Therapeutic uses of Honey in Ayurveda
The FAO Codex Alimentarius Commission
defines honey as ‘the natural sweet substance produced by honeybees from the
nectar of flowers or from secretions coming from living organisms feeding on
plants, that bees gather, transform and combine with specific ingredients, store
and leave to ripen in the combs of the hive.’
In Ayurveda honey is called as
"Madhu". Its qualities are explained as follows.
“Vaatalam guru sheetam cha
Sandhatru cchedanam ruksham kashayam
madhuram madhu ||”
“It has sweetness (madhura rasa) with
added astringent as end taste (Kashaya anu rasa). It is heavy (guru guna), dry
(ruksha) and cold (sheeta). Its effect on doshas is as follows It aggravates
vata, scrapes kapha and normalizes pitta and rakta. It promotes healing
The contents of Honey are
1. Sugars like fructose, glucose,
sucrose, maltose, lactose and other disaccharides and trisaccharides.
2. Proteins, fats, vitamins,
minerals, enzymes and amino acids,
3. Volatile aromatic substances.
4. Ashes and water etc.
Various ingredients of honey have helped it to become not only a sweet liquid but also a natural product with high nutritional and medicinal value.
The medicinal quality, taste,
texture, color, aroma of honey differs according to the geographical area and
the species of plants from which it has been collected.
Types of Honey:
Eight types of honey are described in
ayurveda depending on the type of bee which collects it. They are Pouttika
,Bhramara .Kshoudra, Makshika ,
Chatra , Arghya ,Oudalaka ,Dala
Pouttika - This honey is collected by very large
bees from the nectar of poisonous flowers. It increases vata, causes gout and
burning sensation in chest.It is also sedative and reduces fat.
Bhramara - This honey is collected by large bees
and Sticky in nature.
(Honey collected by medium sized honey bees ) light and cold in nature.
Makshika - (Honey collected by small honey bees)
very light and dry natured. Usefull in VataKapha diseases and kapha
Chatra - Heavy and cold in nature usefull in gout,
Good for eyes but causes arthritis .
Oudalaka - Useful in skin diseases, and helps in
modulation of voice.
Dala - Dry and reduces vomiting.
Amongst all the above "Makshika" is
considered as the best type with immense medicinal properties.
Therapeutic uses of Honey:
In Ashtanga Hridaya the great classic
of ayurveda, the therapeutic uses of honey are explained as follows.
“Chakshushayam Chedi tritshleshmavishahidmaasrapittanut
Vranashodhana sandhaanaropanam vaatalam madhu
Ayurveda explains another special
quality of honey. Honey is called as “Yogavahi” . The substance which has a
quality of penetrating the deepest tissue is called as Yogavahi. When honey is used with other herbal
preparations it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also
helps them to reach the deeper tissues.
Precautions to be taken before using
Few Home remedies with Honey
Consuming one spoon of honey daily
help us to lead a healthy long life.
Biography of Dr.Krishna.R.S
Dr. Krishna.R.S has been an Ayurvedic Practitioner since
19 yrs , after getting a graduation
degree in ayurveda (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) in 1986
R.S is a star athlete and has
represented state and universities when he was in high school, pre university
. R.S lives in Mysore , Karnataka, India. He gives consultations in Mysore and
also in Bangalore the silicon
valley of India.
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