Ayurveda in Day to day Life for Perfect Health

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Ayurveda in Day-to-day Life

We all know the relevance of Food and Lifestyle (Dinacharya) in our health. Ayurveda not only emphasizes these two aspects but also other things for Perfect Health.

  1. Physical and mental urges
  2. Sex and Sleep
  3. Panchakarma
  4. Reducing Bad habits

Definition of health

A healthy person is,
Whose dosha is in balance, appetite is good, all body tissues and natural urges are functioning properly, and whose mind, body, and spirit are cheerful.– Charak

Thus WHO’s definition of health comprises all the aspects of  Ayurveda’sdefinition of health.

“Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity”. (WHO)

Tri Upa-sthambha

3 pillars of Life –

  1. Food
  2. Sleep
  3. Bramha Charya ( in context meaning, Sexual Life )

3. Bramhacharya viz a viz Sex

Brahma” means Aatma Gyaan or Tatva Gyaan & “Charyaa” means To Dwell. Thus, the whole word, Brahmacharyaa means, To Dwell in Knowledge.

See the following references – (ref. Charak Sharir 4/8, 5/4, 5/19, Charak Chikitsa 20/3; Sushrut Sutra 29/30, Sushrut Sharir 1/7)

  • First, have ‘Vaajikarna’ done; this method makes a person strong, and happy and increases the urge for sex.

  • Then have sex with one having all qualities you like.

  • After the act, have food mixed with sugar, milk+ sugar, meat soup, bath, rest in an airy place, and sleep.

Some Basic rules to follow for enjoying Healthy Sexual Life.

Age limit – Only between 16 – 70 years of age.

According to seasons– Every 3rd day in –Spring & Autumn. Every 15th day in – Rainy & Summer.  Any time if the person is healthy in Winter.


Menstrual women, not willing to have sex, dirty, unhappy, of higher caste, old, ill, amputated, pregnant, depressed, of exact genetic origin, teacher, saint.

One should not have sex at the evening, at midnight, midday, on a holy day, when shy, a filthy place, when hungry, ill, sad, urge for defecation, urine, thirsty, and in general weakness.

Do not have sex with other spices than human and in other places than vagina. Holding the urge for expulsion of ‘shukra’ is also contraindicated.


One should refrain from excessive sex, if done it may result in pain, ‘kasa’, jwara, breathlessness, weakness, ‘Pandu roga’, kshaya, convulsions.

It results in loss of vision, life, and the glow of the skin.


Vajikarana therapy and following good rules for having sex.

2. Sleep

Sleep is referred to as a state, in which, all senses are detached (in the resting phase ) from the physical body; a good/deep sleep is when the 6th sense ( Manah ) is also in the resting phase.

Benefits of Good Sleep

  • Physical strength
  • Mental strength
  • Happiness
  • Sense organs work well
  • Longevity

Problems with Improper Sleep

  • Unhappiness
  • Thinness
  • Weakness
  • Impotency
  • Loss of memory
  • Death

How to sleep

Until or when awake, lie on your back remembering god, good people, and good things.

The bed should be in a clean and beautiful place with no crowd.

The bed should not be small and should have all comforts.

It should be of knee length high and the head should be directed towards the east or south.

Do not keep your legs toward elderly people and do not sleep in a head-low position.

Time to Sleep

Earliest – 1 ‘prahar’ (3 hours) after sunset.

Latest – Before 12 midnight.

When to avoid Sleep

  • Sleeping in evening
  • Immediately after food
  • Immediately after studying
  • Immediately after sex.
  • Sleeping in the daytime

*Summer & Diseases exempted.

When you cannot sleep in daytime (even in summers)

  • Obese
  • Had oily food
  • Kapha prakriti
  • Poisoned

When you can sleep in the daytime (in any season)

  • Weak
  • Singing
  • Study
  • Alcohol
  • Sex
  • Detox
  • Weight lifting
  • Walking
  • Indigestion
  • Chest Injury
  • Emaciated
  • Thirst
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Old /Child
  • Thin bodied
  • Fallen from a great height
  • Mad / angry / Sad
  • After traveling
  • Feared
  • Awaken all night
  • Oka Saatmya ( Habitual )

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Dosha condition during various positions of sleep 

sleep patterns

Bad effects of daytime sleeping & Excess sleep

  • Hepatitis
  • Headache
  • Muscle spasm
  • Inflammation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Rhinitis
  • Migraine
  • Rashes
  • Skin eruptions
  • Itching
  • Laziness
  • Cough
  • Pharyngitis
  • Loss of memory
  • Illogical thinking
  • Fever
  • Failing senses
excess sleep

Treatment of insomnia

  • Massage
  • Scrubbing
  • Bath
  • Eat meat / rice + curd / milk / ghee
  • Alcohol
  • Eye ‘tarpan
  • Head and Face pack
  • Cozy bed and room
  • Sleep at a habitual time
  • Other relaxing activity

Treatment of excessive sleep

  • Virechana
  • Shirovirechana
  • Vamana
  • Fear
  • Thinking
  • Anger
  • Smoking
  • Exercise
  • Bloodletting
  • Fasting
  • Uncomfortable bed
  • Increase sattva guna

Few important points to remember

After staying awake late at night – sleeping for half of the time up woke up at night, without having food.

Who can stay awake at night – one who is affected with Kapha disease, Obesity, or Poison.

Ritucharya (special procedure in specific seasons)

  • In Summer – lie down under the moon and enjoy breeze.
  • In Rainy  – do not consume morning dew.
  • In Autumn – sit under moonlight for first 3 hrs only and do not have morning dew.

Benefits of Healthy Food

  • Strength
  • Health
  • Happiness
  • Longevity

Distribution of food in a meal /diet

1/3 rd with solid food + 1/3 rd with liquid food + 1/3 rd keep empty for better digestion.

meal distribution

How to access the Right Quantity of Food

Balanced Diet ( Example)

Boiled rice, red rice, green gram, rock salt, Indian gooseberry, oat, pure water, ghee, milk, the meat of animals of desert/dry region, and honey.


Food to Avoid

  • Dirty
  • Toxic
  • Leftover food
  • Food mixed with adulterants
  • The food you don’t like
  • Stale food
  • Tasteless food
  • Cold or reheated food
  • Burnt food


Food is not digested when water is taken too much, untimely eaten food, stopping the natural urges of nature, irregularity of sleep, fear, anger, greed, depression, or disease interfering with digestion.

Do not have food in the ‘sandhi kaala.

What should be the Food you eat?

  • Hot, Slightly oily
  • Easily digestible
  • Should not be of opposite ‘Prakriti
  • Food should be taken in a clean place and where the mind is calm
  • It should not be had to fast or too slow
  • Do not talk or laugh while eating
  • Concentrate your mind completely on food
  • All six flavors should be taken regularly to build strength.
  • Try to have sweet in the beginning and sour and salty in the middle and rest at last.
  • Chew food properly.

The right time to eat

  • after bath
  • after toilet
  • when you feel light and happy
  • when pure belch comes
  • no heaviness at heart
  • after releasing fart
  • when you feel hungry
  • when there is no fatigue

More important instructions

1)If water is taken in-between food it maintains body buildup (not more the 1/3rd of the diet including all liquid diet)

2)If water is taken after food it results in obesity

3)If water is had before food it will result in thinning of the body

4)Immediately after food, do not go to work, bathe, or do other physical activity.

5)Sit straight for 5-10 min. after food until the lethargy goes away.

6)After this roam for about 100 steps and lie down on the left lateral position for a while(do not sleep)

7) During this time enjoy things that you like and do not do what your mind does not enjoy.

8)Do not laugh too much or have a bumpy ride as it may cause vomiting, etc.

9)Have ‘Sattu’ a night after food. Mix an equal quantity of ghee with sattu and use daily at night. Do not have too much or in multi-sessions or with water in-between, and do not chew. Do not have when on fast.

One who does not controls his tongue, lands on diseases of the gut. – Charak

An ideal way to end a meal is to use – Mouth Freshener

Tambul (Paan)

Ingredients – Nutmeg, Picrorhiza, betel nut, clove, good betel leaf, Camphor, Cardamom.

Contraindication for Paan

Rakta pitta, kshata- ksheena, thirsty, unconsciousness, dry prakriti, weak, dryness in the mouth.

If the above rules of Food are not observed it will lead to indigestion and other diseases.

Treatment of Indigestion

  • Ama ajirna – ‘Langhana’ is indicated.
  • Vidhagdha ajirna – ‘Vamana’ is indicated.
  • Visthabdh ajirna – ‘Swedan’ is indicated
  • Rasa sesha ajirnaSleep is indicated.

Seasonal rotation of

Food & Lifestyle


Late Winter Heavy & Oily Food, Sweet, Sour & Salty Food, Meat Of Animals Of Wet Region. Meat Of Borrow Dwelling Animals; Animals Who Eat Food By Snatching. Wine With Honey. Milk And Milk Products. Sugarcane And Its Products. Sesame Oil, New Rice. Hot Water Light, Cold & Dry Food. Avoid Pungent Bitter And Astringent Flavours
Spring Wine, Honey Mixed Water, Pomegranate, Light Digestible Food, Less Eating. Barley, Old Wheat, Roasted Meat. Sweet, Sour, Heavy & Oily Food
Summer Sweet, Cold, Liquid & Oily Food, Light Digestible Food, Ghee, Milk, Rice, Sattu, Coconut Water, Meat Of Animals Of Dry Region Alcohol, Salty, Sour, Bitter, Spicy Pungent Hot Food
Rainy Honey Mixed Water, Salty, Sour, & Oily Food, Light Digestible Food Heavy Food, Un Boiled Water, Cold Food, Excessive Liquid Diet. Old Cereals Like Barley, Wheat, Rice. Meat Of Arid Animals. Vegetable Soup. For Drinking Use Boiled Cool Water
Autumn Sweet But Light Food, Wheat, Oat, Gooseberries, Sugar, Alcohol, Grapes, Over Eating, Curd, Fish& Meat Of Animals Of Wet Region. Oils, Kshara.Meat Of Common Quail, Antelope, Sheep, Rabbit Etc. Ghee Medicated With Bitter Herbs
Early Winter Heavy & Oily Food, Sweet, Sour & Salty Food, Meat Of Animals Of Wet Region, Meat Of Borrow Dwelling Animals; Animals Who Eat Food By Snatching. Wine With Honey. Milk And Milk Products. Sugarcane And Its Products. Sesame Oil, New Rice, Hot Water Dry & Light Food, Cold Items, Udamantha (a Kind Of Cold Protein Shake)

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