Post Natal Diet And Ayurveda

Post natal period is like a second birth for a woman . It is the period to replenish the vital elements lost during pregnancy and giving birth to the baby . Ayurveda emphasizes on regulated dietary regimen during this period to gain strength and pre-pregnancy state.

Diet : After delivery, intake of medicated rice gruel , fats with herbs ,                           decoctions for 3 – 7 days and from 7th – 12th day medicated meat                     soup along with light and congenial diet is advised.
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Dietary Regimen:

Panchakola (Pippali, Pippalimula, Chavya, Chitrak, Shunthi) with ghrita (clarified butter) or oil mainly sesamum oil , before meals according to the digestive capacity.

After digestion of Panchakola –

a) Rice gruel with ghee medicated with Panchakola


 Rice gruel made with decoction of drugs of Vidarigandhadi group (when ghee is contraindicated)


c) Rice gruel with milk is given for 3–7 days.

From 7th – 12th day:

a) Meat soup prepared  with Yava (barley), Kola (zizyphus), Kulatha (horse gram) is given with cooked rice.

 Soup of Yava (barley), Kola (zizyphus), Kulatha (horse gram) with light diet.

c) Kushmanda (pumpkin), Mulaka (radish), Ervaruka (cucumber) cooked with ghee is included in diet.

*  Drinking water should be boiled and cooled.

Significance Of Postnatal Diet:

The Postnatal diet balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It nourishes the tissues and improves the digestive fire. The benefits of dietary articles are given below:


Pippali, Pippalimula (Long Pepper) : It possesses anti inflammatory                                                                                       and potent immunomodulatory  effect  – specific and non – specific, shows anti bacterial activity. It is useful for the recovery of the relaxed organs soon after delivery. It acts on liver and spleen , increases  haemoglobin and appetite. It has mild laxative action . It enhances blood flow towards GI tract which results in absorption of active medicaments.

Chavya (Java Long Pepper) : It is useful in loss of appetite, colic, piles,                                                                    has mild laxative , diuretic , liver stimulant , blood cleansing and rejuvenative properties.

Chitrak (Leadwort) : 
It is useful in nervine weakness , oedema , liver &                                                   spleen disorder , appetizer , digestive , anthelmintic , febrifuge , causes uterine contractions , cures postpartum disorders.

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Shunthi (Dry Ginger) : It is known to stimulate digestion . It has anti                                                           tumour , anti inflammatory , anti microbial property and is effective against both gram+ ve and gram– ve bacteria . Useful in nervine weakness , increases flow of urine thus decreased chances  of urinary tract infections.

Kola (Zizyphus) :
 It is a good source of calcium , phosphorus , Vitamin A                                         & C . It has anti oxidant , wound healing and anti inflammatory properties . Helpful in hypertension , fatigue and assists action of other herbs , given in indigestion and is mild laxative . It has a tranquillizing and sleep inducing effect.

Kulatha (Horse gram) : It is an excellent source of iron , molybdenum                                                           and manganese . It has antispasmodic activity and is used in uterine disorders , piles and  anemia.

Yava (Barley) :
 It is a good source of fiber . It contains copper,                                                          phosphorus , zinc  and  Vitamin E.

Mulaka (Radish) : It is an appetizer , diuretic , regulates metabolism ,                                                 stimulates liver.


Ervaruka (Cucumber) :
 It has 94% water content , keeps the body                                                                   hydrated , regulates blood pressure , aids in digestion , acts as a diuretic . It contains magnesium , potassium , silica , vitamin A , B , C and K . Vit K has antioxidant and osteotrophic activity (maintains bone health) .


Kushmand (Pumpkin) : It alleviates thirst , is laxative , acts like a                                                                     tranquilizer and brain tonic , has a vasoconstrictor effect i.e stops bleeding.

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3 thoughts on “Post Natal Diet And Ayurveda

  1. after parturition the physician should administer medicine for the for the contraction of uterus. 1 small quantity of fried Hingu with garlic , gur and honey increases the lochial discharge after child birth.when the vagina is swollen and ulcerated after child birth , a douche of the decotion of the leaves of Nirgundi is useful. Saubhagya vati 1to 2 pills thrice daily and Dasamula kvatha 10 ml to 20 ml after meal twice a day. MEAT SOUP is not advisable. and i request to you do not promote meat, eggs, chicken, fishes.these are harmful. we have many substitutes of non veges. please.

    • Thank you Sir for your inputs . In this article , it has been tried to elucidate the post natal regimen , as described in Ayurvedic texts for general information only . These are not my personal views and I am NOT promoting the intake of meat . Infact dietary articles other than meat soup are also highlighted in the article .
      With due respect to your views , I would like to mention that all the Ayurvedic texts have classified food substances according to their specific groups eg shami dhanya ( legumes ) ,shaka ( vegetables ) , harita ( salad ) , madya ( alcoholic drinks ) , jala ( water ) , mamsa ( meat ) etc . But food habits are upto individual choices and preferences and this article DOES NOT stress to consume meat products .
      Ayurveda is not limited to Indian subcontinent but it has a wider reach . In Kashyapa Samhita post natal regimen is described according to the place of living ie Jangala , Anupa , Sadharana , Videshi etc , also one can follow the family traditions during this period .
      The management described by you is beneficial for women during postnatal period . Infact post natal period is a critical stage in a woman’s life .Proper care should be taken to avoid the complications and restore her health .

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