About Inward in Ayurveda
Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.
Inward Recipes Inward Ingredients Inward Herbs & Supplements
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Inward:
SWEETSweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
OJASOjas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
Vata Reducing (8)
TONICA tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
Energy Vitality (7)
WATERResembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
EARTHResembles earth (prithvi) in quality - heavy, dense, solid, stable, hard.
DOWNWARDDownward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
Autumn Winter (7)
HEAVYHeavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
GROUNDINGEncourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
Pitta Reducing (6)
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
COLDCold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
BLOOD-PLASMA-LYMPHPlasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
CALMS-HEARTAn herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Inward' 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.