This section does not purport to
"complete" much less authoritative. My goal is
to stimulate interest in potentially useful concepts,
foods, and herbal products that are both nutritional and therapeutic. I
have two web sites that are much more comprehensive. Kitchen
Doctor and Dosha
to Food Section
Eating habits are deeply affected by
cultural and family traditions, aesthetic and taste preferencies,
efficiency measures most of us rely on to one degree or
other, finances, and increasingly what we have come to
learn or believe as a result of spiritual and health consciousness.
and Constitutional Balance
According to Ayurveda, each food has
a particular taste that correlates to its digestive action
and that has a bearing on the balance of the elements.
This taste is not a coincidence but is a direct result
of the biochemical traits of the food and therefore also
of its pharmaceutical properties. There are six tastes: sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, salty,
The food that best seems to help eliminate
ammonia is asparagus. I stumbled on this by engaging in
wild experiments on myself in my own kitchen. It led me
to take a hard look at shatavari, an Ayurvedic rasayana
herb belonging to the asparagus family. Naturally, someone
else has already researched this and found that shatavari
does indeed possess anti-carcinogenic properties.
In vitro studies suggest that goji
berries kill many kinds of cancer cells. The mechanism
whereby this happens is believed to involve some factor
that inhibits the ability of the cell to divide, thus lowering
its reproductive capacity. A large study in Japan suggested
that tumor growth was inhibited by 58% among the patients
eating goji berries as compared to the control groups.
A study in Mongolia showed that patients eating the goji
berries had a significant increase in lymphocyte activity
and that their blood began to resemble that of much younger
Lycium berries are a delicious liver
and blood tonic. Milk thistle seeds are liver protectors
and regenerators. For best results, this recipe or
something comparable should be used regularly for about
two years until the liver and blood are regenerated. Note
that goji berries are a type of lycium berry.
Besides being an excellent antioxidant,
chyawanprash has shown to confer some protection during
This delicious traditional Indian
dish can be used by convalescing patients as well as those
who are trying to promote pH balance and/or reduce the
stress on the digestive system by providing an easy to
digest, tasty, and wholesome meal.