CLEANSING THE AYURVEDIC WAY
Part 2 of 4
Basically, 2 completely different approaches are taken for conditions without ama, and conditions with ama. It’s apples and oranges, never the ‘twain shall meet. Make sure the practitioner you are working with addresses this, or it can get driven deeper into the tissues, and meanwhile waste your time and money.
If there is ama, the first step of the Ayurvedic approach is to always to clear out any ama. Forget dosha, forget your constitution, your practitioner will take these into account for you. CLEAR THE AMA.
WHAT IS AMA? Ama is undigested metabolites that coagulate, fermenting and gum up your gut and eventually spread into the organs & tissues if left unchecked. When your body is not able to completely digest the what you ingest (food, liquids, supplements, medicines) a residue of sticky fermenting gunk is left behind, not unlike plumbing. This sticky gunk is called ama. It blocks the healthy absorption of nutrients & into the cells, and starts to interrupt cellular & tissue function.
So your internal pipes get a coating of gunk.
What this actually translates to is
Remember, this is all happening because your body has lost its digestive power. This can happen for many reasons.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Everyday I see clients whose main complaint is super easy to fix, because it’s ama-driven. So let’s look at the classic texts to understand what complaints are caused by ama.
[sroto rodha] Blocked channels. Swelling or bloating, firstly of the abdomen and blocked feces, urine, inability to sweat
[bala bhramsha] Departing strength, i.e, weakness
[gaurava] Heavy feeling in the stomach
[anila mudatha] Vata is stuck, causing abdominal discomfort, bloating, fullness, even pain, not easily able to burp or pass the gas that is giving pressure to the system
[alasya] Laziness/sluggishness in mind
[apakti] Indigestion | In Ayurveda there are 4 types
[nishtiva] excess spit or mucus in the oral cavity
[mala sanga] Difficulty passing urine, feces or sweat
[aruci] Not interested in eating or even aversion to eating
If you imagine having a few or several of these symptoms, you can see how ama really dulls your feeling of wellbeing.