Vd. Sandeep Mangat
Ayurveda considers food (one of the three pillars of health) as one of the primary factor in path of maintaining optimal health,. So it places great emphasis on shad rasas. RASA is perception of taste by the tongue and Ayurveda recognizes 6 rasas. Madhur (Sweet ), Amla (Sour), Lavana (Salty), Katu (pungent ), tikta (bitter ) and kashaya ( astringent). Each rasa is combination of two basic elements (panch mahabhutas). Jala ( Water ) and Prithvi (Earth ) play major role in formation and are substrata for manifestation of rasas. This means understanding of shadrasas is another way of acquiring knowledge about 5 elements -air ,space,fire,water and earth .Shadrasas act on body in different ways through their properties ,qualities, through changes that take place during or after digestion ,through their potency. Ayurveda explains relationship of tastes to doshas as set of three tastes, which can increase or decrease particular doshas .Understanding shadrasas and how they relate to our individual constitution can help us to make better choices to promote health and prevent diseases. Acharya Vagbhatta has rightly said : For a virtuous and sustained healthy living , it is important to cultivate habit of using 6 tastes in our daily diet .Balanced diet includes appropriate quantity of each of 6 rasas depending on ones constitution (prakruti) , current state or imbalances (vikruti) ,age , season , environment .In a way understanding 6 tastes is basis of all pharmacological and dietary principles. Ayurvedic medicines , herbal remedies and dietary substances are based on knowledge of 6 tastes and it’s related factors. Action of medicine starts in mouth so let food be our medicine.
Bio– Vaidya Sandeep K. Mangat has more than 10 years of experience in educational and clinical Ayurveda. She graduated in Ayurvedic Medicine from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in 2005 (BAMS) and completed her Post Graduation from Ayurved Seva Sangha Ayurved Mahavidyalya Nashik, Maharashtra and was awarded” Ayurveda Vachaspti” i.e. Doctor of Medicine (Ayurveda) in 2009. During her Post Graduation she worked as Registrar in Ayurvedic Medicine and Panchkarma Department.
She later joined Desh Bhagat University as Assistant Professor in department of Ayurvedic Medicine for 2 years and later Guru Nanak Ayurvedic College and Research Institute for 3 years .Besides teaching Ayurveda degree students she practiced Ayurvedic medicine and Panchkarma in hospitals of respective Colleges. She has continued expanding her knowledge in the field of Ayurveda with attending several workshops , CME Programmes, Seminars. She has to her credit many presentations and lectures at various platforms organized by Department of AYUSH and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , Govt of Punjab.
She wants to use her passion of Ayurveda in helping individuals to maintain perfect balance among body , mind and soul. She advocates and follow Ayurveda Principle, that each person is seen as Unique individual with Unique Genetics and Biochemistry and hence there is personalized and customized approach for everybody. Her expertise lies in using Wisdom of Ayurveda to advise Diet ,Lifestyle modifications, Panchkarma and specific Herbs to enrich people lives in today’s world.
Balancing your diet with Ayurvedic Shadrasa (Six tastes)