Effect of the Six Tastes

Ernährungsmythen aus ayurvedischer Sicht | Ayurveda Parkschlösschen Health Blog

Taste preferences have a genetic component, similar to the Dosha constitutions (an individual mix of the regulatory powers: Vata, Pitta and Kapha). The inborn array of tastes establishes a foundation that is extended into a lifelong learning process. Gandusha, the Ayurvedic morning mouth care, cleanses the mouth’s mucous membranes of residues and wastes, helping heighten the sense of taste.


increases Kapha
decreases Vata and especially Pitta
increases life expectancy and vitality
clarifies the skin and sensory organs
regenerates body tissues

Important: The beneficial effect of the taste defined in Ayurveda as “sweet” does not apply to sugar or artificial sweeteners, but solely to the sweetness contained in natural foodstuffs.


increases Kapha and especially Pitta
decreases Vata
stimulates appetite and digestion
promotes resilience
strengthens sensory organs


increases Kapha and especially Pitta
decreases Vata
stimulates digestion
improves the elasticity of tissues
allows bodily fluids to flow


increases Vata and Pitta
decreases Kapha
stimulates digestion
reduces Ama (metabolic wastes)
reduces fat, sweating and water accumulation in the tissues
acts as an antibacterial agent and purifies


increases Vata
decreases Pitta and especially Kapha
reduces Ama
stimulates the appetite
firms the skin and muscles
dissipates surplus bodily tissue
acts as an antibacterial agent and purifies the blood
inhibits inflammatory processes
reduces fever


increases Vata
decreases Pitta and Kapha
reduces bodily fluids
promotes healing processes, also after injuries
acts as an antibacterial agent
nourishes and calms

Filed under Basics, Nutrition

Ms. Kansal completed her 6-year Ayurveda studies in India in 2006. She then worked as a lecturer and until 2007 worked as an Ayurveda doctor in Indian Ayurveda hospitals. In 2008 she came to Germany and completed her training as a healing practitioner in 2016. Ms. Kansal has been working at the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen since 2012. Her intensive Sanskrit and yoga studies give her a deep Ayurvedic knowledge.

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