YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT ! Yess it means exactly the same thing .
Everytime I read the unani science it never fails to surprise me with its extensive, deeprooted and simple ways of living .In Unani Science Dietotherapy is one among the treatment principles of treatment and has a crucial role to play in disease management .The word diet is originated from the Greek word diaita via diaitan means way of living.If we are to use the natural treatment methods and medicines of Greek Medicine, our success will be limited at best, and not thorough, lasting or complete unless we accompany our treatments with the right dietary measures. Indulging in the wrong food choices, at the wrong time, can spoil what otherwise would have been a faultless recovery.
WHY AND HOW UNANI DIET IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FAD DIETS
UNANI DIET is a Personalized Deal ! As we are aware of the basic principles of unani system of medicine -Arkaan (elements) ,Akhlat (humours),Mizaj (Temperament) , they are equally responsible for maintaining Health in human body in different times of the day ,seasons of the year and stages of life according to the UNANI CLOCK .Any imbalance between them would lead to disharmony & imbalance in normal functions of the body .
THE Humoural Theory -BY HIPPOCRATES
According to the Humoural Theory – The quality & Quantity of humor plays an important role to maintain Health and any imbalance either in quality or quantity of humours may cause the DISEASE. IT clearly states that every humour in the body has a distinct temperament which is not fixed but in a range ,likewise the quantity of humours are not fixed but varies with the internal functions and external work done by the body and exogenous factors .The Homeostasis is maintained till the equilibrium is established between the humours (both in quatity and quality) and when the disturbance occurs it results in disease.
THE FAILURE OF MODERN APPROACH
Despite of tremendous advancement in the technology and medicine ,the modern medicine is failing to handle the increasing load of lifestyle diseases and its complexity .To add to its failure are the adverse effects of chemically prepared drugs . Hence there is a great opportunity to Unani Doctors to take the centre stage and perform in a skilled manner inorder to give choices to the patients to select the treatment modules .
LET YOUR PLATE BE THE MIRROR OF YOUR HEALTH !
According to Unani Science all 4 humours arise from the activities of liver ,their quanlity or predominance in an individual is largely affected by THE FOOD EATEN and underlying strength of digestion .The blood (DUM) is formed first before the other humors , derived from the choicest nutrients from digested food .Whatever is left by blood is taken to form phlegm( BALGHUM) and then yellow bile (SAFRA) and lastly black bile (SAUDA).
All humoral disorders involve the digestive process of pepsis and hence the nutrition and metabloism of the individual gets affected at a deeper level .
to be continued..
BY DR AFROZ FATHIMA
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