SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION OF SEASONAL DIETARY PRACTICES IN KERALA – KARKITAKA KANJI, MUKKUDI, PATTILA CURRY

Authors

  • Santhosh C Senior Resident, Dept. of Integrative Medicine, NIMHANS Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • Amritha MS Senior Research Fellow, National Ayurveda Research Institute for Panchakarma, CCRAS, Cheruthuruthy, Kerala.
  • Pradeep Kumar P.P Research Officer (Ay), National Ayurveda Research Institute for Panchakarma, CCRAS, Cheruthuruthy,

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47070/ayushdhara.v8i1.684

Keywords:

Karkidaka chikitsa, Karkidaka kanji, Mukkudi, Pattila curry, Seasonal dietary practices.

Abstract

Following a seasonal dietary regimen is an age old practice amongst the mankind which enabled them to survive and adapt according to the environmental needs. But the urbanization took away most of such culturally bound time tested practices from the society which played a key role in maintaining good health and immunity. Karkitaka Chikitsa – (a systematically following dietary and therapeutic regimens during the month of Karkidam (June-July)- is one such practice which is still prevailing in the south Indian states especially in Kerala. The month of Karkidaka is in the transition phase from rainy season to autumn characterized with debilitated health and lack of employment due to climatic conditions. According to Ayurveda the strength of body is considerably compromised during the months of summer and rainy season. Poor digestive power (Agni bala) and aggravation of Vata dosha happens during the rainy season. Hence specific diet and therapeutic regimens that can mitigate or balance the Vata and thereby rejuvenate the health and immunity is followed. The dietary plans include Karkkidaka kanji (rice gruel processed with herbs), Mukkudi, Pattila curry (dish made with ten varieties of leaves) etc. This article is an attempt to scientifically analyze the special monsoon dietetics of Kerala.

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Published

2021-03-10

How to Cite

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Santhosh C, Amritha MS, Pradeep Kumar P.P. SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION OF SEASONAL DIETARY PRACTICES IN KERALA – KARKITAKA KANJI, MUKKUDI, PATTILA CURRY. ayush [Internet]. 2021Mar.10 [cited 2021Apr.19];8(1):3040-9. Available from: http://ayushdhara.in/index.php/ayushdhara/article/view/684