Digestion is a complex process which includes digestion, assimilation, and absorption of food. If the food is unable to digest completely, that undigested food will get absorbed in the body that is called as “AAMA”. Body’s metabolism mainly depends upon our ‘Agni’, if there is any derangement in the functioning of Agni, then the person may end up with ama formation inside the body which is a root cause of various diseases. In general, Ama is considered a toxin.
(Reference – Ashtang hridyum / Sutrasthana / Doshopkarmaniya adhyaye / Chapter no. 13 / Shaloka no. 25)
As per Ayurvedic classics, aama is defined as an entity that is formed –
Ushmano alapbalatven – Due to the weak digestive fire
Dhatum adyam apachitam – Because of that Initial dhatu i.e. rasa remains unformed.
Dushtam amashyam gatam rasam – That undigested material gets absorbed and lodged in the stomach and forms aama in the body.
Hence, aama is considered as an unctuous substance which is formed inside the digestive tract due to low digestive fire that gets accumulates and affects various organs and is a root cause of various diseases. It is a unique concept of Ayurveda which can be correlated to free radicals.
In our Ayurvedic texts, on the basis of Aama the diseases are classified.
- Sama Roga – The diseases which are affected by vitiated doshas are accompanied with aama. For example – Ama jwara, Aamvata, Amatisaar etc.
- Nirama Roga – These diseases occur due to vitiated doshas but these doshas are free from Aama. For example – Sandhivata etc
The knowledge of these conditions is very important because the treatment depends upon aama and nirama avastha. If a person is suffering from aama, then initially we have to eliminate that toxin after that measures are taken to correct the vitiated doshas. In the case of nirama directly we should focus on the involved dosha.
Cause For Origin Of Aama In Our Body
- Abhishyandi aahara (the foods that vitiate dhatus and obstruct channels (srotas) of our body) For example, Curd.
- Our unwholesome diet that includes oily, heavy, junk, and fermented foods like – Cheese, tofu and fermented foods, etc
- A sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise are responsible for weak
- Weak immunity is responsible for the accumulation of these toxins.
- Some other factors like – Stress and strains, external weather etc
- Habits – Alcohol, tobacco, and smoking.
Above said causes leads to vitiation of Agni i.e. person will end up with ‘Mandagni’ unable to digest food properly
Undigested food gets absorb and forms aama this ama (toxins) revolves around the body occupies the weak area of the body and gets deposited over there, and impairs the function of an occupied organ.
DIET (Recommended Diet to Tackle aama)
The diet that helps to reduce ama production should have qualities like – Laghu (lightness), Ushna (Hot), Sukshama (minuteness), Tikshana (Sharp thus penetrates and reaches till minute channels), etc. For example, moong daal (Green gram), carrot, radish, bottle gourd, pumpkin, beetroot, all green leafy vegetables, apple, guava, buttermilk, ghee, etc.
How To Remove Ama (Toxins) From The Body?
With medicines, we can remove toxins from the body. Basically, we require medicines that help to
- Eliminate the ama
- Resists the production of ama
- Enhances ‘Agni’
- Purifies the body.
- Boosts Immunity.
- Maintain a Proper Diet.
- Follow the correct lifestyle and indulge in physical activities.
- Panchakarma – A branch of Ayurveda that deals with special procedures that help to detoxify the body, if individuals follow the panchkarma their body will not allow any toxin to gather inside their body.
To remove Aama (toxins) from the body, Planet Ayurveda is offering a very effective formulation by the name of Aamvatantak Churna. This formulation is a combination of herbs that helps to eliminate toxins, improves the function of the organ and enhances immunity. This powder is made from pure and best quality of herbs which have a specific action in this condition. All the ingredients used in this herbal powder are purely natural and proven to act wonderfully to eliminate toxins from the body. It also helps to pacify Kapha dosha. Immune boosting herbs present in this churna help to reduce autoantibody destruction.
The constituent s of this formulation are – Ashwagandha, haridra, methi, gorakhmundi, surnanjan, shunthi.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Ashwagandha is a health tonic that helps to rejuvenate the body and boost up the immunity. It also helps to maintain body strength and vigor. In the context of ama, ashwagandha alters the surroundings of organs that these toxins will not gather over them.
- Haridra (Curcuma longa) – It has an anti- inflammatory and anti – histamine properties that help to reduce inflammation and enhance antibodies production to fight against antigens. It also helps to purify blood. Hence, removes the toxins.
- Methi (Trigonella foenum) – Methi is commonly called as Fenugreek that helps to pacify Kapha dosha in our body. It helps to perish culture of toxins like bacteria, viruses, etc. from the body.
- Surnanjan (Cholchium autumnale) – It is a wonderful herb that helps to manage inflammatory disorders. It helps to relieve stiffness of joints and muscles, especially the early morning stiffness. Hence a medicine of choice in rheumatoid arthritis, gout, frozen shoulder, etc.
- Gorakhmundi (Spheranthus indicus) – East Indian globe thistle is helpful in reducing extra growths and eliminating toxins from the body. It helps to eliminate extra creatinine, urea, uric acid from the body which are also considered as ama if deposited in the body produces various ailments of kidney and joints.
- Sonth (Zingiber officinalis) – Shunthi is considered as dry ginger, it is considered as one of the best herbs for rheumatoid arthritis, because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It reduces inflammation of swollen joints and pains by removing aama from the affected joints. Also acts as a digestive stimulant thus works as an appetizer and reduces the production of Aama.
- In all inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis
- Also effective in skin diseases as it helps to eliminate toxins thus, purifies the blood and aids early healing.
- In all types of infections
- Frozen shoulder
- Stiffed joints and muscles.
Dosage – Half to one teaspoon of Churna with lukewarm water after meals twice a day. It can also be taken with plain water.
Some Useful Tips
- Overall Agni is the main entity which is responsible for the production of Aama. So maintain your Agni by following a proper diet and lifestyle.
- Eat healthy, in a proper quantity and at proper intervals.
“Water is the best medicine, drink plenty of water that helps to eliminate toxins”