Do I Have a Problem with Ama?
Violations of the laws of nature can cause disease via imbalance or damage to the Doshas, via disturbance of Agni (the digestive fire) or the Srotas (channels), or via injury.
Faulty digestion and metabolism of food results in the formation of toxins known as Ama.
Environmental toxins (pollutants, pesticides, preservatives, synthetic fabrics, cleaners, etc.) also promote Ama and accelerate its conversion to Amavisha, its most damaging form.
Ama results from faulty eating habits, poor food choices/combinations, and/or disturbed digestion.
The formation of Ama can by itself unsettle digestion potentially leading to more Ama buildup.
Ama clogs the body and interferes with healthy functioning. Not surprisingly, as levels of Ama increase, one tends to feel clogged, unnaturally heavy and lethargic.
Ama is sticky and will accumulate preferentially in locations where the Srotas have been vitiated and thereby attracts a localized imbalance of the Doshas.
If the situation persists, one or more Doshas will become aggravated and eventually spread.
This sequence may be asymptomatic, but is detectable in the pulse.
With further progression, the pathologic Dosha will vitiate the Dhatu (tissue) leading to overt symptoms of disease.
The cholesterol plaques of atherosclerosis are a gross example of Ama.
Rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's are examples of diseases due to Ama accumulation at a more subtle level.
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