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Tobacco / Nicotine Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Tobacco, a member of the nightshade family, aggravates all three doshas. Kapha in the lungs, Pitta in the liver vitiating the blood, and Vata due to the mobile quality.

People crave tobacco because it temporarily stimulates the lungs and circulation. But afterwards tobacco creates weaker lungs and worse circulation. A better treatment option for easy breathing and circulation of prana is to eat a proper diet according to your doshas.

Many native meso american peoples drank coffee, chocolate and smoked tobacco as medicinal herbs, sacraments and in shamanic ceremony, a practice that continues to this day. However, many non-native americans abuse these substances by self indulging on them daily without reverance, ceremony, prayer, or deeper knowledge of the medicinal effects.

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Is Tobacco / Nicotine Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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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. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1 tbsp
SPECIES: Nicotiana nicotiana
FAMILY: Solanaceae

Biocharacteristics of Tobacco / Nicotine

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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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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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TOXIC

ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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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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AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating Pitta aggravating Vata aggravating
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Subtaste:
Acrid

STRONG ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

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Family: Solanaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Tobacco / Nicotine
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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.

Emetic

EMETIC

An herb that causes vomiting and nausea.

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Sialogogue

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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Sedative

SEDATIVE

Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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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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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Tobacco / Nicotine

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Emetic, Expectorant

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Emetic, Expectorant

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Emetic

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Tamarind

Tamarind has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Expectorant, Sialogogue

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Expectorant, Sialogogue

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Expectorant

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Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Expectorant

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Saffron

Saffron has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Sedative

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Tobacco / Nicotine

Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Expectorant, Sedative

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Sedative, Stimulates-energy

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Reduced lemon juice

Reduced lemon juice has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Sialogogue, Stimulates-energy

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Lobelia

Lobelia has these Actions in Common

Emetic, Expectorant, Sialogogue

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Vasaka / Vasa

Vasaka / Vasa has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Sedative

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Sialogogue, Stimulates-energy

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Arjuna

Arjuna has these Actions in Common

Emetic, Expectorant, Diuretic

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Sialogogue

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Bhringaraj

Bhringaraj has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Emetic, Sedative

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Emetic, Stimulates-energy

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Tobacco / Nicotine 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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