If you have a coated tongue, are feeling foggy and lethargic and seem to have indigestion (a feeling of food not being digested even after 4 hrs of eating, or having loose stools or unformed and/or sticky stools) it may be indicative of a chronic disorder of your digestive system, leading to ‘Ama’ or toxin formation. Ama is a morbid matter that is formed in the intestines due to impaired digestion and is the leading causative factor of many ill health conditions.
Here’s how ama is related to your digestion.
Ama is formed due to improper eating practices like intake of excess food, irregular schedule of food and drinks, eating foods which are heavy, dry, cold, dry, unhealthy, constipating, irritating, unclean, mutually contradictory. Toxins are also created when one eats or drinks while afflicted with passion, anger, greed, confusion, envy, bashfulness, grief, indigestion, anxiety or fear. Ama is formed due to indigestion caused by continuing such practices for a considerable period of time, and is further fueled by a sedentary lifestyle.
Characteristics of Ama
- Foul smelling
- Very sticky
- Causes weakness to the body
What happens when ama is formed?
Ama or the collective toxins accumulate in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Typically, toxins resulting from a Kapha imbalance collect in the stomach, those associated with a Pitta imbalance are found in the small intestine, and the Vata malfunction toxins amass in the colon.
Due to the presence of even one of these toxins, mild nonspecific and ill defined symptoms may start showing up. That’s just the beginning. It may serve as a fuel for a plethora of diseases.
One can sense the formation of Ama in the body by observing if there is :
- A white coat on the tongue even after it has been cleaned
- Bloated stomach, gases, flatulence
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Foul smelling breath and sweat
- Heaviness or lethargy
- Irregular or reduced appetite
- Constipation; foul smelling stools which may be sticky, heavy and may sink
- Generalized body and joint pains, stiffness.
- Symptoms getting aggravated the day after eating certain heavy foods, like meat, cheeses, desserts and fried foods
- Lusterless skin
- Lack of mental clarity and energy.
- Weary and unenthusiastic about everything
- Blocked feeling like constipation, sinus congestion and difficulty in breathing,
- Waking up tired even after a good night’s sleep
How to eliminate Ama?
- Add 1 tsp of Trikatu (a combination of three herbs) to 1 ltr. of hot water and let it stay. You may sip on this water throughout the day. This may help digest ‘ama’ toxins.
- Fast on vegetable soups for a day or two followed by organic ‘Khichadi’ for the next few days. 1 small bowl of organic ‘Khichadi’’ can be taken as the only meal for 1-2 times a day spiced with asafetida, cumin, black pepper, and ginger.
- Six taste spice mix may be used while preparing meals to increase the digestibility of food.
- 1 tsp of castor oil taken at night with a pinch of rock salt and warm water may help eliminate ama toxins.
- Elim Tox-O, a herbal formula may be taken as it helps eliminate toxins from the body.
- Fast once a week on warm water, boiled vegetables or fruits thereafter to avoid build up of Ama.
- Follow the Ayurvedic rules of eating to aid digestion.
- Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner if the symptoms continue.
How to determine that you are free from Ama:
- You feel fresh and rested on waking up in the morning
- Your skin regains a healthy glow
- Your tongue is pink and clear
- Your body feels light
- Your aches and pains disappear
- You do not have bloated feeling or heaviness in stomach
- You feel energetic
- You feel enthusiastic and your mind is clear and no longer foggy
DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this document may be viewed as the diagnosis or treatment of any medical disease whatsoever. The contents of this document are the opinions of the author based on his/her learning and experience. This document is meant only for educational purposes. The Ayurveda Experience is not liable or responsible for the suggestions made herein.Please consult your primary care physician before implementing any change in your diet or lifestyle.