How To Consume Ghee Based on Tridosha Imbalance?

Ghee innately balances Pitta and Vata Dosha.  – ghritam pittaanilaharam | – Ashtanga Hrudaya, Sutrasthana. But ghee is specifically told as the most effective remedy for Pitta balance. (Sesame oil is for Vata and honey is for Kapha).

But if ghee is advised for intake for people with Vata and Kapha balance, then how to take it? The answer is –

मारुतेऽभ्यधिके सर्पिः सदा सलवणं हितम्।
केवलं त्वधिके पित्ते, कफे सत्र्यूषणं तथा॥
mārute’bhyadhike sarpiḥ sadā salavaṇaṃ hitam|
kevalaṃ tvadhike pitte, kaphe satryūṣaṇaṃ tathā|| – Sarvanga Sundari commentary on Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutrasthana 16/22

In case of Vata Dosha increase, ghee is administered along with rock salt (Saindhava lavana) or common salt.
In case of Pitta Dosha increase, ghee is administered alone, without mixing anything else.
In case of Kapha Dosha increase, ghee is administered along with Trikatu churna (a combination of ginger, pepper and long pepper).

Ghee with salt for Vata Dosha:
Sweet, salt and sour substances balance Vata dosha. Hence, using ghee along with salt is very useful for Vata balance.
ghee with rock salt for Vata Dosha
How to take?
A teaspoon of ghee mixed with a pinch of salt, once or twice a day. Or if you are using ghee in your diet, consider mixing a pinch of salt to it and use it in diet.
Read related: rock salt benefits

Ghee for Pitta Dosha:
Ghee, being sweet in taste, sweet in Vipaka (taste conversion during/after digestion) is innately effective for Pitta dosha balance. Hence, it is not advised to mix it with anything else.
Read related: 60 Benefits Of Ghee, Side Effects, Contra Indications

Ghee for Kapha Dosha:
If the person has increase of Kapha Dosha or if the person is of Kapha body type and if he desires to take ghee, it needs to be mixed with Trikatu Churna.
Trikatu, being the mix of three spices is hot, useful in obesity and balances down Kapha Dosha. Read more about Trikatu benefits.
ghee with trikatu for Kapha


Usually, fat foods such as ghee is not indicated for Kapha dosha. the oiliness / unctuousness is a common quality present both in ghee and Kapha Dosha. Hence it increases Kapha Dosha.

But if it is to be administered in Kapha Dosha person, a teaspoon of ghee can be mixed with half a teaspoon of Trikatu churna and given.

How To Take Ghee For Different Doshas?

9 comments on “How To Consume Ghee Based on Tridosha Imbalance?

  • Dr Sahana Holla, BAMS

    14/08/2016 - 7:52 pm

    Sir, should the same method of administration be followed when ghrita pana is used as poorva karma of vamana/ virechana in respective dosha predominant diseases?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      14/08/2016 - 9:27 pm

      As a general rule, before snehapana (for Panchakarma), usually Pachana treatment is given with Trikatu etc. This is told in the context of taking ghrita for treating disorders and not in snehapana. Hence, I do not think this rule applies to snehapana, ahead of Panchakarma therapies.

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  • Premji Bhanushali

    15/08/2016 - 9:42 am

    Great service to health n ayurbeda using modern technology.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      15/08/2016 - 11:40 am

      Thanks for the kind words of appreciation. 🙂

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  • shailesh

    22/09/2016 - 12:32 pm

    How to take ghee to increase weight for someone with low digestion and lean body?

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  • Sonu

    12/03/2018 - 3:34 pm

    Is buffalo ghee good to take at dinner

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  • sakhawat

    04/12/2018 - 9:11 am

    can a person with “high pitta low agni” take ghee?

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