Madya varga—(group of wines)


 Madya varga—(group of wines)

             Madya (wines, all alcoholic beverages generally) in general, stimulate digestion, help taste, penetrate deep, hot in potency, give satisfaction ( mental ) and nourishment (to the body) slightly sweet, Litter and pungent in taste, sour at the end of digestion, laxative, slightly astringent, confer good voice, health, intelligence, colour and complexion; easily digestable, beneficial to those having loss of sleep or excess sleep for both lean and stout persons; is nonviscid, capable of entering through minute pores and cleansing them, mitigate vata and kapha, all these if used judiciously; but used otherwise, they act like poison.

             Fresh ones are hard to digest; make for increase of all the dosãs, whereas old ones are opposite of this; they should not be used hot or with hot comforts, not by persons who are having purgations (or had purgative therapy) and who are hungry; wines which are very strong or very weak, which are very clear (like water) or very turbid and those which are spoilt, should not be used for drinking.
                 The term ‘madya’ refers to all types of alcoholic beverages in general, the practice of preparing and drinking alcoholic beverages is very ancient in our country going as far back as the times of Rig-Veda (3000 B. C. ). Drinking many kinds of wines, sometimes alone, some times in groups and in assemblies was very common then, so also even today. Alcoholic beverages produce exhilaration and a sort of mental exuberance. Hence their popularity, and also as a tonic for health, But the good effects are slight compared to the quantity required to produce them. So people go on increasing the quantity of the drink day after day and finally become addicted to it, so greatly, that it is impossible to be without it even for a few hours.

                  Large quantities of such drinks produce many abnormalities in the various organs and their functions and cause incurable diseases and even death. Having understood this, ancient scholars prescribed many rules and regimen for taking alcoholic drinks in order to protect the health, such as, that it should be little, to be taken after food and not on empty stomach, taken in the company of good friends and not alone, and many others. Followed strictly, these will avoid much of the bad effects of such drinks. Judicious use of alcoholic drinks is somewhat good to the body and mind but its injudicious use is definitely injurious just like poison.

Sura (beer) :—

Surã cures abdomininal tumors, enlargement of the abdo. men, heamorrhoids, duodenal diseases and consumption, is lubricating, hard to digest, mitigates vãta, causes increase of fat, blood, milk, urine and kapha.

Kumkum / safron - Crocus sativus

 Medicinal Plant / herbs

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