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Butter is Better

==>>Are you still shunning butter from your diet? You can stop today because butter (Ayurveda butter) can be a very healthy part of your diet.

Butter is known as “Navaneeta”  or “Ghrit” in Sanskrit.  Butter is usually made from cow’s or buffalo’s milk.Butter prepared out of cow’s milk contains saturated fats, monosaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, plenty of Vitamin A, Vtamin D, Vitamin D and Cholesterol.

Texts of Ayurveda consider butter prepared from milk of cow, buffalo and sheep for medicinal use. The health benefits of butter are very well explained in Ayurveda.

Butter prepared from cow’s milk has the following medicinal properties.

  • Use of Ghee in Ayurveda:

In Ayurveda,most of the important Medhya aushadhi (Psychotropic Drugs) have been used in the form of ghrita or ghee .The best examples being Unmada, Apasmara and certain syndromes involving CNS like balagraha like Skanda ,Skandapasmara etc. The main clinical features of these diseases being altered sensorium, behavioral changes, seizure manifestations and partial or total loss of higher functions of brain. The extensive use of ghee in such conditions in Ayurveda compels us to think why this dosage form in particular was selected.

  • Qualities of Cow’s Ghee:

Ayurveda has indicated the use of cow’s ghee i.e go-ghrita, whenever the reference of ghee arises in the treatment. A brief glance at the qualities of go-ghrita shows that it has been described as Buddhivardhaka-augmenting intelligence, Smritivardhaka-enhancing memory, Deepana-improves appetite and is useful in the treatment of unmada, apasmara, murccha and mada. Again its worth noticing that all these are the diseases affecting the nervous system in particular.

  • Chemical composition of Ghee (Cow’s Ghee):

Ghrita is abundant in saturated fatty acids. It contains approximately 8% saturated fatty acids which make it easily digestible. The digestibility co-efficient or the rate of adsorption is 96% which is better than any other animal or vegitable fat. It contains triglycerides, diglycerides, monoglycerides, phospholipids, contains beta carotene 600 IU and Vitamin E which are known anti oxidants.

Why Butter is Better???

  • Vitamins …

Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A, needed for a wide range of functions, from maintaining good vision to keeping the endocrine system in top shape.Butter also contains all the other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K2), which are often lacking in the modern industrial diet.

  • Minerals ..

Butter is rich in important trace minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium (a powerful antioxidant). Butter provides more selenium per gram than wheat germ or herring. Butter is also an excellent source of iodine.

  • Fatty Acids …

Butter provides appreciable amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties; that is, they fight against pathogenic microorganisms in the intestinal tract.

  • Butter also provides the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Arachidonic acid in butter is important for brain function, skin health and prostaglandin balance.
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) …

When butter comes from cows eating green grass, it contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that gives excellent protection against cancer and also helps your body build muscle rather than store fat.

  • Glycospingolipids …

These are a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young and the elderly. Children given reduced-fat milks have higher rates of diarrhea than those who drink whole milk.

  • Cholesterol …

Despite all of the misinformation you may have heard, cholesterol is needed to maintain intestinal health and for brain and nervous system development in the young.

  • Wulzen Factor …

A hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in your body is put into your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization.

 Butter and Your Health

Is butter really healthy? Let us count the ways …

  1. Heart Disease
    Butter contains many nutrients that protect against heart disease including vitamins A, D, K2, and E, lecithin, iodine and selenium. A Medical Research Council survey showed that men eating butter ran half the risk of developing heart disease as those using margarine.
  2. Cancer
    The short- and medium-chain fatty acids in butter have strong anti-tumor effects. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in butter from grass-fed cows also gives excellent protection against cancer.
  3. Arthritis
    The Wulzen or “anti-stiffness” factor in raw butter and also Vitamin K2 in grasss-fed butter, protect against calcification of the joints as well as hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland. Calves fed pasteurized milk or skim milk develop joint stiffness and do not thrive.
  4. Osteoporosis
    Vitamins A, D and K2 in butter are essential for the proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus and hence necessary for strong bones and teeth.
  5. Thyroid Health
    Butter is a good source of iodine, in a highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
  6. Digestion
    Glycospingolipids in butterfat protect against gastrointestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly.
  7. Growth & Development
    Many factors in the butter ensure optimal growth of children, especially iodine and vitamins A, D and K2. Low-fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children — yet low-fat diets are often recommended for youngsters!
  8. Asthma
    Saturated fats in butter are critical to lung function and protect against ashthma.
  9. Overweight
    CLA and short- and medium-chain fatty acids in butter help control weight gain.
  10. Fertility
    Many nutrients contained in butter are needed for fertility and normal reproduction.

Why You Should Avoid Margarine, Shortening and Spreads

There are a myriad of unhealthy components to margarine and other butter imposters, including:

  • Trans fats: These unnatural fats in margarine, shortenings and spreads are formed during the process of hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oils into a solid fat
    Trans fats contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalance and skin disease; infertility, difficulties in pregnancy and problems with lactation; and low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in children.A U.S. government panel of scientists determined that man-made trans fats are unsafe at any level. (Small amounts of natural trans fats occur in butter and other animal fats, but these are not harmful.)
  • Free radicals: Free radicals and other toxic breakdown products are the result of high temperature industrial processing of vegetable oils. They contribute to numerous health problems, including cancer and heart disease.
  • Synthetic vitamins: Synthetic vitamin A and other vitamins are added to margarine and spreads. These often have an opposite (and detrimental) effect compared to the natural vitamins in butter.
  • Emulsifiers and preservatives: Numerous additives of questionable safety are added to margarines and spreads. Most vegetable shortening is stabilized with preservatives like BHT.
  • Hexane and other solvents: Used in the extraction process, these industrial chemicals can have toxic effects.
  • Bleach: The natural color of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is grey so manufacturers bleach it to make it white. Yellow coloring is then added to margarine and spreads.
  • Artificial flavors: These help mask the terrible taste and odor of partially hydrogenated oils, and provide a fake butter taste.
  • Mono- and di-glycerides: These contain trans fats that manufacturers do not have to list on the label. They are used in high amounts in so-called “low-trans” spreads.
  • Soy protein isolate: This highly processed powder is added to “low-trans” spreads to give them body. It can contribute to thyroid dysfunction, digestive disorders and many other health problems.
  • Sterols: Often added to spreads to give them cholesterol-lowering qualities, these estrogen compounds can cause endocrine problems; in animals these sterols contribute to sexual inversion.

How to Purchase Butter

The BEST butter is raw butter from grass-fed cows, preferably organic. Next is pasteurized butter from grass-fed cows, followed by regular pasteurized butter from supermarkets. Even the latter two are still a much healthier choice than margarine or spreads.

Read about Indian Cow – A holy Cow with Medicinal Qualities 

Shirodhara —>> A Unique – Effective Panchkarma Procedure

Today’s fast developing world made man mechanical and workaholic. And tha is responsible fragmentation of human personality at several levels.

And so here at our clinic I find so many patients suffering from mental illness. As in such cases Ayurveda has much to offer to treat this highest ranking disorder nowadays.

Here I just discuss a one important aspect of treatment – Shirodhara.

The foremost sign of Mental – Psychiatric disorders are feeling of sadness and loss of interests, loss of concentration, Physical and Mental lethargy, Sleep disturbances, mental retardation, Gastric disturbances, and suicidal intentions.

Shirodhara  is a procedure wherein medicated oil, decoction, milk, buttermilk is poured continuously without interruption for a specific period of time.

It is best used in diseases of head and mental illness such as –

  • Psychosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurosis
  • Insomnia
  • Fainting
  • Mental retardation
  • Alcoholism
  • Headache
  • Immature falling of hair
  • All nervous system disorders
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Skin Diseases
  • Pittaj Rog

It is an external therapy and hence there are no chances of any side effects,

Continuous pouring of oil, on head for a specific period of time does practical results in all mental n Psychic disorders.

Continuous pouring medicated oil/milk/buttermilk in a relaxed and comfortable position has a effects which can be near compared to the cradling of a mother to her child. This acts as sedative and soothing effects to the brain and induces mental calmness.

The hyperactive cells are provided lubrication-nutrition and facilitate better working.  It also provides activation of cells by its medication –herb effects without irritation and harmful effects. And application of medicines also relieves skin disorder, makes hair strong n lively.

Here recommendation of time, Choice of Herbs and Medication is depends on diseases and on body constitutes of Patients.

But along with proper internal medication, Yoga and counseling, This Panchkarma Shirodhara externally makes very beneficial effects in mental n Psychic disorders.

 

Gulkand / Rose Petal Jam

Gulkand is a sweet preserve of rose petals from India. Gul means flower in both Persian and Urdu whereas qand means sweet in Arabic. Gulqand is commonly used as an ingredient of Paan, a popular dessert and digestive of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Ayurveda said its so many benefits, Though one should take it after Ayurveda doctor’s advise.But its taken widely as a home made remedies in India.

Preparation

  • Place the rose petals and sugar in layers in a wide-mouthed airtight glass jar.
  • Place this jar in sunlight for 6 hours per day for around 3 to 4 weeks.
  • On alternate days, the contents of the jar should be stirred with a wooden stick.
  • The jar should be kept indoors once done.
  • Other ingredients, such as silver foil, Praval Pishti, cardamom seeds, or Muktapishti (powdered pearl) can be added to increase the cooling properties of the gulkand.(it should be added under observation of doctor or after advise of doctor)

Gulkand Benefits:

  • It reduces hyper-acidity due to its cooling nature. Hence it can be used in treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. It helps strengthen the digestive system.
  • It helps in increasing urine output and hence may be given to the individuals who have problem of water retention.
  • Helps reduce the pain during menstruation and can be used as an aid to treat dysmenorrhoea. It is also helpful as an aid in treating white discharge.
  • It helps facilitate digestion and reduces nausea.
  • It helps to prevent acne and foul body odor.
  • It helps heal mouth ulcers if dissolved in water and gargled. It also helps strengthen teeth and gums..
  • It helps increase virility and hence is described as ‘Vrishya’ in Ayurveda. It is proved that the essential oil present in the rose flower has aphrodisiac properties. This could be another reason why rose is associated with love.
  • Rose has conducive effect on heart and hence can be given to patients suffering from various cardiac problems as ‘anupan’ with various other drugs. Gulkand acts as a catalyst and facilitates effective uptake of these medicines by the body and thus help control various heart ailments like palpitation, arrhythmia and hypertension or high blood pressure.
  • It can be used effectively to combat epistaxis (bleeding through the nose) which occurs in some children during warm season.
  • It helps reduce the burning sensation of palms and sole. In severe conditions, Sitopaladi churna should be added.(after Physician’s advice)
  • It helps reduce stress as it has calming effect on the nervous system.
  • If consumed in small amount it helps reduce the frequency of motions but acts as a laxative if taken in large quantities. Hence it can be used to treat both loose motions as well as constipation.
  • Other substances added in it like corals or pearls are good sources of calcium and help strengthen the bones. Small quantities of silver is also added which is potent metal to increase the intellectual capacity.
  • It can be used to reduce side effects of allopathic drugs such as antibiotics, anticancer drugs etc.

Recommended dose:

  • 1 tsp. in the morning, afternoon and evening, after food. Total 10-12 grams a day on a regular basis.
  • It can be used to make sweet meals, milk shakes or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.
  • You will not have to run behind the children to give them their morning dose of this refreshing summer tonic. Chances are that they will be pestering you to give them some more of it.

Contra indications: Diabetic patients with high level of Blood sugar should consume it only after the advice of their personal Vaidya or diabetologists only.

Psoriasis Care according to Ayurveda

Psoriasis is one of the leading diseases now a days. In simple words. patient become mad from this diseases.Actually itching, burning sensation, dry n cracked skin, joint swelling, scalp itching and sleepless nights is worst feeling in Psoriasis and other skin diseases.

Modern science not able to understand its causes and actual pathogenesis, but Ayurveda explained such skin diseases in detail and in very proper manner from causes to treatments.

Its non infectious diseases but very chronic diseases mainly happen due to imbalance of Three doshas.Irregular habits of food, consumption of food that can not be eaten together (like dairy products with fish etc) , intake of yogurt, sea food, alcohol, sour food, salted items are most common reason of Psoriasis.

I must say that this diseases mainly occur due to bad and irregular lifestyle and habits.Ayurveda also believe mental disorders, anger, stress, in sufficient sleeps are also very bigger and positive reason of Psoriasis.

There are so many complications and types of Psoriasis like Psoriatic arthritis, Putul psoriasis, Scalp Psoriasis, Nail Psoriasis etc.

Ayurveda says, that impurities in the blood associated with emotional factors are the cause of the disease. According to Ayurveda Psoriasis can be considered as the vitiation of Vata and Kapha.

Only Ayurveda is best for Psoriasis and such skin diseases. Here at our clinic we treated so many cases of Psoriasis with only Ayurveda medications effectively.

Proper selection of Ayurveda herbs, strict diet-food and Lifestyle restrictions and Some Panchkarma therapy can heal this diseases very effectively.

Some effective Precautionary tips and natural cure for psoriasis—->>>>

  • The use of buttermilk has proved useful in psoriasis and the patient should drink it in liberal quantities.
  • Do not control natural urges like vomiting, urination, bowel emptying etc.
  • Avoid taking spicy food and consume only easily digestable food.
  • Do not eat too much of salty, sour or acidic foods
  • Avoid consuming opposite foods
  • Include more fruits, vegetable, fruit juices in your diet. Bitter gourd, boiled vegetables, pumpkin etc… are good psoriasis diet.
  • Avoid animal fats, eggs, processed canned foods from your diet.
  • Dont consume milk and sweets which are made up from milk.
  • Avoid using soap while taking bath instead use gram flour/herbal powder that is prescribed by your Ayurveda doctors.
  • Avoid pricking, peeling and scratching skin
  • Apply medicated oil which is prescribed for you n your skin type by your doctors. Remember there are so many medication in Ayurveda, each medication will not suit everybody. Each Person is unique so Ayurveda recommends unique formulations for every person according to his/her body constitutes.
  • Use separate, clean clothes and towel for your use.
  • Applying aloe vera cream thinly to irritated skin and rubbing lightly is effective upto some extents.
  • Mental health is absolutely necessary for an effective treatment of psoriasis. Try deep breathing and relaxation exercise to reduce stress.Do yoga, indulge with spirituality and Pranayam for mental relaxations.
  • Any habit / food or Lifestyle which aggravates Pitta and Vata dosha is harmful,Even Kapha dosha also plays important role in Psoriasis so One has to balance Tree doshas by ther food – habits -Lifestyles.
  • According to Ayurveda, You are what you think. So your thoughts and Mental status should be positive and satvik.

Along with that, Proper Ayurveda herbal Medications, SPanchkarma therapy like Vaman, Shirodhara, Rakta mokshan, Basti therapy are best and effective.Selection of herb n aushadhi depends on body constitutes and situation of diseases.But if Patient do follow above Lifestyle and food style then definitely he will get the results.

Indian Cow – A holy Cow with Medicinal Qualities

Now a days der is so many controversies for cow’s milk,

Indian cow is different species den other cows n Dis Indian cow only contain some unique things in its milk dat its milk and other milk products r very much effective by health means.

Indian cow’s ghee contain saturated fat,a good type of cholesterol dat body needs everyday.

A heart patients can also take d ghee under Ayurveda physician.

Indian Cow have different gene as compared to other country’s cow.  All this cows r given different latin name according to der species.

Ayurveda text mentioned qualities of milk of Indian cow, its like—>>

अत्र गव्यं तु जीवनियं रसायनम् I
क्षतक्षिनहितं मेध्यं बल्यं स्तन्यकरं सरम I
श्रम भ्रम मद लक्ष्मी श्वास् कस अति तृट् क्षुधा : II
जीर्ण ज्वरम् मूत्रकृछं रक्तपित्तं च नाशयेत II  (अष्टान्ग ह्रदयं)

Cows milk is useful to rejuvenate the body, it gives life to body,can fight against cancer and TB and Asthma like diseases, It improves ur IQ level, make ur mind n brain alert, its beneficial to pregnant woman as it increase mother milk.

By consuming cow’s milk ur weakness, giddiness such problems get rid out of ur body. It good to consume while ur thirsty or hungry.

Its good to consume in chronic fever, Kidney diseases, and various Skin diseases also. Its good in Various eye problems, various degenerative disorders, AIDS and so many diseases.

Researches r proved all the above mentioned things n all this alreadytold earlier by Ayurveda scholar in their ancient texts.

Ayurveda scholar mentioned it as a LAXMI, it means one who consume Indian cow’s milk regularly, he/she never suffer of diseases and he/she become wealthy by all means.

Indian cow’s milk and d milk products r used in various conditions according to Ayurveda. Panchagavya is unique combination of 5 products from cow.

so by this way Indian cow is d only cow in d world who have such a qualities to provide health by all means.

there is lots of information about Indian Cow and der qualities.I just put few things in simple words.

Read more about qualities of Butter / cow’s ghee here —>>>
https://drjigargor.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/butter-is-better/