We are supposed to talk about that 'something' that may accumulate in our body. As you might all have guessed, its nothing but toxins. Getting excited to talk about it!!!!!
When I was reading a toxicology book (published at U.S), I could find that the oldest books on toxicology (and infact on medicines ) are from India - Charaka samhita and Susrutha samhita (early part of 1000 B.C). Felt so nice...I wish I learn sanskrit to decode what is said in them !!!! And so, I started reading about them online. Let me share some info that I learned.
Makkale, let me say this. I as like many of us, used to think that ayurveda is another field just like allopathy or homeopathy. Never realised till few days before that its our way of life, the way/ the diet our ancestors followed!!! Let me talk about it before getting on to the diet.
"Life (ayu) is the combination (samyoga) of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond."—Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana, 1.42-43.
Ayurveda is a upaveda (subsection) of arthava veda. Though it had been practiced all along, it was around 3000 B.C that ayurveda in India was codified from the oral tradition to book form as an independent science. It enlists eight branches/divisions of ayurveda: Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine), Shalakya Tantra (surgery and treatment of head and neck, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology), Shalya Tantra (Surgery), Agada Tantra (Toxicology), Bhuta Vidya (Psychiatry), Kaumarabhritya (Pediatrics), Rasayana (science of rejuvenation or anti-aging), and Vajikarana (the science of fertility). The most fascinating aspect of ayurveda is, it was using almost all methods of healing like lifestyle regimen, yoga, aroma, meditation, gems, amulets, herbs, diet, jyotishi (astrology), color and surgery etc. in treating patients
Around 1500 BC ayurveda was delineated into to two distinct schools: Atreya—The School of Physicians, and Dhanvantari—The School of Surgeons. This made ayurveda a more systematically classified medical science, hereafter. In fact, these two schools of thought led to the writing of two major books on ayurveda—Charaka Samhita and Susruta Samhita.
The great sage- physician Charaka authored Charaka Samhita revising and supplementing the text written by Atreya, which has remained the most referred ayurvedic text on internal medicine till date. Susruta, following the Dhanvantari School of Thought, wrote Susruta Samhita, comprising the knowledge about prosthetic surgery to replace limbs, cosmetic surgery, caesarian operations and even brain surgery. He is famed for his innovation of cosmetic surgery on nose or rhinoplasty.
Evidences show that ayurveda had nurtured almost all the medical systems of the world. Even, Paracelsus, considered to be the father of the modern western medicine toed the line of ayurveda, as well.
Okay..how does ayurveda work??? It works on the principle that a perfect health condition is achievable through the psychosomatic integration in a person.
According to ayurveda, each individual is a combination of the three doshas of vata (air and ether), pitta (fire) and kapha(water and earth) or one of these doshas. In tamil, we call it as vaadham, pitham, silethumam. The basic constitution represents the individual's psychological and physical nature, distinctly. The tridoshas governs all metabolic activities in an individual. Within each person the doshas are adjusting to countless changes in the doshas of nature, in addition to the changes within one self. So, a person can be called as vadha udambukaaran/ pithaudambukaram..etc or a combination of these..
A discerning diet according to one's dosha type, and well-regulated life (dinacharya) helps strengthen one's natural immune system.Let us talk about how each family had maintained their diet.
Ayurveda emphasizes that the diet we take has a close influence on our mind and body. According to ayurveda, the mind has three possible states (tri-gunas) Sattva, or peaceful equilibrium, rajas, or excessive activity and tamas, or inertia—the three tendencies or gunas of mind influence the imbalances in the three doshas. (say, people who do teaching and other work related to thinking were having satva food. Farmers who had lots of physical work had food that gives raja guna etc. ) Specific dietary adjustments serves to maintain the balance of specific doshas and thus entail perfect health. Appropriate diet can be used to remove or neutralize toxins in the body .
Some of the things that our ancestors followed in practice are :
- Our ancestors do not suggest eating food until one's appetite is satisfied. When ill, one should eat only light food, and then normal food in small quantities, until half the appetite is fulfilled.
- We never combine contradictory foods in terms of their qualities.
- Keeping high-protein or high-fat food items in separate meals from lighter foods such as starches and vegetables.
- Not mixing milk with yogurt.
- Not eating cooked foods and raw foods at the same meal since they require different types of digestion.
- Avoiding drinking milk while eating radishes, tomatoes, meat, fish, eggs, citrus fruits.
- Eating fresh fruit separately from other meals (except the cooked fruits).
- Some specific vegetables and grains are forbidden in some specific days of a month. Diet is to be compatible with changing seasons.
- Also, our ancestors had specific detoxification methods like panchakarma and other herbal health remedies, when applied wholly or singly, make the body more responsive to medicines and treatment. It hastens the healing process.
Various yogasanas prescribed by ayurveda help prevent the diseases from occuring and accumulating. Yogasanas achieve the twin purpose of strengthening body-parts such as bones, muscle and vital organs like heart, liver, stomach, intestine as well as keeping our blood circulation and psychological conditions strong and resilient.
Romba scienceaa pochu!!! Okay!! Let me stop!!!!
What do you think we can do these days to keep good health w,r.t food?? Please think on those lines and post it as comment in this section. And I will add them to the next post with my own suggestions as well. Also in the next to next post, we can discuss about our likes - all delicious combinations say like (vetha kozhambu potato curry )that we all think that are so yummy and
what all we can cook etc.!!!! Enna Okayaa??