“Gaumaye Vaste Laxmi” – This sanskrit quote illustrates the importance and reverence that the cow has had in India. Cows have been a symbol of abundance and sanctity of life across all cultures, faiths and religions; not just in Hinduism but also in Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and even in Judaism and Christianity.In Ayurveda, various dairy products are of a great medical value. In Sanskrit, Pancha means five and gavya means Cow, therefore Panchagavya is the blend of five products obtained from Gavya (Cow), which are milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung. Panchgavya is used as a purificatory substance in religious rituals and also as a very potent fertiliser.
Several ancient scriptures such as “Bhel Samhita”, “Kashyap Samhita”, “Charak Samhita”, “Sushruta Samhita”, “Gad Nigraha” & “Rasa Tantra Saar”, have stated the divinity and significance of Panchagavya in human life. It is believed that “Cow-pathy” treatment (consumption of Panchagavya) is highly effective, has no side effects, helps in removal of physical and mental disorders and also enhances energy, physical strength and lifespan of an individual. It is also used in the naturopathic treatment and for making medical pastes and Sanjeevani in Ayurveda.
Cow’s milk has also been recommended in Ayurveda therapy in a number of ailments or health depriving conditions like general weakness, vertigo, fatigue, debility, cough, bronchitis, asthma, increased thirst and hunger, chronic fever, decreased urination etc. According to Ayurveda, cow milk provides special and unique nutrition that cannot be derived from any other type of food.
Cow’s ghee enhances eyesight and increases strength. Regular consumption of the ghee boosts the physical and mental strength, keeps the body healthy and enhances the potency of the body. Thus the cow’s ghee is widely used for curing ailments like epilepsy, dementia, schizophrenia, cancer, leprosy, migraine etc. According to Ayurveda, the daily dose of ghee nourishes the body and aids to enhance the general well-being of mind, body and soul.
Cow’s curd has therapeutic value in many ailments like diarrhoea, dysentery and is also recommended in chronic specific and nonspecific colitis. The cow’s curd also prevents premature ageing.
This may sound outrageous, but even the excretory products of cow have a great number of utilities and benefits. A milk producing cow’s urine has increased amount of lactose which is very beneficial in heart and brain disorders. Cow urine which used as a distillate in products contains copper which cuts fat deposit in the body. It also contains enzymes which rejuvenate and repair old cells. It works as an antioxidant and is excellent for the liver. The cow urine along with quinoline or a fluoroquinolone is used as activity enhancer and availability facilitator for bioactive molecules including anti-infective and anticancer agents.
Cow dung is naturally antiseptic, antibacterial, fungicidal and useful in serious skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and gangrene.
Holy Cow Foundation is an NGO that assists the Gaushalas/gausadans to reach a level of sustainability where they can provide good lives to the animals with good management practices. This is done by facilitating exchange of technical know-how in manufacturing Panchgavya products, organising training workshops to manufacture these products and sharing skills of marketing them.
All Holy Cow products contain one or more panchgavya components. The nasal drops contain the goodness of ghee. The weight loss ark has been prepared according to Charaka Samhita and contains Ashwagandha. The joint pain oil contains a concoction of several beneficial oils namely turpentine oil, eucalyptus oil and sesame oil. The shampoo contains reetha, amla, shikakai methi and neem. The face pack is a great natural cleanser and exfoliator and has been prepared from neem, rose petals, multani mitti, aloe vera and gaumay. The dant manjan is another great product from the Holy Cow Foundation. It has been prepared from triphala, babool, mulethi, kapoor, laung oil, pudina and cow ghee. The dhoop sticks and mosquito coils have been prepared from cow dung and ghee and are chemical free.
By – Neel Lohit Pandey
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