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Liver Health, Bhutuagni and Digestion

The liver, often hailed as the powerhouse of our digestive system, plays a pivotal role in maintaining overall health. While Western medicine predominantly recognizes its role in bile production for fat breakdown, Ayurveda delves deeper into its significance....

8 Tips to Correct Weak Digestion (Mandāgni)

Weak digestive power is the root of many conditions. Most notably, kapha disease is associated with mandagni. Hence, Mandāgni is at the root of conditions such as obesity, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and moist respiratory conditons. It’s true that vata...

Carminatives in Ayurveda

Carminatives in Ayurveda  are herbs that aid in the dispelling and reduction of intestinal gas. They also typically enhance digestion, absorption, and the assimilation of nutrients.  As such, carminatives are very important for pacifying disturbances of apana and...

Supremacy of Jaṭharāgni

Supremacy of Jaṭharāgni There are many different agnis (fires, enzyme) in the body and mind. Ayurvedic students study the five bhutuagnis that reside in the liver and seven dhatuagnis that reside in the tissues. All play an important role in maintaining the health...

Avasthāpāka: The Three Stages of Digestion

Avasthāpāka: The Three Stages of Digestion The word avasthāpāka comes from two words, avasthā and pāka. Avasthā means "stage" and pāka means “digestion.” Thus, the term avasthāpāka means “the stage of digestion.” There are three stages of digestion as food...

Digestion and Weight, Paschimottanasana

Digestion and Weight, Paschimottanasana,  This beautiful asansa offers many benefits to health and well-being. From a purely physical, structural perspective, its easy to see that this asana stretches the muscles of the lower back and hamstrings offering those who...

Elimination & The Three Doshas

Imbalances often first appear in the digestive / elimination system of the body before overflowing and entering into other tissues. Awareness of digestion and elimination can lead to treatment of the vitiated dosha before it causes even more problems in the body....

Agni & the Importance of Healthy Digestion

Vishmagni, Tikshnagni and Mandagni are caused by their doshic predominance respectively (vata, pitta, kapha), while samagni (balanced agni) is caused by the normalcy of all doshas". Ashtang Samgraha, Ch.1, vs. 24. Here, we find the three states of agni (digestive...

The Three Doshas

Your constitution or Prakruti is the fundamental and unique balance of three basic energies called doshas. These are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The balance in each individual is different; hence, each individual has his or her own special set of challenges and gifts. For...

Digestive Health Is Your Wealth

Digestive health is your wealth. Balanced digestion is the cornerstone to a healthy life in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic treatment typically begins with addressing digestion. Ayurveda determines the root cause of any digestive upset. Upon consultation, information is gathered...