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Classification of Food: Herbs & Spices

Meat | Dairy | Oils | Sweeteners | Legumes | Vegetables | Fruits | Herbs & Spices | Grains | Nuts & Seeds

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Herbs & Spices
Anise Seed Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Promotes Digestion, Detoxifying Agent. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Black Pepper Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Dry, Rough. Promotes Digestion. Increases Pitta, Stimulates Vata. Relieves Kapha.
Cardamom Sweet &
Pungent
Heating Sweet Promotes Digestion, Good for Heart. Improves Smell of Breath. May Stimulate Pitta if taken in Excess, Relieves Vata & Kapha.
Celery Seed Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Helps Nausea. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Cinnamon Sweet, Bitter & Pungent Heating Sweet Relieves Thirst, Stimulates Salivation. Relieves Dryness of Mouth. Stimulates Kapha, Decreases Vata & Pitta.
Clove Pungent Heating Pungent Promotes Digestion. Improves taste & Flavor of Food. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Coriander Seed Pungent&
Astringent
Cooling Sweet Oily, Dry, Light. Stops Burning Sensation of Urine. Helps Absorption. Increases Vata & Kapha, Relieves Pitta.
Cumin Bitter, Pungent & Astringent Heating Pungent Light, Oily, Smooth. Promotes Digestion, Relieves Diarrhea. Stimulates Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Fenugreek (seed) Bitter &
Astringent
Heating Pungent Dry Helpful for Fever & Arthritis. Increases Vata & Pitta if taken in Excess, Decreases Kapha,
Garlic Pungent Heating Pungent Oily, Smooth, Heavy, Anti-Rheumatic. Good for Cough & Worms. Increases Pitta, Relieves Vata & Kapha.
Ginger (powder) Pungent Heating Sweet Light, Dry, Rough, Promotes Digestion. Detoxifying Agent. Increases Pitta if taken in Excess, Relieves Vata & Kapha.
Mustard Seed Pungent Heating Pungent Oily Light, Sharp, Relieves Muscular Pain. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Saffron Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Smooth, Relieves Hemorrhoids, Reduces Vomiting. Helps Stop Hemoptysis. Increases Vata & Kapha, Relieves Pitta.
Salt (general) Salty Heating Sweet Heavy Rough. Promotes Digestion, Causes Retention of Water & Hypertension. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Relieves Vata.
Sesame (seed) Sweet, Bitter & Astringent Heating Pungent Heavy, Oily, Smooth, Strengthening. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Turmeric Bitter, Pungent & Astringent Heating Pungent Helps in Diabetes, Promotes Digestion. Increases Vata & Pitta if taken in Excess, Relieves Kapha.

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