There is no medicine, better then buttermilk. Buttermilk is one of the widely used diet article, in Ayurvedic treatment. Buttermilk is called as Takra in Sanskrit. There is a simile given for buttermilk. Nectar is for Gods and Goddesses, buttermilk benefits human beings.
Ayurveda uses buttermilk both to maintain health and to treat diseases. Butter milk is easy to digest, has astringent and sour tastes and is hot in nature. Buttermilk improves digestion and mitigates kapha and vata. In Ayurvedic treatment, it is useful in the treatment of inflammation, digestive disorders, gastro intestinal disorders, lack of appetite, spleen disorders and anemia. Buttermilk is highly beneficial during winter, in indigestion and in Vata imbalance related disorders. It is given in cases of excessive ghee consumption.
Types of buttermilk and benefits
Full cream buttermilk
Full cream buttermilk added with sugar calms Vata and Pitta. Very nourishing and coolant in nature. It is similar to curds in qualities.
Qualities are explained above.
Half water buttermilk
Improves strength and digestive power.
No fat buttermilk
Increases Pitta Dosha, hot in nature, calms Vata and Kapha.
According to Ayurveda, Curd at night is contra indicated. During night, curd is substituted with buttermilk.
शोफार्शोग्रहणीदोषमूत्रग्रहोदरारुचौ| स्नेहव्यापदि पाण्डुत्वे तक्रं दद्याद्गरेषु च||२२९||
śophārśograhaṇīdoṣamūtragrahodarārucau| snehavyāpadi pāṇḍutve takraṃ dadyādgareṣu ca||229|| – Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 27
Buttermilk is useful in Shopha – oedema, Arsha – Hemorrhoids Grahani – Malabsorption syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Mutragraha – urine retention Udara – Ascites Aruchi – Anorexia, lack of interest in food Snehavyapat – in case of ghee and fat indigestion affliction with Gara type of poision. Pandu – Anemia, initial stages of liver disorders It is also used for alleviating the complications of oleation therapy.
Buttermilk contra indication
Since Buttermilk is hot in nature, it is to be avoided – during summer, – in persons with injury – in debilitated persons – person suffering from giddiness, and in diseases related to Pitta imbalance.
Ayurvedic reference on Buttermilk benefits
Takram laghu Kashaya amlam deepanam kaphavatajit | Shopha udara arsha grahani dosha mootragraha aruchihi | pleeha gulma ghritavyapat gara paandu aamayaan jayet || – Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutra sthana – 5th chapter
Buttermilk home remedy for hemorrhoids
Ayurvedic medicines to be taken along with buttermilk In following Ayurvedic medicines, buttermilk is advised as a co-drink.
Kutajavaleha, Chinchadi Lehyam, Mandoora Vatakam, Punarnava Mandoor
Ayurvedic medicines with buttermilk as ingredient
Takrarishta – Used in the treatment of low digestion strength, piles, Irritable bowel syndrome etc. It is a fermented product.Punarnavadi Tailam – Ayurvedic herbal oil, used for the treatment of swelling and inflammation. It is used for external application only.
Is Buttermilk useful in rheumatoid arthritis? As per Ayurveda, Rheumatoid Arthritis is commonly compared with Amavata.
Ama refers to impaired digestion and metabolism. This leads to stiffness of joints, constipation and indigestion problems.
Vata refers to impaired, imbalanced Vata Dosha leading to joint pains and deformity.
There are different types of buttermilk, based on level of cream. If it is full cream buttermilk, it is not useful. But if the cream is removed partially or fully in the buttermilk, then such a buttermilk as following features as per Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutra sthana – 5th chapter
Takram laghu Kashaya amlam deepanam kaphavatajit | So, buttermilk is Laghu – light to digest – a very desirable quality in Rheumatoid arthritis, where heaviness and stiffness of joints is a feature, Deepana – improves digestion strength and acts against Ama. Kaphajit – Kapha also contributes to stiffness of joints. Buttermilk pacifies Kapha, hence relieves stiffness of joints. Vata jit – pacifies Vata and hence relieves pain.
With these features, buttermilk is very useful in rheumatoid arthritis.
Fatless Buttermilk for the treatment of ascites
Udara roga: Reference: Charaka Sanhita, Chikitsa Sthana 13th chapter Buttermilk, which is not very thick, which is sweet (not sour) and which is free from fat is useful for the patient suffering from Udara Roga.
If the patient is suffering from Sannipatika Udara Roga, then he should take buttermilk along with Tryusana (ginger, pepper, long pepper) Alkalies and Rock salt.
The patient of Vatika type of Udara Roga should take • Buttermilk along with Pippali – Piper longum and Rock- salt.
In Pittika type of Udara Roga, the patient should take • Buttermilk which is freshly churned and sweet and added with sugar and the powder of Madhuka (licorice).
For the patient suffering from Kaphaja
In Kaphaja type of Udara Roga, buttermilk added with Yavani, Rock salt, cumin seeds and Trikatu (ginger, pepper and long pepper) and it should not contain much of fat.
The patient of Plihodara (abdominal swelling caused by the enlargement of spleen) should take • Butter milk along with honey, oil and the powder of Vata, Sunthi, Shatahva (dill), Kustha and rock salt. The patient suffering from Udakodara (Ascites) should take • Buttermilk prepared of well formed curd along with the powder of Trikatu (ginger, pepper and long pepper). For the patient suffering from Baddhodara (enlargement of abdomen because of intestinal strangulation), butter- milk added with Hapusha, Yavani, cumin seeds and rock salt is useful. The patient suffering from Chidrodara (abdominal swelling caused by intestinal perforation) should take • butter milk along with Pippali and honey Butter milk is like nector for peopple suffering from heaviness, anorexia, suppression of the power of digestion, diarrhoea and diseases caused by aggravated Vata and Kapha.
Fat-less buttermilk for sit-bath in hemorrhoids
To the pile mass, sesame oil is applied. Buttermilk is heated to lukewarm. The patient is made to take sit-bath in the buttermilk for 5 – 10 minutes. Due to astringent properties of buttermilk, it reduces pain, itching and size of the pile mass. Harad along with buttermilk is administered for piles.(Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 14th chapter).
Buttermilk benefits for piles
Charaka chikitsa 14th chapter The inside wall of an earthen jar is smeared with the paste of the root bark of Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica, and in this Jar, curd is prepared. Intake of this curd or the butter milk prepared out of it cures piles.
There is no medicine, better then buttermilk for the cure of piles caused by the predominance of aggravated Vayu and kapha depending upon the Dosha involved, it is taken along with fat (for Vayu) or in an unctuous from(for Kapha). The physician acquainted with the specifications of the strength of the patient as well as the nature of the season is given buttermilk for either on week or for 10 days or for 15 days or for a month. If the Kayagni (power of digestion and metabolism) of the patient is very weak, then he is given only buttermilk [both morning and evening], other- wise Takravalehika (linctus prepared by adding buttermilk to the flour of fried paddy) is given in the evening. After the buttermilk (taken in the morning) is digested, [in the evening] the patient is given Takrapeya (thin gruel prepared by adding buttermilk) along with rock- salt, thereafter, Takraudana (rice mixed with buttermilk) added with fat is given and buttermilk is given to such a patient as post- prandial drink. As food, he may be given vegetable soup along with buttermilk. Alternatively, vegetable soup prepared by boiling with buttermilk can be given to him. The physician acquainted with the time (Kala) and procedure of administration (Krama) is discontinuing buttermilk all of a sudden. Buttermilk is administered up to 1 month, and thereafter, it is gradually withdrawn. It is withdrawn gradually in the same quantity in which it was increased [in the beginning]. While reducing buttermilk, the patient total food intake is reduced. Adoption of this procedure will promote and maintain his energy, maintain the strength of his digestive powder and promote his strength, plumpness as well as completion.
Butter- milk is of 3 types. Viz 1) From which fat is completely removed 2) From which half of the fat is removed and 3) From which fat is not at all removed. The physician acquainted with the nature of the Doshas involved in the causation of the disease, Agni (power of digestion and metabolism) of the patient and his strength should administer any of the above mentioned 3 types of buttermilk appropriately.
Piles in the anus, once cured by the administration of buttermilk, do not recur. When sprinkled over the ground buttermilk burns all grass thereon let alone the dry type of piles in a patient who’s Agni (power of digestion and metabolism) has been kindled through this therapy. Buttermilk cleanness the channels of circulation as a result of which Rasa (end product of the food after digestion) reaches [the tissue elements] appropriately. This produces proper nourishment, strength, completion and exhilarations, and cures 100 diseases including those caused by Vayu (80 in number) and Kapha (20 in number). There is no medicine better than buttermilk, for the treatment of piles caused by Vayu and Kapha.
Buttermilk benefits Irritable bowel syndrome (Grahani) Reference: Charaka Chikitsa Sthana, 15th chapter. For a patient suffering from grahani, butter milk is an excellent drink because it stimulates the power of digestion, it is grahi – absorbent, bowel binding, useful in ibs, diarrhoea (constipative) and light for digestion.
It is sweet in vipaka (the taste that emerges after digestion) and therefore, it does not cause aggravation of pitta. Because of its astringent taste, hot potency, vikasitva (which relives the stiffness and causes looseness of joints, it is useful for counteracting the aggravated kapha.
Because of the sweet and sour tastes and density, it is useful for counter-acting aggravated vayu.
When freshly prepared, it does not cause burning sensation. Therefore, all the recipes of buttermilk described for the treatment of Udara (ascites) and piles is used for the treatment of Grahani.
Buttermilk for Takradhara:Takradhara is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment used for the treatment of psoriasis, hypertension etc. Here, medicated buttermilk is poured over a particular body part for specified amount of time.