Hot Biocharacteristic (Guna) Foods & Herbs List: An Ayurveda Perspective
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Balance My Excess Heat (Hot Guna)
Get the 45 minute presentation 'Balance My Excess Heat (Hot Guna)' given by Joyful Belly founder and director John Immel. This presentation will show you Ayurvedic essentials on fixing this imbalance, including diet, lifestyle, and herbal tips from Ayurveda. Price: $15.95
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON HOT
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
Balanced by 'Cold'.
Hot Climate"Hot" is anything that causes an increase in temperature or causes sweating. The body radiates heat from the blood through sweat. When the weather is hot, the blood vessels on the surface of the skin dilate and the heart rate increases, making the skin red and flushed.
Summertime is the season of poor appetite. Red skin is engorged with blood, leaving less blood for digestive organs. Hot weather makes the body relaxed, comfortable, and grounded. Pathological heat causes dizziness and fainting. The body becomes lethargic like the "lazy dog days of summer."
Sweating and secretions help cleanse the skin, digestive tract, circulatory, and lymphatic system. Saunas, baths, steam baths, sweat lodges, and exercise are among the numerous ways people cleanse with heat.
Heating FoodsSpicy food brings blood flow back to the GI tract. It stimulates the appetite, burns toxicity, and reduces tissues (burns ojas). Heating foods cause thirst, sweat, a burning sensation (as in chilies), and even bleeding. For example, eating too many chilies makes the body sweat. Chilies are hot because they irritate the digestive tract lining.
Eat too much turmeric and you might get angry. Turmeric is heating because it dilates blood vessels. Vinegar is heating because it is acidic. Generally, avoid heating foods in the summer.
Hot WaterHot water is one of the most powerful herbal medicines. As hot weather brings blood to the surface of the skin, hot water brings blood to the GI tract. Flush with the blood, hot water improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. Hot water improves circulation. It is a powerful diaphoretic that opens the surface of the body, and is the primary therapy for fever in Ayurveda.
Hot water is also a decongestant, liquefying all Kapha.
Effect of Heating Foods on the Nervous SystemWhen there is too much heat, the mind becomes hot tempered, angry, irritable, or impatient. Heat increases courage and valor. Passion is hot. Heat generally projects the personality outward. Yogis spend time in cool mountaintop temperatures because it helps them turn inward.
Causes of Excess HeatAny irritation or wound, fermentation in the small intestine, exercise, or too much clothing causes heat. Liver imbalance, infection, hot climates, hot foods, and Pitta imbalances cause heat conditions.
Signs of Excess HeatThe signs of heart and blood heat are red skin, red eyes, and a red tip of the tongue. The signs of liver heat are yellow eyes or a yellowish tinge to the hands and skin. Other signs of heat include rashes, acne, infection, fever, anger, irritability, and sweat. Heat relieves spasms and causes suppuration of wounds, liver spots, premature graying of the hair, and loss of hair. If you have poison ivy and eat heating foods or take a hot shower, the poison ivy may get worse.
Treatment of HotBitter tasting food and herbs, such as neem, clear blood and liver heat. Astringent food and herbs, such as amalaki, relieve inflammation in the gut. Sweet tasting foods and herbs, like shatavari and licorice root, cool Pitta and soothe Vata. Milk, cucumber, cilantro and watermelon are cooling. Washing the face or sprinkling the body with cool water is cooling.
OTHER HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING HEART-CIRCULATION-BLOOD
HELPFUL FOR*'Hot' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Bluish / Purple Tongue, Cold extremities, Cold to touch, Cramping back of leg, Raynauld's Syndrome, Teeth marks on tongue edges, Thick coating tongue, Tingling/Numbness
BonesCan't touch toes, Cold aggravates pain, Foot cramps, Hip pain, Morning joint pain, Tight muscles
Mind Stress SleepAnxiety, fear, uncertainty, Bored easily, Cry easily, Fatigue / tired, Low self esteem, Overwhelmed by responsibilities, Shaky / Jitters
Reproductive HealthClots in menstrual blood, Dry / light period, Hysterectomy, Insufficient Breast Milk, Post Menopausal
Respiratory HealthChronic cough, Clear mucus, Dry cough, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip, Runny nose, Sinus Infection, Sinus pain around eyes, Sinus pain in cheeks, Sinus pain in forehead, Stuffed nose (can't breathe), Thin mucus
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Hot' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAlcoholism, Autoimmune Disorders, Bloodshot Eyes, Blurry Vision, Bright red lips, face or palms, Bright red tongue, Clear / absent tongue coating, Dilated Pupil, Drug/penicillin allergy, Fast Heartbeat, Fever (current), Flushes Easily, Gallstones / Attack, General Inflammation, Hepatitis (Past/Current), Herpes - Genital, Herpes - Mouth / Facial, High Blood Pressure, Hot / Burning Feet, Hot Flashes, Hot in torso/chest area, Jaundice, Liver Sore, Liver spots numerous, Malaria, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Night sweats, Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting), Red dots on tongue, Red sclera (white part of eyes), Red tip of tongue, Rheumatic Fever, Sensitive to Alcohol, Sensitivity to bright light, Sharp, gray, green, light brown eyes, Sores on tongue, Sour sweat, Staph infection, Stinging Eyes, Stroke (from aneurysm), Strong body odor, Sweat often, Sweaty palms, Thalassemia Minor, Varicose Veins, Yellow bump on eye, Yellow eyes / sclera, Yellow tongue coating, Yellowish skin
BonesFibromyalgia, Fine, straight, light or reddish hair, Osteoporosis / Osteopenia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strong muscles, Swollen joints, Tendinitis
DietAlcohol 2+ times / week, Burgers/Hot Dogs, Chew Tobacco, Chocolate, Drink coffee 3+ times a week, Peanuts, Pizza, Spicy food, Tomatoes
DigestionAnal Itching, Appendicitis, Burning abdominal pain, Celiac Disease, Citrus allergy, Crohn's Disease, Duodenal Ulcer, Food allergy, Food Poisoning, Gastritis, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Gum inflammation, H pylori infection, Hemorrhoids, Hyperacidity, Inflamed Rectum, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Nut allergy, Pain relieved by cold, Peanut allergy, Receding gums, Sharp abdominal pain, Smelly Gas, Sores inside mouth, Sour Taste in Mouth, Steady, moderate appetite, Stomach Ulcer, Strong abdominal pulse, Strong food cravings, Strong hunger, Strong/frequently thirsty, Traveler's Diarrhea, Ulcerative Colitis, Vomiting Blood, Yellow teeth
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, At odds with church / religion, At odds with family, At odds with local community, At odds with nationality / culture, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Dizzy / Light-headed, Easily insulted / sensitive, Excessive thinking, Fainting, Hyperactive, quick, Intelligent, efficient, perfectionist, Intense emotions, Jealous / envious, Judgmental, Manic / giddy, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Preoccupied with sex / lust, Racing thoughts, Self Critical, Sharp language, Tobacco Cigarette Smoker (Current), Tobacco Cigarette Smoker (Past), Workaholic
PoopBloody stools, Diarrhea, Diarrhea quickly after eating, Explosive elimination, Foul odorous stool, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Green stool, Pencil stool - thin & long, Pus in stool, Soft Stool, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud, Straining to eliminate, Tarry black stools, Yellow stool
Reproductive HealthBright red menstrual blood, Copper IUD, Inflamed Prostate, Peri-Menopausal, Yellow vaginal discharge
Respiratory HealthAir Pollution Exposure (Current), Animal/dander allergy, Blood or pus in mucus, Detergent allergy, Lungs Irritated / Inflamed, Tuberculosis/TB
SkinAcne - cystic, Acne - general, Acne - painful, Blisters, Boils, Bruise easily, Cold sores, Contact dermatitis, Easily hot, Eczema, Flat rash, Heat aggravates my skin, Hives, Humidity aggravates my skin, Inflamed skin, Itchy skin, Large pores, Moles numerous, Oily face / dry extremities, Oily Skin, Oily t-zone only, Olive or Sallow Skin, Oozing Sores on Skin, Orangish skin, Painful rash, Pink skin, Pliable / elastic skin, Psoriasis, Raised & bumpy rash, Rashes, Red capillaries visible, Red/flushed skin, Ringworm, Rosaceae, Ruddy complexion, Scaly / flaky skin, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Skin infections other, Skin problems entire body, Skin problems in cheeks, Skin problems on Chest, Skin problems on genitals, Skin problems on neck, Skin problems on nose, Skin problems upper arms, Skin red after mild abrasion, Skin sensitivity to chemicals, Sun aggravates skin, Sun damage/burn, Sun sensitivity, Urticaria, Warm & rosy skin, Warm to touch
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in 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.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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