About Constipative (Purisasamgrahaniya, pureesha sangrahaneeya) in Ayurveda
An herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON CONSTIPATIVEOften astringents.
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Constipative:
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
Pitta Reducing (6)
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
HEMOSTATICAn herb that stops bleeding.
COLDCold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
LIGHTLightness is identified by reduced weight.
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
Kapha Reducing (3)
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
ANTIPYRETICReduces a fever / febrifuge.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
SWEETSweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
ANTIBACTERIALHerbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.
ANTIOXIDANTAn antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.
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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.