5 tonics allowed after noon

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5 tonics (foods) allowed to be consumed by monks and nuns after 12 noon and by laypeople, when they are taking the 8 precepts.

  • 1. ghee
  • 2. oil
  • 3. butter / cheese
  • 4. honey
  • 5. sugar / dark chocolate

They are known as the five traditional Indian 'medicines' to be used for such reasons as when a monk or nun had been working hard, when it was very cold, or when they had received insufficient almsfood that morning. Laypeople sometimes take 8 precepts for deeper practice and may take these items too on those days, as needed.