Taste the Doshas

Tastes on Both Sides
of the Mountain

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Traditional health sciences of India and China share many   similiar concepts.  Ayurveda, the ancient tradition of India, is usually translated as “science of life”. Chinese philosophy and social structure are integrally related to the harmony of body and spirit.

Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine see  these concepts as instructional, rather than scientific, and aimed at enhancing life.  Both  systems  focus on balancing Energy for optimum health.

In Chinese medicine the concepts of Yin and Yang and Five Elements have a strong influence, along with the internal organ systems (Zangfu).

In Ayurveda, the total system is complex, with a dominance of three Dosha (tridosha): kapha, pitta, vata (vayu). These are described in stages of transformation rather than physical structures and functional organs.

Many herbs used are similar and their healing actions  are described in overlapping terms. The results from treatments of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine reveal one must look at  underlying issues to treat a whole person. These issues can manifest physically through pain or poor health.

India and China share  traditional ideas; Chinese  describe conditions of excess and deficiency, while  Ayurveda  depicts excitation or disturbance (vitiation), and sluggishness of the doshas.

Taste groups are similar in both systems:

sweet, sour, salty, pungent/spicy, bitter and astringent

sweet, sour, salty, pungent/spicy, bitter and bland


The next time you crave a certain taste, notice what is going on in your life. Perhaps that sugar craving is for more sweetness (Sukha) in your life, or salt to soften difficulties (Dukkha) you might be experiencing.

Whether the goal is to balance Chi (life force) or just heal a cold or allergies, we can benefit from this type of wholistic medicine physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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