One of the eight elements of the Primary Health Care is health for all that can be achieved by promotion of proper nutrition Food and its relationship to the health are widely explained in the classics. Practical application of principles of nutrition is explained in Ayurveda. Food stuffs which are recommended daily in the classics rightly justify the entire essential requirements of the body in a better way.
Under Prevention a quote by charaka is highly appreciable.
The Need of Trace elements for all cellular activity (in the form of various co enzymes) was thought and Gold, Iron etc micro nutrients was given in minute quantity as a counter measure for elimination of fourth coming disease as a preventive medicaments. After 6 months of infant age fruits intake wasstated for the need of Vitamin C Under routine nutrition fulfillments the specific food stuffs were identified under Nitya sevana Dravya.
Daily intake of these prevents Nutrition disorder
In diseased context a specific Methodology and its Remedial methods are well stated for eg: Phakka, Bala Shosha, Athi Krusha etc Disease Identification By Cause, Symptoms, Pathology, Including Prognosis are well established. General and Specific Modalities Of treatment are well established In Ayurveda.
In a nut shall it can be summarized as:
Deepana & Pacahana (Apatizers and Carminatives) like Balachaturbhadra Churna, Aravidnasava, Brumhana. (Nursing therapy) by Vihara includes various preventive as well as rehabilitative measures. Effective for both mind and body like Music therapy, Peace of mind, playful activities, active and passive physical exercise. And Specific medicine like kumara Kalyanaka Rasa, Chavana Prasha, Amritha Prasha Gritha, Bruhat Chagaladi Gritha etc. Along with external means of Therapies. External Massage with Bala Taila, Balashwagandhadi Taila, Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda,
Strategy for Malnutrition