Remember, it’s the location of your ama in a particular tissue or dhatu that determines your symptoms. For example, if ama builds up in your blood, or rasa dhatu, heavy menstrual bleeding is likely during perimenopause. If ama is present in your joint spaces, or asthi dhatu, joint pains and arthritis may result. Ama accumulating in the smooth muschle wall of your uterine tissue, or mamsa dhatu, can promote the formation of uterine fibroids. Ama in other dhatus can contribute to excessive weight gain, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and osteoporosis, among other unhealthy and diseased-related conditions women are vulnerable to at menopause. The good news is that once you know the location of your ama, you can begin to choose a healing approach that will work for your specific symptoms.
As we have seen, when ama gets stuck and clogs the channels at any of these seven tissue sites, damage and disruption can occur. First, transportation of nutrients in and wastes out from the tissue is blocked, and second, hormones, especially estrogen, are prevented from communicating their effects to your cells. As a result, the particular tissue—blood, skin, muscle, nerves, reproductive tissue—will exhibit the signs of your moderate to severe symptoms, such as are listed in the quiz “How Healthy Are Your Tissues?” If the ama is not removed in a timely manner, the tissue will age more quickly, being deprived from the benefits of the estrogen still circulating in your body, and be more prone to disease.
Ama and Your Three Malas
Ama also builds up in areas of your body outside of the domain of your dhatus. Ama can accumulate in tyour body’s three main avenues of waste elimination to block natural processes and cause problems. MVM calls these avenues of ellimination your malas (mah luhs), and they are as follows: 1) urine; 2) sweat; and 3) stool As in your tissues, ama can lodge in any one or several of these malas, and thereby disturb the functioning in the surrounding areas.. For example, when toxins build up in the urinary system, they provide a fertile medium for bacteria to grow in, and you are at risk for getting recurrent urinary tract infections.