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Herbs according to Ayurveda are classified in 4 major categories :
Vipaka (Post-digestive effect of herb on body)
Gunas : HERBAL QUALITIES
Quality of herbs is categorised as to if it provides moisturising or drying effect or if it is Light or Heavy when consumed. This is determined by its six tastes (explained below)
Once we know these qualities, we can workout their aspect of effect on doshas.
We explain below how and which emotions are aggravated by an excessive amount of a taste.
RASA means taste.
The Rasa of an herb is the first initial taste that you would have if you put the substance directly inside of your mouth.
There are six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
They have their own unique qualities and effects upon the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha).
Each taste is made up of two of the five elements. Knowing this fact will assist you in comprehending why a particular taste (or rasa) has a its effect on the doshas.
VEERYA means Potency is determined by what effect an herb has on the temperature of the body – is it heating or cooling. This potency of the plant has a dramatic influence on an individual and the doshas.
A heating Veerya will increase pitta dosha (as pitta is a “hot” dosha).
A cooling Veerya will increase vata and kapha doshas (as they are “cool” doshas).
The effect begins the moment the plant enters the body and continues on its way through the digestive tract.
VIPAKA means the post-digestive effect of an herb. It takes place in the colon and from there can have an influence on the tissue levels (dhatus).
There are three vipakas:
Sweet vipaka derived from sweet and salty tastes,
Sour vipaka derived from sour taste, and
Pungent vipaka derived from pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.
Sweet vipaka increases kapha and anabolic processes.
Sour vipaka increases pitta and metabolism.
Pungent vipaka increases vata and catabolic processes. Pungent vipaka has a different effect than the effects from pungent rasa. It is not so much of a heating effect, but more of a drying effect.
UNDERSTANDING THE HERBAL SIX RASAS (TASTES)
SWEET – Earth & Water – balances vata & pitta doshas, aggravates kapha dosha
Moistening, Heavy / Virya-Cooling / Vipaka-Sweet / Emotion-Desire
Nutritive, Tonic, Rejuvenative, Promotes: semen, nerve tissue, milk
SOUR – Earth & Fire – balances vata dosha, aggravates pitta & kapha doshas
Moistening, Light / Virya-Heating / Vipaka-Sour / Emotion-Envy
Stimulant, Carminative, promotes digestion, increases appetite
SALTY – Water & Fire – balances vata dosha, aggravates pitta & kapha doshas
Moistening, Heavy / Virya-Heating / Vipaka-Sweet / Emotion-Greed
Promotes digestion, increases appetite, demulcent, calming, mildly sedative
Large dose: emetic, Moderate dose: laxative or purgative
PUNGENT – Fire & Air – balances kapha dosha, aggravates vata & pitta doshas
Drying, Light / Virya-Heating / Vipaka-Pungent / Emotion-Anger
Stimulating, promotes digestion, increases appetite, diaphoretic, expectorant, Vermicidal, increases circulation
BITTER – Air & Ether – balances pitta & kapha doshas, aggravates vata dosha
Drying, Light / Virya-Cooling / Vipaka-Pungent / Emotion-Grief
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial,detoxifying, decrease tumors,blood cleansing
ASTRINGENT – Air & Earth – balances pitta & kapha doshas, aggravates vata dosha
Drying, Heavy / Virya-Cooling / Vipaka-Pungent / Emotion-Fear
Hemostatic, increases absorption,anti-inflammatory,stops:sweating,diarrhea,