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Viruddha Aahar ( Opposite Diet) In Ayurveda

Viruddha Aahar ( Opposite Diet) In Ayurveda

Dietetics In Ayurveda is essentially the science of life. Dietetics In Ayurveda embraces in itself perfect principles for leading a healthy life. Dietetics In Ayurveda envisages complete regimen for both healthy and diseased one, guarding health at all ages.

Viruddha Aahar ( Opposite Diet) In Ayurveda

Ahara, Nidra and Brahmacarya are three subpillars, which support the body it self Here Ahara has been enumerated first, which shows its importance. Food plays a decisive role in development, sustainance, reproduction and termination of life. Through centuries, Food has been recognized as an important factor for human beings, in health and diseased state. Man has always been interested in food and the history of man to a large extent has been a struggle to obtain food. Food (Ahara) supplies bio-energy to body. This bio-energy is supplied by proper and adequate nutrition in the form of its essential constituents viz. proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and water.

The practice of Aharavidhi (dietetics) is an ancient, empirical and elegant art and it is only in the early years of the last century that nutrition and dietetics have came to acquire the status of distinct discipline. Nutrition may be defined as the science of food and its relationship to health. It is concerned primarily with the part played by nutrients in body growth, development and maintenance.

Dietetics is the practical application of the principle of nutrition. It includes the planning of meals for both the normal and sick persons. A set of fairly satisfactory dietetic codes has been identified and prescribed by Ayurveda. When the food (Ahara) is taken judiciously and according to the codes of dietetics then only the benefits of Ahara can be achieved. Any aberration in diets and even in their preparation style leads to ill health. Unfortunately, hardly one or two percent individuals in India follow these codes and rules of dietetics. In other countries also cent percent observations of these rules are not seen. There may be various factors responsible behind this non-observance of the dietetic codes. Various pathological entities stand identified as a result of food (Ahara) habits related as they are to sensory stimuli, which are pleasure giving, or distress giving. Even though Ayurveda has postulated this theory and has dealt in detail, only recently a great deal of interest has been focused on the art of dietary factors in the pathogenesis of noncommunicable diseases, and there are volumes of scientific data supporting the theory that diet is the underlying key factor in most chronic degenerative disorders and heart ailments. Besides there is also a that for most chronic conditions and non-emergency situations people should avoid drugs and try natural approach.


Man has a natural tendency towards change in the life at every stage and the food and food habits are also covered by this tendency. But unfortunately he either by ignorance or by his carelessness never cares about the harmfulness or harmlessness of his food and food habits. As a result he may have to pay penalty for his non – judicious changes. According to Ayurveda the non-beneficial or the harmful food is termed as the Ahita Ahara, which includes so many things.
In Ayurveda a Novel concept of Viruddhahara has been condensed. Since the effect of this Viruddha Ahara is indifferent from the Ahita Ahara, this Viruddha Ahara may be included under the Ahita Ahara group. Caraka has mentioned “whatever articles of food, which having dislodged the morbid humors do not eliminate them from the body, are to be regarded as unwholesomeFurther he has said “Articles of diet that are inimical to the body-elements tend to disagree with the system (body).”

Viruddhahara is one potent causative factor for several diseases. Consumption of Viruddhahara gives rise to various disturbances of mild to violent nature and disease of acute to chronic nature including the eight Maharogas, genetic disturbances and even sometimes causes death of the person. This point towards the potency and lethal effect of  Viruddha Ahara. This fact clearly indicates how far reaching effects can be produced by Viruddha Ahara. Yet, no sufficient work has been done regarding causativeness of Viruddhahara and its treatment in the field of Ayurveda or modern science. This has turned out to be a burning problem for Ayurveda and modern science as well as for individual who consume Viruddha Ahara.

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