Ayurvedic Significance of Cow
Traditionally, India has been home to some of the most varied stock of cows in the world: the red-skinned Sahiwal that milks through droughts, the mighty Amrit Mahal with swords for horns or the tiny Vechur etc. Different breeds to suit different climatic conditions. Ayurveda understands the importance of a cow. It is a great exponent of the ‘sattvic’ qualities of milk and the dairy products. Yogurt, Butter Milk, Organic Milk, ghee and other milk products are not only nutritious but provide calcium and Protein to the Tissues.
All of us know Milk is a good source of protein and fat and minerals such as calcium. But there are facts about Cow milk which we are not aware or we have not given a thought about. Indigenous breeds of Cow have better disease resistance and this result in reduced usage of potent chemical drugs for disease control. Their milk has better immune booster effect described in Ayurveda as Rasayana property. Rasayana is the ability of a dietary article or medicinal herb or medicinal product to nourish the body in a uniform manner. Chyavanaprasha Avaleha is a common example of a rasayana medicine. The person who consumes Cow milk from Indigenous breeds of Cow will have better disease resistance and less of digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Cow Milk is a tonic to the skin, eyes, blood and has good nutritive properties.
Curd is obtained by curdling milk with lemon juice or vinegar, and then draining off the liquid portion. The increased acidity causes the milk proteins to tangle into solid masses, or curds Curd is a very nourishing food and a valuable source of protein, essential vitamin and minerals. According to Ayurveda curd accelerates digestion, stimulates taste buds and act a appetizer. It helps to strengthen the immune system. Curd absorbs water from intestines and by virtue of this property, it is widely used to treat diarrhea. Consuming curd proves beneficial for those suffering from vaginal infection and the risk of high blood pressure. It reduces irritability of bladder and helps in emptying bladder easily.
Among the four types of oily material, Ghee is the undisputed choice of Ayurveda due to its power to assimilate effectively the properties of ingredients added to it without losing its own properties. Numerous Ayurveda medicines are prepared by the use of Cow Ghee. Ghee is believed to be the best for human consumption. It is full of nutritive qualities. Ghee is sweet, soft, cold potency, slightly coating, effective in flatulence, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, abdominal colic & fullness and fever. It mitigates Vata and Pitta
Gomutra is 95% water, 2.5% urea and the remaining 2.5% is a mixture of minerals, salts, hormones and enzymes. Cow urine is bitter, sharp and alkaline. Carbolic acid in Cow Urine is responsible for its property of cleanliness and purity, Cow urine consists of Phosphate, Potash, Lavan(salt), Nitrogen, Uric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Calcium, Phosphorus, Lactose, Vitamin A,B,C,D & E, Enzymes, Hipuric Acid and Creatinin and Gold Acids