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Doctor and Vaidyacharya Sadguru Vasant Balaji Athavale M.D., D.C.H, F.A.M.S. and Dr. Kamlesh Vasant Athavale M.D., D.N.B, M.N.A.M.S, F.A.A.P.(USA)
Medicinal properties of foodgrains, pulses, vegetables, fruits and spices
Ayurveda accords an equal or rather a greater importance to diet than medication in ailments; hence, a Vaidya advises
observance of dietary restrictions to maintain good health in every individual and to cure the patient. It emphasises that a
patient may not take medication but he should certainly observe dietary restrictions. The reason is that one takes medicines in small doses of a teaspoonful or a tablet; however, food is consumed in a large quantity.
Ayurveda has classified food items and has stated the most beneficial and most harmful food item in each class.