Avocado’s heavy, oily, and cool qualities lubricate the intestines and moisten dry lungs. Eating this nourishing food helps soothe the joints, moisturize dry hair, skin and nails, and enhance libido. Avocado strongly builds Ojas, and is an excellent baby food. 

Although Avocado is unusually high in fats, it has no cholesterol. Adding a wedge of lime, a pinch of salt, or cilantro will help lighten up avocado, and assist your digestion of this heavy fruit. It combines well with any foods (bitters and sours) that improve fat digestion and metabolism. 


Taste: Sweet

Natural Attributes: heavy, oily

Tissue impact (Vipak): nourishing

Thermal impact (Virya): cooling

Dosha impact: Increases Kapha, decreases Vata and Pitta

Digestive impact (Agni): hard to digest

Channels (Srotas): closes

Feces: softens stools


Strength (Bala): bestows strength

Mind (Manas): Sattvic

Effect: aphrodisiac, nutritive, livotonic, demulcent, emollient, skin tonic 

Chinese five element impact: nourishes the water element

Chinese medicine syndromes: builds yin and blood of the liver , Yin of the kidney,  lubricates lungs and intestines

Medicinal properties 

  • Nourishment (rasa): nursing mothers, gaining weight, infants, the elderly
  • Blood-circulation-liver: aids red blood cells formation 
  • Bones-joints-tendon-ligaments: soothe the joints, moisturize dry hair and nails
  • Reproductive and hormonal systems: enhance libido
  • Vital essence: strongly builds Ojas
  • Mental: “brain food”, reduces anxiety and nervousness
  • Skin: beautification, moisturize dry skin 
  • Respiratory system:  moisten dry lungs
  • Digestive system: ulcers, lubricate the intestines, constipation caused by dryness

Harmful for: Kapha disorders, candida, weak digestion, phlegm conditions, overweight.


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