Ancient Indian scriptures say that the human being is composed of the same basic elements as that of whole universe, and hence, the naturally occurring foods and drugs are congruous to constituents of the body. These substances bring about the changes, increase or decrease of the elements. Balance of these elements in the body is considered as health and imbalance the disease. This is the fundamental concept of indigenous medical system of India, Ayurveda, the science of life. The basic elemental composition in the human body is explained in terms of Dosha, Dhatu and Mala and related constituents. Similarly the same is understood in various foods and drugs by their properties. Administration of these substances and application of these principles help in nourishment of body and help prevent and cure diseases.
Utilization of naturally occurring substances for maintaining and promotion of health' and prevention and 'cure of illness has been in vogue since the time immemorial. Ayurveda and other indigenous systems of medicine elaborately describe the nature and natural substances and methods to use them for maintenance of health. Foods are basically to nourish the body, provide energy and maintain-the normalcy.
During'19th century, a system of healthy living came into being, wherein the use of natural substances is prescribed and it is being called as naturopathy or nature cure. It is also known as drug less therapy, in the view that synthetic' allopathy drugs are not used. Germans and Americans, particularly the western medical men have widely practiced this system and helped in its progress. This system prescribes rational use of natural elements like fresh air, pure water, sun light; exercise, controlled diet, constructive thinking and right mental attitude including prayers and meditation for having sound mind in a sound body. This system lays special emphasis on the importance of foods in health. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, also prescribed the natural foods for maintaining the health and said 'let your food be your medicine' Concepts of nature cure have roots in Ayurveda.
Prakritika ahara dvara nisargopachara (Nature Cure through Natural Foods) is the latest book of ~rof. (Dr.) Krishna Kant Pandey, an erudite scholar of Ayurveda. He. took full advantage of his expertise in Ayurvedic medicine to explain in a simple language the philosophical aspects of nature and evolution of universe, physiology of human body and mind, principles governing/food & digestion and different disease alleviating properties of various nutritional foods generally consumed as diet. This narration also tells the readers how comprehensive the Ayurvedic system is. Dr. Pandey also detailed the nutritional values of different foods and medicinal uses along with their methods of use for the benefit of readers.
I am sure that this book will be very useful to even common man in understanding the nutritional values of the foods we consume every day, besides their uses in different common ailments.
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