About Fire Element in Ayurveda
Resembles fire (tejas) in quality - hot, sharp, penetrating, light, dry.
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Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Fire:
HOTHot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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LIGHTLightness is identified by reduced weight.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
MOBILEMobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
OUTWARDOutward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
AIRResembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
EASYEasy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
TEJASHerbs that increase tejas improve metabolism & brightness by stimulating the fire element at a cellular level. Destroys toxicity, excess fluids, & improves digestion. Also helps with mental function such as poor memory, lack of inspiration & depression.
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.
HELPFUL FOR*'Fire' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Fire' 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.