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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 224-227

“Milk as a food” – A boon or curse, think before use

1 Department of Basic Principles, I.P.G.T. and R.A., GAU, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Kayachikitsa, I.P.G.T. and R.A., GAU, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

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DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_177_20

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Objective: To evaluate whether the milk is compatible as daily routine beverage or not. Data Source: Ayurvedic classics with available commentaries, material available online have been thoroughly screened, analyzed and presented in a systematic manner. Review Methods: literary review deals with eight types of milk which are commonly used in the community described by different Samhita. It is mentioned under Ksheera Varga that comes under Drava Varga of Ahara. Being part of Ahara its intake amount depends upon Agni, Desha, Kala, Vaya and Prakriti. Results: Persons living in Sadharandesha with Samagni should take Go-dughda (cow's milk) and Aja-dughda (goat milk). In Varsha Ritu, individual's having Mandagni and living in Aanupadesha buffalo's milk is contraindicated although it is beneficial in Tikshnagni individuals and in Hemanta Ritu. Its use is prohibited with the Haritkayadi varga, Amla Varga, and Lavana Varga. Milk is more beneficial in Vata and Pitta dominant constitution. Conclusion: Milk can be considered as boon if taken according to Desha (geographical region), Kala (season), Prakriti or Agni (digestive capacity) and also can be a curse if not taken appropriately.

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