Ayurvedic Diet Plan

The world's first documented plastic surgery was done by Sushruta in ancient India 2600 years ago (600 BC). The collection of works by Sushruta is called Sushruta Samhita which is divided into 120 chapters spread over 5 books. In the 16th chapter of the first book (called Sutrasthanam), Sushruta describes the procedures for performing Otoplasty (plastic surgery of the ear) and Rhinoplasty (plastic surgery of the nose).

    This physician talks about the influence of the pregnant mother on the child in the following verse.

"Doshaa-bhi-ghaataih garbhishyaa yo yo bhaagah prapeedyate

sah sah  bhaagah  shishostasya garbhasthasya prapeedyate. "

    This means that the ailments in the body of an expectant woman reflect on the same areas in the body of the offspring in her womb.

    Another physician, Charak, says when the child is in the womb, then each activity of its mother affects in its development. Therefore, it is the duty of the mother that with concern for the physical growth of her child, she should also exercise control on her food intake, her daily existence and behavior, so that there may not be any adverse effect on the offspring. It is strongly recommended  that pregnant woman  always remain happy, should wear good ornaments, should dress in clean white clothes, should be calm, wishing well for others, and always be in service of God, learned men and teachers. Should not eat food which is dry, stale and rotten.  She should avoid bad behavior i.e. shouting loudly, and shows of extreme passion. She should keep herself away from all such matters where there may be possibility of damage to the fetus.


Wholesome and Unwholesome Food (Pathya and Apathya)

Viruddha Ahara : A critical view


Maternal care through mainstreaming Ayurvedic approach. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22557299


Food in pregnancy an ayurvedic overview. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22557294

Ayurvedic concept of food in pregnancyhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22556705



Nourishment for the mother

In the first month drink  milk without any medication and have normal beneficial food.

    In the second month the expectant woman should have a concoction of milk with herbal medicines, eg. items like dates and  cardamom. Always cow's milk is recommended. To boiled one glass of milk add   two or three dates and one cardamom pod.

    In the third month two  tablespoons of honey along with I spoon of ghee mixed in milk should be given. The ghee and honey should not be in equal proportions. Honey should be double the amount of ghee.

    What is ghee? Ghee is clarified butter. Butter is heated till the particles precipitate. Butter that is free of these particles have a different type of metabolism in the body. Eating ghee is different from eating butter. Ghee is also fat but it  is properties are different from butter. Ghee facilitates  absorption of many vitamins and nutrients from the intestines. This is one reason why eating ghee is healthier than eating plain butter.

    In the fourth month quarter teaspoon of fresh butter mixed in milk should be taken.

    In the fifth month milk mixed with one spoon of  ghee should be taken.

   In the sixth and seventh months milk mixed with raisins, dates, cardamom be taken.  For one glass of boiled milk , one table spoon of raisins and two or three dates and one cardamom pod per day is the recommended dose.

   In the seventh month the body starts itching, the intensity is sometimes so severe that the skin of the stomach tears off if scratched. At this time application of a decoction of sandal wood and lotus or a concoction of oil made from the skin of Acacia Speciosa (siras, shirish, girishamu)  along with mustard and licorice be applied on the breasts and the stomach.  This mostly occurs with women who eat a lot of salt and drink very little water.

   In the eighth month boil one glass of milk along with  one teaspoon of barley powder and one teaspoon of  ghee and drink once per day.

   In the final months, drinking milk with few strings of saffron is good to help relax the mother. In India,  women are very keen to buy and use this expensive saffron just  because of the belief  that it gives good complexion to the kid. If the reality was told,  women who care only the superficial aspects would not follow good things.

   Towards the end of the last days of conception try not to have constipation. Drink as much as water possible.

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