Tonic (Rasayana, rasayani) Foods & Herbs List: An Ayurveda Perspective
Tonic Recipes Tonic Ingredients Tonic Herbs & Supplements
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON 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.
Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic. The ideal tonic is typically warm, and nourishing. Even better are tonics that nourish anabolic hormones (damiana). Yang tonics focus more on stimulating. Yin tonics focus more on nourishing. Avoid the tendency to call every helpful herb a tonic - as this renders the term meaningless and vague.
OTHER HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING ENERGY-VITALITY
HELPFUL FOR*'Tonic' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
BonesHair loss / Balding, Lean muscles, Muscles heavy / tired, Thin, brittle nails, Thin, lanky, slim with thin muscles
Mind Stress SleepCreative, imaginative, Dizzy / Light-headed, Fatigue / tired, Light sleeper, Short bursts of energy, Weakness / Debility
Reproductive HealthAbortion (Past, Recent or Considering), Currently pregnant, Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence), Infertility, No period, Peri-Menopausal, Post Menopausal, Premature Ejaculation, Vaginal dryness
Respiratory HealthRinging ears
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.
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