ArticlePDF Available

Food and Diet in Ayurveda

Authors:
  • Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences

Abstract

Though the science of nutrition at the present times evolved as an elaborate and organized subject of study, contemporary perspective mull over gross components of diet like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, water etc.; while Ayurveda –the science of life emphasizes on diversified aspects of dietetics and nutrition viz. quality, quantity, processing methods, rationale of combination of food articles, emotional aspects, nature of the consumer, geographical & environmental conditions etc. which are pivotal in preservation and promotion of health and prevention of disease. Ayurveda lays stress on positive health, a blend of physical, mental, social, moral and spiritual welfare and this holistic medical science considers three important factors while dealing with the health and disease i.e. oushadha (drug & therapies), ahara (diet) and vihara (practices). As endorsed by major Ayurvedic literatures, ‘diet (ahara)’ plays key position among the three major pillars of health, other two being ‘proper sleep (nidra)’ and ‘celibacy (brahmacharya)’. Pathya (or a proper diet advocacy) is defined as the ‘diet plan’ which is congenial to the channels of the body & relished by the person, that keeps the individual healthy, maintains normal body functions leads to proper functioning of the organs, nourishes the mind and intellect, prevents diseases and at the same time corrects the irregularities that may occur in the body
... Ayurveda deals with the pathyavyavastha (planning of diet-dietetics) in a very scientific and holistic way Pathya (or a proper diet advocacy) is defined as the "diet plan" which is congenial to the channels of the body & relished by the person, that keeps the individual healthy, maintains normal body functions leads to proper functioning of the organs, nourishes the mind and intellect, prevents diseases and at the same time corrects the irregularities that may occur in the body. [1] ...
... Showing the effect of regard and disregard towards the food Manusmrti further says that taking the food with devotion and eager, gives strength and energy, but on the other hand dislike or aversion destroys both (Table-1 aspects of nutrition such as the term "kaya' represent growth and development by virtue of nutrition, "deha' stands for anabolism while "sareera " symbolize catabolism. [1] seven dhatwagnies (Transportation, selection at tissue level) and five bhutagnis (Highly selective regulation of micro nutrition at organ level) (table-2 and table-3). Rasayanas are the foods, therapies or practices that are conducive and beneficial to body tissues and its functions. ...
Article
Full-text available
The high end of medical science is the preservation of health and it can be attained in two ways, first of all by eradicating the diseases, which may invade the body; secondly by due observation of such rules as would keep away the diseases. These rules are no less important than the treatment of diseases and method of cure. The prerequisites to attain this include wholesome diet, conservation of environment, congenial social and cultural atmosphere. Diet (ahara) is an essential factor for the maintenance of life. Though the science of nutrition at the present times evolved as an elaborate and organized subject of study, contemporary perspective mull over gross components of diet like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, water etc. While Ayurveda –the ancient science of life emphasizes on diversified aspects of dietetics and nutrition viz. quality, quantity, processing methods, rationale of combination of food articles, emotional aspects, nature of the consumer, geographical & environmental conditions etc. which are pivotal in preservation and promotion of health and prevention of disease. Health-promoting regime (pathya vyavastha) is the hall mark of Ayurvedic therapeutics; specific diet and lifestyle guidelines are always prescribed along with the drugs and therapies to facilitate restoration of homoeostatic bio-mechanisms (dhatu-samyata) and wellbeing. Ayurveda elaborate about different dietary regimens including recopies advocated for health promotion, prevention of illness and also prescribed for management of diseases as well which further provide a great scope for the development of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements.
ResearchGate has not been able to resolve any references for this publication.