The body is composed of Tissues or Dhatus that are responsible for stabilizing & maintaining metabolism & the immune system. These tissues are directly related to the 3 bodily intelligences and their nourishment & elimination of wastes as well as their normal metabolic function.
Disease only arises in the body when one of these intelligences gets aggravated and hampers the normal function of individual tissues, preventing their proper nutrition.
According to Ayurveda, the food we consume is “cooked” in the stomach to become Rasa. All the other tissues in the body derive their nourishment from Rasa.
The body is composed of Channels or Srotas that provide pathways for the nourishment of tissues and the removal of waste products associated with metabolism. For the body to function properly it is necessary that these channels remain open so the process of metabolism can continue without interruption.
Disease can arise when these channels become obstructed, not only affecting the delivery of nutrition to the tissues and the removal of waste products but preventing effective communication between different tissues and organs.
There are 15 channels - 7 relate with the body tissues, 3 provide nourishment to the body through air, water & food, 3 remove waste products through urine, faeces and sweat, 1 channel for the mental processes & 1 channel for lactation in women:
Agni in Sanskrit means fire and is used to describe all metabolic functions in our body. All metabolic activity, including digestion, is ruled by Agni.
The digestive power and immune system depends on the proper functioning of Agni. Agni takes the essence of nourishment from food, helps to carry out the metabolic reactions of the body and helps the immune system by destroying harmful organisms and toxins (Ama).
The state of the digestive fire is one of the most important concepts of Ayurvedic approach to health & wellbeing. It doesn’t matter how organic is the food you consume, if the body cannot metabolize it properly, then it is unable to access the nutrients that the food contains.
When Agni is well balanced, there will be proper digestion, excellent circulation of nutrients & proper elimination of waste products, maintaining a state of good mental and physical health!
To maintain balance of our Agni we have to develop a healthy life style including:
Dr Ajit has given us a much deeper understanding of how the foods we prepare and eat can nourish our bodies. We have a much greater appreciation of how hard it is for our bodies to stay healthy let alone balanced and our role in helping that process along. We leave with a clear headedness that is refreshing and a lightness of step that makes us happy and satisfied. With deep appreciation to the staff at Planet Ayurveda, we are just beginning on our journey to nourish our minds and bodies amid all the stresses of the world outside this sanctuary.