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 of the body. However, it is the jatharagni that is supreme among them all. What happens to the jatharagni, affects all other agnis.
Jaṭharāgni is the main digestive fire. Jaṭhara means stomach or abdomen. The agni that resides here controls all the fires of the body and mind. If it rises, so do the others. If it is diminished, so are the others. Hence, if digestion is healthy, the rest of the body has the best chance of being healthy. So does the mind. If digestion is not healthy, the rest of the body and mind can not be healthy.
In Ayurveda, optimal health of the body begins with healthy digestion!
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Agni & the Importance of Healthy Digestion

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 fire); variable, high and low. Vata vitiation causes variable agni. Pitta vitiation causes high agni. Kapha vitiation causes low agni. When the doshas are in a healthy state however agni is balanced and healthy. When agni is healthy, digestion works well. When digestion works well, there is no ama (toxicity from digestion) and ojas is formed. Ojas protects the body from disease. Hence, a wise person guards their agni through following a proper diet, by taking food properly, and by following healthy daily and seasonal routines.
About the Image: Agni is so important that it was worshiped as one of the most important ancient Vedic Gods. More hymns were sung to the God Agni in the Vedas than any other God. The God Agni is the source of all fire, even the sun, and the source of all light. In the body, there are many types of agni that regulate metabolism. Agni’s light is the light that illuminates consciousness.
Digestive Health Is Your Wealth

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 about the individual’s diet. This includes not only what they are eating, but how they are eating and eliminating – which can be even more important. Then, a valued food plan is created and tailored to that person’s unique constitution, Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.

Many people overlook minor digestive symptoms. Indigestion is bandaged with medications. Relief may occur, but the root cause is not addressed. Ayurveda says: what and how we eat will determine how we feel. This is true both immediately after eating and in the long term.

It is easy to overlook mild digestive symptoms. Symptoms include constipation, gas, sluggish digestion, and acid reflux. If ignored for long enough, more serious conditions may manifest. If what we consume is not properly digested, our bodily tissues will not receive the value from our food and can even be negatively affected. Toxins can accumulate in the body and enter our tissues, compromising their function. Ayurveda emphasizes healthy eating guidelines and encourages the development of awareness of even the mildest digestive symptoms. Oftentimes, illness can be cured by diet and lifestyle alone.

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