Thursday, December 4, 2014

Relish the Taste! The Six Flavors: How They Affect the Mind and Body

The moment anything touches the tongue, the first experience is “taste.” Every substance­--whether it’s a food, medicine, or herb­--is composed of a unique combination of the Five Elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space), and this blend is what determines the resulting flavor. Both Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine distinguish six flavors: (1) sweet, (2) sour, (3) salty, (4) pungent, (5) bitter, and (6) astringent. 

In this class, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Amanda Lewis will discuss the distinct affect each flavor distinctly has on the body and the mind. The class will also include a special tasting of each of these flavors so that everyone can directly experience and compare their effects!