Squash

Squash   —Acorn, Summer (Heavy) Energetics: Sweet, astringent/cold/pungent VPK= Actions:    —Winter   Energetics: Sweet, astringent/hot/pungent VPK+ Actions: Demulcent, expectorant Indications: More nutritive than summer variety, dry cough, laryngitis, high in vitamin A.   —Zucchini and Yellow   Energetics: Sweet, astringent/cold/pungent VPK; V+ excess Actions: Alterative, diuretic, refrigerant, expecto- rant Indications: Summer anti-heat food.

Carrots (£hikha-mulam)

    Energetics: Sweet, astringent/hot/sweet or pungent VK- P+ excess; juice V+ due to its cold nature, sweet nature makes it hard to digest   Actions: Digestive, laxative, diuretic, appetite stimulant, alterative, antiseptic; seeds stimulant, antispasmodic, emmenagogue   Indications: Increase blood flow, build blood, brighten eyes, rickets, colitis, gout, constipation, worms (eaten raw), arthritis, skin disorders, edema, jaundice, chronic hepatitis, antioxidant, heal skin and tissues; heart disease, reduce the risk of lung cancer; diarrhea, healthy teeth, colon disorders, dehydration, complexion. One cup of juice with 2 teaspoons of cilantro juice, … Continue reading

Sea Vegetables

Sea  Vegetables Seaweed   Energetics: Salty, astringent/cold/sweet VPK= VP- K+ excess Actions: Alterative Indications: Minerals, plasma, edema, congestion, thyroid, cysts, benign tumors. Dulse; Rich in pro- tein, fluoride, iron Irish Moss/Kelp; High in cal- cium, potassium, magnesium, iron; excellent for thyroid disorders Kuzu; Gives quick energy Nori; Good for prostate and thyroid disorders, high in protein, B1, B2, B6, B12, vitamins C, E

Artichoke (Globe) (Kunjor, Hatichuk – H)

Artichoke (Globe) (Kunjor, Hatichuk – H)   Energetics: Sweet, astringent/hot/sweet PK– V+ (butter or lemon is better for Váyu) Actions: Alteratives, hemostatics, diuretics Indications: Cleanses liver, excess menstruation; high in calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, and niacin.

Mushrooms

  Mushrooms Energetics: Sweet, astringent/hot/pungent PKV+ áma+ (tamasic)   Actions:  Indications: Edema, overweight, antitumor, anticarcinogenic, reduce cholesterol, longevity. Contraindications: Do not eat with boils, car- buncles, pus infections

Asparagus (Marchuba – H)

Asparagus (Marchuba – H)   Energetics: Sweet, bitter, astringent/cold/sweet VPK=   Actions: Diuretic, alterative, mild laxative, demul- cent, tonic, aphrodisiac, sedative   Indications: High Pitta, bleeding disorders or in- fections of urinary or reproductive systems (including venereal disease like herpes and for urinary stones), fever, edema (and cardiac edema), gout, arthritis. Drinking boiled asparagus water helps rheumatism.

Beans/Greens

Beans/Greens   Energetics: Sweet, astringent/hot/sweet PK– V+ excess   Actions: Alterative, diuretic, astringent Indications: Cleanses blood and liver, gout, nor– malize liver and pancreas; rheumatism, contain vitamins A, B-complex, C, chlorophyll, carbohy– drates, calcium, phosphorous, copper, cobalt, trace source of inositol.

Broccoli

Broccoli astringent/cold/pungent PKV+ — alterative – blood cleanser, lowers the risk of cancer of the esophagus, larynx, lung, prostate, mouth, colon, pharynx, cervix, and stomach, tumor.

Bitter Melon (Karela)

Bitter Melon (Karela) Energetics: Bitter/cold/pungent PK- V+ Actions :  Antip yretic,   alterative,   antacid, antiparasitical Indications: Excellent for diabetes; kidney stones, intestinal worms, parasites, cleanses liver, bile, blood, reduces weight, tumors, fever, diarrhea, anemia, summer use, high in vitamin C.

Potatoes (Alu – H)

Potatoes (Alu – H)   Energetics: Pleasant, astringent/cold/sweet PKV+ (curried is best) [may aggravateVP as a nightshade] V: Use ghee or butter   Actions: Nutritive, tonic, diuretic, sedative (grounds), produces breast milk   Indications: Strengthening, diarrhea, absorption, cancer, blood pressure, balances alkalinity and acidity.   Precautions:  A v oid  with diabetes, gout, stones, rash, arthritis.

Cauliflower (Phulkobí – H)

    astringent/cold/ pungent PK- V+—more sweet and sattwic than the others, demulcent, nu- tritive, combines well with dairy;   reduces the risk of cancer (especially rectum, colon and stomach). It is better for diabetics than cabbage. Kale—blood cleanser, one of the best cancer fighting vegetables (lung, stomach, esophageal, colon, mouth, throat, G.I., breast, bowel, bladder, prostate); rich in vitamin A, C, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, magnesium, iron, sulfur, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and chlorophyll; calcium is easily assimilated.

Sweet Potatoes and Yams

    Sweet Potatoes and Yams (Piòæálu) Energetics: Sweet/cold/sweet VP- K+ P+ excess Actions: Nutritive Indications: Convalescence, debility, reduces can- cer risk (especially lungs), high amounts of vitamin A/beta carotene, antioxidant properties, high in vi- tamin C, low in calories.   Contraindications: Hard to digest, eat without other vegetables. Yams are easier to digest

Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens Energetics: Pungent, bitter/hot/pungent VK– P+ moderately   Actions: Stimulant, expectorant   Indications: Seeds discharge phlegm better than greens; high amounts of calcium, iron, vitamin A, and niacin.

Lettuce (Kahu, Salad – H)

  (Kahu, Salad – H) Energetics: Pleasant, astringent/cold/sweet or pun- gent PK- V+ Actions: Alterative, astringent, diuretic Indications: Calms and cleanses mind, emotions, blood, lymph, burning.

Alfalfa Sprouts (Lasunghas – H)

    Alfalfa Sprouts (Lasunghas – H)   Energetics: Astringent, sweet/cold/pungent PKV+ , decrease agni   Actions: Alterative, astringent, diuretic Indications: Cleanse blood and lymph, reduce fat and tumors, acne, boils, skin cancer, arthritis, gout, obesity, edema, vitamins, and minerals.

Corn (sweet) (Yavanala)

Corn (sweet) (Yavanala) Energetics: Sweet, astringent/hot/sweet or pungent K– VP+ excess   Actions: Balanced, corn silk diuretic   Indications: Strengthening, corn silk—jaundice, hepatitis, gall and kidney stones; urinary tract infections, edema, brain and nervous system tonic; helps gain weight; bone and muscle builder; vitamins A, B, C, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, fiber.   Precautions: Avoid with digestive disorders or obesity

Turnips (Raktasarßhapa)

Turnips (Raktasarßhapa) and Rutabaga   Energetics: Pungent, astringent/hot/pungent KVP+ rajasic   Actions: Alterative   Indications: Blood and lymph cleanser, stops bleeding, Pitta or Kapha arthritis; uric acid, kid- ney stones, overweight, gout; rich in all vitamins (high in vitamin C) and sulfur.

Avocado

    Energetics: Astringent/cold/sweet VP– K+ best taken with spices   Actions: Tonic, nutritive, demulcent, emollient Indications: Nourishes liver, lungs, skin, builds muscle and blood, emaciation, convalescence, hy– poglycemia reduces the risk of heart attacks; high in protein, contains vitamins A, D, E; high in minerals, especially copper and iron; rich in phospho- rus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and manganese; more potassium than bananas.

Chilies—Hot Peppers (Jhal – H)

  —Hot Peppers (Jhal – H)    Energetics: Pungent/hot/pungent VK- P++, Agni++ (rajasic)   Actions: Stimulant, diaphoretic, digestive, decongestant   Indications: Burns áma, appetite, indigestion, para- sites, lungs (asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, tra- cheal and bronchial cell swelling), blood clots, pain.