About Air Element in Ayurveda
Resembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
Air Recipes Air Ingredients Air Herbs & Supplements
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Air:
CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
Kapha Reducing (9)
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
MOBILEMobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
COLDCold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
BURNS-TOXINSAn herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
LIGHTLightness is identified by reduced weight.
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
ANTIDEPRESSANTHerbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.
UPWARDUpward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.
EASYEasy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
RED-BLOODRed blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
FIREResembles fire (tejas) in quality - hot, sharp, penetrating, light, dry.
AROMATICHerbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
Pitta Reducing (5)
NERVESMarrow tissue (Majja Dhatu) includes bone marrow and nervous tissue.
HELPFUL FOR*'Air' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Air' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
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.