Metabolic Syndrome – An Ayurvedic Perspective
Once when a renowned Ayurvedic physician first arrived in America from India he noticed an interesting finding. Upon first impression, he noticed a degree of toxicity amongst the faces he saw while arriving at the airport. “When I took my first close look at the people in the new country where I would be consulting, I saw fatigued faces, uneven complexions, puffy and overweight bodies – so much ama [toxins], I thought. How can I ever help these people when they have this much ama?”
– Prominent Ayurvedic Physician
“All disease occurs due to imbalance of digestion.”– Charaka Samhita
Metabolic Syndrome …
If you have at least three of the following conditions, you meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome and likely considered to have “Ama” according to Ayurveda:
- waistline greater than 35 inches
- high triglycerides [fasting TG greater than 150]
- mildly elevated blood sugar [110 -125 fasting BS]
- borderline hypertension [BP greater than 130/85]
- “good cholesterol” less than 50
Ajwain Hot Water – Simple Way To Improve Digestion & Burn Ama
1. Boil a teaspoon of ajwain seeds in a cup of water.
2. Boil till the water is reduced to half,
3. Strain and drink this water. Enjoy!
Modern medicine is no stranger to the concept of toxicity. Likewise, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has described toxins [ama] within the body and mind as poorly digested and unprocessed elements of experience. Whether the experience be poorly digested food or unprocessed emotions of the mind – these are considered unhealthy and toxic to one’s health and overall well-being. Similarly, modern medicine may consider the concept of “ama” as excess cholesterol, free radicals, trans-fatty acids, uric acid, and homocysteine, among many other accumulated metabolic waste products. The accumulation of these toxic by-products of poor digestion and faulty metabolism may result in the common conditions of atherosclerosis, gallstones, gouty arthritis, kidney stones and all other conditions that result from the buildup of toxic by-products [ama].
“Healthy tissues bestow happiness and vitality.
Polluted tissues bring misery and disease.”
– Kashyapa Samhita
The Fat Connection – Storehouse Of Toxins
There is nothing more frustrating than not eating any more than usual, yet, year after year, the scale creeps up for “no reason”. According to Ayurveda, fat tissue [meda dhatu] is that which mostly governs adiposity, hormones synthesis, and the regulation of fat metabolism. According to Ayurveda, toxins [ama] may accumulate and deposit in fat tissue [meda dhatu] which therefore affects fat metabolism – even further, explains the process of insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar, increased triglycerides, finally resulting in the pathological conditions of diabetes, atherosclerosis and obesity – hence, metabolic syndrome.
Common Causes Of Ama:
The main cause for the formation of ‘ama‘ or undigested food material is impaired digestive function. Therefore, factors which impair digestion and increase the formation of ama include:
– overeating and consuming cold substances
– irregular eating habits
– overconsumption of raw food
– eating heavy and fried food
– incompatible food combing
– eating with extreme emotions [i.e. anxiety, stress]
– sleeping before food is properly digested
Prevent Toxins [Ama] By Improving Digestion
According to the most ancient and revered textbook of Ayurveda, the Charak Samhita, “the distinction between health and disease arises as the result of the difference between wholesome and unwholesome diet.” Similarly, Hippocrates [the father of modern medicine] has said, “leave your drugs in the pot at the pharmacy if you can’t cure your patient with food.”
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Panchakarma- The Complete Detoxification
Panchakarma or five therapeutic procedures are part of ‘sodhana’ treatments. Ayurveda also described ‘shamana’ which are considered less intense procedures for prevention and curing of diseases.
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Health Benefits Of Hot Water
Plain, hot, boiled water is thought to have the ability to help ‘melt’ these toxins [ama] from the body, more specifically – fat tissue [meda dhatu]. Therefore, simply by sipping hot water throughout the day it’s thought to be beneficial for those suffering from chronic conditions originating from ama. Interestingly, the ancient texts of Ayurveda are full of references to all natural kinds of water. For example, rain water, spring water and even pond water have been discussed in great detail. However, hot water specifically, introduces the quality of “sukshma” [penetrating quality] which allows for the cleansing and purification of the subtle channels of the body. Ultimately, this is thought to provide for a deep cleanse of all physiological reactions of the body.
This is strictly for educational purposes only and NOT to be considered medical advice. Always first seek the consultation of your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.