17 May 2013

FOODS AROUND THE DAY

Siddha System of medicine not only deals with the diseases and medicine but also the day today life of a human being. For example it explains vastly about the types of food items to be consumed in each time of a day, ie., morning, noon and night.

 
 
According to siddha, morning is the time of 'Vatha', in which the Vatha humour among the three humours in the body is more predominant. The noon, it is the time of 'Pitha'. Evening time and early night the 'Kapha' humour predominates. The food items should be selected by considering the changes in the humours around the day.
 
According to 'Padarthaguna chinthamani', a siddha text:
 
Time of a day
Food items can be included in Diet.
Morning
Cereals – Rice, Wheat, Oats, Maize, Millet, Barley, Sorghum etc
Pulses – Bengal gram, Pigeon pea dhal, Black gram, Hyacinth bean, Sesame
Indian Mustard, Pepper, Dried Ginger, Asafoetida etc
Noon
Tubers, Fruits
Vatha Natured Food (Potato, Tapioca etc)
Heavy food, Greens, Curd, Buttermilk
Night
Light food items with more water content.
Tender Hyacinth bean, Tender Drum stick, pigeon pea dhal, Brinjal, etc
There are three divisions of the day in which no food can be consumed viz, dawn, sunset and mid night.
 
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