Ama comes from many sources: your body, food, bacteria, and the environment. Cells in your body continuously produce waste that must be filtered and drained. When your lymphatic system is congested or your circulation poor, the natural processes of elimination may be compromised. Similarly, if you are constipated, have trouble sweating, are dehydrated, or your kidneys don’t produce enough urine, toxins may accumulate. Certain foods contain toxins, just like the air we breathe.
Ama irritates your gut, and when it is absorbed into the bloodstream, it irritates your nervous system and makes you feel emotional. When bacteria digest your food instead of your body, they get the nutrients, and you don’t. This can leave you feeling depleted and fatigued and leads to imbalances in the body. Below is a detailed list of how you can tell if you have excess ama in the body.
- Heavy feeling
- Unclear thinking
- Dull eyes
- Aches and pains
- Poor circulations
- Joint pain and inflammation
- Bloating and or gas
- Skin blemishes
- Lack of energy
- Stickiness of stools
- Phlegm and urine
- Foul smells in breath
- Sinking stools and or mucus in stool
- Turbid urine
- Lack of appetite or taste
- Indigestion, tied after eating
- Sticky or sweet taste in the mouth.
- Pulse as deep, dull, and slippery
- Tongue with thick, dirty and greasy coating along with a swollen body.
- High triglycerides
- Late-onset diabetes
- High blood sugar levels
- Some forms of depression
- Presence of helicopylori bacteria,
- Leukocytosis or leukocytopenia (deficient and excess white blood cells)
- Excess antibodies in the system
- Candida in the gut and uterus, blood urea, gout
- Excess platelet count
- High IgE levels from allergic reactions
- Excess red blood cells
- Gallstones as a sign of excess bile
- Kidney stones as a sign of undigested calcium and oxalates
- High liver enzymes
- Serum aspartate aminotransferase, intraocular pressure (glaucoma)
- Bacterial infection
Panchakarma techniques reduce the amount of ama in the body substantially. It is suggested in Ayurveda to undergo Panchakarma on a regular basis, to keep the body from building up ama.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.