What is an Ayurvedic diet?

Ayurveda perceives taste as an intrinsic language permeating all of nature and present in every structure of the universe.

We generally associate taste with the obvious sensory organ of the tongue and the food it receives.

Tastes influence the balance of Doshas in the body.

In Ayurveda, diagnoses of diseases is based upon the three biological humours and the treatment is based upon the six tastes.

This applies not only to herbs but also to foodsand minerals.

The actual taste of the substance when taken in the mouthreveals an intrinsic dynamic of herbal properties.


  • Sweet (Madhur)
  • Salty (Lavana)
  • Sour (Amla)
  • Bitter (Tikha)
  • Pungent (Katu)
  • Astringent (Kashaya)

All these tastes are essential for proper functioning of the organism and reach us primarily through our food. What is important is not what we eat but what we digest.

(to be continued…)

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