Charyas (Daily & Seasonal Regimens)
The daily practices to be carried out to promote optimal health and optimal use of our faculties.
Activities Description Indicated for Contra- indicated in
Udhanam. Getting up in Brahma muhoortham means 2 hrs. before sunrise. Brahma muhoortham is the suitable time to acquire Brahmam or jnanam (knowledge). Diseased conditions.
(defaecation & micturition). Perform these, whenever the urge comes naturally. Do not inhibit or stimulate these urges. To make the body systems clean and to expel the waste materials.
Soucham. After defaecation clean the organs with pure water. Cleaning.
(Cleaning the teeth). Clean the teeth with 12 finger long, straight, sharp one end crushed fibrous root, which is taken from herbs having astringent, hot and bitter tastes like Calotropis gigantia. Ficus bengalensis, Acacia catechu, Pongamia glabra etc. Then massage the gums with a herbal powder mixed with honey. This is to be done especially in the morning and after every food intake. To make the teeth and gums clean & healthy. Indigestion, nausea, respiratory disorders, facial paralysis, stomatitis, diseases of heart, eye, head and ear.
(Cleaning the tongue). Clean the tongue with a thin 10 finger long spatula made of gold, silver, copper or soft wood or leaf. This is to be done only in the morning. To make the tongue clean. Nausea and vomiting.
(Washing the face & mouth). Wash the face, mouth, eyes, ear and nose, with cold water in hot season and luke warm water in cold season. Cleansing to impart freshness.
(Use of collyrium). Apply the preparation of collyrium viz. souveeranjanam daily in both eyes. Apply the anjanam called Rasnjanam every 7th day. Improves visual power, protects the eyes from Kapha dosha. Diseases caused by Vata.
Nasyam (Nasal drops). Apply nasal drops prepared using oils, viz. Anuthailam. For healthy head, shoulders & chest, sense organs. Also prevents wrinkles, baldness & discolourations. Toxic conditions, indigestion, respiratory diseases and post natal care.
Gandoosham / Kabalam (Gargling). Gargling with oils, decoctions, honey, milk, water etc. For healthy mouth, teeth, tongue, gums and lips.
(Inhalation of medicinal fumes). Burning herbal medicines and inhaling the fumes. To make the head, sense organs & respiratory system clean and healthy. Diseased conditions.
Thamboola Charvanam (Chewing). Chewing betel leaves with spices. To impart freshness in mouth. Toxic con- ditions, mental diseases, tuberculosis and diseases of head.
Kesha-Nakha-Samrakshana (Care for hair, nails, etc.). Shaving, nail cutting, maintenance of hair, etc. on time.
Abhyangam (Massage). Apply oil all over the body especially on head, ear and feet and gently massage. Reduces fatigue & ailments associated with ageing. For healthy eyes, sound sleep, longevity and nourishment. Conditions with aggravated Kapha, immediately after food intake, after Sodhana treatments and in indigestion .
Vyayamam (Exercise). Carrying out exercises daily using half the physical strength of the person till sweating. For lightness of body, provides strength, improves digestive power & reduces obesity. Conditions, like aggravated Vata & Pitta in childhood, old age and in indigestion.
(Massage with powders). Massage with herbal powder opposite to the direction of hair growth. To provide strength to organs and health to skin. Reduces excessive Kapha, imparts sturdy body, proper functions of organs and comely skin. Diseases of Vata.
Snanam (bath). Take bath with luke warm water or wash the head with boiled and cooled water only. Improves digestion, longevity, energy to keep the body clean & healthy. Facial paralysis, diseases of eye, mouth, ear, flatulence, sinusitis, indigestion, diarrhoea and immediately after food intake.
(use of perfumes). Apply perfumes made out of herbal materials. For pleasing the mind.
(Use of flowers/ ornaments). Use ornaments and flowers according to the culture of the society. For pleasing the mind.
Vasthradharanam (Dress). Dress neatly. For pleasing the mind.