CONCEPTUAL STUDY OF ASHTA AHARA VIDHI VISHESHAYATANA
Dr. Priyanka Kaushik* and Dr. Namrata Khobragade
According to ayurveda health is a complete balance state of Dosha, Agni, Dhatu and Mala. A healthy person is whose atma, mana and indriya feel well. The prayojana of Ayurveda is to protect health of the healthy and to cure disorder in the diseased. Acharya Charak has mentioned Ahara, Nidra and Brahmcharya as tri upastambha. Adequate nutrition is the basic need for healthy life. In today‟s modern era, due to lack of knowledge about correct eating habits, we blindly follow the wrong dietary habits, which causes agnivaishamya (digestive distress) and produces various life style disorders of unknown etiology. Ayurveda places special emphasis on Ahara and right way of eating food. For the method of taking food, Acharya Charak has defined Ashta Ahara vidhivisheshayatana in a very systematic and scientific manner. It gives basic dietary guidelines about choosing appropriate food, combination of food, cooking method, quality and quantity of food. A thorough understanding of Ashta Ahara vidhi visheshayatana will help in reducing agnidushti (digestive distress) and achieving the both prayojana of ayurveda.
Keywords: Health, Triupastambha, Ahara, Ashta ahara vidhi visheshayatana, basic dietary guidelines, agnidushti (digestive stress).
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