The unending variety
of edible things that nature has bestowed is truly amazing. Each having
its own specific properties and each producing its own effect on the
human body. The ancient sages and seers had done deep research on this
subject and had laid down certain rules for what constituted full and
complete nutrition. They had even laid down what changes were necessary
to the routine if the body started malfunctioning. Various herbs, condiments,
vegetables, nuts, fruits etc. had been specified. If only, our taste
buds had not led us astray, if only our interests and habits had not
made us disregard the timings of food intake, if only we observed the
rules of nature, we would not be in such a sorry state of health today.
It is interesting
to note that nature has balanced everything. The fruit of the Guava
is not good for cough but the leaves when boiled in water and taken
as tea cure coughs. The Bichhubooti (scorpion grass) in the Himalayas,
if touched gives scorpion bite like pains, but the grass growing just
below the plant is an antedote for it. It is only when man starts extracting
specifics from the nature's booty, leaving the compensating factors
behind, that, troubles start.
Different food items,
herbs and condiments, when taken in a specified manner and in specified
quantities can produce miraculous curative effects.
A few examples:
- Hot water gargles
done in tandem with Rock salt, Bay leaf and Cinnamon, can cover almost
the entire broad spectrum range of antibiotics and help heal a sore
- A cup of milk
in which a teaspoonful of Turmeric powder has been boiled, taken before
bedtime, can relieve 'Flu' fever and body aches overnight.
- A large resin
in which the seeds have been replaced by equal quantity of Rock Salt,
taken twice a day for a few days, will dissolve and clear the system
- Milk and lemon
juice can stop the worst case of watery loose motions in minutes.
There are innumerable such miraculously effective and totally harmless