By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Buttermilk is appreciated as the ‘nector of the mankind’.
Sour buttermilk is well known for its good digestive (pachana), carminative (deepana) and absorbant (grahi) nature. Most of Ayurvedic text books prescribe buttermilk in digestive disorders such as diarrhea (atisara), IBS (Grahani), flatus (apanavata rodha), haemorroids (arshas), distention of abdomen (adhmana) etc.
Here are few extra benefits of sour buttermilk which is less practiced. Secondly as sourness is not liked by all its use is restricted only among ‘sour lovers’ only.
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Buttermilk, by nature itself is a acid fermented product. As it is a fermented beverage, it is not spoiled very easily. Hence it can be preserved for as long as 8-10 days without any additives and even without refrigeration. At the maximum it may sour; but such a sour buttermilk has multiple advantages as mentioned below
Buttermilk for constipation
(200-300 ml) is mixed with a pinch of salt and 2-3 grams of fine powder of cumin seeds (fried with ghee) and Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) seeds. To give flavor, curry leaves may be added. This is administered during night, bed time. As the sour buttermilk is laxative (where as sweet buttermilk is absorbant, opposite to the laxative action) the individual will pass the bowel freely, next day morning.
Also, common complaint which are persisting in case of other laxative drugs like abdominal cramps. pain, twitching sensation will not be there. In addition, digestive and carminative benefits are also contributed well and immediately after defecation person will feel good hunger and taste. Meanwhile rate of absorption of micro-nutrients is also significantly increased. The flatus also fully relieved.
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Buttermilk for bloating
In case of bloating of abdomen and repeated gurgling sound of intestine, fine paste (a pinch) of garlic is added to buttermilk and served. For the taste, rock salt is also added.
As the buttermilk possesses lactobacilli, it improves the strength of the gut. Hence ultimately multiple benefits of sour buttermilk are obtained at a time by these simple recipes.
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