SERVING SIZE: 1 tsp
SPECIES: Tamarindus indica
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Tamarind is hot and can provoke rashes. Paradoxically, tamarind poultice has been used for fevers, most likely as sour taste brings blood flow close to the skin. This blood moving property also increases wound secretions,and can be used to clean out wounds of slough and impurities.
One student reports, "My grandma, who lives close to Bombay, told us as kids to avoid tamarind and green mangos whenever we caught a cold. Instead, people take tamarind as a digestive on hot summer days." This use of tamarind in summer serves a similar purpose to lemonade in summer - it dilates blood vessel to aid release of summer heat.
The sourness of tamarind is a useful sialogogue for a dry mouth. It wakes you up, brings you back into focus.
BUYING & PREPARATION
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Tamarind is sour and pasty. It is brown in color.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Tamarind Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
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STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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Just confused. Sour pacificies Vata . Vata is fall/winter. So, tamarind should be recommended for winter - Please clarify.
Sour generally pacifies Vata and Vata pacification is especially needed during the fall / early winter which is Vata time of year. This time of year Vata is naturally elevated in everyone.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Mind Stress SleepConfusion / Cloudy Mind, Depressed, Difficulty concentrating, Difficulty waking up
PoopConstipation, Difficulty eliminating, Less than 1 elimination a day, Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool, Straining to eliminate
DigestionDry Mouth / Tongue, Hemorrhoids, Pain left lower abdomen, Quickly full / early satiety, Slow, heavy digestion
Blood and CirculationLow energy
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. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. 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.