You must have heard of colour, sound and touch therapy. Now here comes taste. Indeed, tastes can help you cleanse and heal. The ancient have been doing it for thousands of years.
There are five different tastes that your tongue can distinguish.
We are all familiar with four – sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But there is a fifth that has been described in ancient texts.
The theory of five tastes gained further support in 1908, when Japanese researcher Kikunae Ikeda found that the glutamate contained in seaweed sauce triggered a fifth taste. The Japanese call this umami.
It is commonly translated as meaning “meaty” or “savoury” but there is more to it than that
It is hard to describe umami. It is commonly translated as meaning “meaty” or “savory” but there is more to it than that. It is an incomparable taste sensation that encompasses all the senses.
Last year, researchers at the University of Miami succeeded in proving that tastes receptors for umami exist.
Of all tastes, the bitter taste is the one we all try to avoid. However, it is the most important taste of all – especially when it comes to cleansing of the blood and healing.
Natural bitters have been a mainstay of traditional systems of healing. Chinese and Indian medicine and diets have always allocated for the bitter vegetables and herbs.
Indeed, the famous Indian Thali meal will make sure that you sample all the five tastes in every meal. Even European medicine has advocated the use of bitters. Remember, Swedish Bitters?
Bitter herbs are called “blood purifiers”. They can help strengthen the liver which is a bitter organ. The strengthened liver will clean the blood passing through it better. This rids blood of toxins.
Basically, blood purifiers contain natural soaps called saponins. In fact, many blood purifiers in solution will actually develop soap like suds when shaken.
Saponins function by helping the liver in clearing away impacted toxins. Saponins also function by increasing the absorption of nutrients across the intestinal lining. You might think of saponins as the “laundry detergents” for your blood.
We sometimes call blood purifiers “alternatives” because they “alter” blood chemistry. Alternatives enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxins via the liver by improving the flow of bile.
Often, they also help eliminate toxins via the kidney. They do not, however, produce a noticeable laxative action.
Dr. Henry Bieler, in his book Food is Your Best Medicine, explains that the liver is an alkaline organ. The liver produces bile, which is very bitter.
According to Dr. Bieler, the liver neutralises poisons by alkalizing them and eliminating them through the bile. The bile is a bitter, highly alkaline substance that emulsifies the fats that we eat.
Dish soap is also a bitter alkaline substance that emulsifies the fats on our dishes so that they may be washed away. The bitter components of blood purifiers aid the liver in washing away toxins in the blood.
The bitter components of blood purifier aid the liver in washing away toxins in the blood.
When taking blood purifiers, you must bear in mind that they will cause your body to remove toxins. You might notice stronger or darker urine that may also smell more pungent. Your stools may also appear unusual.
Paradoxically, you may notice an aggravation in the very symptoms that you are attempting to eliminate. You should consider this as a positive sign that purification is already in progress.
As your body releases the toxins, you will find an increased energy level and feeling of well-being.
One of the best known ayurvedic blood purifier is neem. It grows well in Malaysia and is common to all the races.
The Malays call it daun mambu,while the Chinese and Indians call it chin sou chin and veepelai respectively.
It is often used for measles and chicken pox. The Indians also use it for detoxification and liver cleansing.
Bitter herbs work well for acne, chicken pox and measles. There is documentation of its use in other skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and rashes.
It also seems to work at normalising blood glucose in brittle and mild diabetes. It has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral effects.
Bitter herbs are also alkaline. They also help reduce acidity of the blood.
Today’s diet is rich in sugar which tends to make the blood more acidic. Thus, bitter herbs also reduce acidity o the blood as well.
Also, modern fast paced diets are filled with plant foods and animal products that are badly contaminated by hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, chemical flavours and colours. Thus, there is great need to help the liver detoxify.