Panchgavya in Sanskrit means a blend of five products obtained from cow which holds an important place in Ayurvedic medicine. It is basically a concoction of cow’s dung, urine, milk, curd and ghee. Due to such benefits of Panchgavya, it is often called as a divine elixir by Ayurvedacharyas. Ancient scriptures like bhel sanhita, kashyap sanhita, charak sanhita, sushrut sanhita, gad nigrah, ras tantra saar and yog ratnakar granth hail about glory of the mix of cow’s five essences – the Panchgavya.
According to Ayurveda, cow milk provides special and unique nutrition that cannot be derived from any other type of food. Cow milk, when digested properly, nourishes all the tissues, promotes balanced emotions, and helps to balance all the doshas. It is one of the most important foods to promote Ojas (the force that maintains life). Indian Cow produces A2 quality Milk which contains Beta Casein Protein that strengthens the digestive as well as the neurological system unlike the A1 Milk produced by Jersey Cows that contain an opiate called betacasomorphine and thus causes brain illnesses such as autism, schizophrenia etc.
In Ayurveda, cow’s Ghee is believed to be the best for human consumption. It is full of nutritive qualities and an ideal diet for these heart patients who suffer due to excessive cholesterol in their blood. Its regular consumption enhances physical and mental strength, keeps the body healthy and increases the potency of the body. It is not only nutritive, but also helps in taking out the impurities from the body. It enhances eyesight, keeps muscles and tendons healthy, and bone sturdy yet supple.
Dahi (Curd) is a by-product of cow milk. The Sanskrit name is for curd is dahi. All the leading practitioners of Ayurveda, including Charaka and Sushruta, have written on its qualities and usefulness. It is considered as one of the most wholesome food items throughout the world. Curd has its therapeutic value in many diseases. It has been described as a tonic and is credited with the properties that prevent premature aging. Curd also brings relief to patients of diarrhoea and dysentery and is recommended in chronic specific and non-specific colitis.
Cow dung is anti-septic. It has anti-bacterial and fungicidal action. Thus a filtrate of the suspension made by thoroughly mixing cow dung and water forms one of the main ingredients of skin ointments, which are useful in serious skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and gangrene. Her dung is also an effective disinfectant for floors and walls that even protects from radioactive rays.
Cow’s urine has been acclaimed by Ayurveda as a therapeutic uses, its medicinal properties as well as metaphysical benefits. Today, it is globally acknowledged that cow’s urine can cure more than 3000 diseases. Cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, ringworm, itching, heart attack, blockage in arteries, fits, piles, prostrate, arthritis, migraine, thyroid, ulcer, acidity, constipation, eosinophilia, cough, phlegm, varicose veins, gynaecological problems and ear and nose problems to name a few.