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Dietary Prescription according to Vata, Pitta and Kapha Constitution: All human beings, animals, and plants are born or grow with a particular vata, pitta or kapha constitution type, given their particular place of birth and time. As such, a person with a particular constitution of vata, pitta or kapha needs a particular dietary prescription conforming to his constitution type, so that his/her vata, pitta and kapha constitution is not vitiated and remains pacified/balanced. The vitiated vata, pitta and kapha or their permutations and combinations cause various types of ailments. For example, vitiated vata causes around 80 diseases, vitiated pitta is the cause of other 40 diseases and vitiated kapha is the cause of yet other 20 diseases in human beings. The permutations and combinations of these vitiated vata, pitta and kapha cause hoards of mental and physical problems in human beings. So their balance or pacification is quite vital to keep the body hale and hearty. In view of the same, a particular type of dietary regimen is prescribed for a particular normal healthy person or a patient suffering from a disease on the basis of their vata, pitta or kapha constitution type, so that he/she may recover from his/her disease soon and a healthy person is never afflicted with diseases. During the first census of India done by Britishers in 1881, it was found that 4 out of 5 persons are healthy. Now the position has reversed. Even after so much of development of medical science, we have 4 out of 5 persons ill if we go by the definition of allopathic .system of treatment. As per Ayurveda, today we have 5 out of 5 persons ill. If we go back some 500 years ago in India, we find that nobody used to be ill by the. In Sanskrit literature, we don't find words for hospitals. We only find words for Doctor. This means some 500 years back there was no need of a hospital in India, as there were sporadic cases of illness only the Bhishak (physician) was able to deal with them. But now every thing has changed. This is because we are not following an Ayurvedic system of diet and treatment. Hereunder we give a diet chart according to seasons.
According to the Vedic seers during seasonal junctions (change of seasons), we experience a change in our metabolism and our resistance power weakens. The equilibrium of Vata, Pitta, Kapha is disturbed and we are likely to become vulnerable to diseases. Kaushitaki Braahamana (5.1) points out this fact as bhaishajyayajnaa vaaeteyaccaaturmaasyaani.tasmaasdritusandhishuprayujyante. ritusandhishu hi vyaadhirjaayate. ‘During seasonal junctions, viruses are born. Therefore, Caaturmasya yajnas are performed to make the environment clean and virus free’. As per above statement, one should perform daily yaj¤as to save oneself from the attack of viruses, and take other precautionary measures like observing a Vedic food regimen, cleansing, nourishing and securing the body to keep oneself healthy. The period of 15 days between the meetings of two seasons is known as a seasonal junction. For the knowledge of our readers, periods illustrating various seasonal junctions and various dietary items recommended in various seasons given below. There are some food items that are recommended for all seasons. They are:
All season dietary items: You can use the below given items in any season
Spices: rock salt, turmeric, black-cumin
Dry Fruits: saffron
Fruits: Guava, sweet pomegranate
Vegetables: white pumpkin, Cucurbita moschata, Carissa carandas, fenugreek, mustard leaves
Dairy Products: Cow ghee and milk
Vasanta (Spring) season (19 Feb. - 19 April)
Vasanta (Spring) season (19 Feb. - 19 April) is dominated by Kashaya rasa (astringent taste). Kapha aggravates in this period. For pacification of kapha, vomiting once in a week (two three glass luke warm water mixed with rock salt) is recommended in Ayurveda. This is the period of moderate dryness and weakness. So, avoid heavy, acidic, soft, viscous (fLuX/k) and sweet food stuff. Don’t take a nap in the day time. Do exercise regularly. Use luke warm water for taking bath and washing hands and feet. You can apply sandal or Agarwood paste on the body. Avoid sex as far as possible.
In addition to the all season dietary items following are also recommended.
Recommended Grains: wheat, barley
Recommened vegetables: bottle gourd, beat root, onion, ripe cucurbita moschata
Recommended Spices: carom, green chilli, camphor
Recommended dry fruits: poppy seeds
Recommended Dairy products: goat milk ghee, buffalo milk, cow milk, cow milk curd
Recommended Sweeteners: fresh jaggery
Recommended Havan Samagri: camphor
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Specific Dietary Prescription: Ayurveda emphasizes to use foods corresponding to a particular season to avoid diseases and keep body hale and hearty. It is, therefore, necessary for one to know his/her specific dietary prescription keeping in view of one's constitution and constitution of nature outside. To know yourspecific dietary prescription, details can be submitted here.