By Desiree Collazo, Ayurvedic Therapies Program Director at CE Institute LLC, Miami FL
Panchamahabhuta is a Sanskrit term that refers to the concept of the five structural elements or five great elements. Pancha = five and Mahabhuta = great structural elements of the universe. The five elements in ayurveda are as follows:
- Akasha = Space/Ether: Spaces in body (mouth, nostrils, thorax, abdomen, cells)
- Vayu = Air: Element of movement including muscular movement (contraction of lungs, intestines, movement in cells)
- Agni = Fire: Enzyme functioning, controls digestive system & regulates metabolism
- Jala = Water: Found in plasma, blood saliva (digestive juices, mucous membranes, cytoplasm)
- Prthvi = Earth: Solid structures such as bones, muscles, skin, hair, nails, tendons, cartilage, teeth
These five elements form the structural entity of the body. The Indriyas are: the mind, the five sensory organs (eyes, ears, nose, skin and tongue) and the five motor organs (vocal cords, hands, feet, genital organs and anus).
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