Tomatoes have long been subject of controversial debate because they belong to the potentially irritating nightshade family. Tomatoes are wet which increases Kapha and aggravate conditions of catarrh and edema, they are Sour and may increase Pitta and aggravate conditions of burning sensations, heartburn and ulcers, and because they contain solanine, they may cause abdominal pain or gas for Vata individuals or to anyone with a delicate digestive tract. 

However, relatively balanced Kapha people with a good digestive function can enjoy some tomatoes without any risk. Pitta People should prefer the sweetest variety of cherry tomatoes. Vata people will generally find their peel and seeds aggravating, but can usually handle them cooked, in the form of a paste, sauce or juice in small quantities. Chopped into a salad with salt, lemon and olive oil could be beneficial for dry type constipation.   

Although acidic, after digestion tomatoes alkalize the blood. Vine-ripe tomatoes are best; green picked tomatoes that are later ripened can weaken the kidney-adrenal function (Kidney Yang). Large amounts of tomatoes are weakening to everyone. 


Taste: sour, sweet

Natural Attributes: Wet, Heavy

Tissue impact (Vipak): Sour 

Thermal impact (Virya):  Neutral 

Dosha impact: Increases Kapha and Pitta, Slightly decreases Vata

Digestive impact (Agni): Hard to digest

Channels (Srotas): opens 

Feces: laxative, stool softener 

Urine: diuretic

Strength (Bala):  clears congestion and obstruction

Mind (Manas): Rajasic

Effect: sialogogue, hypotensive, anticarcinogenic, aphrodisiac, rubefacient

Chinese five element impact: Wood, Fire

Chinese medicine syndromes: builds yin fluids, purifies blood, clears liver heat

Medicinal properties 

  • Blood-circulation-liver: thirst, high blood pressure, red eyes, headache caused by heat, stagnant blood (also topically), liver excess 
  • Bones-joints-tendon-ligaments:  gout
  • Digestive system: diminished appetite, indigestion, food retention caused by low stomach-acid secretion, anorexia, constipation 
  • Cleansing: detoxifies the Liver

Harmful for: arthritis, deficient Qi of spleen-pancreas, condition of excess cold, diarrhea, organ prolapse due to spleen weakness.


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