School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
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Rejuvenative for Vata & Kapha that promotes vitality & strength
alterative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, calmative, diuretic, galactagogue, muscle relaxant, nervine, nutritive, rejuvenative, sedative, somniferous, tonic, thermogenic, vulnerary
anxiety (mild), brittle nails, convalesence, emaciation, exhaustion, fatigue, general debility, hyperactivity, hypotension, impotence, infertility, insomnia, memory loss, muscle ache/cramps, muscle atrophy, nervous debility, restlessness, rehumatism, seminal debility, senility, sexual debility, spermatorrhea, vertigo*
High ama, stomach ulcers; use with care during pregnancy.
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main states (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which states are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every state has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite state.
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?
The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual 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. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
OJASOjas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
TAMASICTamasic foods promote rest, sleepiness and stillness. Examples include wheat, mushrooms.
EARTHResembles earth (prithvi) in quality - heavy, dense, solid, stable, hard.
FIREResembles fire (tejas) in quality - hot, sharp, penetrating, light, dry.
WATERResembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
FATFat tissue (Meda Dhatu) includes adipose tissue and sebum (skin oil).
MARROWMarrow tissue (Majja Dhatu) includes bone marrow and nervous tissue.
MUSCLEMuscle tissue (Mamsa Dhatu) includes muscles and ligaments.
INWARDInward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.
|Bone & Joint|
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
|Energy Vitality Strength|
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
ADAPTOGENHerbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
|Mind, Stress & Sleep|
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
SEDATIVESedative 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.
ABORTIFACIENTAn abortifacient is a substance that induces abortion. These herbs are contraindicated in pregnancy.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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