The word ‘fat’ gives a feeling of some arch- enemy. People generally have a sentiment that fat stands for something bad. In Ayurvedic medicine, fat comes under one of the seven dhatus or tissues described in ayurveda namely rasa, rakta, mamsa, medas, asthi, majja and shukra which refer to plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow/nerve, and reproductive tissue respectively.
The term ‘meda’ literally translates to fat. Medas dhatu comprises of fatty tissues of your body and also relates to skin oil or sebum, and greater and lesser omentums which line abdominal cavity and are repository for fat tissue. Therefore, Ayurvedic text focuses on how to maintain healthy quality and quantity of fat tissue in the body rather than completely disregarding the importance of fat in body. More than anything else, Ayurveda focuses on improving digestive Agni or digestive fire which is essential for maintaining proper functioning of other systems of the body too! Not only fats can help in maintainingcontinue reading →