Ayurvedic Post Surgery Care

Ayurvedic Post Surgery Care

There are moments in your life when your intuition belts from inside. An answer so loud, ear plugs couldn’t bear to be fooled. I had one of those moments last week when I got word that a family member had emergency surgery in the middle of the night. The belting urged me to book a flight and within 90 minutes I was in the air. Thank you pre-check.

I’m not the most affectionate souls out there. My friends will squeeze me tighter during a hug repeating “is it over, is it over?” because they think they are hilarious and want to remind me that I can’t get anything past them. (Eds. note – friends for sale.) But, I can show my love in the form of Vata, Pitta and Kapha tidbits and this situation was most certainly a Vata cry for help.

In fact, any kind of surgery is Vata inducing. Not only is there a lot of uncertainty and fear that causes Vata to become more predominant, but disrupting the body causes any form of routine and grounding to disappear. On top of this, this surgery took place in the pelvis, a seat in which Vata frequently takes up. I knew the most important things to tame the Vata were comfortand warm (all the blankets), a quiet/clean home and to establish some sort of a healing routine. I also knew a few key foods that would help aid in the recovery process. An added bonus is that these foods are also pretty grounding to make as a caretaker. 

  1. Ghee! A fresh batch of healing ghee to help support and ground the body. It helps to picture the warm liquid of ghee flowing through the channels of the body. Surgery can dismantle your digestive system so this will be the glue that puts the pieces back together.
  2. Soup! When my family member first got their appetite back after a few days of barely any food, they weren’t sure what the body wanted. I knew soup was the way. Soup is warm and nourishing for Vata and also perfect for a cool night. The great part about soups is that the longer the foods cook within the same pot, the easier they digest through your system. Go for some with high veggie content and include some Vata friendly vegetables such as sweet potato, squash, carrots, beets or pumpkin.
  3. Fresh almond butter. Almonds are not only excellent for the Vata dosha, but they are one of the most sattvic nuts on the market. I chose to make an almond butter, because nuts can sometimes be a bit heavy to digest. I also wanted to create something that could serve as a no thinking required snack or a grounding breakfast.
  4. Chocolate! Because healing is hard and you need chocolate right away. Plus, if you use cacao you get the added benefits of magnesium, antioxidants, and iron (good if you lost blood). I always think home made is the best in this situation. You can control the sugar content, and ingredients and even make yourself some extra. 

It’s hard to know what to do in situations such as surgery. When all you want to do is take the pain away you realize just how helpless you can feel. But, it’s these little things that can help bring ease into an uneasy situation and if nothing else, you can curl up with them in bed for a Friends marathon. 

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