Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tamarind

Tamarind candy with chille






Tamarindus indica
from the family leguminosae

  • TASTE sour, sweet
  • ENERGY heating
  • POST-DIGESTIVE EFFECT sour 
  • EFFECT ON DOSHAS* decreases vata, kapha; increases pitta
  • ACTIONS stimulant, carminative, laxative
*Doshas are the elemental components of each individual's constitution, or prakruti, which are created at conception and are unchangeable. They are vata (air, ether), kapha (water in an earth vessel) and pitta (fire).

An excellent reference is "The Yoga Of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine", by Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant Lad. He runs the Ayurvedic Institute.


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