Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Ghee

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Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Ghee

According to ayurveda ghee improves memory, body energy, skin glow, quality of semen, sexual function, health of eyes, clarity of voice and rejuvenates body.

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Health Benefits and Uses of Ghee – An Ayurveda View

Types of ghee in ayurveda

Ayurveda Health Benefits of Cow’s ghee

Properties of ghee prepared out of buffalo’s milk

Types based on age of ghee

Ghee and oil are widely used in ayurveda system of medicine as mediums to administer herbal preparations. Herbs, pastes of herbs or decoction of herbs are infused in oil or ghee and later administered to patients after diagnosing the conditions and diseases.

Health Benefits and Uses of Ghee – An Ayurveda View

Texts of ayurveda explain health benefits of ghee as follows

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Ghee balances pitta dosha and vata dosha.  It improves nutrition value of rasa dhatu (lymph) . It boosts quality of shukra dhatu. The aura and Ojas both get enhanced by using ghee regularly. Ghee lubricates joints, muscles, tendons and all body tissues.

Health Benefits of ghee- According to ayurveda ghee improves memory, body energy, skin glow, quality of semen, sexual function, health of eyes, clarity of voice and rejuvenates body.

Types of ghee in ayurveda

Ayurveda acharyas mention different types of ghees. Among these

  1. Cow’s milk ghee (ghee prepared from cow’s milk)
  2. Buffalo’s milk ghee ( ghee prepared from Buffalo’s milk )

Ghee prepared out of cow’s milk is considered to be having medicinal properties and is widely used ayurvedic preparations.

Ayurveda Health Benefits of Cow’s ghee

Cow’s ghee has following properties-

Properties of ghee prepared out of buffalo’s milk

1. Strengthens the body.
2. Makes you feel healthy
3. Increases fairness and glow of skin.
4. Normalizes kapha dosha and vata dosha
5. It is very effective in piles (hemorrhoids), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome),
6. It is used in disorders of eye.

Among these two, ghee prepared out of cows milk is considered to have more medicinal properties. Freshly prepared ghee is very effective and useful.

Types based on age of ghee

There are two types of ghee based on its age.

PURANA GHRITA

The ghee which has been kept for 10 years is called as “PURANA GHRITA”. It is widely used in treating epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

KUMBHA SARPI or MAHAGHRITA

The ghee which has been stored for more than 100 years is called as “KUMBHA SARPI”. The ghee which is stored more than 100 years is called as “MAHAGHRITA”. Mahaghrita is used in chronic cough and disorders of eye,

The ghee should not be administered in tuberculosis, upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis when mucous secretion is more, indigestion, constipation, fever and diabetes.

Ghee and cholesterol

This is an input from Dr.Shirish Bhate a famous ayurvedic physician

“Indian country cow Ghee reduces cholesterol, does not build it. This is an expereience on several Cardio-Vascular-Disease (CVD) patients. One of them very recently completed 21 km Marathon non-stop in Mumbai, in a slow jogging mood and is now considering going to Himalayan Treks. Cow ghee is also used in Cancer Camps, where all types of secondary cancer patients are being treated by PanchGavya medicines.

Of course the ability of ghee in reducing cholesterol may differ depending on the type of cow and her diet. In some Goushalas experiments are in progress to study correlation between cow diet and resulting PanchaGavya medicines. Different cow breeds have slightly different properties.

In ayurveda, several medicines are prepared by boiling butter along with fresh herbs/herbal powders/extracts since ghee squeezes out all the medicinal properties of herbs, almost equivalent to taking the fresh juice of the herb. Arjun Ghruta is the well known heart toner made in ghee, to cite an example. At least fifty other come to the mind.”

How much ghee is good ?

Ghee dose should typically be 1-2 tsp in every meal, unless directed otherwise.

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Author – Dr.Savitha Suri. Consultant ayurvedic physician. 

Reference:  Ghee : Its Properties, Importance and Health Benefits

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