If someone is devotee or purely vegetarian, and that person is forced by doctor to eat non veg so that the disease or injury can cure. Is there any option that injury can cure and the religion policy not be disturbed?

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    – Mr. Alien
    Feb 13, 2017 at 19:50
  • what disease or injury requires you to eat non-veg ? does not make any sense. If you want protein, there is plenty in dal (pulses/legumes/beans)
    – mar
    Apr 4, 2017 at 14:27
  • First of all, the doctors say eat non-veg, as if there is no source of proteins but non-veg. It is very nonsensical. Actually it is nothing more than just an easy convention to say- "Eat non veg to get a protein", instead of listing you name of several veg things which are even more nutritious. As for non veg, it is often mentioned in AyurVeda to eat Non-veg in case of fractures, deep injuries, and extreme energy loss due to disease. But today doctors, even if we are buffing with health, say- O Lord! If you do not eat meat you would become weak, your bones will crack, you would die.
    – user9392
    Oct 3, 2017 at 6:13
  • If you only need proteins, you don't need non-veg. There are many varieties of vegetarian food with plenty of protein in them. You can also take protein supplements.
    – user9969
    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:58

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From what I understand about Ayurveda, for medicinal purposes animal products can be used, especially if there is no alternative. They just should not be a part of regular diet. For reference, the following is a quote from this article. Note that I do not agree with the conclusion of the article, as it says a non-vegetarian diet is acceptable based on non-vegetarian items having been included in some Ayurvedic treatments. The important point is that they are only included in treatments.

Ayurveda is not totally vegetarian by any stretch of imagination. Mamsarasa – the meat soup is explained in all the classical texts as the best medicine for extreme emaciation. It reduces tiredness due to Pitta imbalance (for example working under Sun for long hours), ideal for those who do daily exercise, improves voice strength, skin quality, immunity etc. (Reference: Charaka samhita Sutra sthana 27/312-325).

Aswagandhadi leham, also known as Ajaswagandhadi lehyam conains meat as an ingredient, along with other herbs. [Some companies manufacture it without meat as an ingredient]

Varients of meat soup are explained as Vesavara in Bhavaprakasha, another classical Ayurvedic text.

Meat soup and other non veg diet has been prescribed along with certain medications. Eg: Meat soup is a co -drink for the medicine Punarnvadyarishta.

Taking care of health is quite important, as without that, in our current situation, it would be very difficult to pursue spirituality.

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