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Butter milk is known as “Takra” in ayurveda. Its properties and medicinal qualities

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Takram laghu kashayaamlam deepanam kaphavaatajit ||
Showphodaraarshowgrahanidoshamootragrahaaruchee |
Pleehagulmaghritavyaapadgarpaanduvaamayaan jayeth ||

Butter milk does not cause heaviness when consumed. Hence it is known to have the quality “laghu”(LIGHT). It gets digested quickly and easily. Butter milk is usually sour in taste and acts as an astringent. Due to this property butter milk helps in reducing pores caused by acne and pimples.

It reduces hyper motility of intestines during diarrhoea and IBS. This property also helps to shrink hemorrhoids. Aggravated kapha and vata are mitigated by buttermilk. It is the best Agni deepaka (appetizer). According to ayurveda it reduces adman (bloating of stomach), eases symptoms of haemorrhoids, soothes intestines in IBS and helps in indigestion. It also reduces effects of poison and is very useful in treating pandu (anaemia).

Butter milk detoxifies body and cleanses the intestines, relieves constipation and helps to replenish intestinal flora. It has less fat compared to milk and is rich in calcium, potassium and vit B12.

How to prepare butter milk:
Thick curd (dadhi) should be whipped to separate butter. The liquid portion which remains after separating butter is called as butter milk or “takra” or whip  1 part of curd in a blender for 30 seconds then add 4 parts water and blend again gor 2 minutes, the froth will be formed above the mixture, remove the froth(contains most of the butter molecules) and drink only the liquid part(butter milk).

COMPOSITION:

Butter milk is a low fat skimmed milk with almost 2% of fat content.  The butter milk is supposed to contain 90%of water, 5% of milk sugars, 3% of milk protein and 2% of fats. Butter milk is sour-salty in taste due to lactic acid that is produced by the action of bacteria. The protein of butter milk is more easily digestable than the milk protein.

Managing the pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)

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Premenstrual syndrome,is believed that the fluctuation of hormones during the menstrual cycle may be accountable for this condition.
According to ayurvedic physiology, the “doshic” imbalance, more commonly of the “vata” accompanied by inequities of the “pitta” and the “kapha” is responsible for this uncomfortable phase. This imbalance is triggered by following a wrong daily routine and adhering to an unsuitable diet plan.

Diet :-

1. Eat regular, healthy meals including plenty of vegetables, fruit, mixed grains and cereals.

2. Eat small meals to maintain stable energy levels, this will also significantly reduce food cravings.

3. Drink less caffeine – particularly if you are suffering breast tenderness.

4. Try drinking water instead! (6-8 glasses a day).

5. Cut down on alcoholic beverages.

6. Cut down on salt and salty foods to help reduce fluid retention.

7. Get enough rest, sleep and exercise.

8. Avoid smoke