In Charaka Samhita,in Chapter ‘Yajja Purusheeya Adhyaya’ acharya Charaka explained the best and worst things for health and disease.

Best Foods-

लोहितशालय:शूकधान्याना – lohitasalayah

Sukadhanyanam – Among the Paddy grains,Red type of rice is best

मुद्गा:शमिधान्यनाम – mudgah samidhanyanam –

Green gram is the best among the pulses

आन्तरिक्षमुद्काना – antariksam udakanam –

Rain water collected before fall on the ground is the best among the all types of water

सैन्धव लवणाना – saindhavam lavananam –

Rock salt is the best among the all types of salt

जीवन्तीशाक शाकानाम – jivantisakam sakanam –

Jivanti (Leptadenia reticulate W and A) is the best among the Pot herbs.

एणेय मृगमासाना – Meat of Ena (antelope) is best among the meat of big animals

लाव:पक्षिणा – Among meat of Birds Lava (common quail) birds meat is best

गोधा बिलेशयाना – meat of Godha (inguna)is best among the animals living in holes

रोहितो मत्स्याना – Rohita type of fish is best in all fishes

गव्य सर्पि:सर्पिषा – Cow ghee is best among all quality of Ghee

गोक्षीर क्षीरणा – Cow milk is best among the all milks

तिलतैल् स्थावरजाताना स्नेहाना – Sesame oil is best in vegetables fat criteria

वराहवास आनूपमृगवसाना – Fat of Lard (pig fat) is best among the marshy animals

चुलुकीवसा मत्स्यवसाना – Fish fat – Fat of Chuluki (Gangetic dolphin) is best

पकःअसवसा जलचरविहद्गवसना – Fats of Vishkira (gallinaceous types of birds, with beak) – Fat of hen is best in Vishkira criteria

अजमेद: शखादमेद्सा – Fats of tree branch eating animals – Fat of goat is best

शुद्गवेर कन्दना – Among the Rhizomes – Ginger is best

मृदविका फ़लाना – Among the all Fruits – Grapes is best

शर्क्रेक्षुविकारानाम – Sarkara (Sugar candy) is best among the Ikshu varga

 

Most unwholesome articles:

यवका:शूकधान्यना – Yavaka (a variety of Barley) is most unwholesome diet among the Shuka varga(Paddy with bristles)

माषा:शमीधान्याना – black gram is most unwholesome among the pulses

वश्रानादेयमुदकानाम – river water in rainy season is most unwholesome among the all types of water

ऊषरलवणाना – Ushara lavan (salt collected/prepard from saline soil) is worst among the all salts

सषपशाकशाकाना – Mustard is the most unwholesome among the pot herbs

गोमासमृग्मासाना – Beef meet is unwholesome among the all types of meet

कानकपोत:पक्षिणा – meat of kana Kapota (Young dove)is worst among the bird’s meet

भेकोबिलेशयाना – Frog is most unwholesome among the Bileshaya animals(animals living in homes)

चिलिचिमोमत्स्यानांम – Chilichima fish is unwholesome among the all types of fishes

आविकसप्रि:सप्रिषामा – Ghee of sheep is worst amongthe all ghee.

आविक्षीरक्षीराणा – Milk of sheep is worst among all types of milk

कुसुम्भ स्नेह:स्थावरस्नेहाना – Vegetable oil obtained from Kusumbha (Canthamus tinctorius Linn)is worst

महिषवसा आनूपमृगवसाना – Fats of marshy animals – Fat of buffalo is unwholesome among the marshy animals

कुम्भीरवसा मत्स्यवसाना – Animals fat of Kumbhira (Corocodile) is unwholesome among the mastya varga

काकमदगुवसा जलचर विहडग वसाना – Fats of aquatic animals Fat of Kakamadgu (water foul)

चटकवसा विस्किरशुकनिवसाना – Fat of Chataka (sparrow) is unwholesome among the Vishkir varga(gallinaceous types of birds)

हस्तिमेद: शाखादमेदसा – Fats of tree branch eating animal fat of elephant is unwholesome

निकुच फलानाम – In Fruit criteria Nikucha (Atrocarpus nikucha Roxb)is unwholesome

आलुक कन्दाना – In Rhizomes and roots criteria aluka (Potato)is worst

फानितमिक्षुविकारानाम – Phanita (treacle) is worst among the Ikshu varga

 

Most important drugs, action, factors:

अन्न वृत्तिकराणा श्रेष्ठम – Food (Anna) is the best among those which sustain the life.

उद्कमाश्वासकराना – Water is best to generate soothing effect

सुरा श्रमहराणां – To remove the fatigue wine is best.

क्षीरं जीवनीयानां – Milk is best among enlivening, invigorating substances

मांसं बृंहनियानां – For the nourishment of body best food is meat.

रसस्तर्रपनियानां – Meat soup (Mamsarasa) is best among refreshing, nourishing food

लवणमन्नद्रव्यरुचिकराणाम – For the enhancement of taste salt is best.

अम्लं हृद्यानां – Best tonic for cardiac is sour dravya

कुक्कुटो बल्यानां – To improve strength and immunity, kukkuta – chicken is best food.

नक्ररेतो वृष्यानां – Nakra Retas –Semen of crocodile is the best among the aphrodisiac criteria

मधु श्लेष्मपित्तप्रशमनानां -To balance kapha and pitta, Honey is best food

सर्पिर्वतपित्तप्रशमनानां – To balance Vata and pitta, cow ghee is the best.

तैलं वातश्लेष्मप्रशमनानां – To balance vata and kapha, Taila (sesame oil) is the best.

वमनं श्लेष्महराणां – vamana (emesis) therapy is the best in balancing the Kapha

विरेचनं पित्तहराणां – Virechana is best among the pitta balancing procedure.

बस्तिर्वातहराणां –Basti is best among vata balancing procedure

 

Note- basti- enema (both anuvasana and asthapana)

स्वेदो मार्द्वकराणां – To bring about softness and tenderness, swedana karma is the best procedure.

व्यायाम: स्थेर्यकराणां – To bring the body stability Exercise (Vyayama) is the best .

क्षार: पुंस्त्वोपघातिनां – Among substances causing impotency, kshara is the best

तिन्दुकमनन्नद्रव्यरुचिकराणाम – Tinduka (Diospros peregrine Gurke) is the food which hurting the taste of food

आमं कपित्थमकण्ठयानाम – Unripe Kapittha (Feronia Limonia Swingle) is responsible for hurting the throat and voice quality

आविकं सर्पिरहृदयानाम – Among those damaging heart, sheep ghee is the best

अजाक्षीरं शोषघ्नस्तन्यसात्म्यरक्तसाडग्राहिकरक्तपित्तप्रशमनानाम -Among those substances that relieve emaciation, improve breast milk, blood production, absorbant (useful in IBS) and bleeding disorders, goat milk is the best.

अविक्षिरं श्लेष्मपित्तजननानां – Sheep milk is best to Vitiate Kapha and pitta Dosha

महिषीक्षीरं स्वप्नजननानां – Buffalo milk is best to induce sleep

मन्द्कं दध्यभिष्यन्दकराणां – Half formed curds (Mandaka Dadhi) is best in obstructing the body channels and circulation

गवेधुकान्नं कर्शनीयानाम – Food prepared of Gavedhuka (Triticum aestivum Linn) is responsible for emaciation

उद्दालकान्न विरुक्षणियानाम – Food prepared with Uddalaka (a variety of black gram) is best to cause drying

इक्षुर्मुत्रजननानां – For diuretic effect sugarcane is best.

यवा: पुरीषजननानां – Barley is best to increase bulk of feces

जाम्बवं वातजननानां – Jambu –(Jamun – Syzgium cumini) is best in aggravating vata

शष्कुल्य: श्लेष्मपित्तजननानां – Shashkuli type of pastry (Chakkuli in Kannada language) is best in aggravating pitta and kapha

कुलत्था अम्लपित्तजननानां – Kulattha (horse gram)aggrevates the Amlapitta(acid dyspepsia)

माषाः श्लेष्मपित्तजननानां – Black gram is best in aggravating kapha and pitta

मदनफलं वमनास्थापनानुवासनोपयोगिनां – Madanaphala (Randia dumetorum Lam)is best in Vamana (emesis), Asthapana and anuvasana types of enema

त्रिवृत सुखविरेचचनानां – For easy purgation Trivrit (operculina turpethum R.B) is best

चतुरड.गुलो मृदुविरेचनानां – For Mrudu purgation Aragvadha (Cassia fistula Linn) is best

स्नुक्पयस्तिक्ष्णविरेचनानां – For strong purgation Milk of Snuhi (Euphorbia nerifolia Linn) is best

प्रत्यक्पुष्पा शिरोविरेचनानां – For elimination of dosha from head Apamarga (Achyrantes Aspera Linn)is best

विडड.गं क्रिमिघ्नानां – For killing the intestinal worms Vidanga (Embelia ribes burm.f.)is best

शिरिषो विषघ्नानां – Shireesha (albizia Lebbeck Benth) is best anti poisonous herb.

खदिर: कुष्ठघ्नानां – For curing the skin diseases like kushta Khadira (Acacia catechu Wild) is best

रास्ना वातहराणाम – Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) is best in alleviating vata

आमलकं वय:स्थापनानां – In rasayana (rejuvenation)

 

dravyas Amalaka (Amla – Emblica officinalis) is best

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हरीतकी पथ्यानाम – Haritaki (terminalia chebula Linn) is best wholesome fruit

एरण्ड्मूलं वृष्यवातहरानां –For alleviating vata dosh an aphrodisiac purpose Castor roots (Eranda moola) is best

पिप्पलीमूलं दीपनीयपाचनीयानाह्प्रशमनानां – Pippalomoola (long pepper root) For promoting digestion, carmination and relieving bloating and constipation Pippalomoola (long pepper root) is best

चित्रकमूलं दीपनीयपाचनीयगुदशोथार्य:शूलहरानां – For Promoting digestion, carmination and curing piles and colic pain Root of Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica Linn) is best

पुष्करमूलं हिक्काश्वासकासपार्श्वशूलहरनां – For curing hiccup, asthma, Cough and pain in the chest Pushkarmoola (Inula racemosa Hook.f) is best

मुस्तं साड.ग्राहिकदिपनीयपाचनीयानाम् – For causing the astringent effect Musta (cyperus rotunds Linn) is best

उदीच्यं निर्वापनदीपनीयपाचनीयच्छर्द्यतीसारहरानां – Udeechya – Pavonia odorata is best For improving digestion, carmination, antiemetic and antidiarrheal effect Udeechya – Pavonia odorata is best

कटवड.गं साड.ग्राहिकपाचनीयदीपनियानाम – Katvanga is best to cause absorption, to improve digestion and carmination.

अनन्ता साड.ग्राहिकरक्तपित्तप्रशमनानाम – Ananta (hemidesmus indicus) is best to cause absorption and in bleeding disorders.

अमृता साड.ग्राहिकवातहरदीपनियश्लेष्मशोणितविबन्धप्रशमनानां – For astringent effect, promoting digestion, alleviating vata, kapha, constipation and Raktapitta(bleeding disorders) Giloy is best.

बिल्वं साड.ग्राहिकदीपनीयवातकफप्रशमनानाम – Bael is best to cause astringent effect, promoting digestion and alleviating Vata and Kapha.

अतिविषा दीपनीयपाचनीयसाड.ग्राहिकसर्वदोषहराणाम् – Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum) is best in Causing a stringent effect, promothing digestion, Carmination and alleviation of all the Doshas.

उत्पलकुमुदपद्मकिजल्क:साड.ग्राहिकरक्तपित्तप्रशमननां- For astringent effects and alleviation of bleeding disoders Utpala (Nymphaea alba), Kumuda (a variety of lotus) and Padma (lotus) is best

दुरालभा पित्तश्लेष्मप्रशमनानां- For alleviating Kapha and Pitta Duralabha (Fagonia cretica) is best

गन्धप्रियड.गु: शोणितपित्तातियोगप्रशमनानां-For alleviation of acute heavy bleeding Gandha Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophylla) is best

कुटजत्वक् श्लेष्मपित्तरक्तसाड.ग्राहिकोपशोषणानां-For balancing Kapha and Pitta, causing astringent effect over blood and to cause drying absorbing effect Bark of Kutaja (Holarrhena anitidyaenterice) is best

काश्मर्यफ़्लं रक्तसाड.ग्राहिकरक्तपित्तप्रशमनानां- For achieving hemostasis, and curing bleeding disorders Fruit of Gambhari (Gmeling arborea) is best

पृश्निपर्णी साड.ग्राहिकवातहरदीपनीयवृष्यानां- Prishniparni – For astringent and aphrodisiac, digestive effect and alleviating Vata Prishniparni – Uraria is best

विदारीगन्धा वृष्यसर्वदोषहराणां- For aphrodisiac effect and balancing the Tridosha Vidarigandha (Pueraria tuberose/ Ipomoea digitata) is best

बला साड.ग्राहिकबल्यवातहराणां- Bala (Sida cordifolia) is best in causing absorbant affect, improving strength and balancing Vata Dosha.

गोक्षुरको मूत्रकृच्छानीलहराणां – In the treatment of dysuria Gokshura (Tribulus) is best

हिड.गुनिर्यासछेदनीय दीपनीयानुलोमिक वातकफ़प्रशमनानाम् – Asa foetida is best in causing excision, promoting digestion, downward movement of vayu,and alleviating Vata and Kapha dosha

अम्लवेतसो भेदनीयदीपनीयानुलोमिकवातश्लेष्मह्राणां –For good purgation, improvement of digestion, downward movement of vata (Anulomna) and balancing Vata and Kapha Amlavetasa (Garcinia pedunculata) is best

यावशूक: स्रसनीयपाचनीयार्शोघ्नlना – Ash of Barley (Yavakshara / Yavashuka) is best in causing laxative effect, carmination and curing piles

तक्रlभ्यlसो ग्रह्णिदोषशोषार्शोघ्नlनानां – For treating Grahani (IBS), Shotha (edema), and piles Reguler intake of buttermilk is best

क्रव्यान्माशरसाभ्यासो ग्रहणिदोषशोषार्शोघ्यानां – habitual use of meat soup of carnivorous animals is best in curing Grahani (IBS), emaciation and piles

क्षीरघृताभ्यासो रसायनानां – For anti aging effect (rasayana) regular intake of milk and ghee is best

समघृतसक्तुप्राशाभ्यासो वृषयोदावर्तह्रानां – habitual use of mix of equal quantities of ghee and Saktu (roasted corn floor)is best aphrodisiac and Vata balancing.

तैळगण्डुषाभ्यासो दन्तबलरुचिकरानां – Regular oil pulling (gandush)wby using the til tail is best to strengthen teeth and to relieve anorexia

चन्दन दुर्गन्धहरदाहनीर्वापणलेपनानां – For reliving bad odor,buring sensation Sandalwood (Chandana) is best .Mostly it is used for external application.

रास्नागुरुणि शीतापनयनप्रलेपनानां – External Application of Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Agaru (Aquilaria agallocha) is best in removing coldness.

लामज्जकोशीर दाहत्वग्दोषस्वेदlपनयनप्रलेपनानां-External application of Lamajjiaka (Cymbopogon jwarancusa) is best in curing burning sensation, skin diseases and sweating

कुष्ठं वातहराभ्यड.गोपनाहोपयोगिनां –Abhyanga and poulitice of Kushta (Saussurea lappa) provides best results in balancing Vata.

मधुकं चक्षुष्य वृष्य केश्य कण्ठ्य वर्ण्य विरजनिय रोपनियनां – For improving eye health, aphrodisiac effect, improving hair quality, throat/voice quality,skin complexion, imparting colour and wound healing Madhuka (Licorice) is best

वायुः प्राणसत्र्ध्याप्रदानहेतूनाम – To restore Prana and consciousness air is best.

अग्निराम स्तम्भ शीत शुलोद्वेपन प्रशमनानां – in curing indigestion,stiffness,cold,colicpain and shivering fire is best

जल स्तम्भनीयानां- water is best in causing absorbant / astringent effect

मृद्रुष्ट लोष्ट्र निर्वपितमुदक तृष्णाच्छर्द्यतियोग प्रशमनानाम – To alleviate the acute attack of thirst and vomiting water from a pot prepared from heated mud, is best

अतिमात्राशनमामप्रदोषहेतूनां – Excess Ama production (Indigeston and impaired metabolism) is caused by eating of excess quantity of foods.

यथाग्न्यभ्यवहारोग्निसन्धुक्षणानां –For improving the digestion power,food intake as per digestion strength, is best solution

यथासात्म्य चेष्टाभ्यवहारो सेव्यानां- wholesome diet and regime is best to adopt habite

कालभोजनमारोग्यकरानां – For promoting the good health ntake f food in right time is best way

तृप्तिराहारगुणानां –Trupti (Satiation) is the best quality of food

वेगसन्धारणमनारोग्यकराणां –Main cause of disease production is suppression of urges

मद्य सोमनस्यजननानां –alcohol (Madya) is best in causing soothing mind, exhileration

मद्यक्षेपो धिधृतिस्मृतिहरानां –alcohol addiction is mainly responsible for loss of intelligence,memory and patience

गुरुभोजनं दुर्विपाककरानाम – heavy food intake is the main cause of indigestion

एकाशनभोजनं सुखपरिणामकराणां – having one meal per day is best to cause digestion and absorption of food

स्त्रीष्वतिप्रसड.ग: शोषकरानां –excessive indulgence with women is the main cause of emaciation

शुक्रवेग्निग्रह: षाण्डयकराणां –continuous suppression of ejaculation causes impotence

पराघातनमन्नाश्रदाजननानाम – Slaughtering Place is the best place to cause aversion for food. In a slaughter house when one views the killing procedure of the animal, becomes the cause for aversion towards the food prepared with the meat of it.

अनशनमायुषो हासकराणां- Main cause of reduction in longevity is fasting

प्रमिताशनं कर्शनीयानाम् – Intake of food in reduced quantity is main cause of weight loss

अजीर्णाध्यशनं ग्रहाणिदूषणानां – The main cause of vitiation of doshas in stoch and intestine is the intake of food before digestion of previous meal

विषमाशनमग्निवैषम्यकरानां – Irregularity in digestive power is mainly caused by intake of food in irregular timings

विरुध्वीर्याशन निन्दितव्यlधिकरानां – Formation of Nindit vyadhi like skin disorders is mainly caused by intake of incompatible foods

प्रशम: पथ्यानां- Best healthy regime is Tranquility,soothing,calming behavior

आयास: सर्वपथ्यlणा –Unhealthy regime is to exerts the body beyond one’s capacity

मिथ्यायोगो व्याधिकराणां – Improper Utilization of objects and sense organs – like looking at sharp objects, hearing to loud sound ect i.e Mithya yoga of Indriyas is the main cause behind the disease

रजस्वलभिगमनमलक्ष्मिमुखानां – sex with a menstruating women is best inauspicious activity

ब्रह्मचर्यमयुष्यानां – Practicing celibacy is best to cause longevity

परदाराभिगमननायुष्यानां – Adultery celibacy is best to cause longevity

सड.कल्पो वृष्यानां – Determination is the best to reduce longvity

दोर्मनस्यमवृष्यानाम –Un-Aphrodisiac – difference of opinion / different minds is responssible

अयथाबलमारम्भ:प्रानोपरोधिनां – For life losing strenuous efforts beyond one’s capacity is mainly responsible.

विषादो रोगवर्धनानां –For worsening the disease Grief / depression is mainly responsible.

स्नानंश्रमहरणा – For fatigue removal bath is best remedy

हर्ष:प्रीणनानां – Cheerfulness is best to cause Delight

शोक: शोषणानां – Worry is main cause of Emaciation, and weight loss

निवृति:पुष्टिकराणा – detachment from any object is best to cause nourishment

पुष्टि:स्वप्नकरणांम् – Taking of nutritious food is best to induce sleep

अतिस्वप्नस्तन्द्राकरानां – Drowsiness is mainly caused by excessive sleep

सर्वरसाभ्यासोबलकरणाम् –For good immunity and good strength,intake of food with all the tastes is best

एकरसाभ्यासोदौर्बल्यकराणां – having food with only one taste is best to cause debility

गर्भशल्यमाहार्याणाम् – dead fetus is best to be removed immediately

अजीर्नमुद्रर्याणा – indigestion is best to be prevented

बालोमृदुभेषजीयानां – In childrens always administered mild medicines.

वृद्धायाप्याना – aged patients are best to be administered with palliating medicines

गर्भिनी तिष्णौषध व्यवाय वर्जनीयानां – Strong medicines,sex and exercise are mainly avoided in pregnant women

सौम्यनस्य गर्भधारणानां – having common minds is best way to achieve conception

सन्निपातो दुश्चिकित्स्यानाम् – Sannipata – involvement of all Doshas makes the disease untreatable

आमो विषमचिकित्स्यानां- Ama (altered digestion and metabolism) is best to be considered and treated as Toxicity

ज्वरो रोगाणां- fever is best among disease

कुष्ठं दीर्घरोगाणां – Leprosy is the longest duration disorders

राजयक्ष्मा रोगसमुहानां – combition of many diseases seen in Rajayakshma (tuberculosis )

प्रमेहोनुषड.गिनां – Prameha is the best relapsing disorders

जलौकसोनुशस्त्राणा – leech is the best in accessory surgical devices

बस्तिस्तन्त्राणा – For elimination of doshas Enema is the best therapy

हिमवाननौषधिभुमिना – Best habitat of medicinal plants is mountain Himalaya

सोम ओषधीना – Best medicine is Soma

मरुभूमिरारोग्यदेशानाम् –Most Unhealthy place is Desert

अनूपोहितदेशानाम् – Marshy Land is Unhealthiest Place

निर्देशकारित्वमातुरगुनानां – Best quality of patient is to comply with the instructions of the physician

भिषक् चिकित्साड.गानां – Best part of treatment is Physician

नास्तिकोवर्ज्यानां – Always rejects the an atheist patient for treatment

लौल्य क्लेशकराणांम् – Greed is the most troublesome practice

अनिर्देशकारित्वमरिष्टानां – Disobedience to the instruction of the physician is the worst prognostic sign

अनिर्वेदो वर्तल्क्षनानां – Best sign of knowledge is Self confidence

वैद्यसमूहो निःसंशयकराणां –For clearance of doubts related to treatment,disease cause,dosha avastha etc assemblage of physician is best

योगो वैद्यगुनानां – Sense of propriety is the best quality of physician

विध्यlण मौषधीनां – Knowledge is the best medicine

शास्त्रसहितस्तर्क : साधनानां – Scriptures based logic is the To get the best knowledge Scriptures (Shatra)is best

सम्प्रतिपत्ति: कालदयानप्रयोजनानाम् – To tackle or understand the situation presence of mind is main

अव्यवसाय: कलातिपत्तिहेतूनां – Inactiveness is the best way to waste time

दृष्टःकर्मता निःसंशयकराणाम् – For eradication of doubts Practical experience is required

असमर्थता भयकरानां – The main cause of fear is incapability

तद्विद्यस्म्भाषा बुधिवर्धनानाम् – Clinical seminars,reasoning based discussion is best to improve knowledge , wisdom and intelligence

आचार्य: शास्त्रधिगमहेतुनाम् –for understanding the science Guru is best tool

आयुर्वेदोमृतानां – Knowledge of Ayurveda is the best among nectors

सद्वचनमनुष्ठेयानम – Words of noble person is best to fallow

असद्ग्रहन सर्वाहितानां – Words of wicked is best to cause harmful result

सर्वसन्न्यास: सुखानामिति – The Best way to achieve the happiness is absolute detachment from object

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