Known as Madhu in Ayurvedic scriptures, honey is one of vital importance in Ayurvedic medicine. Honey, which is derived from the nectar of flowers, is used for both internal and external applications.
Most micro-organisms do not grow in honey. Although honey is sweet, it does not harm diabetic patients, if taken in the right dosage. Honey has virtually no side effects.
Honey is known to mitigate imbalances in Kapha dosha.
According to Ayurveda, there are eight different types of honey: Makshikam, Bhraamaram, Kshoudram, Pauthikam, Chathram, Ouddalakam, Aardhyam and Daalam. Aardhyam and Daalam are used to improve digestion and treat cough. Since one cannot differentiate between different kinds of honey, it is advisable to use Ayruvedic honey preparations specifically designed for cough, cold and indigestion.
Remember, heating or processing raw honey can destroy some of its benefits.
Some remedies for common ailments:
Coughs & Colds: Ayurvedic formulations with honey can cure most coughs and colds.
Immune System: Daily use of honey-based Ayurvedic tonics can strengthen the immune system, thus protecting the body from bacterial and viral attacks.
Indigestion: Honey is an important ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines that improve digestion in babies.
Fatigue: Honey-based Ayurvedic medicines are used to fight fatigue as honey aids in adding strength to the body.
Infantile Gastroenteritis: Ayurveda makes use of formulations with honey to treat bacterial diarrhea in infants and young children. Honey also plays a role in rehydration in these cases.
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