Literary review of Grahani Roga
A healthy body creates a healthy mind. A healthy gut molds a healthy body. This establishes the relation of gut with that of the brain. Ayurveda emphasized the relation with gut and brain dating back to the centuries. It is very much evident while going through Manasika Vikaras mentioned in our classics. Manas Roga Lakshanas can get manifested or precipitated by bowel pathologies or Koshtajanya Vikaras. Brain and spinal cord carries abundant network of neurons. Surprisingly, the human body carries a second brain in its gut and we address it as the enteric nervous system. It has the capacity to function independently. Aahara can manipulate the body constructively or even destructively, which later influences at the psychic and somatic level. Therefore, food or diet was considered to be superior to the medicines in the ancient classics. In the current era of fast moving life, due to injudicious and erratic diet nature and pattern which induces stress to the gut, causing Dushti of Samana Vata which plays a major role in the digestion along with Pachaka Pitta, Kledaka Kapha which ultimately effects Sadhaka Pitta.
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