Abstract
AN EXPLORATORY STUDY ON PRINCIPLES OF DIET AND DIETETICS IN CHILDREN AND INFANTS IN UNANI MEDICINE & IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION IN ANCIENT AND MODERN ERA

Dr. Umme Sama Khair*, Dr. Umme Shakeeba Khair, Dr. Peshimam Nazia Farheen, Dr. Umme Sana Khair

ABSTRACT

The word diet is taken from a Latin word „dieta‟ means a way of living in Greek. The food therapy is an important part of Traditional Medicine, it not only nourishes and strengthens the body, but it can also prevent diseases and prolongs life. In Unani System of Medicine abundant literature regarding the Dieto-therapy has been discussed, Dieto-therapy (Ilaj bil Ghiza) is a unique non medicinal therapy by which the patients are treated and health is attained through modulation in dietary habits i.e. fasting, use of food stuff in more quantity having less nutritional value or less quantity having more nutrients. Unani Medicine deals with different types of diet like Dawae Ghizaee, Ghizae Dawai, Kaseef ghiza, Lateef Ghiza, Motadal ghiza and many more. As dietotherapy is the use of food as an agent in effecting recovery from illness. It is concerned with those receiving normal diet as well as those for whom modified diet has been prescribed. Modified diets are the principal therapeutic agents in some metabolic diseases and chronic diseases it serves as a preventive measure as well as therapeutic aid.

Keywords: Dieto-therapy, Unani Medicine, Ghiza, Nutrition, Dawa.


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