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While Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology has some passing similarities to the details of western science, it is definitely in it’s own category with regards to how the various systems of the body are organized. In this section we will take a look at the dhatus and the srotas which are the main components of how the anatomy and physiology of the body is composed as presented in modern day formulation of Ayurveda. There are more detailed looks at different systems, channels, and more specific anatomical details in the ancient texts, yet for our purposes this will give us a good starting point There are seven main tissues, or dhatus, of the body in Ayurveda and 13 major channels, or srotas. The dhatus are the stable structures of the body and can be affected by the doshas which can cause either increase, decrease, or ideal functioning of these bodily tissues. There are also upadhauts, or accessory dahtus created from each main dhatu. The srotas are channels through which things move in the body and can closely be related to the organ systems of western medicine as they align quite closely in comparison. They help not only channel tissue elements but everything else in the body as well including the mind. As a broad overview you should be familiar with the process of how the body maintains itself per Ayurveda. After we eat our food and it is digested it turns into a mush called ahara rasa. From this the first dhatu is born, rasa, and then allt he following ones. Each stage in this process is said to take 5 days and there three main theories of how this happens. We will be looking into various aspects of this process as we move long yet keeping this borad overview in mind as we move along will help you make more sense of how these things are working. For now we will be focusing in on the specific dhatus and srotas so you have a good grounding in these ideas before getting into the digestive process and how the body is actually formed according to Ayurveda.
DHATU FORMATION TABLE HERE