Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Ama is the product of improper digestion. It is a substance formed in the stomach in the form of immature essence of digestion. When this remains in the gastro intestinal for long duration, it undergoes fermentation and decay. This fermented undigested food is called ama. It acquires form of poison over a period of time and imparts poison like dreadful effect over the body.
Related Reading – Ama, definition, meaning
Concept of Saama and Nirama
The toxins formed as a resultant of improper digestion gets associated with body elements over a period of time.
When any element of the body is associated with ama, it will be called saama. Saama = sa + ama i.e. with association of ama.
- Saama Doshas – Doshas associated with ama, are called as Saama Doshas.
Example – Saama Vata, Saama Pitta, Saama Kapha etc
- Saama Dhatus – Tissues associated with ama, are called as Saama Dhatus.
Example – Saama Rasa, Saama Rakta, Saama Mamsa etc
- Saama Malas – Excreta of the body associated with ama, are called as Saama Malas.
Example – Saama Pureesha, Saama Mutra, Saama Sweda etc
Dushyas is the name given to tissues and excreta collectively. Thus the tissues and metabolic wastes associated with ama are collectively called as saama dushyas.
When any element of the body is not associated with ama, it will be called niraama. Niraama = nir + ama i.e. without the association of ama.
Niraama Doshas – Doshas dissociated from ama, they are called as Niraama Doshas.
Example – Niraama Vata, Niraama Pitta, Niraama Kapha etc
Niraama Dhatus – Tissues dissociated from ama, are called as Niraama Dhatus.
Example – Niraama Rasa, Niraama Rakta, Niraama Mamsa etc
Niraama Malas – Excreta dissociated from ama, are called as Niraama Malas.
Example – Niraama Pureesha, Niraama Mutra, Niraama Sweda etc
The tissues and metabolic wastes dissociated from ama are collectively called as niraama dushyas.
Associations of Anna Visha
Association of anna visha with doshas, dhatus and malas
Anna visha or toxins derived from improper digestion of food is synonymous with ama. Therefore in this context it is apt to discuss about the association of food derived toxins with doshas, tissues and excreta since they too are forms of saama doshas, tissues and excreta.
When it gets associated with pitta, it causes –
- Daha – burning sensation
- Trishna – severe thirst
- Mukha amaya – diseases of oral cavity
- Amlapitta – gastritis
- Apara pittaja gada – other pittaja disorders
When it gets associated with kapha, it causes –
- Yakshma – tuberculosis
- Peenasa – cold, rhinitis
- Meha – urinary disorders, diabetes
- Kaphaja rogas – other diseases caused due to high kapha
When it gets associated with vata, it causes vata disorders.
When associated with urine, it causes urinary disorders.
When associated with feces, it causes abdominal and pelvic disorders.
When associated with the tissues, it causes diseases pertaining to the tissues.
Saama and Niraama Rogas
The diseases caused by saama doshas, tissues or metabolic wastes are called as Saama Rogas. Example, ama jwara, amatisara etc
The symptoms of diseases associated with ama –
- Alasya – lethargy
- Tandra – drowsiness
- Aruchi – anorexia
- Mukha vairasya – manifestation of abnormal tastes in the mouth
- Arati – restlessness
- Gaurava – heaviness of the body
- Klama – tiredness
- Agnimandhya – weakness of digestive fire
The symptoms of relieve from ama
- Laghutva – feeling of lightness in the body
- Indriya prasannata – feeling of pleasantness in the mind and senses
- Ruchi – taste in food
- Vata anulomana – free and effortless expulsion of vayu flatus
Need of knowledge of Saama and Niraama body elements
The physician should have a precise knowledge of saama and niraama body elements as it forms a backdrop for proper administration of treatments. The diseases may or may not be associated with ama. In both cases the line of treatment would be different. When the diseases are associated with ama, the physician needs to administer ama dissolving medicines before flushing the morbid doshas out of the body through cleansing therapy.
If the doshas are expelled without administering ama digestive medicine, then it causes severe life threatening complications.
Click to Consult Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ayu) – Email / Skype