Buckwheat – cooked grains (Kasha)
Hot, light and dry, Buckwheat is ideal for Kapha. The nourishing effect of Buckwheat balances its heat to some extent for Pitta. The light and dry qualities make it inappropriate for Vata if eaten alone. Buckwheat is overly dry and stimulating for most children and can cause hyperactivity and nervousness when eaten regularly.
Taste: Sweet, Astringent
Natural Attributes: Light, Dry
Tissue impact (Vipak): Pungent, reducing
Thermal impact (Virya): Heating
Dosha impact: Decrease Kapha, increase Vata and Pitta
Digestive impact (Agni): ignites digestive fire
Channels (Srotas): opens the channels
Feces: retains and absorbs
Strength (Bala): improves strength and immunity
Mind (Manas): increase rajas
Chinese five element impact: Nourishes the fire and Metal elements
Chinese medicine syndromes: Kidney Yang Deficiency + Phlegm
- Nourishment (rasa): reduces weight, strengthens arterial walls, treats chronic diarrhea and dysentery
- Blood-circulation-liver: protects blood vessels tissue, improves blood circulation, protects the membranes of the eyes, inhibits hemorrhages, reduces blood pressure and increases circulation in hands and feet.
- Fat: decreases cholesterol,
- Bones-joints-tendon-ligaments: osteoarthritis
- Nervous system:
- Reproductive and hormonal systems: beneficial for hypothyroid conditions (not because of autoimmune reasons), treats polycystic ovaries
- Vital essence: improves insulin sensitivity in diabetes type 2, the glucoside Rutin found in buckwheat protects against the effects of radiation,
- Skin: can be used externally for skin inflammations, eruptions and burns.
- Digestive system: Buckwheat cleans and strengthens the intestines, increases absorption of nutrients, improves appetite, clears the bowls, treats chronic diarrhea caused by cold intestines, treats vomiting and bloating, anti-parasite.
Harmful for: fainting, dizziness, heat and dryness signs, emaciation, spasms, emotional instability, low blood pressure