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Description of honey in ayurveda

Sanskrit shloka which represents the value of honey in ancient Ayurveda

In India honey is used in Ayurvedic treatment for almost 4,000 years. Honey is used for the treatment of eyes for the improvement eyesight, weight loss, for the improvement of sexual strength, for the treatment of pathological disorders like asthma, diarrhea, and vomiting. Honey can reach up to the smallest blood vessel of the body so that honey is called "yogavahi" in Ayurveda. When honey used with the herbal mixture, herbal properties of that mixture is increases. In "Bhavpraksh sanhita" the description of honey is found as below.

Translation: honey is easy to digest, tasty, beneficial for eyes, cooling agent for body, removes cough by scratching, advantageous for hunger, good voice maker, healing agent, soft skin maker, can reach up to the smallest blood vessels, is sweet in initial taste and astringent taste in end, provide pleasure, improve the power of brain, develops sexual strength, delicious. Honey is used in the treatment of leprosy, piles, cough, acidity, the disorder of the blood, diabetes, worm, obesity, excessive thrust, asthma, other breathing problems, hiccup, diarrhea and also in constipation, burning sensation, tuberculosis (T.B).

The description of the honey in ashthang haday written by mahrshi vagbhatt is as follow.

Translation: Honey is beneficial for an eye, removes excessive thrust, cure cough, anti-venom, cures hiccup, useful in the treatment of diabetes, worms, vomiting, respiratory problems, coughing and diarrhea. Honey is antiseptic for wound, beneficial for fractured bones, arid, astringent and sweet. The quality of crystallized honey is same as liquid honey.

The description of the honey in the scriptures of Ayurveda "Shusrutsanhita" is as follow.