Ghruta is one of the most powerful and fundamental substances in Ayurveda. In addition to being a fantastic cooking oil, Ghruta is revered for its innumerable health benefits.
One of the reasons that Ghruta is so powerful is because it possesses the ability to deeply nourish all seven of the dhatus or bodily tissues: plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow or nerve, and reproductive tissues.
Here’s a deeper look at how Ghruta nourishes all body tissues.
Ghruta Draws Nutrients Deep into Tissues
Ghruta, at its core, is a pure fat containing fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, including Omega 3s, butyric acid, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). But what makes Ghruta so powerful is its superior penetrating abilities. Ghruta is able to deliver these essential nutrients deep into the tissues all while providing healing lubrication and decreasing inflammation.
This is why Ghruta is often used in medicinal treatments and is known as an anupan, or carrier substance. Ghruta effectively draws herbal and botanical compounds deep into your bodily tissues, providing a much more significant benefit than you would experience otherwise. This is because without an anupan, it can be difficult for the body to fully absorb the benefits of the herbs before they are digested and eliminated.
Ghruta Removes Ama
Another reason that Ghruta can nurture the body’s tissues is because it eliminates toxins.
Toxins, known as ama, can build up in the body and cause problems. Ama can disrupt the flow of energy in our body by creating imbalances in the cells of our tissues, as well as preventing us from absorbing nutrients.
Through its ability to increase rasa (bodily juices) and deeply penetrate the tissues, Ghruta loosens and dislodges ama, then drains them into the gastrointestinal tract for elimination. Essentially, Ghruta can help speed up the elimination of ama, thus improving the health of our tissues.
Ghruta Fuels the Body’s Ojas
Lastly, to effectively understand how Ghruta can nourish the body’s tissues, it’s important to understand its influence on ojas.
Ojas describes the subtle essence of all the body’s vital fluids. It is one of the most important energetic substances in the human body because it influences all aspects of health and well-being. People with strong ojas are less likely to develop disease and are prone to living long, healthy lives.
Ghruta is known to be a very powerful ojas-enhancing substance. In fact, the two substances are substantially similar to each other: both are described as being sweet, yellowish in color, and smelling like roasted rice. According to Ayurveda, ‘like increases like.’
Ojas is the substance that gives tissues strength and endurance. This means that, by enhancing ojas, you are able to nourish your body’s tissues non-locally. That is to say, instead of targeting specific tissues for healing, Ghruta nourishes all tissues simultaneously.
These are some of the major ways Ghruta nourishes the body’s tissues and is considered superior in Ayurvedic medicine.
Written by Nigel Ford
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)