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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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Does Ayurveda has better curative powers than the Modern Medicine?

How does Ayurveda's approach to healing compare to modern medicine in terms of efficacy and holistic wellness? Can Ayurveda's emphasis on personalized treatments and natural remedies offer superior ...
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Nurses in India

In many Hindu serials especially Mahabharata we see female nurses assisting a male doctor my question is do these nurses who exist historically/religiously in scriptures get paid? Some argue women ...
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Parents and Dietary Restrictions

I don't wanna make my parents' life hard, so I said I would follow scriptural dietary restrictions of not eating onion and garlic as casual food. I also stated that if scripture prescribes meat/...
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Origin of the Kaya Trayam system

Can someone direct me to the origin of the Kaya Trayam doctrine? I find direct reference to it in Shankaracharya's Tattvabodha. But that does not seem to be the source. If you have any scholarly study ...
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Garlic Rasam as exception to Aryuvedic Rule

So I know in many cases garlic and other pungent foods/spices lead to high Rajistic tendencies due to a highly concentrated amount of emotion. But, I also heard sattvic food is any good food that ...
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Can I consume fruits after having a spoon of Ghee?

I have a dry and vata body so I like to consume a spoon of Ghee before my meals. But I also consume a lot of fruits and soaked nuts after that. Is that a bad combination?
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Are there any healing or medicinal meditation in Hinduism?

In the realm of spiritual practices, various traditions incorporate healing techniques, such as Reiki in Buddhism and the Siddha form of treatment in southern India. However, despite the extensive ...
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Why is curd an exception to Tamasic food even though it is fermented?

Foods are categorised into sattva, rajas and tamas based on their nature. As is stated here, tamas foods are: Food cooked more than three hours before being eaten, which is tasteless, stale, putrid, ...
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What is the astral universe mentioned here that is different from the universe in conscious dream?

The universe which we experience with the physical body is the physical universe. The universe experienced by the subtle body is a dream universe (say). The book I am reading mentioned another ...
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How to increase aakarshan/mohini shakti?

I want to know how to increase aakarshan shakti, any kind of mantra or yantra which doesn't need initiation or any ayurvedic medicine
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How to do trataka on sri yantra?

I want to know how to do trataka on sri Yantra I, mean where to focus on it and for how much time etc and how to visualize it
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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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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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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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