Thursday, January 22, 2009

What is Ama?

Excerpted from
Ama is a sticky, toxic residue created from undigested food particles and other waste materials when our digestive powers are weak. In Ayurveda, the accumulation of ama in our cells and tissues is considered the underlying cause of disease and illness. Ama clogs the body's circulation channels, preventing the healthy flow of energy and information throughout the system. Ama can manifest in a variety of ways. For example, you may experience a build-up of mucus that restricts the airflow through your nasal passages. Or ama may accumulate as plaque in your arteries, reducing blood flow and increasing the risk of heart attack.

Symptoms of ama include loss of appetite, indigestion, tongue-coating, bad breath, fatigue, depression, inability to concentrate, susceptibility to infections, and generalized pain.

Signs of Ama
Bad breath
Coated tongue
Dull appetite
Delicate digestion
Sluggish or irritable elimination
Generalized pain
Susceptibility to infections
Difficulty manifesting intentions
Accept the signals of your body
Feel all of your body’s sensations. Whereas the mind lives in the past and the future, the body resides in the now and never doubts itself. It knows the truth and will guide you toward the most evolutionary choices.

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