Butter Benefits: Ayurveda Details

Butter is one of the food article that is used in many health conditions in Ayurveda.  Here are the benefits of butter.

butter benefits - Ayurveda

Qualities of butter

Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine explains the benefits of butter as follows –

  • Butter is sweet in taste, it is a natural coolant.
  • Butter improves taste and digestion
  • Butter nourishes the body.
  • Butter calms Vata and Pitta.
  • According to Ayurveda, Butter is used as a dietary ingredient in conditions like indigestion and Pitta imbalance.
  • Butter is also useful in eye related disorders

Butter benefits

Vrushya – aphrodisiac,
Sheeta – coolant
Varna, bala, agnikrut – improves skin complexion, strength and digestion strength.
Sangrahi – absorbent, useful in diarrhoea
Vatapittasruk jit – balances Vata, Pitta and detoxifies blood
Useful in
Kshaya – chronic respiratory disorders leading to emaciation
Arsha – haemorrhoids
Ardita vata – paralysis
Kasa – cough
The butter made directly from milk is
Sangrahi – absorbent, useful in diarrhoea
Raktapittajit – useful in bleeding disorders
Akshirogajit – useful in eye diseases.

Benefits as per Bhojana Kutuhala

Butter which is freshly extracted is cooling in nature, aphrodisiac, improves complexion, imparts strength, is very sweet in taste, cures all type of pains, treats cough, improves voice,lustre and nourishes the body, is absorbent, checks bleeding disorders and ophthalmic disorders.

Ayurvedic reference

सङ्ग्राहि दीपनं हृद्यं नवनीतं नवोद्धृतम्|
ग्रहण्यर्शो विकारघ्नमर्दितारुचि नाशनम्||२३०||
saṅgrāhi dīpanaṃ hṛdyaṃ navanītaṃ navoddhṛtam|
grahaṇyarśo vikāraghnamarditāruci nāśanam||230|| – Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 27
Fresh butter is digestive, stimulant and a cardio tonic. It is useful in malabsorption syndrome (IBS), piles, facial paralysis and anorexia.

Please note that the butter has these benefits, if prepared by the Ayurvedic method click to read How to make butter

Types of butter and their qualities

Salted Butter

Logic –
Butter balances Vata and Pitta Dosha.
Salt increases Pitta Dosha.
Tridosha effect:
So, action of salted butter is – balances Vata Dosha. Neutral on Pitta, increases Kapha due to its innate nature + the salt effect.
Taste – Sweet (innate), salty (as it is salted)
Qualities – unctuous (innate), light
Potency – cold (innate) , not very hot (salty)
After digestion taste transformation (Vipaka) – sweet (both innate and because salt has sweet vipaka)
Dosha –
Butter decreases Pitta, salt increases Pitta – neutral effect on Pitta
Butter balances Vata, Salt balances Vata – balances Vata
Butter increase Kapha, salt increases Kapha – increases kapha

Butter, whipped with salt

Whipped butter is lighter than plain butter.
Logic –
Butter balances Vata and Pitta Dosha.
Salt increases Pitta Dosha.
Tridosha effect:
So, action of salted butter is – balances Vata Dosha. Neutral on Pitta, increases Kapha but not to a greater extent (butter innately increases Kapha, Salt increases Kapha, but whipped butter is light and reduces the extent of Kapha increase)
Taste – Sweet (innate), salty (as it is salted)
Qualities – cold unctuous (innate), light, unctuous (salt)
Potency – cold (innate) , not very hot (salty)
After digestion taste transformation (Vipaka) – sweet (both innate and because salt has sweet vipaka)
Dosha –
Butter decreases Pitta, salt increases Pitta – neutral effect on Pitta
Butter balances Vata, Salt balances Vata – balances Vata
Whipped butter does not greatly increase Kapha, salt increases Kapha – slightly increases kapha.

Butter oil, anhydrous

Butter oil is a dairy product which is created by removing the moisture and the non-fat milk solids contained in butter
Butter oil is really great for people with intolerance to milk lactose or casein, as it contains very little of these both. It is also called clarified butter.
Taste – sweet (innate)
Qualities – light, penetrating unctuous (innate)
Potency – cold (innate)
After digestion taste transformation (Vipaka) – sweet(innate)
Action on Doshas
Balances Vata and Pitta
Increases Kapha

Butter, without salt

Rasa – sweet
Guna – heavy, unctuous
Veerya – cold
Vipaka – sweet
Effect on Doshas
Vata balancing – due to sweetness, heaviness, unctuousness
Pitta balancing – due to sweetness, coldness
Kapha increasing – due to sweet, heavy unctuous nature, it is nourishing to the body

7 thoughts on “Butter Benefits: Ayurveda Details”

  1. What about the claim that the saturated fat in butter is not good for heart, raises cholesterol and such? What is the response from Ayurveda’s POV on this?

    Reply
    • Yes it is true in deed. That is why, butter is not advised in people having Kapha body type or patients having Kapha pridominant disorder like oebsity, diabetes etc.
      Butter in Ayurveda, is only advised for selective patients having Vata and Pitta imbalance.
      There is a famous statement in Ayurveda, which holds good for all the medical sciences.
      “If used wisely, even a poison can be effective medicine.
      The best of medicines, in the hands of a doctor without wisdom is poison. ”

      Hope the question is answered.

      Reply
  2. What you said in the comment is very true doctor !

    I think if a persons agni is in good shape then it won’t have the undesired effect even on heart.
    we cannot expect people with cholestrol and such to be having a proper agni .

    And butter is considered as rakta stambhaka and so good in bleeding conditions.

    Reply
  3. Doctor!
    I am curious to know as to what Ayurveda says about Ghee. I could not locate any of your article on this. If any article is available I shall be obliged if you can kindly provide the link.

    Reply
  4. It will be slightly hard to digest. You can add a bit of black pepper over it for easy digestion.

    Reply

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