The regimen during daytime :-
One should get up from bed early in the morning, before sunrise. This is considered to be an
auspicious time when the air is fresh and there is minimum noise in the atmosphere. One should
offer prayers according to one's own religion or belief. Before actually leaving the bed one should
think of one's programmer during the day.
Cleaning the face :- One should wash one's face with water immediately after getting up from
the bed. This helps in the cleaning of the dirt accumulated in the eyes, nose and mouth during
night and gives freshness winter season, luke-warm water can be used for this purpose.
Protecting eyesight :- While washing the face, one should take a mouthful of water,
keep the mouth closed and keeping the eyes open as far as possible, sprinkle cold water on them.
Water should be sprinkled over the eyes. This is considered to be very useful for preserving and
promoting eyesight. After sprinkling water, eyelids should be gently rubbed so that the eye-balls
get a tender massage.
Drinking a glass of water :- After washing the face and mouth, one should take a glass
of water. This is prescribed for all seasons and on all days. This helps in the smooth passing of
stool and urine. Some people are in the habit of taking bed tea for this purpose. The reflex action
produced by bed tea is different from the one produced by the glass of cold water. The latter only
produces pressure, thus stimulating the intestines to start their movement for evacuation.
Tea being hot stimulates the intestines so strongly that its simulating effect loses its
significance after some days and the individual starts developing constipation. The caffeine
content of the tea or coffee produces some adverse effect on the glands of the stomach and
intestines which the cold water does not do. Besides, the cold water is a very good tonic for
the body. Taking cold water is, however, prohibited if the individual is suffering from cold,
cough or sore throat.
Evacuation of bowels :- One should make a regular habit of evacuating bowels immediately
after getting up from bed. If one does not feel the urge for it, there could be two reasons.
Either the meals have not been properly digested, or the individual had inadequate sleep. The habit
of taking a glass of cold water in the morning overcomes the difficulties caused by indigestion and
inadequate sleep, and thus, the individual gets clear motion.
People who think very much or those
who are short-tempered, sensitive or wrathful, do get lot of wind in their stomach. This accumulates
in the intestines during the night. Wind is also formed because of the intake of certain pulses
and fried things. They are also formed if the individual does not take leafy vegetables and fruits
in adequate quantities. Whatever the cause may be, when the wind is formed, it creates some
obstruction in the bowel movement. One may feel that he has complete evacuation but after
sometime, he gets the urge again. There are people who go to the toilet 3-4 times in the morning
itself, before they are satisfied with their evacuation.
This causes lot of inconvenience and
in many cases, the evacuation remains incomplete which causes suppression of appetite,
indigestion, headache, uneasy feeling, fatigue and sleeplessness. Wind, when formed in excess,
puts pressure on the heart and may increase palpitation. It is, therefore, necessary for the
individual to take necessary steps in his food, drinks and sleep, so that he gets a clear
motion in the morning. However, if he has an urge for the second time, it should not be stopped
per force. That will not be good for health.
Cleaning teeth :- One should use the twig of neem, babul or any other tree which is
astringent, pungent or bitter in taste. The top of the twig should be crushed to make it soft
so that the gums are not affected. This removes the foul smell and tastelessness. It removes
the dirt of the tongue, teeth and mouth.
Tongue scraping :- Tongue scrapers, which should not be sharp edged and are curved,
are available in metals like gold, silver, copper, tin and brass. The dirt deposited at the root
of the tongue, obstructs expiration and gives rise to foul smell. So the tongue should be scraped
Use of nasal drops :- One should inhale Anu taila during the rainy season, the autumn and the
spring. One who practices nasal therapy according to the prescribed method, his eyes, nose and ears
are not affected by any morbidity. His hair and beard never become grey and he never experiences
falling of hair.
Gargles :- Til oil gargling is beneficial for the strength of jaws, depth of voice, gustatory
sensation and good taste for food. One used to such gargles never gets sore throat, cracked lips,
offensive breath or toothache.
Application of oil on the head : One who applies til oil on his head regularly does not
suffer from headache, baldness or greying of hair. The hair remains black, long and deep-rooted.
The skin of his face becomes bright and induces sound sleep.
Oil drops in the ears :- Ear diseases due to vitiated vata, tortiscollis, lock aw, hardness
of hearing and deafness are prevented if oil is regularly dropped into the ears.
Oil massage :- Vayu dominates in the tactile sensory organ, and this sensory organ is
lodged in the skin. The massage is exceedingly beneficial to the skin, so one should practice oil
massage regularly. One who undergoes oil massage regularly, enjoys a good physique, strong and
charming. By implying oil regularly, the onslaught of ageing is slackened.
Exercise :- Physical exercise brings about lightness, ability to work, stability,
'resistance to discomfort and alleviation of doshas (specially kapha). It stimulates the power
of digestion. But physical exercise in excess may cause exertion, exhaustion, consumption, thirst,
bleeding from different parts of the body (rakta pitta), pratamka (a type of dyspnoea), cough,
fever and vomiting. Perspiration, enhanced respiration, lightness of the body, inhibition of the
heart and such other organs of the body are indicative of the exercise being performed correctly.
Exercise is contra-indicated for persons who are emaciated due to excessive sexual activity,
already exhausted, in grip of anger, grief, fear, and for persons having vatika constitution
and profession of speaking too much: One should not do exercise while he is hungry and thirsty.
Bathing :- Bathing is purifying, libidinal stimulant and life-giving: it removes fatigue,
sweating and dirt. It brings about strength in the body and is an aid par excellence for the
enhancement of ojas.