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Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayus" and "veda." "Ayus" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science. The term "ayurveda" thus means 'the knowledge of life' or 'the science of life'. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, "ayu" comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul.

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Sanskrit Classical Ayurveda Source for Ghee being a Deepana

In traditional Ayurveda many people consoder Ghee as a deepana. Refer Normally anything which is deepana increases gastric acid and causes decrease in ph. But Ghee decreases acidity. Ghee enhances ...
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What is the exact time span mentioned in this verse of inactivity?

Consider the following sub-verse regarding a time intended for inactivity avoid taking foods, sex, sleeping, study and recapitulation at the time of meeting of the night and sunrise p:23, Chapter 2: ...
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Where can I find classification of Indian food items based on its guna?

There are three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas, Tamas. Based on the occupation and some other aspects, people take particular types of foods. Scriptures generally encourage the intake of Sattvic food since it ...
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Online Database of Technical Terms in Ayurveda?

So I just learned of Rasayana and the Charaka Samhita in Ayurveda. The Charaka Samhita exists online it seems, but it is written in natural language form (i.e. regular English language, along with the ...
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Is it allowed to indulge in sex daily during winters?

Previously I used to think that it is mandatory to not participate in sex during some days like the full moon, new moon, Ashtami, Ekadasi, chaturdasi, festivals, etc., Recently I came across the ...
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Is drinking goat milk allowed in Hinduism?

Ayurveda recommends the usage of goat's milk in its products. However, some smritis say that one should not drink goat's milk. Is drinking goat milk allowed in Hinduism?
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Where can I find the complete English translation of Astanga Hridaya?

Astanga Hridaya is one of the great texts on Ayurveda by Vagbhata. It can be divided into five parts: SUTRASTHANA SARIRA STHANA NIDANA STHANA CIKITSITA STHANA KALPASIDDHI STHANA and UTTARASTHANA I ...
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How to prepare "meat juice" that has been mentioned in Charaka Samhita?

The following two excerpts from chapter 27- Diet and Dietetics (Annapana-vidhi) of the Charaka Samhita mentions meat juice #1: Meat-juice nourishes By its very nature, water moistens, salt liquefies, ...
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Is there any type of food capable enough to change the contents of causal body?

According to Sanatana Dharma, a Jeeva or human contains three bodies: Physical body, subtle body, and causal body. It is well known that food can directly impact the physical body. We can also notice ...
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What is the name of the chapter of charaka Samhita that deals with ideal food habits?

Charaka Samhita of the ancient books of Sanatana Dharma. Consider the following paragraph from Britannica about Charaka Samhita Charaka divided the treatise into eight parts, or ashtanga sthanas: ...
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What is chakshumati vidya for healthy eyes?

I have heard that chakshumati vidya is good for curing eye problems and eye sight. I wish to know what is the origin of it and the details and procedure of chakshumati vidya, along with the stotra.
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What does Ayurveda say about dinner?

I feel really tired after dinner it doesn't happen with other meals of the day, I feel like my bp has risen after dinner. I just want to know what does Ayurveda say about it.
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Can Prana (Life force energy) be increased?

Is the amount of Prana we are born with is constant throughout our life or can it be increased?
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How much of Vedanta Desikan's Ahara Niyamam is based on Ayurveda or shares similarities with it?

Ahara Niyamam means "Dietary restrictions", and Vedanta Desikan wrote a work with the same name that shows what food items are appropriate and inappropriate for Sri Vaishnavas based on the ...
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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Why are Asafoetida (Hing) and Brinjal(aka eggplant and aubergine) are offered as Prasadam while other non sattvik foods like onion/garlic not allowed

Onion and Garlic are prohibited to be offered as Prasadam to God. And are even classified as rajasic/tamasic according to Ayurveda. However Brinjal and Hing are also rajasic/sattvik(according to ...
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Scriptural references for the 'Giloy ( गिलोय ) herb' being born from the Amṛta drops?

Giloy / Giloe ( गिलोय ) is an important ayurvedic herb known for its myriad health-benefits, especially during these trying times of Covid-19 pandemic. It's also called Guduchi or Amṛtā (Tinospora ...
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Does the fever curing mantra given by Dvivida found elsewhere? Is it in a mantra group family? Are any other mantras supposed to be written?

In Chapter 27 of the Kalki Purāṇa a short mantra is written by Dvivida for curing Lakṣmaṇa of a fever: समुद्रस्योतरे तीरे द्विविदो नाम वानरः Samudrasyotare tīre Dvivido nāma Vānaraḥ This is an odd ...
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Are there online ebooks of English translations of ancient Indian cookbooks?

Ancient Indian cookbooks draw exquisitely from Ayurvedic scriptures and apply it to everyday cooking. This is very important from the view point of preservation of both health and culture. There are ...
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Is niyoga the same as surrogacy?

Does niyoga mean surrogacy? In the Mahabharata vyasa did tubectomy like that only. In case of Vichitravirya's wives did vyasa do surrogacy? Does AyurVeda tell about this niyoga?
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Is there a tradition of using mantras in Ayurveda?

Jyotish has a tradition of prescribing mantras as remedies to target a particular situation. Does Ayurveda have a similar tradition of prescribing mantras to remedy a particular condition of the ...
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Are there any verses containing prescriptions or advisements to build up muscular strength?

As in instructions to maintain bodily strength, to be able to fight, overall just emphasizing physical strength?
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The confusion between fruits & vegetables

Science classify several eatables, which in layman vernacular are called vegetables, to be fruits and vice-versa. Kind of oxymoron in itself. For example:- Tomato, Cucumber, Chilli, Capsicum, Bell ...
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What is the validity of Ayurveda in modern times?

What is the validity of Ayurveda in the face of modern medicine? The issue is that the Ayurveda texts were orally passed down for millions-billions of years from Vishnu (who orally passed it to Brahma,...
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Any relationship between the Three Guṇas (गुण) and the three Ayurvedic Doshas ( दोषः)?

In Hinduism (Sanātan Dharma) the number - "three",.occurs in many instances The Trimurtis - Brahmā, Vishnu and Mahesh (त्रिमूर्ति - ब्रह्मा, विष्णु और महेश ), the Three (Guṇas) Qualities - ...
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What type of vessel should be used for boiling water?

I want to cook "Ushna Udaka" , i.e boiled water. Most websites i find on googling mention "Stainless Steel" vessels. But i doubt stainless steel existed in the older days. Looking ...
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Can combination of ghee and honey be consumed?

I've heard that as per Ayurveda the combination of ghee and honey is considered as opposite food (Viruddha Ahara). However, in the preparation of banana rasayana both honey and ghee are put together. ...
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Is there a mantra to destroy negative energies before taking food or drink?

Is there a mantra to destroy or neutralise influence of negative energies(ie:germs, microbes, bacteria, krimi, ghosts etc in food/drink) before taking food or drink to mouth? Does chanting gayatri ...
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What would constitute saatvik food for a person high in vaat?

If I am not mistaken what is considered to be saatvik food for one may not be for another. It depends on the degree of the following doshas in individual- vata, pitta and kapha . As per Ayurveda, ...
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What Ayurvedic texts describe shadows as sweet or cold?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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RIG VEDA Texts Question

I was listening to this beautiful video https://youtu.be/sMHeBEVnKL8 I found these parts : 1) Gananam Tva Ganapatim - from Rig Veda (2.23.1) 2) After that become : praNo devee saraswatee ...
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Are onion and garlic prohibited in Ayurveda? [duplicate]

It's not a question but needs an answer . I need a list of bad things that happen when you consume onion and garlic. Because I personally don't like them since I heard that they make your anger worse, ...
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Are onion and garlic recommended in Ayurveda?

I have learnt that the followers of ISKCON preach that onion and garlic should not be consumed as once god took Rohini awtar and beheaded someone, so from the blood of him onion originated and from ...
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Does tapasya remove even dhatus?

Tapasya cleanses body of all toxins, especially solid, liquid, fat, pitta and kapha natured, (as well as perhaps nadis as well, though I'm not sure about this) by Divine purifying rays of the Sun, so ...
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Which scriptures describe the Dupahariya flower? [closed]

I was reading an ayurvedic book so i need to know about the flower Dupahariya .I can't tell you all the name of the book as shiva told not to tell anyone about this in that tantra. What Hindu ...
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Understanding the Dosha calculation

I undertook 'Dosha' quiz here on this site, the results of which were are follows: Your Dosha Is: Kapha Kapha: 6 Vata: 3 Pitta: 5 What exactly does this result mean in Ayurveda terminology? I mean ...
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On which side of the body should we lay while sleeping and why?

On which side of the body should we lay while sleeping and why? Is there any preferable side according to Hinduism?
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Who is Vata mentioned in this Sama Veda Verse?

While reading the translation of Sama Veda, I came across this verse dedicated to Vata in Part 2 Book 9 Chapter 2: May Vata breathe his balm on us, healthful, delightful to our heart: May he ...
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What is Kayakalpa?

I would like to understand more about Kaya Kalpa, is it some type of Ayurvedic treatment or some sort of yogic practice? What I do understand is that it can actually reverse the physical degeneration ...
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What are the herbs that arose three ages before the gods?

Rig Veda Book 10 Hymn 97 is dedicated to the herbs and I am sharing a part of it here: HERBS that sprang up in time of old, three ages earlier than the Gods,— Of these, whose hue is brown, ...
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Does Hinduism have any significance of herbs like brahmi and ashwagandha?

Brahmi and ashwagandha are Ayurvedic herbs which are generally is used for increasing vitality, memory and immunity etc. The effectiveness of these herbs was proven in various clinical studies. I ...
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Any good book about ayurveda?

I just discovered some benefits of ayurveda but I do not know almost anything about this; and in order to live better I would like to arrange my routine (food, time, habits, etc.) as it is prescribed ...
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Is there any mention on number of sleeping hours in texts?

Is there any mention of the minimum or maximum number of sleeping hours for humans in Vedas, Puranas, Ayurveda, or any other scriptures?
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Who is (are) the physician(s) of Gods / Devas?

In various Puranas and Scriptures the twins Ashwini Kumaras are referred to as physicians of the Gods. It was to them Maharishi Dadhichi imparted the knowledge of the Sanjeevani Mantra to the twins ...
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Can food which are proven to increase sexual libido be considered "Tamasica"?

One of tamasic food is food that has ''sedative effect on the body''. Now this can mean libido boosting food can be said to be Tamasic. Tamasic food such as onions, garlic and meat are indeed libido ...
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What are the spiritual and ayurvedic benefits of fasting on Poornima (full moon)?

According to Sadhguru fasting on Poornima is a good idea because whatever food is taken in becomes tamasic as he thinks that things deteriorate faster on such days. Now what are the spiritual and ...
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Do the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita forbid the consumption of any food?

Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita are two major ancient Hindu texts on health related subjects, include many chapters on the role of diet and personal needs of an individual.The two texts give a ...
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Sources describing rituals for collecting herbs

I have found the following ritual for collecting herbs in the Kamaratna-tantra, which is a Hindu tantra from the 14th century (although its contents may be derived from older source). Are there more ...
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What scriptures describe medicines to remove wrinkles and grey hair?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Does ayurveda has medicine for cancer? [closed]

I've heard about ayurvedic treatments for complete cure of cancer but can't validate it. So, I want to know does ayurveda or siddha has this medicine ? Where can I find/get original Ayurveda and ...
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