Concept of Updhatu (उपधातु)

Concept of Updhatu (उपधातु)

Upadhatu are the elements produced as a result of action of Dhatvagni on each Dhatu. Upadhatus are consider as secondary building blocks of the body as their functions depend on normalcy of Dhatus from which they are produced.

Following table explains Dhatus and their respective, individual Upadhatus. Abnormalities in them indicate disorders related to the Dhatus from which they are produced.

Dhatu धातु Upadhatu उपधातु
Rasa रस
Stanya स्तन्य (Breast milk)
Rakta रक्त
Raja रज (Menstrual blood)
Mamsa मांस
Vasa वसा (Fatty material)
Meda मेद
Sweda स्वेद (Sweat)
Asthi अस्थी
Daat दांत (Teeth)
Majja मज्जा
Kesh केश (Hair)
Shukra शुक्र
Oja ओज

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