Curd consumption at night? Can You Take Curd At Night?

Curd At Night – Ayurveda explains curd as having sour mixed sweet property and it increase Kapha dosha in the body. The mucus generation is also attributed to the effect of Kapha. During night period, there is natural predominance of Kapha in the body. So, curd consumption at night will further increase kapha leading to many complications.

This is quite similar to exposing yourself to hot Sun in the afternoon hours, which is not recommended, because, afternoon period is naturally Pitta predominant period and sun exposure also increases Pitta.

curd buttermilk yogurt

Qualities of curds according to Ayurveda:

curds benefits are explained as follows –
Amla paka rasam grahi guru ushnam dadhi vatajit |
meda shukra bala shleshma pitta rakta agni shopha krut ||

Curds is sour in taste, hot in potency, is heavy to digest (takes a longer period to undergo digestion).  It increases fat, strength, kapha, pitta, digestive power. Click to read curds benefits in detail.

Whenever there is swelling or inflammation, if curds is taken, it worsens the inflammation.
Note that these properties are attributed to sour curds.

What is curds? How to make curds?

Naivaadyaa nishi naivoshnam vasantha ushna sharatsu na |

Sour curd should not be consumed by making it hot (ushna).
Curds should not be consumed during night (nishi),
It should also not be consumed during spring and summer seasons.
However, sour curds mixed with soup of green gram, honey, ghee , sugar and amla is helpful in relieving Dysurea (difficulty in urination) and indigestion.

Solution:
Try avoid consuming curd at night. because night is basically Kapha predominant period. thus consuming curd at night is best avoided according to Ayurveda. Curd also increases Pitta. Hence, taking it at night might cause indigestion problem.

If at all you are accustomed to take curd at night, I know that old habits die-hard. so, mix a small pinch of pepper powder to curds and consume. (do not add too much. it may cause burning sensation). You may also try adding fenugreek powder if you can tolerate a slight tinge of bitterness. (but this superb combination will relieve all kinds of stomach pain generated due to indigestion).

Buttermilk is best substitute to curds at night. Buttermilk clears the channel and chucks mucus secretion.
Buttermilk benefits

Rules for using curd as mentioned in Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 7
One should not take curd at night;
If one desires to take curd at night, it can be taken along with ghee, sugar, green gram soup, honey or Amalaka (Amla – Indian Gooseberry.)
It should not be taken hot.
If one does not follow  these rules he is likely to suffer from diseases like fever, Raktapitta (bleeding disorders), Visarpa(Erysipelas), Kushta (skin diseases), Pandu(Anemia), Bhrama(dizziness) and Kamala (Jaundice).[61-62]

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. Thats very good to know… thanks

  2. Thank you very much for your information. I am not eating curd at night since few years, my mom told me to do that. I was always seeking information behind it. Really Thanks.

  3. This article is very informative and important.
    I am in search of an explanation of what really happens when we heat curd, as an ayurveda person i can understand but to make a lay man understand it is bit tricky. It is ushna and amla and it does utklesha and on heating all these properties increases and how does it effect the body? How can we explain utklesha in simple language? Is it just that kapha gets increased or channels get blocked?
    Hope my doubts gets cleared soon.
    thank you doctor.

  4. sugar added curd or non sugar added curd.which is better

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Sugar added curd or non sugar added curd – both these are not to be taken at night, as per Ayurveda.
      During day time, curd without sugar is better than curd with sugar. Both curd and sugar would increase Kapha. Both of them together might increase Kapha to an undesirable extent, which may lead to indigestion, or worsen pre-existing respiratory problems, if taken for a long period of time.

  5. I need a brief explanation of vadha, kapha and dosha

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Vata refers to the factor responsible for all the movements in the body. Like hand, leg movement, blood circulation, food movement inside our gastro intestinal system etc. When Vata is normal it does all these functions.
      Kapha refers to moistening effect, lubrication effect. like between the joints there is synovial fluid.
      For more information, you can buy my ebook on Tridosha – http://easyayurveda.com/2010/12/16/my-new-ayurveda-book-about-tridosha/

  6. I was listening to a seminar (held somewhere in chennai) on health through ayurveda. And several of the learned audiance asked “why should we not eat curd or any curd products along with lentils (Daal, Dwidal or dicot seeds)”. (I was like amazed with this question). The speaker said he was glad this question is raised, he based his answer on some sutra from Vaagbhatt samhita(I heard this name for the first time). That they have opposite natures and better not to mix them. The speaker also shared his own experience that he noticed a rise in his blood pressure after consuming such a diet. And there was no substantial change in bp from diets (where he did not mix the two ingrediants.) Could this be true. I was not sure because we in north India do mix the two in Kadi and dahi wada etc. Although people say these are not healthy foods tasty they may be.
    Please throw some light.
    regards
    Himanshu

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, the Ayurvedic doctor is right. But even if two foods are incompatible, if some take it over a long period of time, it becomes congenial (Sathmya) to their body.

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