Glossary of terms
“Lord of ﬁre, home and hearth”, the digestive ﬁre which regulates digestion, absorbtion & assimilation of food into the body.
Undigested food or experiences that create harmful toxins.
A sub-dosha of Vata, responsible for downward movement in the body, like menses, ejaculation, and discharge of urine and faeces.
Substance that tends to contract body tissues; commonly experienced via the mouth-puckering feeling caused by tannis in certain fruits like quince or persimmon.
Ayurvedic detoxifying and cleansing treatments. There are ﬁve treatments available, depending on the constitution of the patient.
The subtle essence of the life force; comparable to Chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Absorbed from the air, food and nature it travels through breath and blood and serves as link between body and mind.
Historical and complex Indian language (Indo Aryan classiﬁcation), language of the Vedas and the classical Indian culture. One of the 22 scheduled languages of India; serves to standardise Indian knowledge like Latin does for Western knowledge.
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