School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion

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AYURVEDA PHARMACOLOGY OF FOOD & HERBS

CLASSIFICATION OF FOOD, HERBS, & LIFESTYLE

GUNAS USED ON JOYFUL BELLY

Ayurveda utilizes a metabolic classification system based on
Natural Law Theory
A theory that things have a true nature or form that they realize imperfectly. For example, an imperfectly drawn triangle has a true nature to be a perfect triangle.

Imperfections of the human form arise from genetics, poor lifestyle and diet choices, or environment. The imperfections themselves have a nature which corrupts the human nature. Ayurved classifies these imperfections into various biocharacteristics or gunas.

Natural Law Theory is a basic view of reality first described by Aristotle and later developed in the Middle Ages. It differences from the modern mechanistic view of reality, which claims that things do not have a nature beyond the sum of their parts.

(also known as Aristotelian Realism) to match food, herbs, and lifestyle choices to specific individuals and imbalances for effective treatment options and alternative approaches. In Ayurveda, this system is called Dravya Guna Shastra. This system suggests that different foods have different characteristics, and consuming the right foods can help to balance the metabolic characteristics (i.e. three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) of the body. Dravya-Guna-Shastra forms the foundation of Ayurveda's pharmacology. The system of Dravya-Guna-Shastra is biocharacteristics based, sharing many features with Unani Tibb and Greek Medicine.

On Joyful Belly, we've integrated this system into the core of the website, to provide tools for modern clinicians. Please click on category below to see how remedies are classified under this system. See all categories

CLEAR

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

Group: Cleanse-and-Detox

COLD

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

Group: Heart-Circulation-Blood

DIFFICULT

Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.

Group: Digestion

DRY

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

Group: Kidney-Bladder-Urinary

EASY

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

Group: Digestion

GOOEY

Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.

HEAVY (GURU)

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

Group: Weight-Loss

HOT

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

Group: Heart-Circulation-Blood

LIGHT (LAGHU)

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

Group: Weight-Loss

LIQUEFIED (DRAVA)

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

MOBILE

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

Group: Energy-Vitality

OILY

In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.

TOXIC (AMA)

A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.

Group: Cleanse-and-Detox

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