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Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, places great importance on digestion as the fundamental aspect of wellness. In Ayurvedic philosophy, all diseases are directly or indirectly related to disturbed digestion. This article will explore the Ayurvedic perspective on digestion, its three stages, and how it affects overall well-being.
Digestion is the process of breaking down food into nutrients that the body can use for energy, growth, and repair. In Ayurveda, complete digestion, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients lead to a healthy body. Not only is physical digestion important, but mental digestion as well.
The third chakra, or Manipura Chakra, regulates and stimulates all bodily activities, including the digestive system. Imbalances in this chakra, as well as the Pitta dosha and digestive fire, can cause digestive issues.
The Manipura Chakra is located in the solar plexus area.
Ayurveda believes that digestion occurs in three stages and takes approximately 36 days to complete. Let us look at each stage in detail:
- Stage One: Mouth and Upper Stomach
The first stage of digestion takes place in the mouth and upper stomach and lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours. At this stage, saliva mixes with food to create a moist, foamy, and oily consistency that is easier to digest. Imbalances in this stage are associated with Kapha dosha.
- Stage Two: Lower Stomach and Small Intestine
The second stage of digestion takes place in the lower stomach and small intestine, lasting about 2-3 hours. Pancreatic secretions further break down the food. Imbalances in this stage can result in heartburn and acid reflux and are associated with Pitta dosha.
- Stage Three: Large Intestine (Colon)
The final stage of digestion takes place in the large intestine (colon) and lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours. Digestive issues in this stage, such as bloating and gas, are linked to Vata dosha.
The Pitta dosha, which regulates all metabolic processes, body temperature, and hormonal balance, is based on fire and water. Imbalances in Pitta can lead to digestive issues and other health problems.
Negative emotions and thoughts can create a thick layer that blocks one's ability to perceive and experience life fully. In Ayurveda, food serves as a metaphor for the ability to process and digest life's experiences. Therefore, problems with the digestive system may indicate issues with assimilating life.
Negative emotions and thoughts overlap us with a thick layer, which interferes to perceive and "taste" life. Food – is the ability to process, digest the situation. If there are problems with the digestive system, it indicates that there are problems in assimilating life.