Toxic Ama – root of all diseases
According to Ayurveda, digestion is the cornerstone of health because good digestion nourishes the body. However, not only material food, but everything we see, hear, taste, smell, feel, and think affects our health and wellbeing.
Every perception, thought, feeling, and emotion, positive or negative, is a biochemical event that influences the cells, tissues, and organs. Just like food they need to be digested which means ingested, digested, absorbed, and waste products eliminated.
The undigested, unabsorbed food or emotion, turn into ama – a toxic, sticky, foul smelling substance. Disease is actually a crisis of ama, in which the body seeks to eliminate the accumulated toxicity. Two things we can do are: prevent the buildup of ama and eliminate it in case the toxins have accumulated in our body. To prevent is always better than to deal with toxins poisoning our body and mind. Following Ayurvedic recommendations about life regime and diet will help you minimize ama (see Dosha test; Portrait of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; Ayurvedic food combinations; Daily routine for your dosha; Ayurvedic diet and eating habits).
To remove ama which has built up in the system Ayurveda uses many internal cleansing programs. Pancha karma (five actions) is widely known in the West. It is a powerful treatment, that cleanse and rejuvenate the body and mind and is performed individually for each person by properly trained medical staff. However one can do a mild purification program at home. It is also quite effective (see Simple home purification – Pancha karma). To eliminate stored negative emotions one can use prayer, meditation and other techniques. I find quite helpful the method described in one of my previous posts (see Unresolved-bad-emotions).
TODAY’S TIP: I meditate daily and do seasonal purification 3-4 times a year usually at the junction between seasons.