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Gupta Deepak* and Asthana Alok


Good food is essential for maintaining good health. Ahara plays a pivot role in the prevention as well as in the treatment of diseases. It plays an important role in establishing the phenomena of wear and tear, process of growth and repair supply of energy for all physical activities etc. Ahara is one of the main pillars of human body. As Acharyas had described that Ahara, Nidra and Brahmacharya are Triupstambh which support the body itself. Acharyas it is stated ‘Arogyam bhojanadheenam” Here Ahara has been placed first, which shows that it is most important to maintain and sustain the life. The Prayojana of ayurveda is to protect health of the healthy and to cure disorder in the diseased. Nowadays many lifestyle diseases are taking place due to a lack of or incorrect information about cooking procedures, irregular timings and consuming imbalanced diet and following the prescribed rules for preparing, preserving and eating food days. The importance of food Charak has rightly described that the life of all living things is food and the all the world seek food complexion, clarity, good voice, long life, understanding, happiness, satisfaction in food. Ahara is not only required for the continuity of life, but also for Bala, Varna, Upachaya etc. For the method of taking food, Wholesomeness of Ahara is varies as person to person. Ahara Vidhiviseşayatanana is the factors, which are guidelines for the selection of wholesome diet. Acharya Charak has defined Ashta Ahara vidhivisheshayatana in a very systematic and scientific manner. It gives basic dietary guidelines about choosing appropriate food, combination of food, cooking method, quality and quantity of food. A thorough understanding of Ashta Ahara vidhivisheshayatana will help in reducing Agnidushti and achieving the both Prayojana of Ayurveda. The present article will be an attempt to congregate the importance of diet as quoted by ancient ayurvedic scholars and to present the eight factors of Ashta Ahar vidhi visheshayatana in a systemic and scientific way.

Keywords: Health, Tri-upastambha, Ahara, Ashta ahara vidhivisheshayatana.

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