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How Hormones Affect Your Health?

Our hormones – oestrogen and progesterone play a huge role in the body. They stimulate the dhatu Agni. The dhatu, the tissues are built in response to what we call the dhatu Agni or the digestive fire.

The hormones drive the formation of dhatu. When you release oestrogen into the system the oestrogen tells your body to produce more rasa, rakta, mamsa, medo, asthi, majja in order to support a pregnancy.In the first half of the woman’s cycle her oestrogen levels are very high, this is because oestrogen is preparing the body for a potential pregnancy.

It doesn’t matter if the women is sexually active or not, the oestrogen is going to be getting the body ready for implantation of a fertilized egg.

In order to get the body ready for the implantation of the fertilized egg you need to have adequate endometrial lining. The endometrial lining is rasa dhatu. You need to have adequate blood flow coming to the uterus. The blood is reflective of Rakta dhatu. We need to tonify the muscles of the body for this change that is imminent. Mamsa dhatu becomes involved. We need to start thickening the omentum and we need to start protecting all the cells of the body. Medo dhatu is increased and we have to prepare the body for the increase in weight we are going to  carry throughout the pregnancy, Asthi dhatu is strengthened. So the oestrogen as a hormone stimulates the dhatu Agni, the dhatu Agni then is the force that drives the body to produce quality tissues.

Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., is a founding member and former secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 where she's also taught for the past 18 years. She is not only a Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist but a Pancha Karma Specialist. In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title 'Ayurvedacharya', respected teacher of Ayurveda.

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