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Buttermilk - The Divine Ayurvedic Nectar

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Buttermilk or takra is a drink that promotes health and longevity. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. It is made of liquid left behind after churning the butter out of curd. Healing properties of buttermilk are mentioned in all authentic ayurvedic texts

Benefits Of Buttermilk:

He who uses takra (buttermilk) daily does not suffer from diseases and diseases cured by takra do not recur just as amrita (divine nectar) is for the gods, takra is to humans.” Bhavaprakasha, chapter 6.7

Ayurvedic physician use buttermilk both to maintain the health and to treat diseases. It cures Vata and Kapha dosha imbalances. It clears circulatory channels, stimulates Agni, nourishes brain tissue and helps in assimilation of nutrients.
Regular consumption lowers the blood pressure and slows down the aging process.
It prevents anemia, keeps body hydrated, helps to replenish intestinal flora and maintains strong bones. Buttermilk also is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, urine retention, poor digestion, high cholesterol, gastrointestinal disorders, lack of appetite, hemorrhoids and edema. 

Buttermilk is a rich source of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12 and riboflavin. 1 cup of buttermilk has less than 100 calories and it gets digested quickly and easily. Probiotics in buttermilk stimulate the digestive function. Lack of probiotics leads to many health problems.

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There are traditional ayurvedic treatments which involve gently pouring medicated buttermilk over the patient's body. Treatments are useful in treating skin diseases, diabetic neuropathy, spondylitis, hypertension, insomnia, headaches and fatigue.
Apply buttermilk with cotton pad on your face to treat acne and reduce pores. Wash it off after 10 minutes. 

How to make real buttermilk:

1. Boil the raw cow's milk to eliminate the bacteria and let it cool down. You can read here why cow's milk is superior than other types of animal milk.

2. Add the curd to the milk (½ tbsp curd per liter of milk) and cover it. Leave it overnight. The next morning it will be complete curd.

3. Put the curd in churning machine. When butter starts to form add cold water and it will become more solid. Separate the butter from the liquid that is left over in the churning machine. That liquid is buttermilk. If you add 1 liter of water per liter of curd you will get cooling buttermilk which is advised to drink during summer or used to treat Pitta disorders. If you add 250 ml of water per liter of curd you will get warming buttermilk which is advised to drink during winter or used to treat Vata and Kapha disorders.

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You can add salt and digestive herbs such as cumin, ginger, fennel, asafoetida, mint or long pepper to buttermilk. Salty buttermilk act as a electrolyte formula. Without adding the salt it purifies the blood. Mix dry powdered ginger and powdered black pepper with buttermilk to treat indigestion. Buttermilk with powdered asafoetida, powdered cumin and powdered rock salt will cure diarrhea and abdominal pain.

For severe digestive disorders take half of cup before each meal.
You can consume it every day but in moderate quantities. It is not recommended to drink buttermilk at evening.

Contraindications Of Buttermilk

Lactose intolerance, low blood pressure, fainting, burning sensations, bleeding conditions, weakness, injuries, diseases related to Pitta dosha aggravation. 

Author: Ayurveda Tutorials

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