CHERRYHealth Benefits & Uses
How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Recipes with Cherry: Rose Petal Cookies with Almonds & Cherries
Berries arrive just in time for late spring, early summer. Berries are lymphatic movers that complete the spring process of cleansing your liver. They are also liver tonics to protect your liver during summer. Berries are rich in anti-oxidants that prevent aging and cancer.
Cherries are warming and stimulate metabolism. You can best experience the warming effect of cherries eating them while sitting in the hot sun. We recommend you avoid overconsuming cherries on hot days for that reason.
Fabulous Fruity FiberJuicy cherries are excellent for dryness-constipation. Sour cherries themselves are a gentle laxative. The high fiber content of cherries create bulky, easy stools.
Strengthen Your BloodCherries are an excellent way to nourish your blood. High in iron, cherries rebuild deficient anemic blood. Their sour taste and anti-oxidants balance your blood and restablize your mood. Cherries are high in beta-carotene, which is nourishing to the liver and strengthening to the eyes. However, their warming nature can aggravate pitta.
DetoxFor Kapha constitutions with congested liver or lymphatic systems, berries are lymphatic movers that cleanse your liver and blood. Emotionally, cherries can help reduce frustration, and emotion associated with liver congestion, allowing you to remain mellow and calm amidst the hustle and bustle.
Moisturize Your SkinCherries are a skin tonic whose sweetness and sourness moisturizes your skin while restoring a healthy red glow.
Recipes with Cherry: Cardamom Cherry Pie
Buying & Preparation
Choose tart cherries over sweet ones for the most medicinal value. Cherries must be tree-ripened. Once picked, they will not continue to ripen or get any sweeter.
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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Prunus spp.
Biocharacteristics of Cherry
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
|Tissue (dhatu): |
Heart Circulation Blood
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Cherry
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Reduces scattered thoughts. Creates a steady mind. Includes herbs that relax (for Vata) and herbs that stimulate (for Kapha).
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An 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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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.
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Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Cherry
Blueberry has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Antidepressant, Improves-focus, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Livotonic, Anticarcinogenic
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Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Nutritive, Anticarcinogenic, Improves-focus, Quenches-thirst, Antidepressant, Livotonic
Grape has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Anti-inflammatory, General-laxative, Quenches-thirst, Antioxidant, Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids
Strawberries has these Actions in Common
Antioxidant, Quenches-thirst, Anti-inflammatory, Improves-focus, Rebuilds-fluids, Anticarcinogenic, Livotonic
Blackberry has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Improves-focus, Antioxidant, Livotonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive
Cranberry has these Actions in Common
Antioxidant, Livotonic, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Antidepressant, Improves-focus
Carrot has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Anticarcinogenic, General-laxative, Antioxidant, Livotonic
Raspberry has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Antidepressant, Livotonic, Antioxidant, Nutritive
Mango has these Actions in Common
Antioxidant, Rebuilds-fluids, General-laxative, Antidepressant, Nutritive
Apple (cooked) has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, General-laxative, Nutritive, Improves-focus, Quenches-thirst
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Cherry
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, General-laxative, Improves-focus, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Antioxidant, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Anti-inflammatory, Anticarcinogenic
Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Anticarcinogenic, Antidepressant, Blood-tonic, Improves-focus
Licorice Ghee (9oz)
Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Anticarcinogenic, Livotonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Anti-inflammatory, Anticarcinogenic
Pitta Massage Oil
Pitta Massage Oil has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic
Brahmi - Gotu Kola
Brahmi - Gotu Kola has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Blood-tonic, Improves-focus
Hawthorne Berry & Flower
Hawthorne Berry & Flower has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Antioxidant, Improves-focus, Anti-inflammatory
Red Clover has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Anticarcinogenic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids
Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Appetizer, Quenches-thirst
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, General-laxative, Nutritive
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Cherry may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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About the Author
John 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.
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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Deep red bing cherries are unctuous, heavy, and a Kapha increasing fruit
- Ysha Oakes, Albuquerque, NM 11-26-09
I've read that cherries are actually Pitta-pacifying as long as they're sweet. Is this true?
- Jess, Allen park, MI 07-04-12
the perfect fruit DOES exist