Why is Agni so important in Ayurveda?
Agni is one of the main principles in the cosmos that is responsible for all transformation. Similarly, in the human body, Agni (Fire) is responsible for digestion, absorption, assimilation, and transformation into Ojas or immunity.
If one’s Agni is in an excellent condition, then his digestion and transformation into Ojas will also be exceptionally good. This will lead to a long and healthy life. The objective of Agni is to create new cells, destroy old cells, and performs the digestive and metabolic activities in the body. Raja or velocity is produced by fire that is present in the hormones and enzymes. The digestion of food in the stomach is also carried out by Agni (Jatharagni). In short, Ayurveda gives the most focus on the quality of fire in the body.
The main functions of Agni are:
Digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food and sensory experience
Responsible for visual perception and regulates body temperature
Maintains the color, complexion, and luster of skin
Produces tejas or vitality in the body leading to strength, luster, and a healthy glow
Provides reasoning capacity, logical thinking, mental clarity, and intelligence
Gives confidence, courage, fearlessness, joy, contentment, enthusiasm, patience, and stability
Increases the span of life in a human being.
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