Ayurveda, an ancient holistic science of healing, offers a reasonable approach for determining exact diet based upon the basics comprising an individual’s constitution: vata, pitta, and Kapha. According to Ayurveda, each food has its own taste (rasa), a heating or cooling power (virya) and post-digestive produce (vipaka). So while it is true that an individual’s Agni basically determines how well or poorly food is digested, food combinations are also of great importance. When two or more foods having different taste, energy and post-digestive effect are combined, Agni can become overloaded, inhibiting the enzyme system and resulting in the production of toxins.
Poor combining can produce indigestion, fermentation and gas formation and, if prolonged, can lead to toxemia and disease. For example, Eating Bananas with milk can reduce digestive fire( Agni ), change the intestinal flora, produce toxins and may cause sinus congestion, cold, cough, and allergies. while both of these foods have a sweet taste and cooling energy, their post-digestive produce is very different – bananas are sour while milk is sweet. This causes confusion to our digestive system and may result in toxins, allergies, and other imbalances.
The food which is wrong in combination has undergone wrong processing, consumed in incorrect dose, and/or consumed in incorrect time of the day and in the wrong season can lead to Viruddha Ahara ( Food Incompatibility ).
Ayurveda literature has described various types of unsuited diet or Viruddha Ahara, summarized as follows:
Disha Viruddha ( Place Incompatibility):- To have dry food in a dry region
Kal Viruddha ( Time Incompatibility):- The pungent substance in summer and cold substances in winter.
Agni Viruddha ( Digestive Fire Incompatibility):- Consuming curd at night
Sanskar (mode of preparation) Viruddha:- heated honey.
Veerya (potency Incompatibility) Viruddha:- fish + milk.
Koshtha (Digestive Power )Viruddha:- Intake of milk with loose bowel person
Avastha (state of health) Viruddha:- Intake curd or buttermilk after sleep
Kram (sequence) Viruddha:- hot water after taking honey
Upachar (treatment) Viruddha:- Intake cold thinks after taking ghee
Paak (cooking) Viruddha:- Intake of food which not cooked well
Samyoga (combination) Viruddha:- Fruit salad or milk + banana.
Sampad (richness of quality) Viruddha: – Intake of over-matured or over purified food
Vidhi (rules for eating) Viruddha: – Eating in public place
Parihar Viruddha ( Contraindication incompatibility):- consuming cold water immediately after having hot tea or coffee.
Hridya Viruddha ( Interest Incompatibility): -Intake of unpleasant food
Diseases due to Viruddha Ahara
From the above, it can be understood that any process, combinations, dose, amount of food, opposite properties of food if consumed in a regular method can lead to the number of disorders. which are mentioned below.
Impotency, Visarpa (erysipelas), Blindness, Ascitis, Fistula in Ano, Coma or fainting, Intoxication, Anemia, Indigestions, Various skin diseases (Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Urticaria ), Rhinitis, and Infertility.
Food incompatibilities in today’s perspective
Food Incompatibilities can lead to inflammation at a molecular level. In today’s era, we have to identify new food incompatibilities, which are used today in day-to-day life as per Ayurvedic perspective. These food incompatibilities can also be categorized into Krama Viruddha, Veerya Viruddha, and so on. Such food combinations can prove harmful, which may be imparting its annoying effects on the immune system, cellular metabolism, growth hormone.
A new branch called Topography (a science related to the combination of food) which tells about the combination of basic categories of the food. As per this science protein must not get combined with starch and carbohydrates and may be consumed differently.
Green tea or black tea and milk
Tea contains flavonoids, which have many helpful effects on the heart. When milk is added to tea, then a group of proteins in milk, called caseins, interact with the tea to reduce the concentration of flavonoids. So avoid tea and milk together.
Milk and yogurt interaction
As you know consuming both together can precipitate milk inside the stomach that may irritate and induce vomiting. So avoid milk and yogurt together.
Pomegranate juice and grapefruit juice
Pomegranate juice and grapefruit juice, are both known to block the enzyme systems in the intestines and increase blood levels of many medications you are taking. Taking these two juices together may synergize the above action.
Deep frying of potatoes
can develop toxic substances, such as acrylamide, which can prove to be carcinogenic. Eating potato chips regularly is Sanskara viruddha.
It is also mentioned in Ayurved text that heating honey is Sanskar Viruddha. Honey that is available in the market is Agmark honey and this honey is strongly heated before packaging. It is very important to find relevance about why we must not heat honey.
Don’t Eat Banana, Resins With Milk
Don’t Eat Fruit With Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Milk, Meat, Yogurt
Don’t Eat Melons With Beans, Cheese, Fish, Milk, Meat, Yogurt
In today’s scenario, our children are addicted to mobile phones. Many parents have given gadgets to kids at an early age ( 3 to 4 yrs ). No issue how simple mobile phones make it for parents to calm down their children, it is significant to understand that technology has its drawbacks also. Harmful radiations from phones, tablets, and laptop screens can cause severe damage to a child’s vision. Many children need eyes glasses before adults and this must be taken seriously. So in a way to protect a child vision and to avoid eye damage during the early years of learning prevention and timely treatment is necessary.
Signs and symptoms of the compromised eye:
Inability to read the classroom board
Squinting and constant headache
Unable to differentiate between colors
Redness and watery discharge
Risks Due to excessive use of mobile phones
Symptoms of Mobile or computer vision syndrome (CVS): a state characterized by a combination of eye strain, headaches, and fatigue-related discomfort and posture problems.
High-energy blue light produced by the screens of mobile and other digital devices appears to contribute to CVS symptoms. Also, research suggests blue light has the potential to cause oxidative stress on the retina of the eye over time.
What Can I Do to Protect My Child’s vision?
Avoid giving mobile phones/gadgets for children.
Limit screen time strictly.
Take frequent “eye breaks.”A very helpful technique when using a mobile or other digital devices is called the “20-20-20 rule”.
Every 20 minutes, stop looking at your screen for at least 20 seconds to look at something at least 20 feet away. This relaxes your eye muscles to prevent fatigue that leads to eye strain and headaches.
Encourage outdoor games in children.
Again spending more time outdoors may decrease the risk of becoming nearsighted.
Provide nutritious meals with fruits, vegetable nuts, These foods contain key antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C, A, and E, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for healthy vision.
Make sure your baby is following moving objects with his eyes and developing eye-hand coordination.
Engage your children in different activities like:
Drawing and painting
Building or linking blocks
Ophthalmics in Ayurveda: In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, as mentioned in ancient Indian books like Charak Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Bhav Prakash, Ras Tarang, Nayan Drastam and Astanghriday, there are a number of plants which are used in ophthalmic disorders, either single or in compound formulations. In Ayurveda, various eye disorders and diseases like Abhishyand (Conjunctivitis), Drishti dosha, Adhimanth (Glaucoma), Timir(Cataract), etc. have been described in great details with treatment, fomentation and washing with different extracts have also been prescribed.
Dhaniya phant useful in dry eyes disorder
Ayurveda Ethical Drugs for Eyes Disorders
Saptamrit Loha (especially useful for strengthening eye muscles )
Netra Vasti with Triphala Ghrit
Seka ( Fomentation )
The paste made by ayurvedic herb like Chandan, Mulethi, etc
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have irregular or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may build up numerous little collections of fluid (follicles) and be unsuccessful to frequently release eggs
Irregular periods or no periods at all.
Difficulty getting pregnant
Unwarranted hair growth (hirsutism)
Thinning hair and hair loss.
Oily skin or acne.
Diet and Lifestyle
Eat High-Fiber Vegetables With each Meal. like broccoli, kale, and spinach can help fighting insulin resistance and reduce weight.
Eat The Right Amount of Protein.
Yoga and Pranayam ( Specially Yoni Mudra )
Do Exercise regularly
Avoid Foods Like
All High Calories foods
Sugar drink like Cold drinks
Food Like cookies, cakes, and candy
Food made by white flour like pasta, bread
Vegetables like Potatoes, corn, peas, etc
Ayurvedic texts point out the occurrence of Shukra dhatu in both men and women. Shukra dhatu plays a very important role in maintaining the health of the reproductive system. Shukra dhatu can be considered as a intermingle of androgen (male hormone) and estrogen (female hormone).
Any imbalance in women Shukra dhatu can reason infertility and leads to excess production of male hormone and appearance of cysts in the ovaries
Are you looking for an ideal treatment and management for various kinds of headaches? Do you suffer from migraine headaches? You should opt for Ayurvedic treatment, which is considered to be very effective in dealing with headaches of various types.
Migraine is a form of headache that is known as Sooryavata according to Ayurvedic principles. Such headaches worsen during sunrise, peak during the afternoon and have a tendency to reduce during evening. Migraine occurs because of an too much stimulation of blood vessels in the brain. A person affected with migraine is likely to experience nausea and vomiting, along with a throbbing headache on one side of the head. Migraine headaches can be caused due to hormonal changes, allergy from certain food items or excess stress. Apart from regular exercises and a proper diet,the most effective Ayurvedic remedies for dealing with migraine headaches are as follows:
Shirolepa or the applications of herbal pastes on the head is effective for pacifying pitta dosha. Camphor, jatasmansi, and sandalwood are also effective.
Shiro Dhara, an Ayurvedic therapy, where a thin stream of liquid is poured over your scalp is helpful.
Taila dhara is effective for migraine headaches as well, in which oils such as chandanadi taila and ksheerabala taila are used for treatment.
Cluster headaches refer to headaches on one side of the head. It is known as Suryavartham according to AYURVEDA. These consist of a series of short, but painful headaches, stretched over weeks or months together. Such headaches occur because of disruptions in the nervous system. Usually, the pain starts early in the morning in the eyes. There are several Ayurvedic remedies for the management of cluster headaches. Some of them are as follows:
Use an ointment or paste made of dried ginger and Kermpferia.
Use a paste of Indian aloe vera, asafoetida and coriander for pain relief.
Grind cumin seeds and mix it with lemon juice. Keep the mixture on the painful area of your head for quick relief.
Have coconut water.
Any form of headache, which tends to reoccur after some time instead of ending is referred to as recurrent headache. There are several Ayurvedic remedies for the effective management of recurrent headaches. They as are as follows:
Boil one teaspoon of haritaki powder in water and drink it.
Massage your neck gently using warm calamus root oil.
Lie down with your nostrils parallel to the ceiling, and apply sesame oil in your nostrils. This is known as nasal therapy.
There are several other Ayurvedic remedies that are effective in dealing with all forms of headaches. You should consult with Dr.Tanuj Veerbhan for getting the most ideal remedy for your problem.
Acne is one of the common skin problems affecting about 80% of the youth and causing significant psychosocial burden it can affect mood and interpersonal relationship.
Due to acne issues such as discontentment with one’s own appearance, self-consciousness, embarrassment, losing self-confidence, low self-esteem, avoiding social interaction with peers and the opposite sex, and reduce opportunities for employment have also been reported. Acne can even lead to permanent behavioral changes, causing the individuals to avoid social interaction and situation in later phases of life.
A study even reports that anxiety due to acne can negatively influence an individual intention to participate in sports or exercise. The presence of acne was found to be associated with poor self-attitude in boys and poor self-worth in girls.
Evidence from several review reports suggested a direct relationship between the severity of acne and depression and anxiety. Acne was also found to be associated with suicidal thoughts and attempts. The incidence of Suicidal ideation and depression in patients with severe acne was the highest among patients with various dermatoses, while in patients with mild and moderate acne, it was comparable to patients with skin disease such as atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, and psoriasis.
The psychological, social, and emotional burden due to acne is equivalent to that caused by epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis.
Emotional distress and anxiety due to acne can further aggravate the condition. The social and psychological consequence is also enormous, despite acne not being a life-threatening condition. Therefore, reducing the psychosocial burden of acne can be one of the management strategies.
Any ‘’diet’’ that fails to provide nutritional benefits or predisposes an individual to any type of disease condition is termed as an ‘’unhealthy diet’’.
An unhealthy diet encompasses incompatible diet and dietary mannerism. According to ancient Ayurvedic literature, incompatible diet ( Viruddha Ahara ) is defined as the food constituents in any preparation that are consumed in a wrong combination, are under processed or overprocessed, are not consumed in proper quantities, or are consumed at an incorrect period/hour of the day or in the wrong season.
Certain healthy foods when combined and consumed might be incompatible and cause severe disease condition including skin diseased in charak Samhita and ancient Ayurvedic literature, it is stated that milk should be avoided along with a diet that includes all sour foods such as fermented food item (Eg. Idli and dhokla) fruits ( example Amla and pineapple and pomegranate) curd, buttermilk, and fish.
Diet practices have evolved with time however, the basic principle followed in the in olden days hold Good even today.