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Ayurvedic Panel on Coconut Oil

By on May 17, 2016
Benefits of Coconut Oil

Ayurvedic Panel on Coconut oil

Dr. Bhavesh Modh: नारीकेल उदकं स्निग्धं स्वादु वृष्यं हिमं लधु ।तृष्णा पित्त अनिल हरं दीपनं बस्तिशोधनम् ।। अष्टांग ह्दय सूत्र अ.5 बस्तिशोधनम् = मूत्राशय गत विकारं

To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

Research has finally uncovered the secrets to this amazing fruit; namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), these unique fats include:

?Caprylic acid

?Lauric acid

?Capric acid

Around 62% of the oils in coconut are made up of these 3 healthy fatty acids and 91% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat.

Most of the fats we consume take longer to digest, but MCFAs found in coconut oil provide the perfect source of energy because they only have to go through a 3 step process to be turned into fuel vs. other fats go through a 26 step process!

Oil pulling can be explored as a safe and effective alternative to Chlorhexidine. Hence, Coconut oil-pulling therapy (नारीकेल तेलम् गंडुष धारण ) can be considered as a preventive therapy at home to maintain oral hygiene.

Shri Minoo Parabia: Coconut is crushed along water and the milk is given to lactating mother gives the best results. It is also an excellent antidote to Bhallatak, as mentioned.

Vd. Dhruti Kagrana: In the Ayurvedic Nighantus, or classical texts, which talk about raw materials or fruits, the coconut is actually divided into three types of coconuts:

  1. Baal- tender or baby coconut
  2. Madhyam- half-mature coconut
  3. Pakva- fully mature coconut

Baal, or Tender Coconut:

This type is 90 to 95 percent water. The liquid from this coconut is at its purest and most healing. It is considered the best for its cooling properties, for it is a proven pitta-pacifier.

While unclogging the body’s channels, tender coconut water lubricates the dryness caused by ama(toxins). It repairs the gastrointestinal tract, and itsSnigdha, or sweet, quality gives it a Pranaropana (life-restoring) capacity.

Madhyam or Middle-Aged Coconut:

In addition to water, the coconut at this stage has some soft pulp. Madhyam coconuts have less water than tender ones, but more water than mature coconuts. The water is slightly milky at this age. In the classical Ayurvedic texts called Raj Nighantus, the middle-aged coconut is said to be the most nutritious.

This type generally has more carbohydrates, protein, minerals, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, and C than the other two forms.

Pakva or Mature Coconut:

This type of coconut has firm “meat” or pulp, and very little water. Ancient Ayurvedic scholar Bhav Mishra wrote that when a coconut becomes mature, it becomes heavy to digest, and it can also aggravate Pitta or Vata if the digestive agni of the individual is low. Mature coconuts can also build up toxic ama by interfering with digestion. If large quantities of this variety are consumed daily, then a person can suffer hyperacidity, and worse still, elevated cholesterol levels.

Therefore, people who have low agni, or digestive power, are not advised to eat mature coconut, unless it is combined with ingredients that balance its negative properties.

Dr. Prerak Shah: I am still trying to understand that coconut or coconut water is increasing blood pressure. And it is contraindicated. How?

Dr. Sujata Vaidya: Coconut has levorotary potassium. Ideal for vascular health… so for bp

USA Brooke Sulivan: The caprylic acid in coconut makes it highly beneficial for fungal infections. Coconut + tea tree EO suppositories are magnificent for resolving vaginal yeast infections

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About Kinshuk Hirpara

Dr. Kinshuk Hirpara graduated from Akhandanand Ayurvedic College in Ahmedabad, India, and completed a Masters in clinical research at Gujarat University. Her practice is focused on skin, hair, and pediatric health and disease. She is a column writer for Gujarat Times, and regular guest on radio and television in Gujarat. Read more of her work on Blogger.


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