In Ayurveda, toxins are known as ama. It is the undigested food that is fermented and collected in the stomach, as per Ashtanga Hrudaya.

Ama creates intestinal fermentation and imbalances the Tridoshas and is the main cause of all disease. It is in the form of Kapha, which is sticky, heavy, viscous, slimy, unctuous, wet, cold, sweet, causing blockage of the channels, and stagnation.

Ama is caused due to low digestive power, over-eating, unhealthy food habits, lack of exercise and also due to extreme emotions. Feeling heavy, unclear thinking, aches and pains are some of the signs of ama.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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