Is Ayurveda totally vegetarian?

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In recent days, Ayurveda is more and more being associated with spirituality, hence a notion is there among people that, if you are on Ayurvedic medicines, then you should follow a vegetarian diet. If one is a firm follower of practical spirituality, and if one considers Ayurveda as a serious medical system, then here is the answer with detailed explanation to the question – Is Ayurveda vegetarian? can be explored.

 In ancient Indian period, the concept of total vegetarianism was non existent. In Vedas, and Puranas, there is mentioning of non vegetarian diet and its qualities etc. The famous “Vatapi Jeerno bhava”  incident in Agastya Maharishi is a classical example for prevalence of non vegetarian diet in those times.

Is Ayurveda vegetarian ?

Ayurveda is not totally vegetarian by any stretch of imagination. Mamsarasa – the meat soup is explained in all the classical texts as the best medicine for extreme emaciation. It reduces tiredness due to Pitta imbalance (for example working under Sun for long hours), ideal for those who do daily exercise, improves voice strength, skin quality, immunity etc. (Reference: Charaka samhita Sutra sthana 27/312-325).

Aswagandhadi leham, also known as Ajaswagandhadi lehyam conains meat as an ingredient, along with other herbs. [Some companies manufacture it without meat as an ingredient]

Varients of meat soup are explained as Vesavara in Bhavaprakasha, another classical Ayurvedic text.

Meat soup and other non veg diet has been prescribed along with certain medications. Eg: Meat soup is a co -drink for the medicine Punarnvadyarishta.


Ayurveda does not say that one should follow total vegetarianism.

The non vegetarian diet has its own medicinal significance in Ayurveda.

It does not mean that everybody should have non vegetarian diet. One who is accustomed to it, can have it and one who is not, may not have it.

One of the reasons why total vegetarian diet is encouraged is because non veg is claimed to increase Tamas. Which, according to spirituality, is true.

Following non vegetarian diet will not have any bad effects on herbal Ayurvedic pills that one might be taking.   One can have non veg, during his Ayurvedic medication period. There is no rule that non veg should not be taken while one is on Ayurvedic medicines.

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Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Pathik Maharaja
Pathik Maharaja 5pts

Lol...aaryans need to learn history from you now......hahahahahaha)))))

Timothy Gonsalves
Timothy Gonsalves 5pts

Hindus and Aryan's ate meat even beef centuries ago it was a cow that was able to give birth that was not killed.

Maulik Zalavadia
Maulik Zalavadia 5pts

But it really depends on you, how you want to use it. If non-veg remedies are being used, that may cure your physical body, but may not be beneficial for your mind!!

Surendra Swami
Surendra Swami 5pts

We have more for eating in a single time and my village totally vegetarian 99% old man are fit then why we chose other food including blood or dead body shops and market,create every time birdflu,swineflu and more disease every year means evil not end in our nature.

Vijay Sinha
Vijay Sinha 5pts

Sugar wale dosha eat kar sakte hai kya.

Maltie Sewraj
Maltie Sewraj 5pts

It depends on the constitution and the dosha?

Ask Veda
Ask Veda 5pts

Yes, most of the remedies we give here are vegetarian. Point here is, there are some specific Ayurvedic formulas which use meat. In general, yes, most uses herbs and natural products.