Goat Meat Benefits As Per Ayurveda

goat meat

Usually any non veg food is considered as very heavy to digest, increases Kapha, causes weight gain to a large extent etc. But goat meat is a mild exception. For non veg lovers, here is another reason to include it in your diet.

Goat meat qualities

Goat meat is –
नातिशीतगुरुस्निग्धं मांसमाजमदोषलम्||६१||
शरीरधातुसामान्यादनभिष्यन्दि बृंहणम्|
nātiśītagurusnigdhaṃ māṃsamājamadoṣalam||61||
śarīradhātusāmānyādanabhiṣyandi bṛṃhaṇam| – Charaka Sutrasthana 27/61

Naati sheeta – Goat meat is neither too cold, nor too hot.
Guru – heavy-to digest, but not too heavy.
Snigdha – unctuous, oily
Adoshala – does cause Dosha imbalance

It is homologous with the muscle of the human body. Hence, it improves muscle strength. It does not obstruct / cause coating to the channels of circulation and is very nourishing (Brumhana).
Goat meat is ideal to be taken during summer, spring and autumn seasons. (Read more – Ayurvedic summer tips)

Goat meat for muscle strength


Usually all the non veg foods are categorized into 8 divisions, based on their habitat. But it is not possible to include goat and sheep in any of the eight categories mentioned above they inhabit at times marshy land, at times deserts and sometimes both.

Goat in enema

In ancient times, urinary bladder of goat, sheep, buffalo or other animals was used as enema bag. Read more – Goat milk benefits

Ayurvedic medicines

Goat in Ayurvedic medicines: It is used as an ingredient in preparing
Mahamasha taila (herbal oil)used in treating paralysis, muscular dystrophy, migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis, etc
Ajamamsa rasayana – an herbal jam used in Parkinson’s disease, paraplegia, tremors, etc
Ajaswagandhadi lehyam – used as a gym supplement to improve muscle strength, extreme fatigue etc

Chagaladya Ghrita and Brihat Chagaladi Ghrita – an herbal ghee, used in schizophrenia, epilepsy, weight loss etc. Maharajaprasarini Thailam – used in neuralgia, spondylosis, Vata disorders. Bile of goat is used in a special medicine called Suchikabaran ras

Goat fat

Goat fat is used in treatment of chest injury.
As per Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 11th chapter,
मूढवातस्त्वजामेदः सुराभृष्टं ससैन्धवम्||२७||
mūḍhavātastvajāmedaḥ surābhṛṣṭaṃ sasaindhavam||27||

If chest injury leads to muscle cramps, the patient should take the fat of goat fried with Sura type of alcohol and mixed with Saindhava – rock salt.

क्षामः क्षीणः क्षतोरस्कस्त्वनिद्रः सबलेऽनिले|
शृतक्षीरसरेणाद्यात् सक्षौद्रघृतशर्करम्||२८||
kṣāmaḥ kṣīṇaḥ kṣatoraskastvanidraḥ sabale’nile|
śṛtakṣīrasareṇādyāt sakṣaudraghṛtaśarkaram||28||

If the patient is weak, emaciated and has chest injury, sleeplessness and excessive aggravation of Vata, then he should take goat’s fat boiled with the cream of milk and added with honey, ghee and sugar.

15 comments on “Goat Meat Benefits As Per Ayurveda

  • P S Aravind

    27/10/2014 - 7:36 am

    I would like to know about Goat milk benefits

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  • S. Kanvinde

    27/10/2014 - 8:21 am

    Ayurveda was practised by our ancient Indian sages and Rishis. Ayurveda never encourages intake of non-vegetarian food, This article is mis-guiding and an insult to our ancient practises of Ayurveda followed by our Indian sages

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    • john cash

      11/06/2017 - 2:14 am

      Sir you are incorrect. Ayurveda does recommend meat in specific circumstances.

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  • Atul

    29/10/2014 - 10:29 am

    How Chicken can be compared in this respect with Goat Meat?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      05/11/2014 - 8:43 pm

      Quite similar. Both balance Vata dosha, increases Kapha, Snigdha (unctuous). Chicken acts as aphrodisiac.

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  • peter

    27/09/2015 - 4:19 am

    In the video (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bcBzjvsDn28), you mentioned that meat in general is heavy to digest and increase kapha if consumed if one is having cold and cough as the digestive system is weak during this time. My question is – is it ok to consume goat meat soup with spices added (not the meat pieces) to strengthen the body if one is having cold and cough. On various other website I see advise to consume bone soup during cold and flu season. I would like to know Ayurvedic perspective on this. Thank you.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      22/11/2015 - 9:38 pm

      Hi, it is perfectly fine to add spices to goat meat soup while having cold and cough.

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  • Muhammed Shafeeque

    17/01/2017 - 2:17 am

    I would like to know about kypa of goat ( which part of the goat ) what is the use of kypa ( I think it’s Malayalam local word )

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  • Nagaraj Raichur (@infinityrulz)

    26/06/2017 - 1:40 am

    Hello Dr,
    Is goat leg soup good for stroke patient.specfically medullary . Will it help improve the coordination significantly.
    Thanks in advance

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  • Nagaraj Raichur (@infinityrulz)

    26/06/2017 - 12:35 pm

    Thank you Dr for the information.

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  • Dr.rakesh kumar singhal

    30/06/2017 - 9:19 am

    Thanks for sach shrest information

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    02/07/2017 - 11:20 pm

    Meat can also be taken daily, but it can produce body heat, hence, the advice

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  • Amby

    25/05/2018 - 5:08 pm

    Sir I am thinking of taking mutton bone soup for my osteoarthritis problem. Would it help? I’m a Krishna bhakt. I’m scared of upsetting Him. What is your opinion? Also western websites say it should be cooked for 12-24 hours unlike the Indian ones.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      04/06/2018 - 5:16 pm

      If you are accustomed to take non veg food, then you can use it. No need to cook it for 12 months.

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