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Ama: A Root Cause of All Diseases

By on October 5, 2016

Formation of Ama

The normal process that should take place in the body is as follows:

  1. All the food we eat should be fully digested.
  2. Half of it is absorbed into the body as nutrients and the rest of it expelled out of the body as waste products.

But sometimes due to external negative influences (e.g. stress, strain, adverse weather, inappropriate food and habits) not all the food we eat is fully digested.

Perhaps just one third of the food is fully digested and absorbed as nutrients; the other third is fully digested and expelled out of the body as waste products. But there still remains a third of the food which is in a half digested condition.

Because of this, it cannot be identified as either nutrients or waste products. Therefore it is neither absorbed nor expelled out. This half digested un-metabolised food product circulates in the body as toxins.

Ayurveda has named such toxins “Ama”. Ama is a Sanskrit word which literally means undigested or uncooked. The first stage of any disease is also sometimes called Ama.

Ama in the Body

Ama has been described as a toxic, heavy, sticky, foul smelling substance in the body. Ama can also be formed by bacterial invasion. Bacteria emit toxic substances into the system which can be compared to Ama.

The following are some examples that indicate the presence of Ama in the body:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Cysts
  • Swellings
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Blocked arteries

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Some Signs and Symptoms of Ama in the Body:

  • Heaviness
  • Lethargy
  • Irregular appetite or reduced appetite
  • Generalized body and joint pains. This is noticed the day after eating certain heavy foods, like meat, cheeses, desserts and fried foods.
  • Skin is dull and lusterless with blemishes, acne etc
  • Bloated stomach, gases, flatulence
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • White coating on the tongue
  • Foul smelling breath and sweat
  • Constipation, foul smelling stools which may be sticky, heavy and sink.
  • Lack of mental clarity and energy.
  • A sense of heaviness in the abdomen, legs or body as a whole
  • Weary and unenthusiastic feeling
  • Blocked feeling anywhere in the body, including constipation, sinus congestion and difficulty in breathing
  • One wakes up tired even after a good night’s sleep

One can also do the following as a simple home detoxification regimen:

Just drink plenty of warm water throughout the day.

Agnitundi Vati

Agnitundi Vati is employed in traditional Ayurvedic practice to overcome ill state of digestive functions. This compound is rich with aromatic and carminative herbs which reduce gaseousness, ease colic pain and correct constipation. It helps restore proper digestion by stimulating release of digestive juices through liver, pancreases and small intestine. It is antispasmodic, carminative and digestive.

  • Agnitundi Vati is a reliable solution for intestinal inertia
  • it restores intestinal digestion by stimulating digestive Pitta and Vata
  • it reduces colic pain caused by flatulence and constipation
  • it revives normal appetite and alleviates Indigestion, flatulence, loss of appetite, colic pain.


  • Haritaki(Terminalia chebula),
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica),
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis),
  • Marich (Piper nigrum),
  • Pippali (Piper longum),
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinale),
  • Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica),
  • Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum),
  • Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum),
  • Vidang (Embelia ribes),
  • Kuchala (Strychnus nux-vomica),
  • Vatsanabh (Aconitum ferox purified),
  • Sarjakshar (Carbonate of sodii),
  • Yavakshar (Salt derived from Hordeum vulgare),
  • Lavan (Sea salt),
  • Saindhav (Rock salt),
  • Sauvarchal (Black salt).

It should be taken only after consulting Ayurvedic doctor.

RECIPE: Non-Fat Cleansing Kitchari
Recipe_ Non-Fat Cleansing Kitchari

During an Ayurvedic Cleanse, we use a non-fat kitchari recipe that supports the body’s transition into fat metabolism and detoxification.

This recipe can also be used for short periods of kitchari mono-diet programs to give the digestive system a chance to rest and heal.

Kitchari is made from white basmati rice and split yellow mung dal. Unlike other beans, mung is free of virtually all “flatulence factors” so it won’t cause gas. White basmati rice is used because it is the easiest to digest. Together, they create a tasty filling complete food to help restore your health.



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About Kinshuk Hirpara

Dr. Kinshuk Hirpara graduated from Akhandanand Ayurvedic College in Ahmedabad, India, and completed a Masters in clinical research at Gujarat University. Her practice is focused on skin, hair, and pediatric health and disease. She is a column writer for Gujarat Times, and regular guest on radio and television in Gujarat. Read more of her work on Blogger.


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