The toxic effects of negative life experiences, emotions, interpersonal interactions, thoughts and addictions are also a form of ama.  These damaging mental and emotional states also produce physiological correlates (toxic chemical substances such as excessive stomach acid, excessive adrenaline or imbalanced neurotransmitters) which leave their scars at a cellular level (cellular memory).  When the body-mind is chronically bathed in the biochemistry of anger, hate, envy, jealousy, resentment, irritability, aggression or stress, we experience the cellular dysfunction that accompanies such “mental” or “emotional” ama.

Ayurveda describes in intricate detail the development and effect of mental and emotional ama and their impact on the mind, behaviour, choices and eventual disease.

The study of the mind from this Ayurvedic perspective is a vital skill for the Ayurvedic practitioner, since it provides the basic understanding of root cause and how it manifests as mental, emotional or physical imbalances or diseases.

Eliminating the vagaries of the mind is a major effort of the Ayurvedic strategy. Depending on the assessment, the practitioner can select from a range of strategies that must be tailored to the patient’s requirement.

So on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being highest, where is your level of mental emotional toxic level and what are your strategies for removing these toxins?