What is ama?Ama is the undigested food mass that accumulates in the digestive tract. It can become toxic to our own body and is usually involved with the accumulation of the doshas at their respective sites (colon for Vata, small intestine for Pitta and stomach for Kapha) and kickstarts the disease process. Ama is very much like Kapha: it is cold, damp, heavy, thick and tends to clog and ferment. In other words, in the digestive system, it contributes to the suppression of the digestive fire – Agni. Whenever you experience sticky phlegm, bad breath, lack of taste and appetite, thick tongue coating, general feeling of heaviness, lack of strength, prolonged fatigue, or dullness of the mind and senses; it is usually a good indicator of high ama. If the doshas have started accumulating, the first thing to do is to clear ama; then follow a detoxification process. You can use tonification or rejuvenation therapies to further strengthen your body.
Ayurvedic Herbs for DetoxificationAccording to Ayurveda, some of the best detoxifying herbs are:
- Diaphoretic herbs (that make sweat)
- Carminative herbs (that expel air)
- Expectorant herbs (that get rid of phlegm)
- Diuretic herbs (that eliminate through urine)
- Laxative herbs (that increase bowel movement)
- Emmenagogues (that relieve congestion of blood)