Last Modified on Dec 16, 2014
"Taste (or, more formally, gustation) is a form of direct chemoreception and is one of the traditional five senses. It refers to the ability to detect the flavor of substances such as food and poisons. In humans and many other vertebrate animals the sense of taste partners with the less direct sense of smell, in the brain's perception of flavor. In the West, experts traditionally identified four taste sensations: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. They also identified four elements, four humors, etc. Eastern experts traditionally identified five tastes, including umami. They also identified five elements, five metals, five directions, etc. More recently, psychophysicists and neuroscientists have suggested other taste categories (umami and fatty acid taste most prominently, as well as the sensation of metallic and water tastes, although the latter is commonly disregarded due to the phenomenon of taste adaptation.)
Taste is a sensory function of the central nervous system. The receptor cells for taste in humans are found on the surface of the tongue, along the soft palate, and in the epithelium of the pharynx and epiglottis." (Wikipedia)
Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health. According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations -- that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.
Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).
In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed. For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.
And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.
Likewise, the Ayurvedic 'purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as 'antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.
And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem 'aging' (oxidation).
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Eric (Ontario Canada) on 09/12/2006
[YEA] That's it! I am totally hooked on ice cold showers! I have often thought about doing it over the years but always put it off. Now I'm thinking , why did I wait so long? Bottom line...total rush, energy that lasts all day, sense of well being, physical and mental stimulation, heightened awareness, heightened senses such as smell, hearing and taste, positive outlook, strong immune system ( no more colds or allergies), great stress reducer.. .it keeps me an all round happy, healthy and fun loving guy. I would recommend it to anybody. After my morning cold shower I am totally invigorated and I actually want to jump in again during mid day for an added boost.Posted by Zb (Perry, Georgia) on 03/18/2013
Hi, this is my first time at this site. I came across this site while googling my condition and am wondering if anyone can help resolve my problem.
I am a 48 year old Indian male, in good health with no major illnesses at all. I do suffer from a little hyperacidity but I cannot let go of spicy Indian food. I do take about 10 mg of Pepcid ( famotidine) for my hyperacidity as and when required. Since last 10-12 days, I have lost the taste of salt in my food. The taste of spice is also reduced. The food is still being cooked the same way it has been for the last 20 years yet I can taste the salt only if I sprinkle a lot more extra salt on the food. Strangely, this happens only with salty taste (and a little bit of spicy taste)and not with sweet or sour or bitter tasting foods. It constantly seems that my tongue is recovering from the effects of eating or drinking something real hot (burning). I used to gargle with mouthwash every night before sleep, but I have stopped doing that since last 5 days to eliminate the possiblility of this taste disturbance caused by the mouthwash.
How can I regain the taste of food? Please help.Replied by Gopal
12/16/2014Posted by Virginia (Indiana, US) on 08/18/2014
How do I get rid of metal taste in my mouth?Replied by Mmsg
08/19/2014Posted by Clio51 (Manchester, Uk) on 05/20/2013
Hi. Since the last 3 months I have had a metal/zine? taste in my mouth. I take venlafaxine for depression/anxiety which I have been on 6 months now. I read brushing your tongue with salt and baking soda may get rid of it, I did this and the next morning my mouth was very very dry as and tasted massively of SALT. I never did this again. The following morning the roof of my mouth felt sore sensation and also my tongue. I have had the sore tongue/roof mouth now for 2 months, also the taste is still there.
I have been to dentist to see if it's my amalgam fillings but he says they're fine. My go thinks it my be my medication, my psychiatrist says it's my anxiety, panic I've suffered with for over 30 years on and off and never had this before ever.
Question is, what can I do??? Is there something I can try to neutralize my mouth/body?? Anything as the last thing I want to do is mess/change my medication unless necessary after trying something else.Replied by Mmsg