The Root Cause of All Disease According to Ayurveda. ~ Sharada Hall

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on Jun 28, 2012
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You can release your toxins.

According to Ayurveda, the root cause of all disease is improper digestion.

Why exactly?

When we don’t fully break down food and assimilate nutrients, we accumulate this undigested, toxic material that in Sanskrit is called ama.

When we have ama, our pipes get clogged.

All kinds of pipes.

Physical and mental.

This is a big deal, because any number of bodily functions may be compromised. The bad news is there are many, many causes of ama. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do about it.

Here we go.

Let me start out by saying to all of you long-time spiritual veterans out there that we are talking physical plane here. On a spiritual level, the root cause of all disease is believing in the illusion that we are separate—from the universe, from one another, from our divine nature.

The ancient Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, lists the reasons why we accumulate ama (toxins). Don’t get freaked out, just consider this:

>>eating too much or too little

>> eating too early or too late in the day

>> eating inappropriate food for your constitution

>> eating while afflicted with extreme emotion (like stress)

>> incompatible food combining

>> eating before your previous meal is digested

>> eating in the wrong season or location (eat locally and seasonally!)

>> unclean preparation of food (includingmodern day chemicals and toxins, parasites, worms)

As you an see, it’s very easy to have congested, clogged channels. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that you do have ama:

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>> heaviness

>> fatigue

>> weakness

>> headaches

>> body aches

>> foul breath

>> bloating

>> constipation or diarrhea

>> low appetite or lack of taste in the mouth

>> mental confusion

>> feeling of stagnation or uncleanliness

>> craving foods that make you feel sick

>> a thick coating on your tongue

One of the beautiful things about Ayurveda is that it always offers a solution to the problem.

It requires self-responsibility and a detachment from your previous habits, but that’s what life is about anyway. So let’s move on with things and get on the right track.

We are preventing and reversing disease by adopting the following changes!

If you have any questions about whether these steps are right for you, please consult your health care practitioner or schedule a phone consult with me here. If you are pregnant or nursing, (also do not do these things.)–check with your health care practitioner as well.

>> The very best way is to do a deep cleanse based on the traditional Ayurvedic Pancha Karma process.

>> Drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning and throughout the day. No ice water ever.

>> Unless you are underweight or debilitated, try fasting one day per week or just eat kitchari.

>> Burn up that ama with Dr. Vasant Lad’s Agni Tea: Boil 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/2 handful minced ginger, 2 tbs. sucanat, 1/8 tsp rock salt in 1 quart of water for 20 minutes. Cool and then add juice of half a lime.

>> Take 1/2 tsp castor oil in ginger tea before bed.

>> Take Triphala every night for safe daily detoxing and digestive tract rejuvenation

>> Learn about your Ayurvedic constitution and eat appropriately for your type.

Sharada Hall is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine specializing in Ayurveda. She operates her private  practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico and also serves on the faculty at The Ayurvedic Institute. She is the creator of, an online natural health magazine that delivers health tips from ancient medical traditions in a fun, fresh, and friendly language that you can easily understand and apply to your modern life.


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3 Responses to “The Root Cause of All Disease According to Ayurveda. ~ Sharada Hall”

  1. linda says:

    All this breaks down when the disease is in a 2 yr old. Then what's the root cause? I don't think a 2 yr. old is separate from their divine nature or are clogged with toxins.

  2. Linda, I totally hear what you are saying. And if that 2 year old is yours, I completely empathize with your situation. Perhaps there is some healing that Ayurveda can offer for this child.
    And.. I believe that there is a whole lot behind the scenes that we don't see or understand. Firstly, a 2 year old is not a new being. They must believe they are separate from God or they wouldn't have chosen to incarnate in order to learn and evolve into total union. Also, there are karmic and prenatal causes of ama that are either unresolved and brought from a past life, or inherited in utero. I would encourage a parent of a sick child to trust in the perfection of things, (easier said than done, of course) while also being as proactive and encouraging as possible.
    Many blessings, Linda.