Seasonal Conduct




English seasons

English months

Hindu months

Hemant (हेमंत)

Early winter

Mid Nov to Mid January


 (मार्गशीष - पौष)

Shishir (शिशिर)

Late Winter

Mid January to Mid March


(माघ फाल्गुन)

Vasant (वसंत)


Mid March to Mid May


(चैत्र  - वैशाख)

Greeshma (ग्रीष्म)


Mid May to Mid July


(ज्येष्ठ - आषाढ)

Varsha (वर्षा)


Mid July to Mid Sep


(श्रावण - भाद्रपद)

Sharad (शरद)


Mid Sep to Mid Nov


(श्विन -  कार्तिक)


Doshas undergo seasonal variation with change in the season. Certain Dosha is aggravated in particular season while other is pacified. One should always try to maintain the equilibrium of Doshas to protect themselves from diseases due to seasonal variation.

The seasonal variation in Doshas



Accumulation (Chaya) चय


Pacification (Prasham) प्रशम

Vata (वात)

Greeshma  (ग्रीष्म)

Varsha (वर्षा)

Sharad  (शरद)

Pitta पित्त

Varsha  (वर्षा)

Sharad  (शरद)

Hemant  (हेमंत)

Kapha कफ

Hemant,Shishir  (हेमंत, शिशिर)

Vasant (वसंत)

Greeshma (ग्रीष्म)

Seasonal diet and Conduct

Hemant/ Shishir (हेमंत / शिशिर)

In this season the Agni (digestive activity) becomes more powerful. Increased 'Vata' gets obstructed from going out due to cold weather outside and is accumulated inside the body. This 'Vata' boosts the Agni (digestive activity) and increases the hunger as food is digested quickly. If not controlled it can result in digestion of our own body tissues.

Diet Regimen

Food with Sweet, sour and salty taste and heavy character should preferably be consumed which would help reducing the 'Vata'. As Agni or digestive activity is increased, dietary ingredients which are otherwise heavy to digest such as meat with heavy fat content, all dairy products, preparations made from new grains are easily digested.

Vasant  (वसंत)

In this season, 'Kapha' accumulated in earlier season (Shishir) is liquified by heat of the sun which results in diminished Agni (digestive activity). Diseases with 'Kapha' dominance are common in this season.

Diet regimen

In this season digestive activity is diminished as such hence easily digestible food with astringent, bitter and pungent properties should preferably be consumed. It would help reducing increased Kapha and normalizing the Agni (Digestive activity)

Consumption of Barley, honey, roasted meat; mango juice is advisable.

Beverages such as Asava (Fermented infusion), Arista (Fermented decoction), Sidhu (Fermented sugarcane juice) and honey mixed with water. Water boiled with extracts of chandan (Sandal wood).

Greeshma  (ग्रीष्म)

In this season, due to increased heat  'Kapha' decreases and 'Vata' increases day by day resulting in accumulation of 'Vata'. Agni or digestive activity is moderate in this season.

Diet regimen

Dietary ingredients which are Sweet, easy to digest and have significant amount of fatty content in one or the other form should preferably be taken. More consumption of liquid is advisable.

Consumption of Boiled rice with meat, Cornflour, Curd (yoghurt) is advisable.

Panak, Panchsara (syrup prepared with Draksha (Grapes), Madhuka, Kharjur (Date), Kashmarya and Parushuka fruits all in equal quantity with cardamom powder) are advisable for drinking due to their cooling character.

Varsha  (वर्षा)

In this season Agni (digestive activity) weakens further and gets vitiated by doshas especially 'Vata'. Hence all methods to mitigate doshas and measures to enhance digestive activity should be adopted. Dietary ingredients which are sour and salty in taste with singnificant amount of oil content should preferably be consumed.

Diet Regimen

Easily digestible food to be taken.

Pulses, meat juice, soups, old grains and mastu (thin water above yoghurt) are advisable.

Sharad  (शरद)

Sudden exposure to sunlight after cold season aggravates Pitta. Hence diseases with Pitta dominance are common occurence in this season.

Diet Regimen

Dietary ingredients which are sweet and bitter it taste, are easy to digest and with cold character should preferably be consumed in diet. It will control aggravated Pitta.

Take easily digestible food like rice, green gram, aamla, honey and sugar.

Avoid heavy food with heavy character.

Seasonal Conduct Table
















Hemant/Shishir    (Winter)


Green vegetables with little bitter taste, Amaranth, Spinach, Fenugreek, Brinjal, Capsicum, Radish, Onion, Sprouts, Beet root, Drumstick, Bitter melon, Garlic, Ginger


Pomegranate, Aamla, Berries, Apple, Pears, Lime, Apricot


Rice, Millet, Bajara, Wheat, Sorghum, Black gram, Chick peas, Red kidney Beans, Fava beans, Hoarse gram

Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds, Red and green chilies, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Carum seeds, Clove, Turmeric

Oil, Dairy products, Jaggery, Saffron Sugar, Meat with more fat content


Regular massages with oils on the body, as well as on head, Sauna, living in warm places, always wear warm cloths of leather and wool, drink warm water, regular exercise is recommended


Vasant (Spring)


Spinach, Fenugreek, Bitter melon, Garlic Ginger, Onion, Radish, Green beans, Broccoli, Peas, Beetroot, Pointed gourd (Parval), Ridge gourd, Elephant yam


Pomegranate, Apple, Pear, Oranges, Berries,Lime


Puffed rice, Millet, Bajara, Wheat, Barley, Moong, Masoor, Jawar


Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds, Red and green chilies, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Carum seeds, Clove, Turmeric


Ghee, Honey, warm milk, Butter-milk, Saffron


Regular exercise, dry body massage, bath with warm water, application of aromatic and cooling substances like sandal on the body. Sleeping during the day time should be strictly avoided.


Greeshma (Summer)


Dill, Ladies finger (Okra), Onion, Garlic, Sunthi (Dry ginger), Bottle gourd, Fenugreek, Asparagus, Beets, Coriander, Sweet potato


Resins, Dates, Mango, Pomegranate, Lime, Lemon, Melons, Banana, Coconut, Grapefruit, Oranges, Papaya, Pineapples, Guava, Jackfruit, Fig, Kokam

Rice, Corn, wheat,  Sorghum, Masoor


Turmeric, Fenugreek seeds, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Asafetida


Ghee, Oil, all dairy products except curd, drinks made from substances having cooling character like khus, lemon grass


Anoint body with cool substances like chandan, prefer cold water for drinking and bathing, stay in cool places, wear light color clothing. Sleeping during the day time is sometimes acceptable


Varsha (Monsoon)


Asparagus, Dill, Green beans, Coriander, Pumpkin, Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Zucchini, Snake gourd (padwal), Bottle gourd (Dudhi), Carrots, Sweet potato


Resins, Dates, Mango, Pomegranate, Dark grapes, Sweet oranges, Plums, Apple, Fig, Almonds, Cashew nuts,


Rice, Bajara, Oats, wheat, Barley, Moong,


Turmeric, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cumin seeds, Fennel seeds, Cardamom, Asafetida


Honey, Ghee, Oil, salty and sour substances


Going out it the rain should be avoided, sleeping during the day time is forbidden. Drinking of filtered water is advisable,  Staying in less humid places, Regular exercise is acceptable but excessive should be avoided


Sharad (Autumn)


Asparagus, Dill, Cucumber, Zucchini, Cabbage, Green beans, Coriander , Pumpkin, Bottle gourd, Coriander, Cucumber, Brinjal, Okra, Ridge gourd, Sweet potato


Jamun, pomegranate, Aamla, Dates, Coconut, Grapes, Custard apple, Kokam


Wheat, barley and Rice, Kidney beans, Fava beans, Moath beans


Fennel seeds, Cardamom, Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds


Milk, Cottage cheese, Ghee medicated with bitter substances

External application of substances with cooling character like sandal. Bath with warm water, avoid exposure to sun, sleeping during the day time is forbidden. Blood donation is advisable.