Rasa Dhatu-Plasma tissue in Ayurvedic vision
The meaning of Rasa Dhatu-Plasma tissue
The word rasa means juice or liquid of life and refers to the primary waters of the body. In the physical body, rasa refers to the most abundant blood component, plasma, or noncellular portion making up more than 55% of the blood content; interstitial fluids and the lymph.
Plasma carries water, salt, enzymes and when is isolated has yellow color which is also specified in Ayurvedic texts.
As watery secretions, indirectly rasa dhatu relates to breast milk and menstrual fluid.
It is made up from water element and has the similar characteristics; cold, dense, moist, smooth, heavy, soft, stable, flowing, cloudy, gross and dull; qualities of Kapha dosha, which is made up of water and earth.
Rasa dhatu is more nourishment than fluid, is carrying hormones, nutrients, and protein where your body needs it. When rasa is healthy, a person feels satisfied; it is both physical and psychological satisfaction.
The water element that feeds Kapha dosha make to increase the rasa dhatu, and the rasa dhatu increases Kapha, the two are inseparable. Kapha dosha rises when a person becomes too lazy or quiet and when the diet is too moist and dense.
The quality of the rasa dhatu dependents the health of digestion, Agni. Rasa is produced by the digestion of food and liquids.
According to Ayurveda foods and liquids are digested and turned into a milky substance, ahara rasa being further digested within the Sleshma Dhara Kala (mucosal cells, synovial tissue) by the rasagni.
The qualities of water also flow through Svadhishthana chakra and Ida Nadi which brings up deep feelings such as compassion, desire, and love, feelings that will be balanced within the system.
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When Rasa Dhatu decreases
The cause of Rasa Dhatu depletion are Vata and Pitta qualities; as Vata is made from air and ether those characteristics enters in rasa dhatu and dries it out; Pitta made up primarily from fire, burns it out the rasa dhatu once entered.
The increase of Vata and Pitta qualities have an effect on the decrease in rasa dhatu. The `` too much `` activities of Vata such as talking too much, travel too much, busy too much and diet too much (lacks of water and oil) increase Vata Dosha. Pitta dosha qualities increases due to the `` in fire`` lifestyle that makes it highly focused, competitive, and intense.
With increase Vata or Pitta dosha and decrease rasa dhatu result dissatisfaction in mind and dryness in the body.
The quality and quantity of rasa dhatu can be observed by evaluating the state of the mucous membranes through the mouth, lips, skin, eyes or through the amount and quality of breast milk(stanya) and menstrual fluid(artava).
Cracked lips, red eyes, dry or inflamed skin shows that the rasa dhatu is depleted.
When rasa dhatu is decreased, the qualities of Kapha and also water diminish; the skin becomes dry and rough, dryness in the stools leading to constipation, dry mucous membranes which lose the ability to resist disease; the secretion of breast milk is diminished, and menstrual flow becomes scanty.
The mind is totally unfulfilled, the satisfaction coming with the change of the environment is thus in an eternal paradox seeking the change all the time to feel satisfaction.
When Rasa Dhatu increases
When rasa is in excess, the qualities of water increase and also Kapha dosha, leading to swelling, water retention, swelling, and mucous formation in the body, the menstrual flow becomes more substantial and more prolonged.
The mind is in a superficial state of happiness, in fact, the mind becomes dull, cloudy and sluggish, and it lacks luster.
Rasa dhatu when becomes depleted, the flow of water qualities through the Nadi and chakra decreases leading to a decrease in feelings and drives. When is in excess, the feelings and drives increase, and excessive leads to too many attachments and desires of the ego.
Kapha in their natural constitution will have more rasa dhatu than pitta, which contains some water, and Pitta tends to have a little more rasa than Vata which is air and ether; the quantity depending upon fluid intake.
While logical the water itself would build the rasa dhatu, this is not entirely true because this water carries dissolved nutrients as salt and enzymes.
Salt helps the body to retain water and enzymes (typically proteins) which speed up the all chemical reaction and serves essential functions in the body aiding in digestion and metabolism healing rasa dhatu by restoring the proper quality and quantity.
If the mucous membranes and skin are excessively moist and mucousy the rasagni is low, menstrual fluids and breast milk are also produced in excess, and Kapha dosha is in surplus.
When the rasagni is healthy and balanced rasa dhatu also is, and produce minimal Kapha Dosha, and there is a minimum waste product produced.
The state of rasagni is depended directly on the jatharagni-the central digestive fire, and when jatharagni is healthy, also the rasagni is.
There is just not enough fluid to build adequate rasa dhatu and, due to the variable nature of rasagni, that conversion is reduced.
To raise the level of jatharagni and rasagni and lower the amount of rasa dhatu, it is essential to reduce the amount of salt and sweet fluids and to consume hot spices such as cumin, ginger, and black pepper.
To reduce jatharagni and rasagni levels and increase the amount of rasa dhatu, it is essential to consume heavy, hard to digest foods such as fats and oils which are classified to have a sweet taste and include many nuts and meat.
Nuts which contain large amounts of oil and meat which include salty juice are recommended to should be cooked in ghee and other organic oils with an appropriate amount of spice.
Having a drying nature the bitter taste also reduces rasagni but is not recommended to be consumed.
Rasa dhatu provides to our body and mind the subsistence, the sap that runs through our ``veins.
When rasa dhatu is in the healthy state you have hormonal balance, mental clarity, physical beauty, you are a healthy and satisfying body.
A superior quality of rasa dhatu gives smoothness, softness, glowing skin, creative mind, and good energy.
When rasa dhatu is in an unhealthy state the experience of fear, water retention, anxiety may occur.
The healthy state of rasa is related to the health of digestive fire when the digestive fire is ideal, a healthy amount of rasa is produced with a minimal amount of waste.
When the digestive fire is weak, the results are poorer qualities of rasa; when it is too high, it is also burning and create a deficiency.
A balanced digestive fire is the result of a steady amount of rasa.
As the prime tissue which nourishes and hydrates all the rest tissues, Rasa has the primary function to provide nutrition and immunity.
Foods with sweet, salty taste and foods that build earth and water elements are ideal for improving the quality of rasa.
Ghee, avocado, coconut oil, dairy products, nourishes and feeds the oily quality of rasa dhatu.
Root veggies, grains, and nuts build the sweetness of rasa and earth element; sticky foods nourishing.
Dehydration depletes rasa and is essential to feed the water element, and juicy sweet fresh fruits help to do it.