About Liquefied Biocharacteristic (Guna) (Drava) in Ayurveda
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma).
Natural Biocharacteristics: Liquefied
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON LIQUEFIED
"Liquid" is a literal translation of the sanskrit drava, but this translation does not capture the intended meaning, which is "liquefying", "watery", or "thinning" of fluids (opposite of thickens fluids / dense / viscous). The translation issue causes great confusion when practitioners lump, under the term liquid, both 1) thinning fluids and 2) accumulation of fluids. Actually, only the 1st sense is valid, and this is the sense used on the Joyful Belly website.
Here's why: Accumulation of liquid is frequently correlated to high viscosity fluids (the opposite of thin), a kapha condition. Low viscosity fluids are associated with deficiency (Vata and dryness). This means that, astonishingly, "liquid guna" is associated with dryness, not wetness. You can see how word choice is creating confusion here.
Functions:Thins fluids / reduces viscosity (opposite of dense/thick). Prevents stagnation. Allows easy flow, flushes (especially lymphatic system, urinary tract, & gallbladder). Thin fluids helps breaks down / dissolve masses (liquid is related to soft). As it improves circulation, it improves oxygen delivery to tissues and improves metabolism. Therefore, thinning fluids energizes agni and agitates release of ama. Pathologically the thinning of plasma is frequently due to deficiency in the blood.
Symptoms:Thin saliva, thin watery mucus, exposed membranes due to minimal mucus, thin skin, underweight.
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Liquefied:
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
SWEETSweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
COLDCold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
DETOXICANTAn herb that decongests, dislodges or improves metabolization of toxins from the body, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
LIGHTLightness is identified by reduced weight.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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.
PRANAPrana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy (Qi in Chinese Medicine, pneuma in Greek). Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
HOTHot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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.
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.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
HELPFUL FOR*'Liquefied' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Liquefied' 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.