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Fasting and Ayurvedha

Adiga, Shripathi H and Adiga, Ramya S (2010) Fasting and Ayurvedha. In: Ayurvedh,fasting, Dec 2010, Penang. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Ayurveda, the authenticated art of Indian holistic medicine, manoeuvres mankind to head a healthy life in order to pursue the fourfold bliss. With a view to combat physical and mental annoyances, classics have explicated two fold therapeutic modalities; langhana /depletion and brihmana / nourishing. Upavasa /fasting is one among ten depletion therapies thus explained. And also, fasting is envisioned at all three levels of Ayurvedic therapies- rational/objectively planned, psychological, spiritual. Fasting is reckoned to be refraining from four forms of food intake – chewing, licking, swallowing and drinking for a given period under a qualified physician. Acharya Charaka describes fasting as the treatment of choice in diseases of milder intensity, in those due to aama (metabolic toxin), after purificatory procedures...etc. Sushrutha samhitha delineates fasting in the contexts of treatment of fever, conjunctivitis, vomiting, cough, diarrhoea...etc. The classics opine that the fasting person should avoid; beautifying oneself, anointing oil, day sleep, sexual acts...etc., and feasting prior and ulterior to fasting. Fasting is however, contraindicated in very young, elderly, emaciated, pregnant lady, soon after strenuous exercise ...etc. The principle avers that fasting kindles the metabolic/ digestive fire which, in the absence of food, brings about paachana of the vitiated doshas, thereby riposting health. Sound fasting ensues: proper elimination of excretory wastes, clear belch, sweat, taste for food, contentment...etc. Ashtanga Hridaya of Vagbhata wondrously explains the benefits of fasting, viz; lucidity of sense organs, lightness of body & mind, control of diseases & drowsiness, enthusiasm...etc., Yoga Shastra describes fasting with respect to three levels of food – physical, impressions, associations and a means to unite three bodies – astral, physical, causal. Ayurveda thus advocates fasting depending upon the dosha, agni, vaya, kala, bala ...etc., of the individual, as a preventive as well as therapeutic modality. The realisms of the classics, thus, demand intense apprehension and immense admiration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ayurvedha,fasting
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Ayurveda
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2011 09:04
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2011 09:04
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/279

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