Takra - Ayurvedic Buttermilk
Welcome to the TAKRA page. Takra, which translates to Ayurvedic Digestive Buttermilk, is a yogurt dilution that supports digestion in many ways:
- Enkindles the digestive fire (agni)
- Supports the structure and integrity of the stomach (grahani)
- Heals the tissues of the digestive tract
- Promotes healthy elimination
- Moves metabolic wastes (ama) out of the system
Do check out the videos below along with the pdf as a quick reference. I hope this supports you on your path to digestive health and wellness!
The most commonly asked question I get is "can I use any yogurt for this?" and the answer is no. So far, here in Kingston ON Canada, I have found 2 suitable yogurts:
1. My favorite is a brand called Pinehedge Farms - it separates the best of all the ones I have tried and comes in a glass jar. There is a $1 deposit on the jar. Here is a photo of the label/jar:
2. My close second favorite is called Saugeen Country - it is light and tasty. It comes in a plastic container. Here is a photo of the container:
There is one part in this video that I don't feel I am clear about what I am saying and so I wanted to clarify. If you are feeling cool, use warming herbs in your takra. If you are feeling warm, use more cooling herbs in your takra. I am generally cold all the time, so I use warming herbs, however I suspect when the summer comes this might change. We can't confuse feeling warm (pitta) with digestion (agni)...
Q & A
There was a question about kefir that I was unable to answer at the time of the recording. Since that time Dr. Anusha and I have talked about it and kefir is not appropriate to use instead of whole milk yogurt for takra. Kefir is a fermented food, and fermented foods by the nature of being fermented increase pitta dosha. Takra is by design a cooling food, which balances pitta dosha, and as pitta is balanced agni (digestive potential) regains its strength. Using kefir as the base for takra would have a pitta increasing effect, which is opposite what we are trying to do. The effect is different.
Recording and editing work done by Peter Rae of Domesplosion Sounds Labs - Thanks Pete!