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Ayu. 2011 Oct;32(4):466-71. doi: 10.4103/0974-8520.96117.

Ritucharya: Answer to the lifestyle disorders.

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Internee, Department of Samhita and Siddhanta, J. B. Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.


Ritu, the season, classified by different features expresses different effects on the body as well as the environment. Ayurveda has depicted various rules and regimens (Charya), regarding diet and behavior to acclimatize seasonal enforcement easily without altering body homeostasis. The prime principle of Ayurvedic system of medicine is preventive aspect, can be achieved by the change in diet and practices in response to change in climatic condition. This is a very important aspect of preventive medicine as mentioned in Ayurvedic texts. Lifestyle disorders are very common in the present era, basically originating from lack of following seasonal regimens due to lack of concentration in seasonal characteristics. A firm scientific analysis is the base, which holds true even on date. In this review article, various regimens in diet and lifestyle as mentioned in the classics of Ayurveda and their importance on lifestyle disorders has been discussed.


Lifestyle disorders; seasonal regimens; seasonal variations in India

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