The Six Tastes: Astringent
Balance My Excess Astringent $15.95 Astringent Recipes Astringent Ingredients Astringent Herbs & Supplements Astringent Stats
Balance My Excess Astringent
Get the 45 minute presentation 'Balance My Excess Astringent' 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 ASTRINGENT
Astringent foods make the mouth feel rough or dry. Astringent taste cleanses the mouth, but causes difficulty swallowing. Leafy greens, green bananas, and cranberries are astringent. Astringent taste makes an apple crunchy. It makes lentils and peeled potatoes stick to each other. 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.
HELPFUL FOR*'Astringent' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationBlood Clots, Blurry Vision, Bruise easily, Chronic Fungus infection, Easily hot, General Inflammation, Herpes - Genital, Herpes - Mouth / Facial, Puffy under eyes / Bags, Red capillaries visible on skin, Teeth marks on tongue edges, Varicose Veins
DigestionAnal Itching, Bad breath, Crohn's Disease, Gastritis, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, H pylori infection, Large portions, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Metallic Taste in Mouth, Receding gums, Sores inside mouth, Strong food cravings, Ulcerative Colitis, Yellow teeth
Poop3+ bowel movements a day, Bloody stools, Diarrhea, Explosive elimination, Mucus on stool, Soft Stool, Stool formed, but porous & airy, Tarry black stools, Yellow stool
SkinAcne - general, Acne - painful, Cold sores, Heat aggravates my skin, Hives, Rashes, Red/flushed skin, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Sun sensitivity, Warm & rosy skin
Weight LossPreoccupied with food
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Astringent' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Cold extremities, Cold to touch, Easily cold, Heart Palpitations, Iron deficiency, Many cracks on tongue, Raynauld's Syndrome, Sweat rarely
DietAnorexia, past or current, Beans, Currently/recently on a diet, Irregular Thirst, Restricting Food Intake
DigestionDifficulty Swallowing, Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Dry Mouth / Tongue, Gray teeth, Intestinal Obstruction, Intestine lumpy / like a rope, Irregular/small appetite, Limited sense of taste, Nervous stomach / butterflies, Pain left lower abdomen, Palpable Mass in Abdomen, Strong/frequently thirsty
Disordered EatingDrinking coffee to replace food, Eating vegetables to suppress hunger, Fasting during daytime hours / bingeing at night, Omitting Food Groups, Pretend Eating / Playing with Food
Kidney Bladder UrinaryNight-time Urination
PoopAlternating Diarrhea / Constipation, Constipation, Difficulty eliminating, Frequent urge to defecate , Impacted Fecal Matter, Less than 1 elimination a day, Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool, Sausage shape stool with cracks on surface, Straining to eliminate
Reproductive HealthAbortion (Past, Recent or Considering), Dry / light period, No period, Small breasts, Vaginal dryness
SkinCold aggravates my skin, Cracked skin, Dry skin, Eczema, Gray skin/lacking lustre, Pale Skin, Scaly / flaky skin, Thin skin
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
Get Ayurveda's approach to food cravings & emotional eating for balanced weight and health.