Ayurveda Glossary - A
|Aap: Water element.
Abhyanga: oil masssage.
Acne: An inflammatory eruption occurring usually on the face and neck.
Agni: digestive fire, synonymous with properly balanced cell metabolism in Western medicine.
Ajna chakra: Centre of command,the” third eye”.
Akasha: Ether or space.
Alambusha nadi: Yogic nadi, channel.
Ama: residual impurities deposited in the cells as the result of improper digestion. Also mental ama, impure or negative thoughts and moods.
Anaemia: A below-normal level in the number of red blood cells.
Analgesic: A substance that relieves pain.
Annamaya kosha: Physical or gross body.
Arishta: Symptom suggestive of death.
Aromatic: Taste which stimulates the gastrointestinal tract.
Artava: Menstrual Blood.
Artavaha srotas : Menstrual channels.
Arthritis: An inflammatory condition of the joints.
Asana: Posture, third stage of yoga.
Ascites: An excessive accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity.
Ashvini mudra: Yogic practise of contracting anal sphinctor muscles.
Asthidhara kala: Special membrane for bone.
Asthma: A respiratory disorder in which there is breathlessness wheezing and cough (dry or with mucus expectoration).
Atrophy: A wasting or diminution of size or physiological activity of a part of the body.
Attributes: The inherent qualities or properties of a substance.
Avasthapaka: Primary phase of digestion.