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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 161-165

A review article on Ahara Vidhi Vidhana (Rules for consuming food) in consonance with Charaka Samhita

Department of Samhita Siddhant Evum Sanskrit, Shri Narayan Prasad Awasthi Government Ayurvedic College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Raveendran Nair Kumari Lekha Jinu Sankar
Ayurveda Samhita Evum Siddhant, Shri Narayan Prasad Awasthi Government Ayurvedic College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
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DOI: 10.4103/JISM.JISM_31_21

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Introduction: It is not just the quantity or quality of food that determines the maintenance of health but also the way of consuming food. The digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food are complex procedures where physical, physiological, social, and emotional factors play a critical role. For achieving complete benefits of food, one should also follow certain rules as told in Ayurveda regarding what, when, where, and how the food should be consumed. Objectives: To evaluate and prepare data regarding various dietary and dining rules (Ahara Vidhi Vidhana) recorded in Ayurveda texts, along with their design and utility under the purview of Charaka Samhita. Materials and Methods: For this Ayurveda books such as Charaka Samhita, Susrutha Samhita, Ashtanga Sangraha, Ashtanga Hridaya, Sharangadhara Samhita, Bhavaprakasha, and Yogaratnakara were reviewed for gaining information regarding dietetic rules said in Ayurveda and the concept has been presented while keeping the view of Charaka Samhita at the center. Observations: The rules are divided into dietary rules and dining rules. The first one explains what food should be consumed depending on the quality of the food and the condition of the person. The latter one deals with the way the food should be consumed, which has direct effects on hygiene of the food and the condition of the mind. Conclusion: The findings from the review suggests that by not following these rules, it is understood that tan individual may land up in a sea of many diseases and following them will benefit the overall health.

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