October 4, 2006

Daily regimen or ‘Dinacharya’ according to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is India's oldest living medical heritage. It is a science based upon the observation of living beings and their actual response and reactions to their environment. Apart from medicines, Ayurveda also includes special diet and a definite daily routine for warding off diseases and better mental health as well. Some of them are mentioned here:

1. Waking up: This should be at Brahmi muhurtha i.e. around 4:30 a.m., since the atmosphere is clean, fresh and rich in oxygen.
2. Cleaning the face: As soon as one gets up, one should wash the face with cool water. This helps in cleaning of the dirt accumulated in the eyes, nose and mouth during night helps ward off any drowsiness giving a fresh feeling. In winter, lukewarm water can be used.
3. Brushing teeth: Ayurveda recommends brushing with twigs of neem, babul etc instead of a toothbrush. Brushing should be followed by gargling, inhaling of fumes of tulsi(basil), hing(asafetida) etc.
4. Daily massage: Til or Gingelly(sesame) oil is considered best to be applied daily all over the body. This is beneficial to the skin, delays the onslaught of ageing, and relieves one from exertion along with a sound sleep at night.
5. Exercise: Physical exercise without straining oneself too much, imparts the ability to do work with enthusiasm, improves digestion, melts excess fat and makes the body supple.
6. Bathing: Bathing is purifying, stimulating and life-giving. However pouring hot water on the head should be avoided as it may cause hair fall and other eye-related problems.
7. Food: Taken in appropriate quantity and eating the right kind of food helps the individual in bringing about strength, youthfulness, happiness and longevity.
8. Meals at night: Light and easily digestible food is recommended. There should be sufficient gap between the intake of food and the time of going to bed. This will help in proper digestion of food which will result in good sleep also.



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4 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:27 AM

    Thank you for the informative blog.
    I had couple of question: Could we substitute sesame oil with mustard oil ? After waking up, in what order should we do our daily chores, like washing our face followed by brushing teeth followed by evacuating bowels or in some other way ?

    Thanks.

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  2. Hi Anonymous, thanks for stopping by. Yes mustard oil is also good. I think we should do our daily chores in the order which is convenient for us. :)

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  3. Sanjana5:13 PM

    I love your holistic view and look forward to reading your blog!

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  4. Khushabu9:04 AM

    Exercise and a healthy diet are good for your heart and the blood vessels that oxygenate the body, so they will ultimately benefit your skin too. Eating right, getting enough sleep, cutting down on stress - all these enable your systems to do their jobs. And a healthy complexion is part of the package

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