Meat and other animal products have been the main source of protein in the West for most of the last century. But this practice is now being questioned, not only for its moral ambiguity, but also from the health risks which arise from the over-consumption of industrially grown animals.

From a strictly nutritional standpoint, meat contains high levels of protein, some vitamins, and an abundance of minerals and trace minerals. But meat is high in fat content, and is often laden with toxins, hormones and antibiotics. Industrially grown animals are also often exposed to harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter, which can be transferred to the people eating them.
The problem with meat nowadays, then, is that it is very tainted, chemicalized, adulterated, and comes from sick and overmedicated animals. The comments here about the effect of animal meat apply to reasonably healthy, naturally raised animals.

Small amounts of fresh, naturally grown animals’ meat can be used therapeutically to strengthen those with deficiencies. However, because of its heaviness, meat is not always tolerated, in which case a good option to absorb its nutrients would be by preparing a broth.
An excess of meat quickly causes problems of accumulation of matter: clogged vessels and organs, putrefaction, infection, etc. Eventually, it makes the muscles slack and the joints stiff.
According to Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, it is best to use the animal parts which correspond with the parts that are imbalanced in the human. For example, animal liver is usually used for treating human liver deficiencies.


Taste: Sweet

Natural Attributes: Heavy, Oily

Tissue impact (Vipak): Sweet, nourishing 

Thermal impact (Virya): heating

Dosha impact: Decrease Vata, Increase Pitta and Kapha 

Digestive impact (Agni): hard to digest

Channels (Srotas): closes the channels

Feces:  Increases volume

Urine: diuretic

Strength (Bala): highly increases strength, stoutens the body 

Mind (Manas): Tamasic (short term), Rajasic (long term)

Effect: Acidifying, tonic, livotinc

Chinese five element impact: earth

Chinese medicine syndromes: Spleen, pancreas, stomach; nourishes the Yin, increases qi, builds the blood

Medicinal properties 

  • Nourishment (rasa): gaining weight, treating weakness, exhaustion
  • Blood-circulation-liver: nourishes blood
  • Muscles: tonifies muscles
  • Bones-joints-tendon-ligaments:  strengthens sinews and bones

Harmful: excess conditions, high cholesterol, excess mucus, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, obesity, poor digestion, nephritis, hepatitis, atherosclerosis, heart, liver and kidney diseases, high acidity, gout, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer.


  • Beef kidney: Less heating, strengthens the kidneys and treats kidney-related conditions, such as impotence, lack of sexual drive, low backache, weak knees and bones, and hearing difficulties.



  • Beef liver: Less heating, strengthens the liver. Used for the treatment of eye conditions such as blurred vision, night blindness, glaucoma, and optic nerve atrophy.
    Precaution: Animal liver will normally contain high levels of toxins (unless the animal is raised organically), even more so than variety of meats.


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