Salt: rock, sea, black, Sambar:
Found in Sea.
Digestion Salt stimulates digestion by increasing digestive enzymes and so benefits low appetite and indigestion. It also works directly on the taste receptors and clarifies the sense of taste. Higher doses can work as a laxative or emetic. The yogic practice of sankhapraksalana and satkarma utilises the osmotic properties of salt to draw toxins out of the mucous membranes prior to purgation (Swami Satyananda). Lungs Salt has the ability to liquefy mucus and kapha in the lungs. It dislodges deep-seated phlegm and facilitates expectoration (Bhavaprakasa). Tumours Salt has the specific ability to dissolve masses, lumps and tumours in the body. As it clears the channels it removes obstructions. Care must be taken when treating these conditions with salt due to its tendency to cause water retention. Its iodine content (especially found in sea salt) plays a part in preventing goitre. Nerves Helps to settle the nerves by descending vata and calming the emotions.