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 is the only one aspect in our body that gives your courage, strength and power to stand against injustice in life. That's why we suffer with suppressed emotions, unresolved issues and a constant fight against digestive issues in the west.
Agni’s role is to cook the food, every 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). Picture your Agni like a pizza oven: the ambers all hot and blazing, if you threw water on that fire and then tried to put a pizza in the oven and cook it what would happen, it wouldn’t cook properly. Our role is to recorrect our Agni so that no state of disease will manifest and effect us.
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.
RECreating OUR AGNI
In Ayurveda the stomach is the seat of AMA. Ama is a toxic, disease causing substance that forms as a result of impaired Agni, and that, in turn, destroys Agni. Essentially, it is a form of un-metabolised waste that cannot be utilised by the body. The formation of small amounts of Ama is normal if it is efficiently removed however when it is not regular removed this is when it causes serious problems.
Balanced Agni is the key aspect of good health, longevity free from disease.
Practices that improve digestion:
Eating foods that are cooked and warm in temperature
Eating only after the previous meal has been digested
Eating 3 meals a day no snacking
Not eating on the run
Eating wholesome pure fresh food
Follow a consistent daily routine
understanding health agni
When Agni is balanced it brings strength to the bodily tissues, creates a strong immunity and promotes a long happy life.
Some basic signs of balanced Agni:
Normal appetite (a satisfied hunger to eat food without the need or urgency)
No white coating on the tongue
Proper healthy elimination
Good metabolism (can digest a decent amount of food)
Good overall health
Balanced energy levels, good endurance
Normal blood pressure
Clear, calm mind
Liveliness, happiness, contentment
Good sleeping patterns
If you have a number of these symptoms best to not diagnosis yourself and seek a health Practitioners advise to assist you further.