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Tamarind Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Tamarind: Sour Tamarind Chutney
Recipes with Tamarind: Sour Tamarind Chutney
Tamarind is a sour and hot laxative that will soften stools. It is a popular remedy for constipation.

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.

About Tamarind

Tamarind is a tropical fruit in the pea family, widely used in chutneys, sauces, soup stocks, and desserts. It is indigenous to Africa but widely cultivated in India for thousands of years, and now in all tropical regions. It's name is derived from the Arabic 'tamar hindi' which translates to Indian date.

Buying & Preparation

Thai tamarind is sweeter whereas other varieties are more sour in nature. You can purchase it as a paste, or in a fancy box for a unique dinner party gift.

Cooking Tamarind

Tamarind's sourness makes it perfect for sauces, garnishes, and condiments. The Indian equivalent of ketchup, it's a bit sweet, and a bit sour. Drizzle tamarind sauce and thinned yogurt on your favorite Indian snacks, or on spicy potato chips.

Tamarind is sour and pasty. It is brown in color.

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Is Tamarind Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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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. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 3 tbsp
SPECIES: Tamarindus indica
FAMILY: Fabaceae

EAT IN: SUMMER
FOR OCCASION: DINNER-PARTY

Biocharacteristics of Tamarind

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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TASTES
Taste Help

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?

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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.

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PACIFIES
Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Affinity: Bowel Poop Elimination
Family: Fabaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Tamarind
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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.

Sialogogue

STRONG SIALOGOGUE

A 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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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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General Laxative

STRONG GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Stool Softener

STRONG STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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Improves Focus

IMPROVES-FOCUS

Reduces scattered thoughts. Creates a steady mind. Includes herbs that relax (for Vata) and herbs that stimulate (for Kapha).

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Antipyretic

ANTIPYRETIC

Reduces a fever / febrifuge.

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Constituents:
Inositol

INOSITOL

Inositol is an alcohol sugar made naturally in the human body from glucose. It is lipotropic (aiding fat metabilism in the liver). It affects a variety of hormones, neurotransmitters, steroid, growth factors and water.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Tamarind

Lime

Lime has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Sialogogue, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Digestive, Improves-focus

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Digestive, Improves-focus, Expectorant, Sialogogue

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White Vinegar

White Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Sialogogue, General-laxative, Diaphoretic, Improves-focus

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Sialogogue, General-laxative, Diaphoretic, Improves-focus

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Red Wine Vinegar

Red Wine Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Improves-focus, Expectorant, Sialogogue, General-laxative

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Antipyretic, Expectorant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Expectorant, Diaphoretic, General-laxative

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Digestive, Antipyretic

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Sage

Sage has these Actions in Common

Antipyretic, Expectorant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Digestive

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Digestive

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Tamarind

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Sialogogue, Stimulates-energy, Stool-softener, Antipyretic, Digestive, General-laxative, Improves-focus

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Triphala

Triphala has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Improves-focus, Sialogogue, Stool-softener

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant, Sialogogue

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, General-laxative, Stimulates-energy, Stool-softener, Digestive

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, General-laxative, Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Digestive

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Sitopaladi

Sitopaladi has these Actions in Common

Antipyretic, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant

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Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam)

Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam) has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Stool-softener, Antipyretic, Digestive

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Improves-focus

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Belly breathing

Belly breathing has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Expectorant, General-laxative, Stimulates-energy

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Antipyretic, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Stimulates-energy, Digestive, Expectorant

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Impact of Tamarind

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Tamarind affect your temperature?

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Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your sweat quantity?

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Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your appetite/hunger?

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Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your digestion speed?

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Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

TOXINS

How did Tamarind affect the amount of gas & bloating?

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Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your stool smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

Tongue: How did Tamarind affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

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Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect the color of your tongue coating?

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YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your urine smell?

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Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

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2
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your sweat smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

HYDRATION

How did Tamarind affect your urine frequency/quantity?

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Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Tamarind affect your energy levels?

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Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your muscle tension?

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Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your anxiety?

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Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

DIGESTION

How did Tamarind affect the amount of gas & bloating?

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7
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your appetite/hunger?

3
12
12
9
1
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your digestion speed?

2
15
14
5
1
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

TONGUE

Tongue: How did Tamarind affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
8
17
10
1
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect the color of your tongue coating?

6
12
1
3
15
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

STOOL

How did Tamarind affect your stool smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your stool consistency?

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Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your stool frequency/quantity?

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13
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your stool color?

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More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your stool lightness?

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6
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Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

URINE

How did Tamarind affect your urine clarity?

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More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your urine smell?

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31
5
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your urine lightness?

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Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your urine frequency/quantity?

1
4
23
8
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

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2
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

SWEAT

How did Tamarind affect your sweat smell?

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8
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your sweat quantity?

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4
24
9
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

SYSTEMIC

How did Tamarind affect your anxiety?

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21
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Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your temperature?

0
1
12
23
1
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your energy levels?

1
4
14
17
1
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)

How did Tamarind affect your muscle tension?

0
7
18
11
1
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 37 Study ID:26 (2020-10-28 - 2020-11-24)


Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Tamarind 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 John Joseph Immel

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Comments & Impressions of 'Tamarind'

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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.
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