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Daily Routine (Dincharya) – Traditional way of living

In Sanskrit the daily routine is called as Dincharya. By following the Dincharya one will be able to follow healthy lifestyle thereby maintaining health. Our diet and lifestyle are our primary tools for wellness. Now days, our daily routine is not synchronised with biological clock.

Daily routine according to Ayurveda:-
Prataruthana (Getting up in the morning) – Every person should get up during brahma muhurta (from 3am -6am) means the time of brahma. It improvises normal perstaltic movements. Defecation at proper time improves digestive power and prevents constipation.

Dantadhawana (cleaning of the teeth) – Clean the teeth with twig of arka, khadira, karanja etc. which are astringent, pungent, bitter in taste. In absentia of twig, powder made of these herbs can also be used. It prevents teeth from decay and infections. Tongue should also be cleaned properly with tongue scraper.

Anjana (collyrium to the eyes) – It is good to apply a collyrium called
sauviranjana to the eyes daily. Rasanjana (prepared from decoction of daruharidra) should be applied once in a week to drain out kapha (secretions) from the eyes. When we apply it causes irritation to eyelids, conjunctiva and enhances the circulation.

Navana (nasal drops) – Healthy person should do navana. Milk, herbal
decoctions, herbal oils can be used. It lubricates nose and clears sinuses. Our nose is the door to brain, nasal drops increase blood circulation to brain area and thereby may enhance cognitive functioning of brain.

Gandusha (gargling) – Healthy person should do gandusha. For this warm water, milk, herbal oil, herbal decoction can be used. It gives strength to teeth, gums, jaws.

Dhuma (inhalation of smoke) –Inhalation of smoke from herbs should be done. Disinfective action of herbs like haridra, guggulu, vacha cleanse the respiratory tract, oral cavity and pharynx.

Tambula sevana (betel chewing) – Betel leaves should be chewed. It stimulates the taste buds and cleanses the oral cavity. Those suffering from wounds, bleeding diseases, dryness and redness of eyes, poisoning, repeated unconsciousness, intoxication should avoid betel leave chewing.

Abhyanga (oil massage)- It should be done daily. It delays ageing, relieves tiredness, excess of vata. It improves circulation, nourishes body tissues, prolongs age, induces good sleep, and improves skin tone & complexion. It should be done specially on head, ear and feet. It should be avoided by the person suffering from aggravation of kapha.

Vyayama (exercise) – Exercise brings lightness, improves work capacity, increase digestion power, burns fat.

Udwartana (powder massage) – It help to mitigates kapha, burn fat,
brings stability in body organs, improves strength and skin complexion.

Snana (bath) – Snana improves appetite, span of life, increases
enthusiasm, strength. It removes itching, dirt, exhaustion, sweat, thirst, burning sensation, microbes.

Bastradharan (clothing) – Person should wear clean, comfortable clothes. It makes up the personality and makes the person to feel happy.

Dhyanna (Meditation) – Meditation in the morning is a key to healthy
mind and body. It releases stress and gives strength to the mind.

Ahara (Dietry regimens) – Person should take balanced diet which is
essential for good health. Over eating, irregular diet habits and eating again before complete digestion of the previous food should be avoided. Breakfast should be taken from 8-9 am and lunch should be taken from 12-1 pm.

Ratricharya (Night regimens) – Take light, easily digestible, favourable food in the night. Don’t take full meal at night. Massage the soles of feet
with oil before going to bed to induce a good sleep. Go to bed at 10 pm.

Disclaimer: It is a general reading. Please consult an Ayurvedic Physician
and seek complete information regarding concepts of Daily Routine.