Ama literally means ‘raw, unripened, uncooked’. Ama is produced when the Agni (digestive fire) is slow and low (Mandya Agni). Ama is a generic term for food that is absorbed into the system without having first been properly digested. Such partly digested material cannot be used by the system, and acts to clog it, eliciting an immune reaction. Stagnant pools of Ama in an organism breed disease as surely as a stagnant pond breeds mosquitoes.
Ama is toxins within the body. When Agni becomes impaired because of an imbalance in the Tri-Dosha, the metabolism is drastically affected. Food components remain undigested and unabsorbed. They accumulate in the large intestine turning into a heterogeneous, foul-smelling, sticky substance. This material which is called ‘Ama‘, clogs the intestines and other channels, such as capillaries and blood vessels. It eventually undergoes many chemical changes which create toxins. These toxins are absorbed into the blood and enter the general circulation. they eventually accumulate in the weaker parts of the body, where they create contraction, clogging, stagnation and weakness of the organs and reduce the immune mechanism of the respective tissues. The root of all disease is ‘Ama‘.
Ama is created both by physical food and mental ‘food’ undigested properly. When one is in stress, it surely affects one’s Agni(digestive fire). When one is unable to ‘digest’ perceptions, thoughts, emotions and leaves those things undigested.
• Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurveda the science of self-healing
• Dr. Robert E. Svoboda, Ayurveda Life health and longevity