IMPORTANCE OF DIGESTION
AGNI = DIGESTIVE FIRE
The most important concept in Ayurveda is Agni, the elemental force of transformation. Agni is the fire element, which is responsible for conversion of food, body temperature, longevity, courage & strength - which keeps the doshas in balance.
Agni’s role is to cook the food. Ever function that is governed by Agni is governed by Pitta. When Pitta intelligence gets effected it will not be able to give the right direction to the Agni to preform its job. When Agni gets effected by the doshas, it will produce less nourishment and produce more ama (undigested food)
THERE ARE FOUR STATES OF AGNI
Sama Agni - BALANCED AGNI
Vishma Agni - IRREGULAR AGNI
Tikshna Agni - INTENSE FIRE
Mandya Agni - LOW FIRE
Sama Agni - when food is eaten in the right amount, at the right times this Agni is able to digest it also at the right time. As Sama Agni helps in the nourishment of all the tissues because of its balanced functioning, it is called a perfect fire.
Vishma Agni - this type of fire is due to Vata aggravation and also occurs in Vata dominant people. It digests the food sometimes perfectly, sometimes not and even food eaten in the right proportion is sometimes not digested perfectly.
Tikshna Agni - this fire, which can digest all types of foods such as heavy or light, and normal or abnormal quantities, is known as intense fire. This type of fire is found in either Pitta type person or one with Pitta imbalance. This type of agni can create problems such as heartburn, acidity, loose stools, frequent hunger and irritability.
Mandya Agni - this fire, which is not able to digest the normal amount of food or even less is called low fire. It is found in the Kapha type person. It creates distension, abdominal pain, nausea, in some with a Kapha disorder.