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Article: ROLE OF CLIMATE IN PRACTICE OF PANCHAKARMA: A CRITICAL REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Hemant *, Shreyas DM, Kiran M Goud
Abstract: Ayurveda is a science of life focusing not only to cure the Rogi but also towards the maintenance of the health of a healthy person. Panchakarma is a modality giving a variety of opportunities to fulfill the main aim of Ayurveda. There are lots of factors which are involved to certainly administer therapy in such a way that it will always be infallibly effective. Among all those factors climate or Kala is one of the factors which influences almost every aspect in one way or the other. Today the Koppen Climate classification gives us the background to understand the climatic conditions in various places. These climate conditions will occur according to the Desha also, so Desha plays a direct role in influencing the Kala factor as Six seasons are not to be found everywhere around the globe. This variation of the seasons makes difficult for the physician to apply the concepts of Ritu and Shodhana accordingly for e.g., a place like Bengaluru has a moderate climate all over year yet being near to equator as compare to other cities in Karnataka because of the height from seas level. Therefore, an understanding of comparing the current seasons of cities based on distance from equator, height from sea level with the Sadharana and Asadharana Ritu for commencing the Sukhatama Vamanadi Karma is needed. Therefore, an attempt is made to describe the entire possible climate factors which play a role in commencing the Panchakarma therapies effectively.
Keyword: Kala, Desha, Panchakarma, Climate