Why Ancient Saying Holds True, Food is the only Medicine

Body is our temple and should be worshipped even before gods. A well-sound body houses a healthy soul, which is the essence of meaningful living. But sometimes, we ignore the importance of this beautiful gift.


What if I say the food is the only medicine your body needs to heal itself from most of the diseases? Ancient yogis and scholars proved to us that the only medicine the body need is healthy and pure food. Let ride through the foodstuffs that were considered gems in our ancient times.





Ancient texts and scriptures taught us how to lead a healthy and meaningful life in the best possible manner. Scholars of that time wrote in the ancient texts about the impact of meals in one’s life.


There has been an old saying, “You are what you eat.” Your body responds to every milligram of food particle your intake. Hence, the quality of nourishment dictates your health. Don’t eat only to fill your stomach, eat a healthy and balanced diet to nourish your body in the best way.





The below listed 5 facts establish our reasoning of food to be a natural healing resource:

  • In Ayurveda, the diet was considered a sacred entity. Food diet is believed to have divine properties if used in a correct proportion with perfect timing. Ayurveda also tells us about the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), related to the temperature of the body. Vedic scriptures suggest to us what to eat according to the type of the doshas of the body

  • According to our ancient texts, honey is nectar. Even our modern science has accepted the divine and healing properties of honey. It is far better than sugar. It has antioxidant property that regulates the blood pressure of the body. Honey is used in several Ayurvedic medicines

  • Turmeric is the best immunity booster you can find in the entire world. It is rich in bioactive compounds that have proven health benefits found in a famous study. It gets used in pain relief for ages. A study has found out that turmeric is not only effective in preventing cancer but can cure it too The Golden Spice: How Turmeric can make you worry less about your health?


  • Mango is taken to be the king of all the fruits. It is regarded so highly not only because of its delicious taste, but the medicinal benefits it possesses. Several yogis and gurus have termed mango as a divine fruit having all the nutrients our body needs. It has huge health benefits such as boosting immunity, aiding in digestion, improving eye, skin, hair, and gut health. Mango has properties to suppress the growth of tumors in several types of cancer, and it got verified by a study by Dr. Nivedita Banerjee. Why "Dipping Mango in Water" is the Best Grandma's Advice Ever?


  • It has been written in ancient books and scriptures, that one should intake fruits and vegetables grown locally to get numerous beneficial nutrients. For example, a sufficient amount of vitamin C can be dissolved in the body by only consuming citrus fruits like Indian gooseberry (amla) and orange. Amla has anti-aging, anti-cancer, and pain-relieving properties. So, gooseberry acts as food as well as medicine.





It is true that if we eat properly with good quality ingredients in the right quantity, food can be called medicine, and medicine can be food.


Ancient sayings and knowledge hold a lot of truth, and they are now being proved and accepted by our modern science and medicine. Whilst, however, we try to justify our science of taking external medicines for healing, there cannot ever be a real alternative to natural food as our healing entity.


The next time you face constipation, headache, weakness, head back to the old times and ask your grandmother for its treatment. The vast knowledge that is hidden inside that serene soul would be uncovered, and you will find your answers.




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