(Last Updated on : 06/12/2010)
Panchagavya is a Sanskrit term, which is the blend of five products obtained from cow. Panchagavya consists of five different products of cow like cow dung, cow urine, cow milk, cow ghee and curd. Panchagavya is among the traditional products that are used in various Hindu rituals from ancient time in India. The uses and healing properties of the Panchagavya can be described as follows:
Cow dung has an antiseptic property. It also has anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties. According to old Hindu Ayurvedic science, the cow dung is mixed with waters and then the filtrate is taken out of the suspension, which is the main ingredient of the skin ointments that is effective in case of serious skin problems like eczema, psoriasis and gangrene.
The cow urine is also sold in the market under the level `Gift of the Cow`. It has also medicinal properties. As per Ayurveda, cow`s urine is considered as one of the fundamental ingredients of many Ayurvedic medicines as this has some medicinal properties.
As per Ayurveda, cow milk provides special and unique nutrition, which cannot be derived from any other type of food. Cow milk must be digested properly to nourish all the tissues. It also promotes balanced emotions as well as balances all the doshas. This is also important food that enhances Ojas, the force that maintain life.
According to Ayurveda, the cow ghee is believed to be the best for human consumption. It has much nutritive qualities and is an ideal diet for the heart patients, who suffer from the cholesterol problem in the blood. The regular consumption of cow ghee enhances physical and mental strength, maintains healthy body and increases the potency of the body. Cow ghee has nutritive value also and also helps in taking out the impurities from the body. The cow ghee enhances eyesight; maintain the health of muscles and tendons and keeps the bones stout but flexible.
Curd is another byproduct of cow milk. In Sanskrit the Curd is called Dahi. The ancient Ayurveda specialists of India like Charaka and Sushruta have described the qualities and usefulness of curd. In many diseases curd is used due to its therapeutic value. The curd has been described as the tonic. It has got the properties that prevent premature aging. Curd cures the patients of diarrhea and dysentery. In chronic specific and non-specific colitis the curd is also very helpful.
Panchagavya is used as the traditional method to prevent and safeguard plants and microorganisms, which increases plant production. Panchagavya is applied more efficiently and profitably as fertilizer that substitutes the chemical spray. The modified version of Panchagavya, which is a unique liquid organic fertilizer, used for organic farming and this has been standardized by experimental trials.