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 +The 152 best of substances, by action
 +From the Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana,​ xxv, p.169
 +“The following substances are quite sufficient to treat [any] disease.” -Su25#41
 +
 +1. Food is life sustaining.
 +2. Water is assuring factor.
 +3. Wine is fatigue-alleviating.
 +4. Milk vitalizes.
 +5. Meat is bulk-promoting.
 +6. Meat soup is saturating.
 +7. Salt is food relishing.
 +8. Sour is warm
 +9. Rooster-meat is tonifying.
 +10. Crocodile semen is aphrodisiac.
 +11. Honey is Kapha and Pitta soothing. [Note: Dr. Vasant Lad says honey provokes pitta in excess]
 +12. Ghee is Vata-Pitta soothing.
 +13. Sesame Oil is Vata and Kapha soothing.
 +14. Emesis (vomiting) eliminates excess Kapha.
 +15. Purgation (triphala, amalaki, aloe vera) eliminates excess Pitta.
 +16. Enemas eliminate excess Vata.
 +17. Fomentation (steam therapy) softens.
 +18. Physical exercise stabilizes the Body-Mind.
 +19. Alkalis damage virility.
 +20. Tinduka fruit destroys desire for food.
 +21. Unripe kapittha fruit is harmful for throat.
 +22. Sheep ghee is non-cordials.
 +23. Goat milk alleviates phthisis, is galactagogue,​ suitable, hemostatic, and pacifies internal hemorrhage.
 +24. Sheep milk: aggravates Kapha and Pitta.
 +25. Buffalo milk induces sleep.
 +26. Not well-formed yogurt is blocks the channels.
 +27. “Gavedukha:​ reducing diet
 +28. roughening
 +29. “Kodo diet”: (Fat-reducing)
 +30. Sugarcane is diuretic.
 +31. Yava (barley) is adds bulk to the stool.
 +32. jambu fruit: V aggravators
 +33. Bread cooked in ghee aggravates Kapha and Pitta.
 +34. horsegram:​ ‘Amla pitta’ (acid gastritis) producing
 +35. black gram: K+P aggravating
 +36. madanaphala:​ emesis, enemas (for both unctuous and un-unctuous enemas)
 +37. trivrit:​ simple purgatives
 +38. aragvadha:​ laxatives
 +39. latex of snuhi: drastic purgatives
 +40. apamarga:​ head evacuatives [How does Apamarga ‘evacuate’ the
 +41. head??]
 +42. vidanga:​ anthelmintics
 +43. sirisa: anti-poisons
 +44. khadira:​ anti-leprotics
 +45. rasna: V alleviators
 +46. amalaki:​ age stabilizers
 +47. haritake:​ wholesome for channels
 +48. Eranda root : aphrodesiacs,​ and V alleviator
 +49. Pippali (root): appetizers, digestives and alleviators of bowel hardness
 +50. Citraka:​ appetizer, digestive, alleviator of proctitis, piles, colic
 +51. puskaramula:​ alleviating hiccup, dyspnoea, cough, chest pain
 +52. musta: astringents,​ appetizers, digestives
 +53. udicya (balaka) (bala?): refrigerants,​ appetizers, digestives, anti-emetics,​ antidiarrhoeals
 +54. katvanga (aralu) : astringent, digestive, appetisers
 +55. ananta : astringents,​ pacifiers of internal hemmorhage,
 +56. guduci: astringents,​ V-alleviators,​ appetizers, pacifyers of K, rakta, and constipation
 +57. bilva: astringents,​ appetisers, pacifier of V + K
 +58. ativisa : appetiser, digestive, astringent, alleviator of V, P, K
 +59. flower stamen of water lily (blue+white) and lotus: astringent, pacifier of internal
 +60. hemorrhage
 +61. duralabha:​ P+K alleviator
 +62. gandhapriyangu:​ pacifying internal hemorrhage and K
 +63. kutaja bark: astringent of K, P, and rakta, and absorbents
 +64. kasmarya (fruit) : haemostatics,​ pacifiers of internal haemorrhage
 +65. prsniparni:​ astringents,​ V alleviators,​ appetizers, aphrodesiacs
 +66. Bala: astringents,​ tonics, V alleviators
 +67. goksura:​ alleviating dysuria and V
 +68. 312
 +69. Hing (latex): expectorants,​ appetisors, carminatives,​ V+K alleviators
 +70. amlavetasa:​ mass breaking , appetiser, carminative,​ V+K alleviators
 +71. yavaksara:​ laxatives, digestives, alleviating [...; {not given in the book}]
 +72. (regular use of) buttermilk: alleviating grahani-dosha,​ swelling, piles, obesity
 +73. regular use of meat of carnivorous animals: alleviating grahanidosa,​ pthisis,
 +74. piles
 +75. regular use of (from milk)ghee: best rasayana (health-promoting regimen)
 +76. Regular use of roasted grain flour mixed with equal quantity of ghee: aphrodisiacs,​
 +77. alleviating udavarta (upward-moving V)
 +78. regular oil gargle: strength in teeth and relish
 +79. sandal paste: eliminating foul smell, and refrigerants
 +80. paste of rasna and aguru: califacient pastes
 +81. lamajjaka and usira paste: alleviating heat, skin disorders, and sweat
 +82. kustha (Kutki??): V alleviating massage and poultice
 +83. madhuka:​ vision-promoting,​ aphrodisiacs,​ beneficial for hairs, throat, complexion,
 +84. decolorisation and healing
 +85. air: providing vital strength, consciousness [especially fresh, unpolluted air]
 +86. fire: alleviating ama, stiffness, cold, pain , shivering [i.e., sitting by the kitchen
 +87. hearth]
 +88. water: checking (sweats and other discharges)
 +89. water immersed with earth and heated earth lump: alleviating excessive thirst, and vomiting
 +90. Over-eating causes build up of toxins (ama-dosha).
 +91. proper intake of food amount: stimulating agni
 +92. suitable activities and diet : those to be practices
 +93. Sleep and eating at regular times is the best health-maintainers.
 +94. satisfaction:​ qualities of food
 +95. Suppression of urges (to sleep, to wake up, to blink, cry, blow nose, sneeze, eat, drink, belch-burp, cough [productive ones], yawn, sigh, expectorate-spit,​ vomit, urinate-pee,​ pass gas-fart, defecate-poop,​ ejaculate-come – orgasm, and menstruate) causes illness.
 +96. Wine causes temporary elation but you pay a price.
 +97. heavy meal: causing difficulty in digestion
 +98. Eating only once per day causes wholesome transformation of food because the food has sufficient time to be digested.
 +99. Indulgence in women causes phthisis
 +100. Suppression of the urge to ejaculate semen causes impotency.
 +101. striking others: aversion to food
 +102. Fasting:​ shortening lifespan
 +103. too little food (undernutrition) : reducing ones
 +104. eating during indigestion and before previous meal is digested: damaging grahani
 +105. irregular meals: irregularity of digestion;
 +106. intake of antagonistic food items: despicable diseases
 +107. A wholesome person is one with serenity of mind.
 +108. An unwholesome person is one who over-exerts themselves and others.
 +109. perverted use: pathogenic factors
 +110. Sex with a menstruating woman is the door to unhappiness (due to rakshasas – blood eating ghosts and spirits).
 +111. Celibacy is the best promoter of longevity and eventually ends the disease of birth and death.
 +112. Determination and desire is the best aphrodisiac.
 +113. Worry is the best non-aphrodisiacs.
 +114. Working beyond one’s capacity obstructs the vital strength.
 +This is a very important, somewhat subtle factor, often ignored.
 +115. Stress aggravates all diseases and creates many.
 +116. Bathing relieves fatigue.
 +117. pleasant mood: saturating ones
 +118. Anxiety dries up the body (disturbs Vata).
 +119. freedom from responsibilities:​ producing corpulence
 +120. corpulence : “among those including sleep”
 +121. Excessive sleep creates lethargy.
 +122. Regular intake of all six tastes in each meal (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent) promotes strength of the body-mind.
 +123. Regular use of primarily only one taste in each meal is debilitating.
 +124. indigestion:​ relievables
 +125. Child should be treated using only mild herbs and drugs.
 +126. Chronic diseases can often only be palliated, but not cured.
 +127. pregnant women: who should avoid strong medicines, intercourse,​ exercise
 +128. Cheerfulness is the best support to the mother and fetus.
 +129. Tridoshic (Vata-Pitta-Kapha disturbed [Sannipatija] diseases are treated with great difficulty. ​
 +130. food poisoning: un-treatables
 +131. fever: diseases
 +132. leprosy:​ chronic diseases
 +133. tuberculosis:​ aggregates of measures
 +134. enema: remedial measures
 +135. Himalayas:​ lands of herbs [perhaps mountain ranges in general are preferable
 +136. areas for collecting herbs.]
 +137. soma: herbs
 +138. arid zone: healthy zones
 +139. marshy land: unhealthy zones
 +140. obedience:​ patients qualities
 +141. physician : among the four parts of therapy
 +142. nihilist:​ avoidables
 +143. Greed creates all troubles.
 +144. diabetes:​ adherent diseases
 +145. leeches:​ parasurgical measures
 +146. Disobedience to the physician is a fatal signs.
 +147. Non-despair is a sign of health.
 +148. Team of physicians remove doubts.
 +149. Balance of mind is a key quality of a physician.
 +150. Knowledge of herbs is beneficial knowledge.
 +151. Guidance supported by scripture are instruments of success
 +152. deciding the course of action: objects of knowledge of time
 +153. [What is the meaning here? This is an important statement, so figure it
 +154. out.] [I.e., we must know the factors of time, such as age of patient, time of
 +155. year, stage of disease. The greatest reason for doing so is to be able to correctly decide on a course of action for treatment.]
 +156. Inaction causes passing away of time.
 +157. Practical knowledge removes doubts; Doubt is removed by those with practical knowledge.
 +158. Incapability causes fear.
 +159. Discussions with experts promote knowledge.
 +160. Teacher is the source of learning the scriptures.
 +161. Ayurveda is from the Sages (Rishis, Devas – Gods, Arhats, Bodhisattvas,​ and Buddhas) and is a nectar providing longevity to fulfill life’s purpose – Moksha, Bodhi, Nirvana, and Enlightenment.
 +162. Words of saintly persons are to be followed.
 +163. Acceptance of bad advice is unwholesome.
 +164. Complete renunciation (equanimity – Upeksha) is the source of happiness.
 +165. Best life-promoting factor is non-violence.
 +166. Best strength-promoting factor is prowess.
 +167. Best bulk-promoting factor is learning.
 +168. Best happiness-promoting factor is control of the senses – eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind.
 +169. Best pleasure-promoting factor is knowledge of reality.
 +170. Best among paths is Celibacy.
 +
 +Charaka Samhita Su30#15, Su25#40
  
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