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Is Ayurveda vegan?

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Posted On : 13 May, 2020

 

Is Ayurvedic Diet Vegetarian and Vegan

 

 

Is Ayurveda vegan?Dietary choices are a personal preference. These might be influenced by your religious, cultural or moral values. 

 

 

As the world is becoming more and more aware about the cruelty caused on the Mother Nature by mankind in various shapes and form, many people are actively taking steps in protecting the Mother Nature and it's creatures. Vegans are usually very strongly influenced by this principle and tend to use everything that is naturally sourced from plants.

 

It does not only limit to their food choices, but it also influences their lifestyle, as most of the vegans don’t even use any accessories originated from animals.  For example, a typical vegan refrains from using leather bags, or shoes or furniture and even cosmetics tested on animals etc.

 

Lot of people tend to believe that Ayurveda is vegan or ayurvedic diet is vegetarian , as it is derived from vedic sciences and there is a lot of Hindu religion influence in various Ayurvedic texts. There is a lot of emphasis on satvik diet in Ayurveda, but the truth is that Ayurveda mentions diet and Ayurvedic medicine for all types of people with various modifications based on their preference. 

 

But, wether you like to eat meat, or you are a vegetarian or you follow Veganism, Ayurveda can embrace people with any dietary choices and perfectly fit you in!

 

Although Ayurveda mentions milk and dairy products as a significant part of nourishment, but it does not mean that vegans can’t get that nourishment from plant sources.

 

How Ayurveda can help a Vegan or Vegetarian?

 

Ayurveda’s main goal is to keep a person’s body constitution or three Doshas in a balanced form. When these three doshas are working in an equilibrium, they nourish the seven dhatus (various body organs) and maintain the dhatu samya (balance of organ’s funtions), hence keep the person healthy and away from diseases. Any shift in this balance leads to an illness.

 

An Ayurvedic Practitioner or Doctor with vast knowledge of various Ayurvedic food and medicine can help a vegan and vegetarian to benefits the full effects of Ayurveda without compromising any aspects of its treatment. 

 

For instance, Ayurveda mentions six tastes in its diet and the use of all six tastes in a meal is a sign of a balanced diet. All of these tastes can be achieved by a vegan food choice:

 

  • Madhur (Sweet): Cane sugar, dates, figs, watermelon etc
  • Amla (Sour): Lemon, lime, tomatoes etc.
  • Lavan (Salt): Rock salt, celery etc.
  • Katu (Pungent): Red and green chilly, ginger etc.
  • Tikta (Bitter): Bitter melon, onion, garlic, cacao etc.
  • Kashaya (Astringent): Mint, Pomegranate, avocado etc

 

 

Most of the Ayurvedic Medicine used in Australia is derived from Plants, but in rare occasions may contain milk, milk products or honey etc. So it is very essential for a vegan to ensure that they consult with an Ayurvedic Practitioner to get all the benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine without worrying about having to take any animal products.

 

I hope after reading this article, vegans can feel relaxed that Ayurveda can help them equally and they won’t be missing out on anything, if they follow the advice from an expert Ayurvedic Practitioner.

 

 

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Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More

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