By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu)., PhD.
Ayurveda does not recommend cooking of honey. Honey consumption is even contra indicated during summer or with very hot beverages and food that is freshly made, in hot condition. However, the cooked honey can be used for external application.
Here is a classical evidence for Madhupaka; cooking of honey along with the herbal ingredients. This formulation is not for internal administration. It is restricted for external application only.
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The following citation is from Yogaratnakara text. This is explained under Ikshu prakarana.
Honey – 1 prastha (768 g) – 16 part
Cow’s milk- 2 kudava (384 g) – 8 part
Turmeric –Fine paste /powder – 48 g – 1 part
Haritaki (Chebulic myrobalan)-Paste/Powder – 48 g – 1 part
Turmeric and Haritaki are soaked in water and fine paste is made.It is mixed with honey. This honey mixture is taken in a stainless steel container and cow’s milk is added in prescribed quantity. This is cooked in mild intensity of heat, till complete reduction of milk (only the amount of honey remains). This is filtered and stored.
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My experience with this formulation:
I am using this processed ghee in cases of wounds and non healing ulcers. It is very effective against these conditions. In diabetic ulcers and varicose ulcers also it has shown significant benefit .In case of mouth ulcers 2-3 days’ application gives good benefit.
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