Beets are sweet and warming. In small amounts they are particularly therapeutic for excess liver conditions. Eaten in excess, however, they will aggravate fire.
Taste: sweet, astringent
Natural Attributes: heavy, dry, mobile
Tissue impact (Vipak): sweet, nourishing
Thermal impact (Virya): warm
Dosha impact: decreases Vata and Kapha, increase Pitta
Digestive impact (Agni): easy to digest (cooked)
Channels (Srotas): opens
Feces: laxative, softens stools
Strength (Bala): improves strength
Mind (Manas): Rajasic
Effect: Stimulant, detoxicant, nutritive, alterative, blood tonic, ophthalmic, cholagogue, livotonic, skin tonic.
Chinese five element impact: Wood and Fire
Chinese medicine syndromes: strengthens Qi and blood, moves the Qi
- Nourishment (rasa): weakness, hemorrhoids, satisfies the sweet tooth, parasites.
- Blood-circulation-liver: strengthens heart, anemia, liver conditions and specifically liver stagnation, improves circulation, purifies blood, nervousness and congestion of the vascular system, improve eyesight.
- Reproductive and hormonal systems: uterine disorders, female reproductive system, promotes menstruation, hormone regulation during menopause (with carrots)
- Digestive system: constipation, increases digestive fire, moistens intestines
Harmful: heat conditions