Which is the best or the greatest medicine among all ?

👉Food is considered as mahabhaishaj, greatest of all drugs in Ayurveda , with proper food one can live without any medication and with unwholesome diet one cannot stay healthy with any medication. 🌻

👉 To protect health and to cure any disease, proper diet plays very important role. 🌷

👉 Quality food if taken in proper quantity, on time and by following ayurvedic rules regarding food intake then it gives good health on the other hand if one do not take wholesome diet then food becomes the cause of diseases 🌻🌿 .

🤔What is food (ahar or aana)?

👉One which can be consumed with mouth, passed through tongue, chewd by teeth and engulfed by throat is food.
👉 Food is life. 🙏

🤔Why food is important?

👉Without food life cannot sustain.
👉From the time of conception in mother womb till the time of death one needs food, in its absence life ceases to exist. 🌷

👉For nourishment, growth,protection strength,immunity, vitality, intelligence, memory, complexion, good voice, good hair and happiness food is required . 👍

👉 Food is one of the pillar of good health.🌷
👉 As per Ayurveda balanced digestive fire is must for health and for this fuel is required, wholesome food act as fuel for this fire. 🌻

🤔What are the types of food as per ayurveda?

In modern food is categorized as carbohydrate, protein and fat.
👉In ayurveda food is classified on basis of their source, usage, taste, property and combination. 👍

👉Food types according to source

-Sthavar(from plant source) and jangham(from animal sources )🌿

👉Classification according to usage

  • pana(drinkable like water, milk, buttermilk etc)
  • Ashan ( which is soft to chew eg. rice)
  • Bhakshya (which is hard to chew eg. Sugarcane)
  • leh(lickable) 🌹

👉Classification based on taste

  • Sweet, sour, salt, pungent, bitter and astringent. 🌺

👉Classification based on properties
20 types
Heavy – light, dry-unctuous, soft-piercing, hot-cold etc.

👉Based on combination
Food is innumerable

👉Based on effect on mind
Sattvik, rajasic and tamsik

👉In charak samhita there is mention of 12 divisions of food

1.shook- wheat, barley, rice etc

  1. Shami- different types of pulses
  2. Meat
  3. Vegetable
    9.Milk and milk products
    10.Sugarcane products
    11.kritaanna- recipes of peya, yush, mand, laja, panak etc are mentioned
    12.Aahar upyogi- oils, spices.

👉These sections describe the properties and uses of each food item.
👉Ayurveda has always believed in the importance of food in health and in disease condition.
👉Deep knowledge of food like Ayurveda will not be found in any other systems .
👉It is better to consult an Ayurvedic doctor to know about your food requirements then a dietician.

Published by Dr. Amrita Sharma

I am an ayurvedic practitioner with experience of more than a decade, I have worked with best ayurvedic companies and now with the purpose of reaching out people to make them aware about ayurveda which is not just a system of treatment but a way of living to remain healthy

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