Dos & Donts of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life.

Ayurveda aims at making a happy, healthy and peaceful society. The two most important aims of Ayurveda are:

  • To maintain the health of healthy people (Swasthvritt)
  • To cure the diseases of sick people

Ayurveda proposes three stages in the quest for good health:

  • Daily routine and seasonal activities to prevent illness
  • Purification therapy and medications for diseases
  • Rejuvenation of the system to enhance health and quality of life.

Ayurveda - a divine science of life teaches us self discipline in every aspect of our life- particularly on health front. In Ayurveda we find solution of every health problem but Ayurveda teaches us so nicely that no health problem should arise. Therefore in Ayurveda scripts we find Din charya(Daily health discipline), Ritu charya (Seasonal health maintenance) ads mentioned below.

Ayurveda believes in physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life. It gives very sound guidelines for maintaining good health as mentioned below.

Guidelines for maintaining Good Health

Daily Routine

  • Awake before sunrise
  • Evacuate bowels and bladder after awakening
  • Bathe every day to create a sense of bodily freshness
  • Exercise (preferably Yoga) and meditate
  • Wash hands before and after eating
  • Brush teeth after meals
  • Fast one day a week to help reduce toxins from the body
  • Sleep before 10 PM and get up early in the morning(before sunrise- Brahm Muhurat)

Daily Routine

  • Food should be fresh, warm, tasty and easy to digest.
  • Eating should not be too rushed or too slow. Chew your food nicely. . You can have it in small quantities with meals.
  • Do not eat while watching TV or while reading.
  • Eat in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.
  • Do not drink water one hour before or after meals.
  • There should be at least four hours difference between two meals .
  • Do not take too many items in one meal. The items taken should also not be contradicting one another.
  • For example yogurt and milk or ice cream and hot coffee.
  • Fruits should not be mixed with meals. Either take a separate meal of fruits or eat between two meals.
  • Eat according to your digestive power.
  • One teaspoon of grated fresh ginger with a pinch of salt is a good appetizer.
  • A glass of warm milk with ginger at bedtime is nourishing and calms the mind.
  • Avoid taking cold drinks as they reduce resistance and create excess mucus.
  • Do not take a nap after lunch because it will increase kapha and body weight.

Physical Hygiene

  • Oil massage promotes circulation and relieves excess vata.
  • If possible gaze at the rays of the sun at dawn for five minutes daily to improve eyesight.
  • Gazing at a steady flame , morning and evening for ten minutes , improves eyesight.
  • Do not repress the natural urges of the body , i.e. defecation, urination, coughing, sneezing, yawning, belching and passing gas Bad breath may indicate constipation , poor digestion, unhygienic mouth and toxins in the colon while body odor indicates toxins in the system.
  • Rubbing the soles of the feet with sesame oil before bedtime produces a calm, deep sleep.
  • Reading in bed will injure the eyesight.
  • Application of oil to the head calms the mind and induces sound sleep.
  • Dry hair immediately after washing to prevent sinus problems.
  • Cracking the joints is injurious to the body.
  • Avoid physical exertion, such as yoga or running during menstruation.

Mental Hygiene

  • Food should be fresh, warm, tasty and easy to digest.
  • Eating should not be too rushed or too slow. Chew your food nicely. . You can have it in small quantities with meals.
  • Do not eat while watching TV or while reading.
  • Eat in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.
  • Do not drink water one hour before or after meals.
  • There should be at least four hours difference between two meals .
  • Do not take too many items in one meal. The items taken should also not be contradicting one another.
  • For example yogurt and milk or ice cream and hot coffee.
  • Fruits should not be mixed with meals. Either take a separate meal of fruits or eat between two meals.
  • Eat according to your digestive power.
  • One teaspoon of grated fresh ginger with a pinch of salt is a good appetizer.
  • A glass of warm milk with ginger at bedtime is nourishing and calms the mind.
  • Avoid taking cold drinks as they reduce resistance and create excess mucus.
  • Do not take a nap after lunch because it will increase kapha and body weight.