Vipaka, Post-Digestive Effect

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The six tastes are reduced to three in their post-digestive effect, vipaka. Sweet and salty tastes, have a sweet vipaka, sour has a sour vipaka, while bitter, astringent and pungent possess a pungent vipaka.

These post-digestive effects relate to processes of absorption and elimination; the final outcome of digestion. The firs stage of digestion is in the mouth and stomach; moistening, dominated by the sweet taste. The second stage of digestion is in the stomach and small intestine; heating, dominated by the sour or acid taste. These stages again are Kapha, Pitta and Vata, respectively.