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The Body Matrix

Ayurveda conceives life as a perfect union of the body, mind, soul, and senses. The human body is seen as a complex matrix of interconnected systems in Ayurveda: a combination of the physiological entities, the humors, the structural components, the tissues, and the excretions, or waste materials. Thus, the living man is perceived as a conglomeration of the three humors (Vatta, Pitta & Kapha), seven basic tissues (Rasa or plasma/lymph fluid, Mansa or muscle, Meda or fat, Rakta or blood, Asthi or bone, Majja or marrow, and Shukra or semen) and the waste products of the body (Mala or stool, Mutra or urine, and Sweda or sweat). The development and growth of the body matrix are directly related to its nutrition, that is food. Through the action of the bio-fire (Agni), the body processes food into the humors, tissues, and wastes. Ingestion, absorption, digestion, assimilation, and metabolism of food have an interplay in health and disease wherein the psychological mechanisms as well as Agni, the bio-fire has a significant impact.

Last updated on June 2nd, 2021 at 09:53 am