Fact Check: Does applying ghee to the navel help digestion?

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Last Updated on March 4, 2024 by Neelam Singh

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A social media post claims that applying ghee to the navel helps digestion. We fact-checked and found the claim to be Mostly False. According to Ayurveda, applying ghee to the navel can relieve symptoms of poor digestion. However, this practice cannot cure all health conditions caused by digestive issues.

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The Claim

A Facebook post lists the potential benefits of applying ghee to the navel. This post claims that applying ghee to the navel helps digestion.

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Naval oil claim

Fact Check

What are the different digestive problems people can have?

Digestive problems encompass a range of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract. These include acid reflux (GERD), peptic ulcers, and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten consumption, while gallstones and pancreatitis involve the gallbladder and pancreas, respectively. Diverticulitis causes inflammation of small pouches in the digestive tract. Constipation and diarrhea are common gastrointestinal issues, while gastroenteritis results in stomach and intestinal inflammation due to infections. Lactose intolerance involves difficulty digesting lactose, found in dairy products. Each condition presents distinct symptoms and requires proper diagnosis and treatment.

Does applying ghee to the navel help digestion and cure associated health conditions?

Not exactly. Applying ghee to the navel may help digestion but it cannot cure associated health conditions. The claim that applying ghee to the navel helps digestion, promotes healthy bowel function and relieves constipation lacks strong scientific evidence. While some traditional practices and anecdotal beliefs support this practice, particularly in Ayurveda, there have not been any conclusive studies to confirm its effectiveness.

Our research shows that ghee contains butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid, and other compounds that may have some benefits for gut health. A study suggests it can improve gut motility and reduce inflammation, potentially aiding digestion and constipation. However, these benefits are primarily observed when ghee is consumed orally, not applied topically.

We also found that navel is considered an important marma point in Ayurveda, believed to be connected to various internal organs. However, the scientific understanding in modern science of how topical application of substances to the navel affects internal organs is unclear. 

We have also found evidence that shows navel treatment is important in ayurveda. Moreover, oiling is done to improve to quality of skin. 

Ayurveda doctor

Therefore, while the theory behind using ghee on the navel for constipation is somewhat plausible, there is no concrete evidence in modern science to support its effectiveness. Our Ayurvedic specialist Dr Pallav Prajapati informs, “Putting ghee in navel can help manage digestion. Although, ayurveda also recommends people to consume ghee”. However, he further informs that relying solely on putting ghee into the navel cannot cure digestion-related health conditions such as constipation. 

What are the evidence-based approaches to manage constipation?

To improve the digestive health, it is essential to adopt a balanced lifestyle. Fiber intake can boost digestive health. The fiber-rich foods promote healthy digestion and regular bowel movements.

Additionally, maintaining proper hydration can also support the digestive system. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can ensure optimal hydration levels. This helps soften stool and facilitates smoother digestion.

Regular physical activity is another crucial aspect of digestive health. Exercising for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Exercise promotes efficient digestion and helps alleviate constipation by stimulating bowel movements.

Managing stress is also important for maintaining digestive wellness. Chronic stress can negatively impact digestion and contribute to issues like constipation. Incorporating relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation into the daily routine can alleviate stress and promote overall well-being.

Lastly, consider incorporating probiotics into the regimen. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support gut health and aid in digestion. 

It is important to consult a healthcare professional in case of chronic constipation. This will rule out any underlying medical conditions and discuss appropriate treatment options.

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Aditi Gangal
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