Tag: shad rasa

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 […]

Sour Taste in Ayurveda

The amla rasa or sour taste in Ayurveda is one of the shad rasa or six tastes. Sour decreases Vata dosha and increases Pitta and Kapha doshas. Sour is comprised of the earth and fire elements. The sour taste in Ayurveda kindles the agni or the digestive fire by stimulating acid secretions and increasing circulation. […]

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