Yoga & Digestive Disorders
In three separate articles over the next few weeks I will be discussing the digestive system, the diseases and the energies that affect it.
In this first article, I will focus on explaining what happens to the food after you put it into your mouth.
When we talk about the digestive system, it is a process. The process takes place when we put things into the mouth until they become waste and are released from the body. It is a long path. Digestive disorders can arise from different causes. To deal with the problems, we need a full understanding of the system, find out the causes and then tackle them accordingly.
The digestive process starts when we put something into our mouth. We chew it, it will be mixed with our saliva, then we swallow, when swallowing, the food goes down by a pranic force. The place where this process takes place is called the upper digestive tract area. Disorders of this area will result in Hyper or Hypoacidity, Gastric, Belching, Wind Indigestion problem etc.
The whole small intestinal area is the middle tract. The function of this area is to absorb and assimilate the digested matter into the blood stream. This process is controlled by a pranic force called samana, which circulates between the navel and the heart. This force also controls the temperature and metabolic rate of the body. In this middle tract area, other than small intestine, major organs like the liver and the pancreas are located. Therefore disorder in this area causes liver disease, imbalance of insulin secretion, which results in diabetes, and gastro-enteritis.
At the end of the small intestine there is ileocecal valve, from here down to the large intestine can be considered as the lower tract area. That means from the navel region to the perineum. This area is governed by the apana force. After the extraction of all nutrients in the passage of small intestine, the process of dealing with waste matter including water happens in this area. Acute diseases like Constipation, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Appendicitis, Colitis etc are the results of mal-functioning of lower digestive tract.
The whole process needs energy to move things along, and heat is needed to create such energy. There must be a great force to govern and manage such a complicated process. There is a close relationship between this energy and all the digestive disorders.
In the next article I will talk about this energy force, and its source, the Manipura Chakra.
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