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The Ama-Problem

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Ayurvedsutra Vol 2 Issue 330 - The Ama-Problem

According to Ayurveda, ama is the residue of undigested or partially digested food, which is usually caused by a poor digestive fire (jatharagni). This residue can accumulate, stagnate, ferment and cause disease.

If you have been an Ayurveda follower, you have surely come across the term ‘ama’ on a regular basis. A peculiar concept in Ayurveda, ama has no direct correlation in modern science and can best be equated to ‘toxins’.

According to Ayurveda, ama is the residue of undigested or partially digested food, which is usually caused by a poor digestive fire (jatharagni). This residue can accumulate, stagnate, ferment and cause disease. It is the earliest form of disease manifestation in the body. Hence, controlling the production of ama is critical to maintaining health. To be able to do so, we first need to understand the causes behind the production of toxins in our body.

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