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Do the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita forbid the consumption of any food?

Charak Samhita Chapter 27 -Sutra Sthana – Annapana Vidhanam (सूत्र स्थान , अन्नपान विधानं ) is dedicated to food items. This chapter discuss about various food items and their types. We can also ...
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What is Kayakalpa?

Kayakalpa is yogic practice but not the Kayakalpa we know in current world. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar describes it in his song. Urutharitha Nadiyl odingi nindra vaivinai Karuthinal nirthuye kabalam atre ...
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Are there online ebooks of English translations of ancient Indian cookbooks?

Majority of the cookbooks (and other cookbooks) are available here. Paka darshana of Nala is available. Some excerpts are available here. Bhojana Kuthuhala is available. The online edition is here. ...
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Who is (are) the physician(s) of Gods / Devas?

"In which scriptures is there mention of Ashwini Kumaras being taught the secrets of Ayurveda - the Ancient Indian Medical Science." ? There are two schools of medicine one is Atreya School which is ...
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Sources describing rituals for collecting herbs

Well, for collecting leaves like Durva, Bilva and Tulasi to be used in Puja there are certainly some mantras that are used. Tulasi chayana mantra: Om TulasyamritanAmAsi Sada Twam Keshava PriyA | ...
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Who is Vata mentioned in this Sama Veda Verse?

Vaata is wind God Vayu. Same mantra occurs in the Rigveda and there is a clear indication of the devatas. Rigveda Mandala 10 Sukta 186: FILLING our hearts with health and joy, may Vāta ...
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Does Hinduism have any significance of herbs like brahmi and ashwagandha?

Yes , the effectiveness of herb Brahmi ( Bacopa monnieri) and its usage is mentioned in Garuda Purana - Achara Kanda -Chapter 174 - These ayurvedic herb helps in improving intellect and ...
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Any good book about ayurveda?

BhAvaprakAsh (by BhAva Mishra) is a good (probably the best) book on the subject. It can be bought here (Original Sanskrit+Hindi translation). Or from here (Original Sanskrit+English translation). ...
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Which scriptures describe the Dupahariya flower?

It most probably corresponds to Pentapetes phoenicea belonging to the Malvaceae family. It is variously mentioned as Bandhūka, Bandhujiva or Bandhujīvaka or even Jayasumana. Rājanighaṇṭu: Bandhūka (...
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What scriptures describe medicines to remove wrinkles and grey hair?

I found the answer in this excerpt from Adinatha's Khechari Vidya, an early Hatha Yoga text dated to the 15th century: [The yogin] should use equal amounts of the pollen of nirgundi, amala and ...
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What are the spiritual and ayurvedic benefits of fasting on Poornima (full moon)?

All the Tithis have respective over ruling Deities. I am giving few such over-lordships here as found in the VarAha PurAna. Pratipada-Agni Dwiteeya-Aswini Kumaras Tritiya-Goddess Gowri ...
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Is niyoga the same as surrogacy?

Do niyoga is surrogacy? Yes, niyoga is surrogacy: Manu 9.59 - If a wife doesn't have any children, then when she is given permission by her elders, she may obtain the desired children from her ...
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What is chakshumati vidya for healthy eyes?

This is one of the minor Upanishads namely चाक्षुषोपनिषद् cākṣuṣopaniṣad. The knowledge gained from this Upanishad is capable of completely destroying the diseases of the eyes. This makes the eyes ...
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What Ayurvedic texts describe shadows as sweet or cold?

This has been covered in Caraka Samhita's Pannarupiyam Indriyam Adhyaya i.e. Indriya Sthana Chapter 7.Fatal signs of changes in shadows, complexion, and luster. In the section under features of fatal ...
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Nurses in India

In order to talk about 'nurses' in the framework of cikitsāśāstras and Indian civilization, some basics regarding cikitsā and its practice as mentioned in śāstras, need to be detailed. bhiṣag ...
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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

There are various opinions on which foods are allowed/disallowed. The most famous one is obviously the Bhagavad Gita. The Puranas and Dharma texts have more details. Ayurveda is another such text. For ...
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Can combination of ghee and honey be consumed?

While preparing one of the Amlaki Rasayanas, mentioned in the Charaka Samhita, Ghee and honey are both used. So, it is not prohibited to consume the combination. By the following treatment [rasayana +...
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Is there any mention on number of sleeping hours in texts?

You should wake up before sunrise, and go to sleep after sunset. Here is what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says: If the sun should rise or set while he is sleeping, be it (that he offended) ...
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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 ... So can these food be considered to be tamasic?" No. The ...
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What is the significance of " Vratas" ( व्रत ) In Hinduism?

Vraat (Sanskrit : व्रत) means "vow, resolve, devotion", and refers to the practice of austerity, particularly in matters related to foods. So simply  speaking , Vrata means to accept some rules of ...
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Is drinking goat milk allowed in Hinduism?

Drinking milk of goat is allowed by the scriptures. Milk of deer, camel and one-hoofed animals are forbidden but not that of goat. See the following references: It is forbidden to drink any type of ...
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On which side of the body should we lay while sleeping and why?

As per Garuḍa Mahā-Purāṇa, we must sleep on our left side. Chapter 46, Agastya Saṃhitā वामपार्श्वेन स्वपिति नात्र कार्य्या विचारणा ॥ ४६.३०.अ ॥ (a). One must sleep on their left side; there's ...
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What are the herbs that arose three ages before the gods?

Your question is basically wrong as it is based on wrong interpretation of the verse. here 'Babhru'is a name of a group of ancient people who lived in hundred and seven villages(dhAmAni) at that time ...
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Is there any mention on number of sleeping hours in texts?

The answer is not directly mentioned in Puranas, but one can find a small hint in Shrimad Devi Bhagwatam Mahapuran. It's from the 1st Skandha, 17th Chapter when, Sukadev goes to meet Maharaj Janaka in ...
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Can Prana (Life force energy) be increased?

There is always a lot of confusion on prana as many people see and read many misleading statements on the nature of prana. Prana is Brahman. The vedas and the the upanishads state this very clearly. ...
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Can Prana (Life force energy) be increased?

Yes a human beign alloted 100yr life span.. a human takes 21600 breath each day 21600 *360 *100 = 77,76,00,000 https://srsmatha.org/moolaraghupati/sankhya-rahasya-in-sri-harikathamruthasara/ Read the ...
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RIG VEDA Texts Question

It was mentioned in the description part of the video It is a form of Vedic jugalbandi called Suresha Paddhati. It is a method of reciting Samhita and other Vikrutis, like Ghana Patha from more ...
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