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Herbs that are drying, drawing, and constricting. Externally, astringent herbs are used to stop bleeding and bring perforated tissues together. Internally, astringent herbs are drying, and are very useful for diarrhea or excess sweating.
Minerals & AstringencyA second definition of astringency refers to foods that are high in minerals. Mineral rich foods tend to create a rough mouth feel. Salt and foods high in potassium and magnesium are considered astringent. Pica is a medical disorder characterized by people eating non-foods such as clay, soil, paint, or wood. This unusual craving can often be satisfied with vitamin and mineral substances, which supply the missing nutrient.
Astringent & Waste ProductsAstringent taste causes a tightening of tissues obstructing lymphatic flow, elimination of toxins, and sometimes, constipation. Alternately, if you are having diarrhea, a good astringent like cranberry or pomegranate juice can be very helpful. Astringent taste also dries up any secretions and absorbs mucus (Kapha).
Qualities of AstringentAstringents are cooling and drying, making them good for Pitta inflammation on the skin and in the gastro-intestinal tract. Exercise caution, however, if the source of the inflammation comes from dryness (Vata).
Astringent Taste & EmotionsEmotionally, astringent taste helps someone cool off and collect scattered thoughts. Astringency is the physical analog of fear causing the cells of the body to withdraw. Bodily tissues tense up to create a barrier to astringency.
Astringent HerbsTriphpala, amalaki, haritaki, arjuna, and manjistha.
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|Healthy Kapha Tablets||Kidney Formula Tablets|
|Red Root Tincture||Food Allergy Healing Tea|
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|Auromere Ayurvedic Mouthwash (12 oz)||Blue Vervain Tincture|
|Motil-Colon Stimulant Laxative||Pipsissewa Tincture|
|Cramp Bark Tincture||Pitta Shiro Oil (128 oz)|
|3+ bowel movements a day||Acne - general|
|Acne - painful||Anal Itching|
|Avoids heat||Bad breath|
|Bloody stools||Blurry Vision|
|Bruise easily||Chronic Fungus infection|
|Easily hot||Explosive elimination|
|Gastritis||H pylori infection|
|Large portions||Leaky Gut Syndrome|
|Metallic Taste in Mouth||Migraines|
|Mucus on stool||Preoccupied with food|
|Preoccupied with sex / lust||Puffy under eyes / Bags|
|Red/flushed skin||Sensitive to Poison Ivy|
|Soft Stool||Sores inside mouth|
|Stool formed, but porous & airy||Strong food cravings|
|Tarry black stools||Teeth marks on tongue edges|
|Urinary Tract Infection||Yellow stool|
|Blood and Circulation|
|Hypoglycemic||Many cracks on tongue|
|Anorexia, past or current||Beans|
|Currently/recently on a diet|
|Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis||Dry Mouth / Tongue|
|Gray teeth||Hoarse Voice|
|Intestine lumpy / like a rope||Irregular/small appetite|
|Limited sense of taste||Nervous stomach / butterflies|
|Pain left lower abdomen||Palpable Mass|
|Kidney Bladder Urinary|
|Mind Stress Sleep|
|Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation||Constipation|
|Impacted Fecal Matter||Less than 1 elimination a day|
|Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool||Sausage shape with cracks on surface|
|Straining to eliminate|
|Abortion (Past)||Dry / light period|
|No period||Small breasts|
|Cracked skin||Dry skin|
|Eczema||Scaly / flaky skin|
About the AuthorJohn Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
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