As summer fades and autumn steps in to take its place, colds and flus become commonplace. For many people getting sick is even expected! Kleenex and antihistamines fly off of the shelves. A long summer spent out in the sun, perhaps combined with alcohol consumption, an irregular schedule and disturbed sleep from traveling and late night social events can quickly create a build-up of ama in the system and weaken Agni while unbalancing the Doshas. Hence the rise in the number of your clients that come to you complaining about a cold or flu they can’t seem to shake.
The cooler change in weather itself can cause a slight natural dip in the strength of Agni. But with a proper diet and, if necessary, Ayurvedic medicines, it is possible for your clients to pass through the cold and flu season without any health problems!
But assuming you have a client who has spent the summer living in a way that has led to Agni being weak and unable to burn away the ama, you will focus on balancing the Doshas, especially Vata Dosha, whether they are currently sick or trying to prevent it. Coldness is a common quality between both Vata and Kapha. So these two, when they are aggravated, cause respiratory and allergy problems.
In Ayurveda, both Vata and Kapha Dosha cause colds when they are out of balance and immunity is weak. Excess Kapha (cool, heavy, moist) causes a clogged or runny nose, sneezing and a cough with a lot of phlegm. Excess Vata (dry, fast, airy) creates a cold with chills and a dry cough.
The following practices and Ayurvedic medicines are useful for either situation, and can be printed out and given directly to your clients.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Colds & Flus
Arishtams and Asavams in general are very useful in colds and coughs because they are naturally ushna and teekshna - hot and strong.
If you have a client who is Pitta-dominant and/or has a tendency of excess Pitta, warming spices and warm lemon water in the morning should be kept at a minimum so as not to exacerbate the fire Dosha. The rest of these practices and Ayurvedic medicines can be used with Pittas.
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Ahh, Kapha. A Dosha that we all have, made up of earth and water. It gives us many of our best human qualities, such as our grounding, stability and warm emotions. When in excess however, it can have negative consequences on our overall health.
To reduce or pacify kapha, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. To reduce Kapha, emphasize stimulation, exercise, lightening, warming and drying in your diet and lifestyle.