Curd is one of the many dairy products you use in your day to day life. Here are a few things you should know about curd.
Qualities of Curd According to Ayurveda
- Rasa (taste) – Amla (sour).
- Guna (properties) – Guru (heavy), Grahi (absorbent).
- Veerya (potency) – Ushna (hot).
- Vipaka (post- digestive effect) – Amla.
- Effect on dosha – Reduces vata and increases kapha, pitta.
- Other effects – Increase medas (fat), Bala (strength), Shukra (semen), Agni (digestive power) and taste.
Beneficial Effects of Curd
- You can take curd if you are suffering from anorexia, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, dysentery, malabsorption syndrome, dysuria, and rhinitis.
- If you are thirsty or emaciated, you can take curd mixed with sugar or honey.
- Curd should not be heated or taken with hot substances.
- Don’t take curds during hot weather or at night time.
- If you are suffering from acidity, wheezing, swelling or retention of fluid, constipation, bleeding disorder, inflammation, skin diseases, obesity and other kapha diseases, don't take curd. Instead, you can use freshly prepared and well-churned buttermilk.
- Mixing curd and milk is considered as Viruddha ahara.
- Never use curd which is not completely set. It causes vitiation of tridoshas.