Ghee’s Central Role in Ayurvedic Treatment

an article by Joanna Webber from AyurvedicYogi.com

“Ghee is sweet in taste and cooling in energy, rejuvenating, good for the eyes and vision, kindles digestion, bestows lustre and beauty, enhances memory and stamina, increases intellect, promotes longevity, is an aphrodisiac and protects the body from various diseases.”  (Bhavaprakasha 6.18.1)

No other substance is as widely used to prepare Ayurvedic medicines as ghee.  Ghee is also cited as the best substance for preparing the body for Ayurveda’s internal detoxification (Panchakarma).  One reason for this is that ghee is given as the best remedy for diseases due to aggravated Pitta and Vata doshas.  Ghee alleviates Pitta dosha by its cold, sweet properties and Vata by its oiliness.  Ghee is hence recommended in autumn when Pitta’s hot nature can get aggravated after summer.  But there is more to ghee than its dosha balancing properties. This article explores ghee’s role in working alongside Ayurvedic herbs, as well as its own inherent healing abilities not found in other fats.

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