Madhura rasa or sweet taste in ayurveda – The madhura rasa or sweet taste usually gives a sticky sensation in mouth. It satisfies hunger and food craving. This rasa is made up of 2 fundamental elements -Prithvi ( earth element) and ambu (water element).
Sweet taste is referred as follows in different languages
In Hindi –मधुर स्वाद
In Tamil – இனிப்பு சுவை Iṉippu cuvai
In Malayalam – മധുര പലഹാരങ്ങൾ madhura palahāraṅṅa
In marathi – गोड चव – goda chav
Effect of madhura rasa on body– Human body is accustomed to this taste by birth. It increases the strength of seven tissues or 7 dhatus (ayurveda dhatus). Madhura rasa or sweet foods are very essential to boost body energy of children, aged persons and diseased ones. It fills body bulk of emaciated persons.
The herbs which have sweet taste enhance body complexion and increase fairness. Sweet herbs and foods prepared with these herbs increase hair growth and prevent hair loss. They also nourish tissues of sense organs. Sweet tasting herbs sooth dried throat, increase breast milk secretion and also help in erectile dysfunction in men. Usually herbs which have sweet as dominant taste are used in herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction.
Some herbs with sweet taste which are used in ayurvedic medicine for ED and PE are gokshura (tribulus terrestris), safed musli, vidari kanda, Kapikacchu (mucuna) etc
When this type of food and herbs are consumed in excess, they cause obesity, obesity related diseases, and diabetes. These are kapha increasing foods or kapha foods.
The sweet tasting food and herbs are usually rich in simple sugars or carbohydrates. Hence they provide plenty of calories when consumed. These calories provide abundant energy. When these types of foods are consumed in large quantity, the supply of calories will also be in surplus. This exceeds the desired level of calorie requirement. The excess amount of calories are stored as fat. Thus increased accumulation of fat leads to obesity. Chronic obesity leads to other metabolic disease diabetes. Obesity also paves way for heart diseases.
According to ayurveda acharyas herbs which have madhura rasa or sweet taste help to boost shukra dhatu which in-turn improves sperm count and sperm motility. (Read Shukra Kit to improve shukra dhatu)
Who should not use excess of Sweet Foods?
Persons who are suffering from erectile dysfunction due to diabetes
Women who have PCOS (Read Ayurveda Diet Plan for PCOS)
Men and Women who are on weight loss program
Sedentary workers, diabetic patients, people who are struggling to lose weight and obese patients are advised to use this on the advice of an ayurveda nutritionist. Madhura rasa foods and herbs are rich in medicinal properties. Ayurveda acharyas have explained many methods to harness these medicinal properties through food combinations. These combinations balance the effect of sweetness or madhura rasa.
A word of caution – use sweet tasting foods and herbs in limited quantities and according to calorie requirement. Please note “Too much of these foods are too bad for your health”.