Medas Dhatu-The fat tissue of the body from Ayurveda vision
What is Medas Dhatu
Medas dhatu is the concentrated water of the body, literally refers to the fatty tissues of the body and it is related to sebum.
Even if you do not want the ``fatty`` part, it is necessary for life is the body`s way to store energy, to protect the joints, and keep the hormonal balance.
Medas dhatu is built first from the water element ( nourishing nature of fatty tissue) and secondarily from earth (stabilizing the functions of the body and mind), and the primary purpose is to lubricate the body.
Medas is considered heavy, cold, stable, hard and dense and is related to Kapha which naturally store fat easier and tends to keep it.
These tissues are the primary which stores excess abdominal fat and is digested by the medagni. The waste products produced by medas are the skin secretions and sebum.
Medas dhatu fills the empty space of ether, reducing inspiration which results in a closed mind; is an obstacle to air, slowing down the movements of the body which creates lethargy; suppresses the fire, which reduces metabolic activity and digestion becomes sluggish but is a protector against the excess of ether, air, and fire.
To participate in the healthy production of healthy medas dhatu, adequate earth, and water products should be consumed and digested adequately so that their qualities can be used to build body fat.
Jatharagni, the primary digestive fire must be healthy, if it is not, foods that you consume will produce ama which toxify the body and mind.
Medas dhatu is a concentrated form of rasa, deepens and stabilizes feelings and plays an essential role in the capacity to feel satisfied, to love and be loved; protect the nervous system and consciousness from excessive stimulation and intensity.
When the medagni becomes low, the qualities of earth and water are taken into the body are digested slowly, causing a more significant amount of low-quality fatty tissue which causes weight gain, stagnates circulation, obstructs body motion and leads to greater emotional attachments.
When the medagni becomes too high the qualities of earth and water are burned up quickly, leading to little high-quality medas production which is not enough to provide protection, stability, and deep nourishment resulting in weight loss, the and the body and mind becomes dry, fragile, hard, and depleted.
The health of the medas dhatu depends upon the flow of prana through the Muladhara which throughout the subtle body carries the qualities of the earth element creating the feeling of being grounded and stable, and Svadhishthana chakras which gives the conditions of water affecting our capacity to desire and experience pleasure through the senses.
When medas dhatu is healthy and balanced, the body has a proper amount of fat, weight, healthy joints, the skin and hair are smooth and soft, neither too oily nor dry, and the voice is melodious and sweet.
Increased medas dhatu is caused by lack of activity, the excess of animal products and carbohydrates, and overeating which leads to excessive fat tissue (particularly in the abdomen) addiction to food, lethargic and lonely, breathlessness, profuse sweating, under-active thyroid, diabetes, gallstones, hypertension; the skin and hair will be excessively oily and the voice becomes obstructed, qualities related to Vata.
Decreased medas observed as minimal body fat, cracking and aching joints, loss of energy, cold body temperature, irregular or lost period, arthritis, overactive thyroid, cold body temperature, infertility, dry skin and hair, cracks on the tang and over the lips with piercing, whiny, or high pitched voice.
How to heal the Medas Dhatu
To heal the medas dhatu means to restore the proper quantity and quality of water and earth and normalize the flow through the chakras in the body.
Kapha in their natural constitution will have more medas dhatu rather then Pitta and Vata which are susceptible to depletion.
To balance medas is recommended to consume Vata-pacifying products, more warming, oils, and grounding foods.
A healthy medas dhatu leads to a ``well-oiled`` body with a heart that is capable of love and devotion and is essential to know your Prakruti and Vikruti to take the appropriate actions to restore the balance.
In Ayurveda the Sanskrit word for love, Sneha it is also for oils or fats, derived from plant or animal origin, and high quality, good fats are essential to nourish medas; oily fishes such as salmon and sardine, ghee, coconut, and olive oil also contain healthy fats to build medas.
Caffeine and other stimulants tax the nervous system while Ashwagandha (Winter cherry), Shatavari (Indian asparagus) aid stress management while helps the medas to growth.
Supporting the liver health also supports healthy fat metabolism, which burns up any excess fat and improves the quality of fat.
Bitter and sour tastes cleanse the liver (foods like raw beets, dandelion greens, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and vinegar) stimulate the release of bile and support liver function.
Twisting yoga poses help to release toxins out of the liver (and digestive organs in general) and to ensure fat quality.
For a quick effect bitter taste is best, and ideal when there is an infection, and bitter herbs are stronger than foods including gentian, Kutki ( Picrorhiza kurroa), and neem.