Ayurveda, Knowledge of Life has, described the numerous effects of ghee…
1. Action On the Brain
Brain is one of the main sites that ghee acts. Only Fat Soluble substances and alcohol soluble substances can cross the blood brain barrier. Ghee is a fat. Hence it can cross the Blood Brain Barrier. Ghee acts on the brain and increases the receptive power, cognitive power, remembering power. Brain development takes place mostly during the childhood. So giving 1 teaspoon of ghee everyday especially during this age, will enhance the intellectual power of brain. The effect is multiplied a 100 times if medicated ghee like Brahmi Ghritam, Saraswata Ghritam etc is used.
Wonderful effects have been seen in children whose mile stones of development was retarded. In Brain development retarded cases ghee like Kalyanaka, Paishachika, Brahmi Ghrita brings good results. If given in normal children, it will enhance the growth of brain, thus making, child sharper, smarter and with good memory.
Ghee also has immense effects on the psychatric complaints. People with psychatric complaints like mood disorders, schizoprenia etc have good results with Kalyanakam, Paishachika, Maha Kalyanakam, Mahapaishachikam Ghritam etc depending on condtion of patient.
2. Action on the metabolic pathways
Ghee is said be Agni Vardhaka. Agni is that factor which does bio-chemical transformations in body. It may be hormones, enzymes or co-factors. Daily taking 1 teaspoon of ghee on empty stomach in normal healthy state will result in proper production of Agni, thereby making the bio-chemical transformations proper.
3. Action on immunity
Ghee is said to be Bala Vardhaka. Bala is the resistance power of a person. When ghee is given to a person, his immune power increases thereby preventing him from common colds and other diseases. This has especially been seen when Indukantham, Amruthaprasham Ghritam etc is given.
4. Action against allergy
Ghee is a best anti-allergic substance. It has been found that people who were given Indukantham Ghritam, Mahatiktakam Ghritam etc where found to have very little allergic reactions of any kind like excess sneezing, itching around the eyes, allergic asthma, allergic dermatitis etc.
5. Action on GIT – Gastro-Intestinal Tract
Ghee smoothes and nourishes the mucosa thereby preventing the formation of gastric ulcer. It also heals the ulcer in stomach. This also reduces hyperacidity and prevents the burning sensation in chest. Ghee is also good for people who have constant gas formation due to the persistent gastritis. It also makes the digestion normal and increases the quality and functions of the gastric and pancreatic juices thereby providing complete digestion and thus prevents disorders of digestion.
6. Action on Male Reproductive System
Ghee acts on the reproductive system, especially on male reproductive system. Only Fat soluble substances can pass the blood testis barrier. Ghee increases the sperm count, increases the seminal fluid amount and increases the active motility of sperms. In many infertility cases where the reasons is due to the defects in male part treatment with medicated ghee like Phala Sarpis, Kalyanakam Ghritam, Dadimadi Ghritam etc have brought good results.
7. Action on Female Reproductive System
Ghee also has immense action on the female reproductive system. It is usually the medicine of choice in common gynecological conditions like menstrual abnormalities, infections of uterine tract, inferltility, repeated abortions, uterine prolapse and hormonal imbalance induced uterine and vaginal complaints etc. Usually used medication are Phala Sarpis, Dadimadi Ghritam, Satavaryadi Ghritam, Kalyanakam Ghritam depending upon the condition…
Ghee is also of special importance during pregnancy i.e ante-natal care. Vaginal deliveries are in decreasing trend and ceserean sections are increasing. Ghee medicated with certain medicinal plants are to be used in the three trimesters of pregnancy for a full term normal vaginal delivery.
8. Action on eyes
Another important site of action of ghee is the eyes. Daily intake of 1 teaspoon Triphala Churnam + 1 Teapsoon Ghee + ½ Teapsoon Honey will prevent all the eye diseases especially the refractive errors like myopia, hypermetropia, ambylopia. Usually in cases with eye complaints, Ayurveda advises to do Netra Tarpana i.e. making the ghee stand on eyes for some times with Jeevantyadi Ghritam, Triphala Ghritam, Satahwadi Tarpana Ghritam etc depending upon the condition of the patient. This has brought good result in a lot of people helping them to improve their vision.
9. Action on throat
Ghee is good for the throat. It is especially good for making the swara i.e. voice good smooth and tuned. It is especially indicated for singers. It also prevents fatigness of throat especially for those who talk for a long time.
10. Action on cuts and burns
It was in earlier times a practice that when ever there is a fresh burn people would immediately apply ghee. The results were very fantastic….they wouldn’t even get a single boil or scar…..the burning sensation and the scar was also absent……similarly in a small cut ghee with honey are applied to the cut area. It would heal the area very fast. In long standing ulcers like venous ulcers application of Jatyadi Ghritam + Honey has proven results..This Jatyadi Ghrita is also an anti-microbial. It prevents the secondary bacterial attack……….It is also used in fissures and fistulas for healing of the wound.
11. Action on the toxins that enters the body
Man is now a constant eater of a lots of toxins and poisons that are harmful to the body….the fruits and vegetables that we get today are covered with lots of insecticides and pesticides…..all the food that we eat are now adultered…..in meats especially there are lots of hormones in high quantity that causes hormonal imbalance to the body…These all may be compared with gara visha in Ayurveda and ghee is one of the best remover of visha. It will detoxify the body. Tiktakam, Maha Tiktakam, Kalyanakam Ghrita are best among them.
12. Action on Fevers
Each and every day, newer types of fevers are emerging. There are many people with getting attacks of fever repeatedly every month. Main reason for the increased susceptibility to fever is decreased body resistance. Ghee has a very special and important role…Ghee enhances the immune power, increases the body strength and prevents the person from getting recurrent fever. In this context, Indukantham Ghritam is very special.
13. Makes very thin people healthy
Ghee has a special property of increasing the Mamsa dhatus in body. So this is especially good in people who are very thin and weak….Ajamamsa Ghritam, Indukantham Ghritam, Amrithaprasham Ghritam can be used accordingly with milk to increase health.
14. Action on Joints
Ghee lubricates the joints and makes them functionally good. In treatment of osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis ghee is important. It strenghthens the back bone, knee joint etc thereby reducing pain and other complaints…
15. Actions as an anti aging agent
Ghee is a good anti-aging agent…a person who consumes ghee daily will have all aging changes very late and that too in decreased rate….It is good when applied to face along with pure Tumeric Powder. It brings brightness to the face. But should not be used by persons who have oily skin.
16. Action on preventing hair fall and premature greying
Ghee also helps in strengthening the hair roots, thus preventing the excess hair fall….Ghee also prevents and reduces the pre-mature greying of hairs….Indukantham Ghritam, Amrutaprasham Ghritam, Ajamamsa Ghritam, Kalyanakam Ghritam etc can be used according to the condition.
17. Action for making the respiratory system healthy
Ghee especially acts on the respiratory system and prevents the chances of lung disorders like asthma and other diseases. Indukantham Ghritam, Maha Tiktakam Ghritam, Amrutha Prasham Ghritam, Kalyanakam Ghritam etccan be done based on the condition of the patient.
WHEN TO TAKE GHEE AND WHEN NOT TO
Many people come to us and say that we have taken medicated ghees for many months but there has not been any result…
Ghee should be only taken after the digestive process of our body is good and our Kapha in the body has been decreased….if ghee is taken in this condition, it will get digested well and will act like a Nectar or Amrut.
If ghee is taken during the acute infections or when there is high temperature or when there is no or less appetite with increased Kapha, it will not get digested and will act like a poison…..Either there will be aggravation of the condition or there will not be any affect on the system…
This has been very well mentioned in Ayurveda….
All the medicines prescribed above should be taken only after an expert medical advice from an Ayurvedic Doctor.