Kerala has mainly two rainy seasons:
- South west monsoon: Month of June-July, rain is not continuous or very heavy; it rains for few hours a day with intervals of sunshine. Climate is cool and invigorating.
- North east monsoon: Month of August-September-October, rains occasionally and might stretch on for a few hours in a day. Climate is moderately warm and sunny.
The atmosphere is dust free, moist and cool – opens up the body pores making them more receptive to herbal oils and therapy.
Ayurveda treatment taken during monsoon boosts the immunity and it has a long lasting effect.
Just as the parched Earth is receptive of the fresh drops of the monsoons, our body created of the five elements of nature, is receptive towards the treatments of cleansing and rejuvenation during this season. Ayurveda has selectively recognized “varsha ritu” as the “kalam” for receiving panchakarma therapies as the “sharira” is most receptive to medicines during this season and results in maximum benefits.
Karkidakam or the monsoon seasons is most suitable for the ayurvedic treatment as the human body will be more recipient to all ayurvedic medicines and treatments. It is in this season due to the moist climate all the pores in the human body will be open and the ayurvedic medicines are more recipient in the body. Monsoon itself gives rise to several diseases. The heavy rains and chilly winds during monsoon play havoc with the human system. The unbalanced tridoshas and the degraded digestive system affect natural immunity and thus the body becomes an easy target for pathogens. During monsoon, the temperature dips and inflames vata and pitta doshas and dense kapha dosha. The Karkidaka therapies are a means to keep in check the rampaging Vata, Pitta and Kapha and increase the immune of the body.
Treatments and Medicines in Karkidakam Package:
Abhyangam, Shirodhara, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Elakizhi and Panchakarma treatments are recommended during the season for cleansing the body systems.
The Ayurvedic medicine in Karkidakam treatment is Karkidaka Kanji or medicated rice porridge.