We are in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. As per Ayurveda, the Malayalam month of Karkidakam is considered to be a month when the human body is at its weakest level, being prone to illness and infections. During this period, it is considered that the human body accumulates a high amount of toxins due to aggravated Doshas and is in critical need of detoxification. Hence, this period has long been identified as ideal for preventive treatment and rejuvenation therapy. Individuals who undergo the seasonal Karksaka Chikalsa can consistently maintain their body and mind at the peak performance level.
The main aim of this treatmet is detoxification and is aprominent part of the Shodhanachikitsa therapy of Ayurveda. The five methods to detoxify, vamanam , virechanam , vasti, nasyam and raktamokshanam are collectively known as Panchakarmam. This method of treatment specifically targets disease-causing elements of the human body and restores the body to equilibrium and health.
However, there are a few rules to be followed while undertaking Karkidaka treatment.
1. Water intake is a must. One should drink around 2 litres of boiled, lukewarm water every day.
2. Diet should consist of liquid or easy to digest vegetarian diet. Non-vegetarian and oily/fried food should be avoided.
3. One should have good sleep during the night, and avoid sleeping during the day.
4. Moderation is essential. One should exercise moderation in everything, from food to thought. The body and mind should be at peace while the treatment is on.
Karkidaka kanji also known as ‘Oushadha kanji’, is taken during this period as part of the therapy. It is a potent medicinal porridge made of around 20 special herbs. The kanjiis ideal for boosting immunity and the body’s strength and also acts as a very powerful detoxifying agent.
Leading Ayurvedic Hospitals in Kerala promote a digital detox during the Karkidaka program to free patients from their addictions. Meditation, yoga and walks among nature are also part of the detox program.