(Last Updated on : 19/03/2014)
Cow milk is one of the important parts of Panchagavya
and the other four parts are dung
, all derived from cow. According to Ayurveda
, milk is very good for health. Ayurveda states that milk gives mass, sweetness and coolness to meal. Milk is very effective and beneficial for the nursing mother. Milk
helps to strengthen heart in some constitutions. It also aids in accumulating phlegm in certain others, also creates congestion where it is not much needed.
Ayurveda suggests that milk is damaging when it is taken in cold, homogenized form, combined with unsuitable foods or are taken in excess.The secret of milk being a healthy food is in the way it is consumed, prepared and stored. Ayurveda recommends intake of raw milk, which is never pasteurized or homogenized. Boiling the milk before serving is also very necessary, because it denatures the protein in milk and makes it easily digestible as it is broken into amino acids. The addition of various spices like cinnamon
, cardamom, gingers
and black pepper
is also helpful in balancing the cooling properties.
Ayurveda mentions that pasteurization is certainly an effective process to cleanse milk from the bacteria but the process does nothing to make milk more digestible or to check the other potential ways that created contamination. Thus, modern way of processing milk is more harmful than to make it healthier. Until milk is well boiled, anything at a lower temperature results in partial breakdown of milk proteins, which makes them almost impossible to digest. Homogenization also does nothing to increase the good properties of milk. This may result in arteriosclerotic clots and causes severe heart problems.
According to ancient Indian science, cow milk should not be tampered, preferably boiled with spices
and should not be stored for long time. As per Ayurveda, milk can be consumed in specific forms. The milk can be boiled with half a teaspoon of grated nutmeg, or two teaspoon of clarified butter or ghee and one teaspoon of coriander
powder. Another option is to boil a cup of milk and a cup of water with a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and three or four cardamoms and then simmering in reducing heat for five minutes. It should be stirred with half a teaspoon of ghee just before drinking and then it should be taken when it is still warm. The drink will induce a calm sleep and help in digestion too.