ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: CORRELATION OF RASA DHATU IN MODERN PERSPECTIVE: A REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
DOI: DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.100231
Author: Neha Rawat and Rakesh Roushan *
Abstract: Rasa- the fluid of life; The quantity of rasadhatu depends upon food intake. Rasa provides fluidity to circulating rakta; it is the fluid that carries dissolved nutrients. Salts and sugar are the most important among nutrients. As a result, taking nutritional fluid is the best way to replenish rasa. The rasadhatu, being made up of the element water, has similar qualities with kapha. Rasa dhatu has qualities very similar to kapha dosha, which is made up of jala and prithvi. In the formation of the dhatus, kapha is the mala (waste product) produced during formation of rasadhatu. Some of the most common and important problems arise when a person becomes sthool or krish, it is due to the rasa dhatu as well. Sthaulya and karshya in itself is due to many other diseases or we can say these diseases are the combination of many other diseases. The quality of the rasa dhatu is dependent upon the health of agni, or digestive fire. Food and liquid are initially digested in the gastro intestinal tract and, turned into ahara rasa. This fluid then further undergo metabolism by the rasagni to formrasa dhatu. The condition of agni determines the quality of rasa produced. When the rasagni is sluggish, the efficiency of transformation is reduced. When the rasagni is too active, it efficiently converts ahara rasa to rasa dhatu, but also burns up some of the rasadhatu that is being produced. There is a highly variable fluid intake that must be carefully matched by equal output of water from the body to prevent body fluid volumes from increasing or decreasing. In this article we are intended to make a correlation of rasa dhatu with modern prospective to have a clearer view about the rasa dhatu. For which the basic materials have been collected from the Ayurvedic classics with the available commentaries, as well as text books of contemporary modern medical science have been referred for better understanding of the concept and its comparison with contemporary science.
Keyword: Ahara, Dhatu, Rasa, Kapha and Rasagni