A Critical Analysis of Properties and Effects of Viru.Dha (Sprouts) as per Ayurveda
Tripti Lokesh and Poonam Kaleramana
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Eating sprouts is gaining momentum in the name of nutritious and enzyme rich food which can help to gain abundant of nutrients, fats, vitamins etc. and boost digestion. Ayurveda says eating raw Viru.Dha (Sprouts) are highly unhealthy causing vitiation of Doshas (Vata, Pita, Kapha), Vishtambhi (heavy to digest), Vidahajanak (burning sensation), Shool (colicky pain), Drishtidushnam (weaker eyesight), causer of diseases like Vatarakta (~ Gout), Grahni (~IBS), Arsha (piles), and Sotha (inflammations on body). Many incidences of deaths are reported due to food poisoning by sprouts, being rich in microbes like salmonella and E.coli. But Ayurveda quotes that there is nothing on this earth which cannot be used as medicine. Sprouts can be useful but after a very careful processing. Eating of raw sprouts is prohibited in Ayurveda.