According to ayurveda milk nourishes tissues of body and strengthens them. Milk can be used with jaggery, sugar, sugar candy, ripe mango pulp, raisins, honey, ghee, butter, long pepper, black pepper, ginger, amla and sendha namak
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Milk in Ayurveda
Texts of ayurveda praise nourishing properties of milk as follows
According to principles of ayurveda milk is generally has sweet taste (madhura rasa) and retains sweet taste even after digestion. It improves moistness of tissues (snigdha) and heavy to digest (guru) . It has cooling effect on body (sheeta veerya) and strengthens body tissues (7 dhatus) . It balances vata dosha and pitta dosha. But increases kapha dosha. Consumption of milk increases lactation. It refreshes body and mind. Milk nourishes body and is believed to be a complete food.
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 (asthi Dhatu) and teeth strong. It helps to nourish the body with high quality proteins and vitamins. Drinking milk everyday helps to keep our body fit.
Cow Milk in Ayurveda
Texts of ayurveda explain the medicinal properties of cow’s milk as follows.
According ayurveda acharyas Cow milk has ten major medicinal properties.
- It is sweet to taste
- It acts as body coolant and nullifies effects of excess body heat.
- It has good fat content and increases softness of tissues.
- It is viscous or thick
- It is heavy to digest.
- It is soft
- It is smooth
- It increases stickiness of tissues
- It flows slower than water.
- When consumed it calms mind and gives clarity
Health Benefits and Uses of Cow’s Milk
The above mentioned 10 properties of cow’s milk makes it to stand apart in nourishment. It improves Ojas and acts as Rasayana. It acts as a natural aphrodisiac.
Consumption of cow milk Rejuvenates body and increases life expectancy. It improves intelligence, memory power and body strength. Daily consumption of cow milk increases libido, quality and quantity of semen and helps in erectile dysfunction. It helps to boost memory power and strengthens mind. It acts as an instant energizer and relieves thirst, tiredness, dizziness, and hunger. It relieves constipation and eases bowel movement. It is an elixir for recuperating persons as it helps to overcome severe debility. It is also useful in diseases related to urinary system, bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding etc. For a new born cow milk is the best substitute to mother’s milk.
The symptoms of bronchitis and cough get reduced by continuous use of this milk. Persons suffering from gout are benefited by regular consumption of milk. Studies show that drinking low fat cow milk helps to reduce blood uric acid level. It accelerates wound healing.
Use of Cow’s Milk in Ayurvedic Treatment
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, diarrhoea, 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).
Milk with herbs:
In ayurvedic treatment herbs are boiled with milk to enhance their properties and also increase the nutrition value. Milk acts as a fat and water soluble media for the active principles in the herb. Such herbal milks are useful as medicines and nourishing drinks.
Cow milk in Ayurvedic oils
Milk is added while processing various medicated oils. Milk provides nourishment and also acts as carrier to the principle active ingredients of herbs. Such oils help to reduce burning sensations, reduce nerve irritation and pain and they strengthen muscles and tendons.
Example: Ksheerabala Taila or Kshirabala oil.
Dos and Donts for 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.
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.
- Milk should be boiled well before consuming
- In ayurveda text Yogaratnakara it is recommended to add water to milk in the ratio of 1:2. This milk has to be boiled to evaporate water and retain milk by proportion. Thus Milk boiled in above method is very light to digest and healthy.
- When milk is consumed in early morning, it strengthens body, increases body weight and boosts the power of digestion.
- If you drink milk in afternoon, it boost body energy, improves sensory qualities of taste buds, helps in urine retention and it is very beneficial for those who have tendency to get renal calculi.
- Dosha imbalances are normalized when you drink milk at night.
- Milk helps children for their overall development. It improves their strength and kindles appetite.
- When men drink milk it improves their quality and quantity of semen.
- It helps recuperating patients to recover quickly by providing essential nutrients and energy.
- Drinking milk daily helps in boosting overall health of a person.
- When milk is consumed with sugar candy or sugar, it increases quality and quantity of semen. It enhances shukra dhatu and nourishes body.
- When jaggery is added to milk, the combination helps in conditions like urine retention. But this blend increases kapha and pitta.
- Never mix starch, salt, fermented beverages, green gram (moong) with milk. These combinations act as opposite foods and imbalance doshas.
- Milk can be mixed with mango pulp, raisins, honey, ghee, butter, long pepper, black pepper, ginger, jaggery, and sugar.
- As an exception, milk can be consumed with amla (Emblica Officinalis) and Sendha Namak or rock salt.
- Milk should never be used with fish, meat, radish and alcohol
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