Milk contains nutrients like protein, fat, mineral matter, water and lactose. It is rich in calcium and vitamins. It is the natural food of all young mammals. Milk is a reservoir of nutrients and forms an important ingredient of a balanced diet. As it is rich in calcium it makes our bones and teeth strong. It helps to nourish the body with high quality proteins and vitamins. Drinking milk everyday helps to keep our body fit.
Texts of ayurveda explain the medicinal properties of milk as follows.
Praayasho madhuram snigdham sheetam stanyam payo matam |
Preenam brimhanam vrishyam medhyam balyam manaskaram ||
Jeevaneeyam shramaharam shwasakaasanibarhanam|
Hanthi shonithapittam cha sandhanam vihatasya cha ||
Sarvapraanarbhutaam saatmyam shamanam shodhanam tatha |
Trishnaghnam deepaniyam cha shreshtam ksheena kshteshu cha ||
Paandurogeaamlapitte cha shoshe gulme tathodare |
Atisaare jware daahe shwayathou cha visheshataha ||
Yonishukrapradosheshu mutreshwaprachureshu cha |
Purishe grathite pathyam vaatapitta vikaareenaam ||
Nasyalepaavagaaheshu vamannsthaapaneshu cha |
Virechane snehane cha payaha sarvatra yujyate ||
According to principles of ayurveda milk is generally sweet and unctuous. It has cooling effect on body. Consumption of milk increases lactation. It refreshes body and mind. Milk nourishes body and is believed to be a complete food. Daily consumption of milk increases libido, quality and quantity of semen and helps in erectile dysfunction. It helps to boost memory power and strengthens mind. Milk acts as an instant energizer and relieves thirst. The symptoms of bronchitis and cough get reduced by continuous use of milk. Persons suffering from gout are benefited by regular consumption of milk. Milk accelerates wound healing.
When milk is used during ayurveda treatment sessions it alleviates vitiated doshas and eliminates them from body. It acts as an appetizer. Milk helps to reduce the period of recuperation . People suffering from anemia, acid peptic disorders, diarrhea, fever etc are greatly benefited by consumption of milk. Milk is of great aid to persons who experience constipation. A quick recovery can be experienced in condition like genital organ infections (male and female), on consumption of milk. It is used in diet regimen for diseases which are caused due to vitiation of vata and pitta. .
Milk is widely used in ayurveda treatments. It is instilled as nasal drops and can be used as body pack or face pack. Milk bath helps to rejuvenate skin. It is used in panchakarma treatment process to induce vamana (emisis) and virechana (purgation). It is also used in basthi (enema).
Drinking milk an ayurveda perspective
We all know that milk is a complete food. It is a treasure of nutrients. Texts of ayurveda advise to consume milk daily. But few rules have been laid by ayurveda acharyas in respect of drinking milk.
Ayurvedic uses of milk - Dos and don’ts for using milk.
Ayurveda acharyas eulogize the nutritional qualities of milk. The nutrient treasure of milk can be completely harnessed by using certain methods. Milk can prove harmful when used with some foods. Here is a list of ayurvedic dos and don’ts for drinking milk.
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