September to December is the Vata season where the cool, drying, light, ever-moving and ever-changing qualities of Vata hold sway.

Springtime spans the midpoint between cold and hot weather and we have always welcomed it as a time of re-birth where nature wakes out of its static, restful state of hibernation. Springtime also offers the chance to throw off accumulated toxic and Doshic build-up that may have occured over winter, and the opportunity for physical and mental renewal.

There are two opposing yet complimentary processes present in this Springtime renewal process:

  • One process will help your body remove excess Vata and Kapha, as well as waste products and toxins that have accumulated during the cold season;
  • The other helps you build up stronger more vital and healthy cells and tissues, so that you experience increased freshness and energy for the rest of the year.

Springtime diseases

For many of us, the Spring season is associated with upper-respiratory infections leading to congestion, colds, hay fever, and allergies. In Ayurvedic terms there are two reasons for these conditions – the body’s release of accumulated Ama and the melting of Kapha.

Releasing a flood of Ama

Your Shrotas (body channels) tend to shrink and tighten during cold weather and thereby, slow down your body’s purification process. The result is, Ama (toxic and waste material) often accumulates in your cells and tissues during wintertime. As the weather warms and the body relaxes, your Shrotas expand and the result may be, a flood of toxic Ama is released thoughout your body.

As the weather warms, Kapha melts

Spring is characterised by increasing warmth, moisture, softness and a nurturing gentleness. The slow, heaviness and wet qualities of Kapha express themselves throughout nature and this is why late Winter through till late Spring is known as the Kapha season.

Additionally, during winter some Kapha is almost bound to have accumulated in your body, especially with the rich Christmas and New Year meals many of us consume during this festive time. In the same way as Spring melts any lingering snow and ice, its warmth also liquefies any accumulated Kapha we may have. And, like the released Ama, it circulates around the body and affects many of our organs and systems.

Shleshma – a Kapha-Ama cocktail

As long as our Agni or digestive fire is strong, this released Kapha and Ama will be eliminated automatically and cause no harm. But if our Agni, or digestive fire, is sluggish or weak, the melted Kapha and Ama hangs around for longer tend to mix into a Kapha-Ama cocktail. This cocktail is called Shleshma.

The presence of Shleshma tends to leave you feeling tired and sluggish in your body, and dull and foggy in your mind.

As Springtime warms your body, increasing amounts of circulating Ama and Shleshma can overwhelm the immune system and you become prone to infections, such as colds or flu, or exaggerated immune responses, such as hay fever.

A good diet and seasonal routine is one of your best tools to minimise the Kapha-accumulating tendencies at this time of year, and support the elimination of excess Kapha and Ama that the warmer weather has released.

Support the natural process of springtime renewal and revitalisation by adopting a diet and lifestyle that adds lightness, sharpness, dryness, and heat to your body.

Kapha season herbals that aid the detox process

Maharishi AyurVeda considers Spring to be an ideal time to detox and build up your strength or Bala. It’s a time when you can increase your body’s natural resistance and protection, and stay more healthy for the rest of the year.

Following are some Ayurvedic herbal products designed to balance Kapha Dosha during Springtime, facilitate the detox process and build up your Bala strength.

Kapha ChurnaKapha Churna

To counteract congestion and a sluggish digestion, sprinkle Kapha Churna spice mix on your food. It helps supply all six tastes to your meal and helps counteract the influence of Kapha Dosha.

Kapha TeaKapha Tea

Another useful de-congestant is Kapha Tea. This drink is especially in the morning and evening when Kapha is highest. The most important time of years to balance Kapha is during Springtime.

AllergardAllergard (MA1788)

Allergard supports your body’s natural resistance to allergens. It helps your body avoid toxic reactions, it reduces the toxic Ama that lead to reactions with allergens, it supports digestion, it helps decrease sensitivity and it help nourish liver functioning. Best taken as a preventative, before the allergy season starts.

sniffle free tea

Sniffle Free Tea

Drink a warm, resistance-enhancing tea such as Sniffle Free Tea, twice a day before or after meals. The herbs in this thermogenic tea help to quickly balance Kapha Dosha.

Inhalation OilInhalation Oil

If you feel congested, the blend of seven essential oils used in Inhalation Oil helps keep your nasal passages, lungs and sinuses clear. It may be inhaled in steam or rubbed on the chest. It is also useful for helping to keep the muscles, including those of the forehead and temples, relaxed and joints comfortable. This mixture of aromatic oils can help prevent ingestion of toxins from the environment.

Breathe EasyBreathe Easy

Breathe Easy particularly targets the upper respiratory system. Breathe Easy tablets help keep the channels, clear, so that Shleshma (a toxic mixture of Kapha and Ama) naturally begins to drain from your body, particulary from the upper respiratory tract. Breathe Easy strengthens Agni (digestive fire), balances the production of moisture and mucus, and enhances the bioavailability and circulation of important nutrients.

Amrit Kalash MA4 and MA5Amrit Kalash MA4 and MA5

The Amrit Kalash Nectar (MA4) and Amrit Kalash Ambrosia (MA5) herbal supplements support the total health of your body and improved its resistance. Scientific studies have shown that Amrit supports the function of the immune system, the detoxification system and the nervous system. Amrit Kalash Nectar Tablets (MA7 or MA4T) is the non-sugar and non-ghee version of MA4.

Triphala RoseTriphala Rose

The Maharishi AyurVeda blend of herbs called Triphala Rose is very useful as part of a spring cleanse. The ancient texts refer to triphala as an ‘toxin scraper’ and it helps pull toxins out of the body via the intestines. Rather than being a laxative, triphala is a tonic for the bowel. It tones the bowel walls and brings the colon to optimal functioning.

Springtime health tips from Ayurveda

  • During spring your appetite is naturally lower, so reduce heavy, oily and fried foods.
  • Reduce foods with sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
  • Reduced heavy or sour fruits suchas bananas, figs, dates, oranges, pineapples, coconuts, and melons.
  • Reduce heavy or watery vegetables such as cucumber, courgettes, avocado, olives, sweet potato and squash.
  • To reduce Kapha in your body, and open elimination channels to purify Ama, favour foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.
  • Increase lighter foods that are easy to digest, such as fruit and fresh vegetables.
  • Eat plenty of freshly cooked vegetables and a variety of lentils and beans. The bitter and astringent tastes of such foods indicate their purifying qualities.
  • Breakfast should be light, such as fresh or cooked fruit or just a cup of tea.
  • First thing in the morning, a very purifying drinking is warm (not hot) honey and lemon water – can add a little ginger.
  • Lunch should be the main meal of the day and supper should be lighter. Cooked grains, steamed vegetables, and lentils are good choices.
  • Eat plenty of bitter green vegetable, such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spring greens, broccoli and endives.
  • Favour pungent spices such as mustard, ginger, black pepper, cloves and asafoetida.
  • Herbs are very suitable to add to your meals, as they generally have bitter and astringent tastes and some are also pungent.
  • Spring is a perfect time for cleansing your body. Try an apple-only fast for a day or two, with using raw or cooked apples.
  • Skipping both breakfast and supper and eating only at lunchtime for 7-10 days is a great detox diet that will really revive your digestive system and restore your strength of appetite.
  • Support the process of opening up and detoxifying your Shrotas or body channels by sipping hot water and herbal teas. You don’t need to drink large amounts of hot water, just take a few sips on a regular basis.
  • Eat only when you are hungry and don’t overeating – finish eating when you feel satisfied but not full.
  • Avoid snacking between meals.
  • Reduce the amount of oil or ghee you use while cooking.
  • Reduce your intake of dairy products, especially in the morning when it is the Kapha time of day.
  • Always boil milk and add spices such as ginger, cardamom, turmeric, or cinnamon to milk before drinking it. Milk is one of the most nutritious foods available, but because of its cold and heavy Gunas or qualities it can increase Kapha and cause congestion. Boiling milk and adding spices reduces those qualities and helps make this wonderful food more digestible.
  • Reduce your intake of meats, particularly meats that are heavier to digest, such as pork, beef, duck and seafood.
  • Avoid all soya products and fast foods, sweets, chilled drinks and ice cream
  • Take less nuts and bread.

Panchakarma – the complete detox system

Spring is an ideal time to do a holistic and complete purification treatments called Panchakarma. The transitions period between cold and hot weather is when the body is primed and ready to purify itself of accumulated toxins.

Maharishi Panchakarma includes a full programme of Ayurvedic massage, steam baths and intestinal cleansing treatments, to rid your body of accumulated Ama and excess Doshas that have gathered during the previous season. Panchakarma also strengthens your digestive fire or Agni, to ensure that more Ama will not accumulate during the coming months.

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