Soothing the Flames: Ayurvedic Insights into Autoimmune Diets

Soothing the Flames: Ayurvedic Insights into Autoimmune Diets

03 Apr 2024

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This informal CPD article, ‘Soothing the Flames: Ayurvedic Insights into Autoimmune Diets’, was provided by Dronagiri Ayurveda Solutions, who encourage healthier living primarily through the "life manual" known as Ayurveda.


Autoimmune diseases present a daunting challenge, where the body's own defence system turns against itself, igniting inflammation, tissue damage, and dysfunction in critical organs. Timely detection of subtle signs like rosacea in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or the fiery sensations of gouty arthritis is paramount for effective management.

Managing autoimmune diseases demands a concerted effort across diverse medical specialties like rheumatology, immunology, and dermatology. Yet, amidst this complexity, the influence of dietary practices emerges as a potent ally in the fight against autoimmune disorders.

The benefits of Ayurvedic Insights

Through the ancient lens of Ayurveda, we embark on a journey into the intricate world of metabolism, or "agni," and its profound connection to autoimmune diseases. Ayurveda illuminates the concept of a balanced metabolism, known as "sama agni," where there exists a harmonious equilibrium between anabolism, the process of building and synthesis, and catabolism, the breakdown or release of energy.

However, Ayurveda also recognizes other forms of agni, such as "tikshnagni," where catabolism surpasses anabolism, leading to heightened metabolic activity and potential autoimmune reactions. Conversely, individuals may experience "mandagni," characterized by low metabolism, where the body lacks the capacity to produce sufficient enzymes or hormones for metabolic processes and leads to autoimmune coditons. This intricate understanding of agni dynamics forms the foundation for personalized approaches to managing autoimmune diseases in Ayurveda.

When catabolism surpasses anabolism, triggering cell destruction and immune disturbance, it marks the onset of "Tikshna Agni," or autoimmune reactions due to heightened metabolic activities. Individuals with autoimmune diseases often exhibit Tikshna agni traits, such as irritability when hungry, a preference for cold climates, and a penchant for lukewarm to cold foods with sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes.

Conversely, those with low metabolism (madagni) may experience digestive issues like gas, bloatedness, and heaviness in the stomach, showing a preference for sour, salty, spicy foods, and hot climates to rev up metabolism.

Dietary strategies for Tikshna Agni individuals entail steering clear of potent, heat-inducing foods like fermented foods, raw meats, or fish dishes. Instead, they should opt for simple carbohydrates, plant proteins, certain non-fermented milk proteins, saturated or medium-chain fatty acids, and sweet fruits and bitter vegetables.

Conversely, those with low metabolism should balance gut bacteria with ghee and herbal preparations, limit fermented milk products to medicated buttermilk ( chutned yogurt with turmeric, cumin , fenugreek etc ) twice a week after lunch, and prioritize simple or complex carbohydrates, plant and milk proteins, sweet fruits, and vegetables with medium-chain  or lonf chain fatty acids, while shunning fermented oats, raw fish, fermented pickles like kimchi, and red meats.

While research continues to unveil the impact of diet on autoimmune health, certain dietary habits can either exacerbate or alleviate symptoms. Fermented foods rich in probiotics may fuel digestive fire (agni), but excess intake risks inflaming autoimmune conditions. Similarly, indulging in hot, spicy, or sour foods like kimchi, and purine-rich options like raw fish or red meat, can fan the flames of inflammation and immune dysregulation.

The delicate balance between diet and autoimmune diseases underscores the significance of mindful dietary choices. While fermented foods and spicy delights may offer therapeutic benefits, moderation remains the cornerstone. Seeking guidance from healthcare professionals ensures personalized dietary advice tailored to individual needs.


Navigating the labyrinth of autoimmune diseases entails understanding dietary intricacies, as Ayurvedic wisdom illuminates pathways to harmony and well-being. By treading this path with mindfulness and caution, individuals can harness the healing potential of food to navigate the complexities of autoimmune health.

We hope this article was helpful. For more information from Dronagiri Ayurveda Solutions, please visit their CPD Member Directory page. Alternatively, you can go to the CPD Industry Hubs for more articles, courses and events relevant to your Continuing Professional Development requirements.




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