Mula Sthana (root ‘dwelling’ place) – Heart and blood vessels
Time for creation – 12 hours since eating
Quantity – 9 Anajali (handful)
Mala (Waste) – Kapha
Rasa is the first Dhatu or the first tissue of Ayurveda. Nutrition of the body begins when the first ‘juice’ is extracted from the food; this juice is acted on a special form of fire, which converts it into Rasa, another untranslatable concept. Rasa (its root means ‘to move’) means, according to context, liquid, portion, nectar, essence, semen, sap, aesthetic appreciation, and many more translations. In sum, rasa represents every juice that makes life possible and worth living.
In the physical body rasa is chyle or plasma, the body’s sap, the nutrient liquid that moves ceaselessly throughout the body bathing each cell in its fertilizing flow. Nourishment of the body and mind, and the exaltation that ensues therefrom, is its task. the same sort of bliss you feel after a truly satisfying meal is felt by all the little cells of your body when they are immersed in fresh rasa. When the complexion is ruddy, the flesh and fat well formed, the bones solid, the nervous system strong, and the skin and eyes full of luster, one may safely conclude that the tissues are well-nourished and full of ‘sap’. Rasa, which is mainly composed of the water element, has the greatest affinity for kapha among the doshas, and kapha is the waste produced during its production.
Breast milk (Stanya) and menstrual blood (Artava) are rasa’s secondary tissues. Rasa nourishes blood by providing it with plasma.
Liquid, cold, bright colour, A bit oily.
Signs of Rasa Saratva (Optimal State):
– A Happy person.
– A ‘warm’ pwerson, loving person.
– Soft and lustrous skin.
– High intelligence, strong memory.
– Low deep voice, slowly talking person.
Rasa Dhatu Kshaya (Deficiency of Rasa)
– Dryness in the skin
– Chest pain
– Excess thirst
Treatment – Lots of liquid (room temperature), Fruit juices (according to Dosha), Sweet (natural), Milk, Coconut water, a remedy of Jaggery+Dates+Raisins+Hot water.
Rasa Dhatu Vriddhi (Rasa in Excess)
– Feeling of coldenss in the bosy
– over salivation
– Feeling od heaviness
– Low Agni
– Cough and Dyspnea
Treatment – Fasting, food or herbs which are drying, Vamana (Vomiting Therapy).
• Information: Ayurveda , Life Health and Longevity by Dr. Robert E Svoboda
• Dr. Vasant Lad