Pathya Ahara digestable food in Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda foods that we eat are basically categorized as Pathya (Which is digestable) and Apathya (that is not digestable). A pathya (digestable) diet for one individual may be apathy(undigestable ) for other and vice versa. Two types of diet are categorized  as pathya and apathy. However, daily inake or habitual dieting may alter pathya and apathy in indivisual. For example, a person have a glass of milk everyday can digest it easily and is Pathya for him, but one who had never had milk drank suddenly after long time cannot digest milk. So milk here is now apathy.

Now lets talk about general diet according to Ayurveda

And he knew that food was Brahman
From food all beings are born
by food they live and into food they return
Upanishad 3.2

Ahara/ Food has been worshipped since ancient times as the giver and sustainer of life
A statement by Charaka ”the self controlled man can life for a hundred years free from disease through the intake of hita ahara/ wholesome diet.
In Ayurveda the physical body is called Kaya. The sanskrit word Kaya can be translated that the body is a build up of food.
Already 5000 years ago Ayurveda has recognised that the body is the result or an outcome of the food we eat.

Food can be the cause (nidana) of a disease
Food can be the treatment (chikitsa) of a disease

Wholesome food and drinks have good colour, smell, taste and are pleasing to the senses and conducive to health, if taken in accordance with the ayurvedic rules.
According to Ayurveda – complexion, clarity, good voice, longevity, happiness, satisfaction, nourishment, mental/ physical strength and intellect are all conditioned by food.

Ayurveda recognises six different tastes

1.Madhura/ sweet
4.Katu/ hot
6.Kasaya/ astringent

The six different taste are important and should be present in the daily diet. The different rasa/ taste can be used to bring equilibrium to the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

Some of the Ayurvedic rules for food intake:
1. Intake of food should be warm
2. Food should be unctuous
3. Food should be in proper quantity
4. Intake of food should only be after digestion of the previous meal
5. The food should not have contradictory potencies e.g sour and sweet food such as fruit and milk
6. Intake of food should be in a proper place and seated
7. Intake of food should be without hurry or worry
8. Intake of food should not be too fast or too slow
9. One should take the food while not talking or laughing

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Food Prayer

Brahmaapanam Brahmahavir Brahmaagnau Brahmanaahutam
Brahmaivatena Gantavyam Brahmakarma Samaadhinaa

Aham Vaishvanaro Bhootvaa Praaninaam Dehamaashritah
Praanapaana Samaayuktah Pachaamyannam Chaturvidham

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Bhagavad Gita Ch. 4 verse 24

The act of offering is Brahman. The offering itself is Brahman. The offering is done by Brahman in the sacred fire which is Brahman. He alone attains Brahman who, in all actions, is fully absorbed in Brahman.

“I am Vaishnavara, existing as fire God in the bodies of living beings. Being associated with ingoing and outgoing life breaths, I will digest all the four different types of food
and purify them.”

Vata balancing diet in Ayurveda

Earlie posts were about vata . Now I am going to list of the diets that balance the vata.

• Favour warm, hearty, nourishing foods with added butter/oil – favour salty, sour and sweet tastes.

• Try and reduce light, dry, cold foods and pungent, bitter and astringent tastes

• Hot, milky, creamy cereals (wheat, oatmeal or rice), soups and stews are all very good for pacifying Vata.

• All dairy products are good (ideally organic and unpasturised) – milk should always be boiled first.

• Oils are good but favour ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, Udo’s oil, flax/pumpkin oil and sesame oil.

• Reduce your intake of light, dry, cold foods such as crackers, nuts, seeds and salads.

• Take nuts and seeds in small quantities only – they are best freshly ground with oil added.

• Reduce the intake of all bean products except tofu, mung beans, mung dhal and red lentils.

• The best grains are rice and wheat but you can take barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye and oats in moderation.

• Favour stewed and well ripened, sweet or sour fruits but reduce the intake of dry or light fruits such as apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, and dried fruits (if uncooked). Dried fruits are good if they are cooked after soaking overnight.

• Sweeteners are good (in moderation), especially jaggary, honey, maple syrup and algarve.

• Vegetables should be cooked and not raw. Peas, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, zucchini and potatoes are acceptable in moderate quantities if they are cooked, especially with Ghee or oil and Vata reducing spices but it is best to avoid sprouts and cabbage.

• Hot, nourishing desserts such as apple pie help pacify Vata.

• Eat a substantial breakfast to help improve energy levels throughout the day.

• Herbal teas (camomile, fennel, basil) with a few digestive biscuits are good for Vata energy slumps.

• Avoid stimulants such as coffee and alcohol.

• Sip hot water throughout the day to flush out impurities and balance Vata.

• Warm milk flavoured with ghee, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg is excellent before bed.

Now here are some lists that increase and decrease the Vata in the body

Vegetables that increase and decrease vata

Asparagus Leeks Artichoke Okra Beetroot Parsnip Olives Corn Butternut squash Green beans Peppers Radishes Carrots Courgettes Cucumber Green beans Leeks Pumpkin Sweet potatoes Turnip Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celery Mushrooms Peas Peppers Tomatoes


Fruits that increase and reduce vata

Apricots Avocados Bananas Berries Cherries Raisins Pineapple Rhubarb Plums Peaches Oranges Lemons Grapes Kiwi Dates Figs Mangoes Melons Papayas Peaches Plums Dried fruit Un-ripened fruit Apples Pears Pomegranates Prunes Watermelon


Herbs increase and reduce vata

Basil Black pepper Cardamom Cinnamon Clove Cumin Fennel Ginger Liquorice Marjoram Mustard seeds Nutmeg Oregano Sage Thyme Coriander seed Fenugreek Parsley Saffron Turmeric


Vishuddha chakra (Expression Chakra), fifth chakra in Yoga

The throat chakra, called Vishuddha in Sanskrit, is the center of expression. When it is open and flowing, you have the confidence that you are capable of communicating

your needs. Where, the first 3 chakras represent the lower earth plane and the 4th is where we balance the lower and higher planes, the 5th Chakra is where we begin to focus on the higher(spiritual) plane. Moving to rhythm, the vibration of sound, communication through writing and speaking are all functions of the Vishuddha Chakra. Literally “deep or extreme purification”, this chakra brings together the “Jiva,” individual consciousness with the “Atman,” universal consciousness, allowing us to tap into our creativity and intention to bring about an underlying vibrational harmony to our entire being. It is like the brain of all the chakras as it controls all of the elements and allows them to work in unison.  When the Anahata (Heart) Chakra, is balanced, the Vishuddha Chakra automatically communicates from the higher plane and unconditional love unfolds.


Physical location: throat

Element: Space

Color: Blue

Sense: Sound

Force: Vibration

Areas of the body:    throat, mouth, neck, shoulders

Mudra: Shunya(Heaven)

Bandha: Jalandhara

Mantra: Hum I speak and follow my truth.

When unbalanced/ blocked can manifest in:       

Too little: have difficulty finding the right words; fear of speaking; secretive; shy;         can’t find your own voice; are overshadowed by other’s truths; unable to reach full potential

Too much: loud; talk too much; aggressive; lie without lying-; gossip; very critical; unable to listen

Health issues: ear, nose, throat problems; stiff neck; TMJ-teeth grinding, jaw problems; thyroid problems

When balanced/not blocked can manifest in:

Being in tune with surroundings Coinciding principle working  Communications are clear

Able to speak own truth. Can see yourself clearly & able to listen to and follow the Universe Live in harmony Hearing what has not been said.

Asana examples that balance the throat chakra:

Neck Postures

Shoulder Postures


Chest expansion

Forward bends Yoga Mudra

Upward Plank


Back bends Reverse Table Camel Plow
Shoulder Stand Fish

   Downward Dog


BAMS Entrance question part 2

Introduction of Ayurveda

1)   Ayurveda is related to

a. Science            b. medicine         c. Philosophy     d. all of them

2)   The oldest system of treatment is

a.Allopathy         b. Ayurveda        c.Yunani              d. Homeopathy

3)   Satwa, raja and tama are

a.Tri guna            b. Tridanda         c. Tridosha          d.      d. All of them

4)   There are…. types of Ayu in Ayurveda

a.2              b. 3            c.4               d. 5

5)   Combination of sareera , mana, indriya and aatma are called as

a.Ayu                   b.Ayurveda         c. Health              d. None

6)   Tri sutra in Ayurveda consists of

a.Dosha, dhatu , mala   b. Hetu, linga. aausad

c.Aausad, ayu, aatma    d. Swata, raja, tama

7)   The treatment in Ayurveda is based on

a.Tridosha       b. Micro organisms         c.Panchamahabhut  d. Saptadhatu

8)   There are ….. branches of Ayurveda

a.8              b. 7             c. 4             d. none

9)   Rasayan tantra is also called as

a.Jara vigyan  b. Visha vigyan   c.Chemical science          d. Chemistry

10)    Kaya chikitshya is related to

a.ENT          b. General medicine      c.Childrens and olds    d. Surgery

11)       Shalya tantra is related to

a.ENT           b. General medicine  C.Childrens and adults         d. Surgery

12)    Kumarbhritya deals with

a.Disease of children          b.Disease of pregnant women

c.Disease of old people      d. a and b both

13)    Rasayan tantra is related to

a. Sexuality                                               b. Mental state

c.Re- establishment of youngness           d. all of them

14)    Vajikaran tantra is related to

a.Jara vigyan       b. Vrisha vigyan           c.Sex science     d. Seience of bet

15)    The mental condition and mental state is related to

a.Agad tantra      b. Vajikaran tantra

c.Bhut vigyan      d. Rasayan tantra

16)    Agnivesh tantra is the oldest name of

a.charak samhita          b. susruta samhita

c.ashtanga sangraha     d. Bhel samhita

17)    Charak samhita was written in

a.500B.C.            b. 1500B.C.        c.2500B.C.          d.3500B.C.

18)    Charak samhita mainly deals with

a.Surgury   b. ENT       c.general medicine       d. god and godess

19)    Father of general medicine

a.Charak             b. susruta   c.Hippocrates      d. Da vinchi

20)    There are … sasthans and … chapter in charka samhita

a.8,120       b. 120,8               c.8,66          d. 66,8

21)    Susruta samhita mainly deals with

a.Surgury   b. ENT       c.general medicine       d. god and godess

22)     There are … sasthans and … chapter in Susruta samhita

a.8,120 and 65              b. 120,8 and 66

c.8,120 and 66              d. 66,8 and 120

23)    Who wrote kashyap samhita

a.Jeevak     b. Kashyap                   c.Bhel        d. Bhagbhatta

24)    Samhita found in Nepal is

a.Charak samhita b. Kashyap samhita

c.Bhel samhita    d. susruta samhita

25)    Kashyap samhita deals with

a.Surgury   b. ENT       c.general medicine       d. Kaumarbhritya

26)    Brithat traye consists of

a. Charak samhita, susruta samhita, Kashyap samhita

b. Charak samhita, susruta samhita, Bhagbat samhita

c. Bhavprakash, saranghar and madhav nidan

d. Bhab prakash, madhav nidan, nagarjhuna

27)    Laghu traye consists of

a. Charak samhita, susruta samhita, Kashyap samhita

b. Charak samhita, susruta samhita, Bhagbat samhita

c. bhab prakash, saranghar and madhav nidan

d. bhab prakash, madhav nidan, nagarjhuna

28)    First Ayurveda education in Nepal was conducted in

a.1985 B.S          b. 1885 B.S         c.2053B.S   d. 1974B.S

29)    Naradevi hospital was establish in

a.1985 B.S          b. 1885 B.S         c.2053B.S           d. 1974B.S

30)    Singadarbar vaidhya khana was establish by

a.singha malla     b. jay prakash malla

c. pratap malla    d. gunakamadev

31)    Goal of Ayurveda dosent include

a.  dharma           b. yasa        c. mokshya                    d. kama

32)    … is responsible for body movement, excitation sensation like quick action etc

a.vata         b. pitta       c. kapha     d. all of them

33)    vata consists of predominance of

a. vayu and aakash       b. Agni

c. jala and prithivi        d. all 5 mahabhuts

34)    Pitta is pre dominance of

a. vayu and aakash       b. Agni

c. jala and prithivi        d. all 5 mahabhuts

35)    kapha is predominance of

a. vayu and aakash       b. Agni

c. jala and prithivi        d. all 5 mahabhuts

36)    Physical volume or mass of living organisms is predominantly composed by

a.vata                   b. pitta       c. kapha               d. all of them

37)    All the chemical process in our body is due to

a.vata                   b. pitta       c. kapha     d. all of them

38)    There are … types of vata

a.3                        b. 4             c.5              d. 6

39)    Pran vayu lies in

a.Shir                   b. hridya              c.vrikka               d. pliha

40)    Udan vayu lies in

a.Shir                   b. hridya              c.vrikka               d. uraha

41)     Pachak, sodhak, ranjak, alochak, and bhrajak are types of

a.vata                   b. pitta       c. kapha               d. agni

42)    Which mahabut is predominant in rasa dhatu?

a.Jala                    b. Agni       c.Aakash              d. Vayu

43)     Which mahabut is predominant in rakta dhatu?

a.Jala                    b. Agni       c.Aakash              d. Vayu

44)    Which mahabut is predominant in aasthi dhatu?

a.Jala                    b. Agni       c.Aakash              d. Vayu

45)     Which mahabut is predominant in mamsa and meda dhatu?

a.Jala                    b. Agni       c.Prithivi            d. Vayu

46)    Aakash mahabut is predominant in … dhatu.

a.Mamsa              b. Meda     c.Majja                 d. Sukra

47)    What is the characteristic of aakash mahabhut?

a.Sabda      b.Sparsha            c.Rupa       d. Rasa

48)    What is the characteristic of vayu mahabhut?

a.Sabda      b.Sparsha            c.Rupa       d. Rasa

49)    What is the characteristic of prithivi mahabhut?

a.Sabda      b.Sparsha            c.Rupa       d. Gandha

50)    What is the characteristic of tej/ aagni mahabhut?

a.Sabda                b.Sparsha            c.Rupa                 d. Rasa


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Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic itchy, inflammatory skin disease that usually develops in early childhood and is commonly seen in individuals with a personal or family history of similar skin disease or asthma. Persistence of AD has been reported in 60% of adults who had the disease as children.

A system of medical practice making use of all measures that have proven to be of value in the treatment of disease is referred to as allopathic medicine. Occasionally, some of the recommended modalities are intended not to replace conventional medicine, but to complement it. Complementary or alternative medicine can be classified into herbal therapy (treatments using plant species), and non-herbal therapies, such as homeopathy, acupuncture, aromatherapy and more than 10 other modalities.

Herbs: The use of herbs is a time honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider. When applying herbs to the skin it is important to make sure that you have no open wounds as serious infection can result.

  • Topical creams and salves containing one or more of the following herbs may help relieve itching and burning, and promote healing. The best evidence is for chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Chickweed (Stellaria media), marigold (Calendula officinalis), and licorice (Glycyrrhia glabra) may be helpful, although there is little scientific evidence to support this cliam. One study did find a licorice cream was more effective than placebo.
  • Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) cream can relieve itching. Liquid witch hazel can help with “weeping” or oozing dermatitis.
  • St. John’ s wort (Hypericum perforatum), used as a topical cream, has shown promise in one double blind study. People with eczema who used St. John’ s wort on one arm and a placebo cream on the other saw more improvement with the arm treated with St. John’ s wort.
  • Other herbs that have traditionally been applied to the skin to treat dermatitis include Sarsaparilla (Smilax sp.) and marshmallow (Althea officinalis).

Dermatitis associated with stress and anxiety may be helped by mind-body techniques, such as meditation, tai chi, yoga, and stress management.

Vata and Pitta and Kapha types

Vata and pitta and Kapha all are of 5 types. They are as follows:

Types of Vata Types of Pitta Types of Kapha















These five types of each dosha are very important in Ayurveda because Ayurveda is based on the tri-dosha theory. And these are the types of each tridosha.


Herbalist, use of Herb in Ayurveda

A herbalist is a person whose life is dedicated to the economic or medicinal uses of plants and one is skilled in the harvesting and collection of medicinal plants (see wildcrafter).Traditional Chinese herbalist are one who is trained or skilled in the dispensing of herbal prescriptions; traditional Chinese herb doctor. Similarly, Traditional Ayurvedic herbalist are one who is trained or skilled in the dispensing of herbal prescriptions in the Ayurvedic tradition.

Ayurveda is totally dependent on Herbalist. Ayurveda without herb is incomplete. The medicinal basis of Ayurveda is herb. According to wiki, Education of herbalists varies considerably in different areas of the world. Lay herbalists and traditional indigenous medicine people generally rely upon apprenticeship and recognition from their communities in lieu of formal schooling. In some countries formalised training and minimum education standards exist, although these are not necessarily uniform within or between countries. For example, in Australia the currently self-regulated status of the profession (as of April 2008) results in different associations setting different educational standards, and subsequently recognising an educational institution or course of training. Qualifications levels vary from Diploma to Masters degree, with Advanced Diploma level being regulated to some degree by the national Health Training Packages issued by the Australian National Training Authority.

Many herbalists, particularly those with ‘apothecary’ herbal backgrounds, become affiliated with or found commercial herbal products manufacturing companies for producing herbal products of varying kinds. Most ‘liquid’ herbal products companies hold the distinction of having been started by individuals who were already practicing herbalists and took their apothecary herbal skills onto full commercial endeavors.

Ayurveda And Allopathy

Concept of disease

In late 19th, and 20th centuary microorganisms were considered only, if not , the main cause of disease in allopathic medicine. That is called “germ theory of disease”. But lately the concept has beenchanged and broadened, now it is accepted that disease condition is a very specific stage of existence of all the three factors host, agent and environment at that time. This is explained as epidemiological triad or disease triangle. Avoiding the specific existence of even a single element of disease triangle may give us undesired condition. This theory is very close with Ayurvedic theory of causation of disease.

  1. Disease condition (The triangle is complete here): For the discare condition to be complete, agent should have weak host immune condition and favorable environment to grow and multiply. If host and environment factor are not in favor of agent, triangle will be incomplete and the disease will voccur.
  2. Allopathic treatment (The triangle is not complete here): Here the agent condition is made so weak that it cannot cause any disease i.e. allopathic medicine makes the agent either weak or kill it, thus the triangle will not be complete.
  3. Ayurvedic treatment(The triangle is not complete here): Here the host and environment factors are made unfavorable for the agent i.e. the host immune system is made so strong that the agent cannot cause any disease.

According to Ayurveda, the unbalanced stage of three physiological humors (Dosha) – Vata, Pitta and Kapha by any means will only be the cause of disease. And unbalanced dosha condition is brought about by improper Aahar (food habit) and daily activities i.e. environment factor of triangle Krimi (Pathogens and Parasite) i.e. agent factor of the triangle. Here Vata, Pitta and Kapha itself represents the host factor of triangle.

Treatment Approach in Ayurveda: In Ayurveda medicine are used to establish the balanced stage of the physiological unit (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), or it targets the other factors of disease triangle rather than microorganism (agent). For treatment simply the goal of Ayurvedic treatment is to make person strong immunologically, not to kill microorganism. It should be remembered that we all are exposed frequently to the pathogens but only few, and less frequently develops disease. Ayurveda believs that it is not the Krimi (microorganism) that is important to cause the disease but what is important is your tridosha condition. Though it regards microorganism as cause of disease but treatment approach is mainly towards the tridosha. This ultimately may work as an antimicrobial treatment. So a single Ayurvedic medicine can be used in much disease (which acts through dosha) seeing the strong adaptive capacity of pathogen, Ayurvedic approach of treatment seems very appropriate logically than the allopathic approach. It is not worthy that most of the present antibiotics may be resisted in coming 20 yrs according to WHO.

Virechana Indication and Contraindication

In Ayurveda Virechana is the administration of purgative substances for the cleansing of pitta through the lower pathways.This therapy is recommended basically for imbalanced Pitta Dosha and removes excess pitta through increasing bowel movements Give virechana 3 days after vamana, or directly if vamana is not indicated for a particular individual. In either case, it is necessary to firstly do 3 days of internal oleation, and preferably both snehana (oleation) and svedana (sweating), which are purva karma. Virechana cleanses blood toxins, the sweat glands, kidneys, stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, spleen, and rakta vaha srotas.

Indications for Virechana

Contraindications for Virechana

Most pittagenic disorders Childhood and Old age
Skin diseases Acute fever
Chronic fever Diarrhea
Hemmorroids (piles) Dehydration
Abdominal tumors (gulma) Debility and Weakness
Spleenomegaly Emaciation
Hepatomegaly and Jaundice

Bleeding from rectum or lung cavities

Worms Excess snehana or svedana

Foreign body in the stomach


Immediately after vamana or basti

Glaucoma Low agni or indigestion
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Prolapsed rectum

Severe, chronic constipation with hard stool

  Ulcerative colitis
Substances for Virechana  
Castor oil  
Senna (Sona mukhi)  
Sat Isabgol (Psyllium Seeds)  
Cow’s milk  
Cow’s milk and 2 tsp. ghee  
Aloe Vera  
Bhumi Amalaki  
Black Sesame Seeds  
Dandelion root  
Nishottara (Jaipal or Croton seed)  
Yellow Thistle (Suvarnaskshiri)  
Kutki (Hellbore)  
Cow’s urine  
Mango juice  

Anahata Chakra, The heart chakra in Yoga

The 4th Chakra or Anahata Chakra is the halfway point between the 3 lower chakras and the 3 higher chakras. It literally means “unstuck sound” and is where we begin to tune into the subtle sound of the pulse of life. It is associated with the element of air and relates to our emotional thoughts, ideas and inspirations. Balancing the Anahata chakra allows us to release our emotional pain through unconditional love. The fourth chakra represents the unifying energy of love and compassion. When the heart center is blocked, there is a sense of alienation from others. When the heart center is open and flowing, you feel connected at a deep level to all beings in your life. The ancient Yogis believed that your “jiva atman” –personal spirit(soul)- resides in the heart chakra. It is where we begin to move beyond our material self to the divine self, connecting ourselves to the universe. As the heart center expands our seed of inner peace and harmony is able to open and grow. The color of the fourth energy center is green. When flowing, it is the green of nourishment; when congested, it can be green with envy.


PHYSICAL LOCATION: center of the chest


COLOR: Green

SENSE: Touch

FORCE: Equilibrium

AREAS OF THE BODY:    heart, lungs, shoulders, arms

MUDRA: Lotus @ heart


MANTRA: Yum  “I open my heart to——.


When unbalanced/ blocked can manifest in:

Too little: loneliness, jealousy, bitterness, inability to forgive, pessimism, alienation,  attachment, passive aggression, inability  to love, judgmental,  lack empathy , Too much: emotional flamboyance, overly dramatic, smothering behavior

Health issues: asthma, heart problems, circulatory system, and respiratory system

When balanced/not blocked can manifest in:  Unconditional love, Harmony with nature, Positive neutrality, Harmonious relationships, Nonjudgmental of self or others, Compassionate and Peaceful

Asana examples that balance the heart chakra:

Heart openers

Triangle Dolphin Chest expansion

Lateral bends

 Crescent Warrior

Upward Plank Wheel

Back bends

Downward Dog

Camel Bow pose