Tag: kapha

Agni, the digestive fire

In Ayurveda, the concept of Agni, or the digestive fire is a key factor in understanding our physiological makeup, or our prakruti and vikruti.  Ayurveda has three doshas, or core energies: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  Some consider agni to be the fourth dosha. Ayurveda teaches us that everything which we take in must be digested, […]

Astringent Taste in Ayurveda

We conclude our journey of the six tastes, or shad rasa, with the astringent taste in Ayurveda.  Astringent is comprised of the elements earth (prithvi) and air (vayu).  Astringent increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha doshas. The virya, or energy of the astringent taste, is cooling.  The vipak or post-digestive effect of astringent is […]

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