## Calculating the dose of snehapana

At Purnarogya we have found this method very useful to calculate the dose of sneha for the next day which takes into account the agni bala and koṣṭha. During snehapāna, the formula to calculate the dose of sneha for the next day is:
[(A X B) ÷ (C X D)] + A
A = amount of unctuous substance administered on any given day in milliliters
B = Time that a certain type of koṣṭha is supposed to take to digest the sneha in hours (mṛdu 6, madhyama 12, krūra 24)
C = Time taken for amount of ghee/oil “A” to digest (in hours)
D = Number of days within which utkleśa is expected to take place in a certain type of koṣṭha (mṛdu 3, madhyama 5, krūra 7)

This can help avoid the undesirable circumstances arising from consuming too less or too much ghee/oil etc during this treatment and thus produce optimum results.

## Microbial infection in Ayurveda

These are the seven types of micro or macro organisms that are described to originate from kapha – antrādā, udarāveṣṭā, hṛdayādā, mahākuhāḥ, kuravh, darbha-kusumāḥ, sugandha – names of the seven types. Can anyone give examples for each type from the perspective of modern medicine?

AH. Ni. 14. 49

## Seven types of unhealthy eating

According to Aruṇadutta’s commentary of Aṣṭāṅga hṛdayam, there are seven types of unhealthy eating – saṅkīrṇāśana (adulterated), viruddhāśana (incompatible), amātrāśana (not according to agni), ajīrṇāśana (undigested), samaśana (mixing of pathya and apathya), adhyaśana (before previous meal is digested) and viṣamāśana (excess or less quantity).

## Genetic diseases

The use of the term “hereditary” to describe a disease is very tricky. It can impart a sense of helplessness, hopelessness or lack of responsibility for what has happened – “now there is nothing I can do” or “its not my fault” or “it’s the fault of my ancestors” and so on.

We should stop trying to hide behind any of the above and take it upon ourselves to adjust our diet, lifestyle etc to prevent any chance of such illnesses from manifesting.

Even if I have a (genetic) predominance towards the aggravation of a certain doṣa, it can be prevented by appropriate measures. So the ball is always in our court!

## Questions to ask before eating

The nine questions that one should ask before eating or drinking anything are: (AS.Su.Ch 10)
What are the qualities of the food?
Which are the foods mixed together in this preparation?
How is this food processed?
What is the quantity of the food?
Where is the food coming from and where is it being served?
What is the season that it naturally belongs to?
Which is the healthy manner in which this food is to be used?
Who prepared this food?
Is this the right place and time to eat it?

## Guide to choosing your sveda procedure

Guide to choosing your sveda technique:
K(max) + V (med) + P (min) = rūkṣa sveda like CPS
V (max) + K (max) + āvaraṇa = āmla dravya pradhāna sveda like dhānyāmla, jambīra piṇda
K (max) = vāluka sveda
V (max) + K (med) = PPS
V (max) + K (med) + P (med) = jadāmayādi lepa with kṣīra
Gūḍha sthita P = svedana

## Glory of Ashtanga Hrdayam

The glory of Ashtanga Hridayam:
etat-paṭhan sangrahabodha-śaktaḥ svabhyasta-karmā bhiṣag-aprakampyaḥ
ākampayaty-anya-viśāla-tantra-kṛtābhiyogān yadi tanna citram (AH. Ut. 40.83)

By studying this text (Aṣtāṅga Hṛdayam) one can understand the sangraha and become expert in his work as a physician. It is not amazing if such a person makes others who have studied bigger texts tremble (in a debate).

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