Author(s): Shubhashree M.N *, Usha C
Ayurveda, the “Science of life” has given much importance to the preservation of health and the prevention of the diseases. It emphasizes diet as one of the essential part of healthy life. The ancient, empirical, elegant art of dietetics has become a science which tells us what nutrients we need and from which food they can be obtained. Sesame is used extensively from times immemorial. It is interesting to explore the wide array of its activities. This paper attempts to carefully review the ancient and contemporary uses of sesame as food and medicine with reference to Ayurveda. Data was collected from different Ayurvedic texts regarding the Dietetic and Therapeutic effects of sesame and it was correlated with the research findings from various research works. This paper intends to explore the rationality behind Ayurvedic views regarding sesame and its applications based on the research findings.