Practically Pathya Kalpana is advised as a Ayurveda has a holistic approach in health management. It gives due importance to food in the management of disease both as a causative factor (Apathya) and as a part of therapy (Pathya). As per Ayurveda, most of the ailments develop due to faulty eating habits so Ayurveda deals with the Pathya Vyavastha (planning of diet and dietetics) in a very scientific way. Day to day activities, seasonal regimes etc. also plays an important role in the maintenance of health and thus, had also been included in the concept of Pathya- Apathya by the Acharyas. The above described facts are about the general concept of Pathya-Apathya in Ayurveda.
Concept of Pathya changes at every moment and with every individual. What is Pathya to one person may not be Pathya to another person. Even it changes in the same person depending upon various components like – Age-psychological condition- condition of provocated Dosha- condition of Dhatus condition of raw material- area of the patienthabits of the patient etc. So considering and elaborating the diet plan need a lot of attention from the physician.
after death, who are fatty in excess, who are too young, who are killed by poisonous arrow, who gaze in a land not commensurate with their natural habitat and who are bitten by snake and tigers etc. are unwholesome. Otherwise, meat is wholesome, nourishing and strenghth promoting. Corns and grains, one year after their harvesting are wholesome. Old corns and grains are mostly not unctuous while fresh ones are heavy to digest. Corns and grains which take a shorter time for cultivation as well as for harvesting are easy to digest than those taking longer time. The husked pulses are easy to digest.
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