Desi Ghee is an excellent base for preparing Ayurvedic medicines. The virtues of this clarified butter and its ability to reach within the deepest of tissues in the human body make it an ideal base to prepare Ayurvedic formulations targeting specific parts/organs/tissues of the body. There are many other uses of Cow ghee within Ayurvedic science that make it an invaluable part of this ancient medical science.
Cow ghee also is known as clarified butter, is a traditional adjuvant/ vehicle described in Ayurveda. It is an excellent anupana (vehicle) for transporting the drugs to the deeper tissue layers of the body.
Proper digestion, absorption, and delivery to a target organ system are crucial in obtaining the maximum benefit from any therapeutic formulation; the lipophilic action if Cow ghee facilitates transportation to a target organ and final delivery inside the cell since the cell membrane also contains lipid.
Cow Ghee is utilized in Ayurveda, used for numerous medical applications, including the treatment of allergy, skin and respiratory diseases. Cow Ghee is also known to retard the undesirable effects of drugs besides cancelling the effect of toxins in the body.
However, cow ghee has to be used in its optimal volume and form in order to increase the efficacy of the Ayurvedic preparations. ( an abstract from imedpub). Cow ghee is butter oil that can bond with lipid-soluble nutrients and herbs to penetrate the lipid-based cell walls of the body.
Thus, it increases the potency of certain herbs by carrying the active components to the interior of the cells, which helps to increase Marrow, Semen & Ojas (Immunity). It is also used as a carrier of nutrients to be absorbed across the cell membrane.
Cow Ghee based medicines are digested and absorbed more easily. The antioxidant properties of ghee help prevent damage to nerves and brain tissues besides retarding the progress of degenerative diseases.
Cow Ghee and Ayurveda:
Cow Ghee, an integral part of the Ayurvedic health science is considered a premier Rasayana. A food that helps maintain good health, vitality, and longevity. Cow Ghee is excellent for balancing Vata (air) and Pitta (fire) related doshas (humors).
It is satvic (healthy) food, which has a pure influence on mind, body, and spirit. Vata type people can enjoy more ghee than Pitta (fire) type who in turn can enjoy more ghee than Kapha (Water) types. Cow Ghee also brings out the aroma and flavour of many foods.
Cow Ghee contains no water, so it does not spoil easily and hence preserves the original freshness and potency of herbs and foods. Therefore, no refrigeration is required for cow ghee.
It is ancient Ayurvedic and folk assumption that as Cow ghee becomes aged, though its taste becomes slightly bitter its effectiveness and healing properties increases. In many Ayurvedic classical formulations, 5 to 10 years older Cow ghee is highly recommended.
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Ayurveda is famed for its rejuvenation treatments.
The combination of ghee and milk is one of the best rejuvenation tonics as it increases the body’s life force (Ojas). The Ayurvedic concept of Ojas covers all factors involved in the prevention of degeneration and natural immunity. It is considered the essence of all the body’s tissues, and without it, we die.
Panchakarma: A conventional way of detoxification. It helps to remove toxins, purify the blood and tune the body organs so as to achieve perfect health and longevity.
Cow Ghee is used in purvakarma (early panchkarma), where a small amount of cow ghee is taken first thing in the morning by the practitioner to oleate the internal organs & dissolve the ama or toxic wastes in the tissues, allowing them to be carried to the digestive tract for elimination.
Why panchkarma has such Rejuvenating effect:
- It penetrates into and in short, helps in dissolving the ama or toxins in the dhatus, and has a positive effect on basic elements of the body and the wastes that are carried to the intestines.
- Ghee enables recovery from wounds healing and facilitates.
- Panchakarma is considered one of the best therapies for self-massage, boosting the strength, luster, and beauty of the body.
- Ghee crates Agni, helpful to digest food. And it is a remedy over pitta dosha.
- Also, Ghee is ideal for those who are suffering from Vata and Pitta imbalance order.
- Ghee rejuvenates contributes against the aging process, as the panchakarma treatment always involves the use of ghee. Our physical structure is made of ghee with protein then we can start cleansing it by the use of ghee.
- From the ancient tradition, Ghee is particularly used for Virechana- one of the methodologies in panchakarma. Shifting these toxins through the liver and doing purification in our body, is enema type treatment.
- The rejuvenating effect helps in eliminating the natural flow and function within physiology, also it works on metabolism to get more benefits on nourishment for better health growth.
- Well, Panchkarma is a very unique and specific strategy. It helps your body to clear the collected toxins and clean them so that we can start fresh and balanced for a healthy life.
Udwarthana: In this treatment. The body is massaged after an application of herbal paste on the skin followed by a warm steam bath. Udwarthana is a favoured treatment for improving blood circulation, reducing joint pains, improving muscle tone and others.
Njavarakizhi: It is a body massage using small linen boluses filled with special kinds of cooked rice. The therapy is used for curing rheumatism, neuromuscular diseases, and recovery from broken bones as well as rejuvenation of the body.
Pizhichil: A cloth dipped in warm medicated oil is squeezed over the whole body and gently massaged by the therapists. Pizhichil helps to revive the whole body, heal fractured bones and increase immunity.
For body massage-abhyanga. An Ayurvedic oil massage that helps in removing impurities, relieving stress, pacifying Vata and Kapha and boosting all body parts. Apply Cow ghee all over the body, rubbing into the head, chest, limbs, joints & orifices.
It will bypass the digestive system & allow the qualities of Cow ghee to penetrate directly into the deeper tissues. Massaging the skin creates endorphins or peptides, which enhances the body’s immune system. Regular abhyanga slows the ageing process.
Ghee is ideal for massage and detoxification
A unique aspect of Ayurveda is its use of a large amount of oily substances in treatment. Ghee balances Vata dosha by countering its rough, dry properties. As such, oil massage can be very effective in Vata problems such as osteoarthritis, stress, insomnia, and paralysis.
However, ghee is more often used internally than for external massage. In Ayurvedic detoxification (Panchakarma) increasing doses of ghee are given each morning to prepare the body. Patients are also given a daily oil massage which brings toxins out of fatty tissues, followed by steam therapy to bring toxins to the surface.
After several days, these are eliminated with different techniques such as emesis (vomiting), purgatives, enemas and nasal therapy to cleanse the body. Ayurvedic research has shown that Panchakarma greatly reduces 14 important fat-soluble toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. These would otherwise remain in the body for a long time as the body usually excretes only water-soluble chemicals.
The daily doses of ghee have the capacity to dissolve the lipid-soluble toxins and bring them to the alimentary tract for elimination by purification procedures. With an increasingly polluted internal and external environment, Ayurveda offers a unique way to remove these harmful fat-soluble chemicals.
Ghee is used in most Ayurvedic formulations
“Ghee is the unctuous substance par- excellence because of its power to assimilate effectively the properties of other substances. It increases, thousand times in potency and develops manifold qualities” (Charaka Su trasthana 13/13).
Ghee is widely used in medicinal formulations due to its unusual ability to assimilate the properties of herbs it is mixed with, without losing its own qualities. For example, if ghee is mixed with a drying, heating herb, it doesn’t sacrifice its own oily, cold nature.
Ayurveda considers honey to be the best in this regard. This is explained by it being made from many different species of flowers, each having different properties themselves.
However, Ayurveda views honey as a living substance that must not be heated or it ferments acting like a poison in the body (Charaka Sutrasthana 27/248). As most Ayurvedic formulations require heating in their preparation, ghee is favoured.