Ayurvedic principles of Ahara (diet) are designed to take care of both physical and mental aspects of health of human being. Ayurveda emphasizes that the diet should be customized for each individual according to physical condition, Sharirika and ManasikaPrakriti (physical and mental constitution), Agnibala (digestive power), seasonal and daily changes and other natural factors surrounding an individual. In Ayurveda Ahara is considered as one among the Trayopasthambha (three subsidiary pillars that are Ahara-diet, Nidra-sleep and Brahmacharya-regulated sexual act).Unhealthy dietary habits are well quoted by Ayurveda in the pathogenesis of mental disorders such as Unmada (insanity), Apasmara (epilepsy), Atatvabhinivesha (psychic
perversion) etc.Though there is no direct classification of Ahara in classical text based on ManasikaGunas (psychic features), this can be well understood with the relationship between Sharirika and Manasika Dosha (physical and mental humors). The present review is intended to highlight the Ayurvedic aspects of significance of Ahara in relation to mental health. The matter was collected mainly from the Brihatrayee Grantha (Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Astanga Hridaya and Sangraha), the published articles in reputed journals, authentic webpages and PubMed. Ayurvedic concept of Ahara emphasize that good physical strength, intellect, complexion, cheerfulness, good voice, happiness, contentment all are dependent on the diet which we
Manu Madhavan A., Akhilesh Shukla, Dr. Leena P. Nair, J. S. Mund, and Ravinder Korede, “A review on influence of Ahara(Diet) on Mental Health from Ayurvedic Perspective”, International Journal of Reseach in Ayurveda and Pharmacy, vol. 9, no. 2, 2018.