Usama Akram* and N Quddusi
Research Officer (Unani), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, India
*Corresponding Author: Usama Akram, Research Officer (Unani), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, India.
Received: January 17, 2020; Published: January 31, 2020
Today's major health care problems are increasingly the result of acute and chronic conditions related to poor nutrition and/or overconsumption. A large proportion of coronary disease and cancer can be attributed to unhealthy eating habits and obesity. Chronic diseases continue to increase due to such factors as the rise in obesity in the global population.
Individualized diet therapy can provide the patient important insight into food-related illnesses and education regarding how various nutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat, alcohol) affect illness, diseases, or obesity. Dietary therapy (Ilaj bil Ghiza) can be tailored to meet the treatment needs of patients on diagnosis of specific illnesses, can help reduce complications and/or side effects, and can improve general well-being.
The Unani system of medicine believes that a physician is not the healer but an assistant to nature Tabiyat (physique) of the body, which is the true healer hence the diet should be in accordance with it. Diets have been mentioned according to various stages of life to maintain the digestive system at its best. Unani dietary therapy deals with certain ailments by treating them with specific diets or by regulating the quantity and quality of food.
Ibn-e-Sina (Avicenna) wrote, "Most illnesses arise solely from long-continued errors of diet and regimen." The manner in which foods affect the body is viewed in Unani from a simple yet highly interesting viewpoint.
In this paper efforts have been made to elaborate the concept of Dietary Therapy (Ilaj bil Ghiza) in Unani system of medicine as well as its importance, classifications, terms and benefits.
Keywords: Unani; Ilaj Bil Ghiza; Dietary Therapy; Tabiyat; Ibn-e-Sina
Citation: Usama Akram and N Quddusi. “Importance of Dietary Therapy (Ilaj Bil Ghiza) in Unani System of Medicine". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.2 (2020): 183-188.
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