Panchgavya-Description Based On Scriptures And Modern Research

What (How) PanchGavya is…

Description Based On Scriptures And Modern Research

Importance Of PanchGavya

Pancha’ means 5 and ‘Gavya’ means substance obtained from the Cow.

Panchgavya is a blend of the 5 Gavyas obtained from the Cow namely Cow Milk, Cow Ghee, Curd, Cow Urine & Cow Dung. Glorified very highly in Vedic scriptures for its purity and curing Powers, its medical, nutritional, environmental and agricultural efficacies are accepted and respected by modern science, alike.

Detoxifying, Anti-Cancer, Bio-Enhancing, Immunomodulatory, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Septic, Anti-Tuberculosis, Anti-Fungal are some of its properties in modern scientific terms. It has the capacity to control and balance all the three life forces (Tridoshas) namely Vat, Pitt & Kaphaas per Ayurveda.

In Sanskrit, Panchagavya means the blend of five products obtained from cow. Panchagavya is made from five products of the cow — its dung, urine, milk, ghee and curd.


  • The uses and healing properties of different components of Panchagavya are…


  1. Cow Milk : 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). Please read Benefits of Cow Milk
  2. Curd/Dahi : Curd is a byproduct 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.
  3. Cow Ghee : 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.
  4. Cow Urine : The Cow ‘s urine, which is being sold under the label ‘Gift of the Cow’, is well known for its medicinal property. Cow’s urine has been described in Ayurveda as a therapeutic agent.
  5. Cow Dung : 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.


Benifits of PANCHGAVYA


“The five elements obtained from the Cow are sacred and are medicine for the heart. They enhance bodily strength and intellect. They give long life, purify the blood, balance the Vata Pitta and Kapha doshas. They cure all diseases and detoxify the body.”


Both independently and in combination with abundantly available natural ingredients, the Gavyashelp to produce wonderful medicines, food, pest-repellents and fertilizer apart from hundreds of daily use items as tooth-powder, soaps, shampoos, hair-oil, massage oil, after-shave lotions and various types of creams, dhoop (incense), phenyle, face-powder, mosquito-coils, hand-wash, etc. Each one has its own unique powers.

The most important contribution for the urbans are the medicines like, Ghanvati, Paachan (digestive) Churan, Cow-urine distillate (Go-mutra Ark), Pain Oils & balms, wound-healing & brain strengthening ghrita, etc. They have been found to be highly effective in treatment of problems ranging from common cold, diabetes, asthma, psoriasis and cancer including brain, eye, heart, stomach, liver, kidney, prostrate disorders.



Ayurvedic Research Revealings of Panchagavya:

Vaidya Kulamarava Jayakrishna,S.R.F., I.I.C.T., Hyderabad


Aptha Vaakya

• Gaavo Vishwasya maataraha

• Mataraha sarva bhutanam Gaavaha sarva sukha pradah

• Gavasthishtanthi yatraiva tat theertham parikeerthitham

• Gavam drshtva namaskrthya kuryacchaiva pradakshinam

• Goshu bakthascha labhate yad yadichathi manavatha

• Putrarthi labhathe putram – – – – –

• Dhanarthi labhathe vitham – – – – –

• Na kinchid durlabham chaiva Gavaam bhakthasya bharatha



Prakruti of Cow

• Prakruthi of Cow is Kapha

• Among all the Prakruthis and its combinations Kapha prakruthi is said to be

the best (Kapha prakruthischotthama – A.H. Su. Ch. 1)


Basic Principles


Ksheera-Cow’s milk


• Positive : Vathapittaghnam, Sheetha, Rasayana, Brhmanam, Ojovardhaka,


• Negative : Alpa abhishyandi

• C/i : In acute fever


Godadhi-Curd made from Cow’ milk



• Madhura – Kaphamedovivardhaka

• Amla – Kaphapittakrt

• Atyamla – Raktha dooshana

• Positive: Vataghna, Ushna, Snigdha, Brhmana, Graahi, Shukrala,

• Negative: Medakara, Shophakara, Rakthapithakara, Kapha vikareshu Dadhi



Basic principles


• Positive : Kaphavatahara, lekhana, Kushtagna, Kadughna

• Negative : Pittakara Gomutra induced urticaria – case reported in Journal of

Clinical and Experimental Dermotology.



Antibiotics to Probiotics

• Probiotics are non pathogenic microbes used to confer health benefits to the


• The derangement of normal body flora has been held responsible for

causation of various disorders.

• They have been tried in a number of infective and non infective disorders

and found useful

• They have the ability to supplement the normal body flora

• Users and Probiotics : Helicobacter pylori, which colonizes the stomach, is

implicated in the aetiology of gastric cancer. Various preclinical studies shown

that antibacterial substances produced by some Lactobacilli inhibit the growth,

colonization and survival of this pathogen.


•Malabsorption and Probitics :

• Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is a collective term used for ulcerative

colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD)

• There is enough evidence that IBD is caused by an abnormal immune

response to a luminal antigen and it appears that the antigens are probably

common bacteria.

• Therefore, it makes sense to either eliminate some bacteria with antibiotics

or to after the gut flora, in favour of more beneficial bacteria, by the use of probiotics.


• Buttermilk and curd is the richest source identified for probiotics such as




Viability of probiotics

• The most important part of administration of probiotics is their viability in the environment of stomach and intestine where gastric and bile juices are


• The viability of probiotics may also be improved by using a medium,

nutrient and temperature which supports their survival.

• Our ancestors formulated panchagavya using the five components of cow in

different ratio.


Goghrta -Cow’s ghee


• Vata Pittaghnam, Chakshushya, Hrdyam, Medhyam, Vishahara

• Pithe – lihyath!

• Vate – pibeth!

• C/i: Ama stage of pitha disorders


Properties of Butter

• Hridya – good for heart

• Deepanam – Increases appetite

• Grahi – helps in absorbing the digested nutrients from the intestinal lumen

• Vata pittaghnam

• Chakshushya (good for the eye sight)

• Vrishya (acts as a sexual tonic)

• Jeevanam, brhmanam


Useful in the following disorders:

• Kshaya (TB), Aruchi (Loss of taste), Arditha (facial palsy), Pleeha (enlarged
spleen), Grahani (spure), Arsha (piles), Akshi roga (eye disorders), Raktha
Pitta (bleeding disorders)
• Especially useful in the treatment of Unmada (mania and schizhophrenia)
and Shopha (edema)
• Visheshadamrutha shishoh (is like nectar to children)
• Use them as fresh as possible for the best results
Effect of dietary ghee – the anthydrous milk fat, on blood and liver lipids in rats
No lipid deposition was observed either in the arteries or in the livers of
animals fed a diet containing ghee (for a period of 8 weeks). Interestingly,
serum Cholesterol levels decreased in a dose dependent manner when ghee
was incorporated at levels ranging from 2.5 to 10% in the diet.
In the same study authors say:
• In Ayurvedic system of medicine, ghee is given in graded amounts to
patients to reach a level of 350 to 500 gm / day in the treatment of skin
diseases and allergy.
• The unpublished results show that serum Cholesterol levels were decreased
by 8 to 15% in these patients after ghee was consumed as a part of the therapy.
• Pitte – ghrtam lihyath!
• Vathe – ghrtham pibeth!


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