A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY TO IDENTIFY THE AHARA-VIHARA (DIET & LIFESTYLE) IN THE PATIENTS OF ARSHA (HAEMORRHOIDS)
Arsha is described in all of the Ayurvedic classics. Acharya Sushruta and Vagbhata has mentioned it one among the “Ashta Mahagada”. Mandagni, the primary etiopathogenic factor of Arsha, is characterized by hypo-metabolic functioning, causing constipation and resulting in development of Arsha. Arsha is one of the diseases caused due to faulty Ahara (Diet) and Vihara (Lifestyle) and hence a lifestyle disorder that are increasing at an alarming rate in our society, but everyone ignores it because of their busy schedules, western lifestyles, and modern civilization.The diet and life style of people has changed drastically due to rapid industrialization and urbanization. Major cause of haemorrhoids is faulty diet and life style of a person. It is a primary work to prepare a module of Pathya and Apathya Ahara-Vihara (Diet and life style) for the patients of Arsha (haemorrhoids). Keeping this view in the mind this cross sectional study has been designed to identify the diet and life style of the people of Jaipur or outside coming to National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur for the management of haemorrhoids.
KEYWORDS: Arsha, Ahara-Vihara, Mandagni, Haemorrhoids.