ALCOHOLISM AND ITS AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT – AN OVERVIEW
*Dr. Jithesh Madhavan
Alcohol was and still continues to be a part and parcel of the social as well as cultural life. The various merits as well as medicinal effects of alcohol or „Madya” have been dealt in detail, in the various treatises of Indian medicine. Madya is to be consumed only after considering prakrithi, dosha, desa, kala, bala, satwa and even kula or familial background of the individual for the positive benefits is well explained. For the same, several types of madya processed with fruits, cereals etc. have been prepared for use, at that time. A condition of “madatyaya” ie. a group of diseases arising from the improper administration of madya is also narrated with treatment options, in almost all the ancient Ayurvedic books with much concern.
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