An Ayurvedic Perspective on Diet and Lifestyle Modifications in Grahani w.s.r. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Authors: Manasa H P, Yogeesha Acharya2 and Sandesh Kumar
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In an era of economic development, with westernization and urbanization, the diet and lifestyle patterns have
seen a massive change compared to our ancestors. More and more people are under mental stress and following
a sedentary lifestyle. These changes are leading to many lifestyle disorders likes DM, HTN, IHD, and Obesity.
Digestive and absorptive disorders constitute an important group amongst them.
The system of Ayurvedic medicine emphasizes with the regards to the influence of diet & habits in the
manifestation of every disease. Grahani is a disease of great clinical relevance in the modern era because of
its direct link with the improper food habits and stressful lifestyle of the present time. Grahani Roga occurs
due to the vitiation of agni, which can be correlated to IBS to some extent.
The interventions in mainstream biomedicine for IBS didn’t prove as a permanent cure and have limitations
owing to their unwanted effects. On the contrary, the main aim of Ayurveda being swasthasya swasthya
rakshanam aturasya vikara prashamanm cha, we have to consider both the preventive and curative aspect of
a disease. According to Ayurvedic principle the treatment in grahani is through snehana, swedana and later
laghana, deepana, paachana karma with use of peya, vilepi, sura-asava takraprayoga etc. along with the
shamanaushadis like hingwastaka choorna, madhukasava, talisadi vataka etc. Apart from these here is an
effort made to highlight the diet and lifestyle modification which involves dietary modifications like deepana,
pachana, laghu and grahee dravyas which does vata-pitta shamana and possessing kashaya, madhura and
katu rasa. And, Yoga and Pranayama practices like bhujangasana, pashchimottanasana, sarvangasana etc.