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There is a wellknown ancient Sanskrit text called "Sri Chakra". It is a book on acupuncture. In this text, there is a mention of Taste.
Taste is known as vedic Taste, since time immemorial. It is mentioned in many vedic texts as one among five Tanmatras. Taste is made out of pancha bhuthas & ida-pingala. Acupuncture is also a therapy of pancha bhuthas & ida-pingala. Hence, it offers simple, easy, effective, safe and drug-free treatment.
According to Sri Chakra text, there are six tastes - sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, astringent and salty. Taste also represents seasons and six - elements.
Five-elements or six-elements?
Yes, we always say five-elements. How come six?
Sri Chakra says there are six Tastes. It means one more element is added here. It is tridosha. Hence six-tastes and six-elements.
Acupuncture tells that one should like/eat all the six tastes; although it also recommends to eat sweet and salt to a minimum. Japanese eat less salt, hence they live longer. If one doesn't like a particular Taste or likes a particular Taste too much, then the disharmony of health occurs and requires therapy. A little more desire to eat a particular Taste is ok; but not too much.
Take an example: if any person likes/eats too much of sweets, what happens? It leads to obesity, diabetes, malfunction of pancreas, etc. An acupuncturist needles the concerned points.
On what conditions, acupuncture offers treatment?
Acupuncture treats the following symptoms:
Example: Taste of salty.
1. He has a taste of salt now and then
2. Always he has a taste of salt
3. Doesn't like salty food
4. Likes too much of salty food
5. Feels unwell after eating salty food, etc.
This article is for general information only. Purpose of this article is to tell the readers that acupuncture is a vedic healing.
- Raghavendrachar (Yoga shikshak & sujok acupuncturist), Bangalore, India