ONLINE COURSE CO-TAUGHT BY DR. CLAUDIA WELCH AND DR. ROBERT SVOBODA
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Rasa, asṛk (rakta), māṃsa, meda, asthi, majjā and śukra are the seven dhātus and are also known as dūṣyas (those that get vitiated by the doṣas). Aṣṭāṅga Hṛdayam: Sūtrasthāna: I:13
Dhātus are the bodily tissues that nourish and comprise the body and hold organs in place. In this 16-hour lesson, we conduct an in-depth exploration into each of these seven tissues, how they are produced, their by-products and “waste” products (“waste”–while a decent translation–is not necessarily an accurate description of these products, since they all serve healthy functions in the body). This exploration yields insight into the health of the body and, if there is disorder, where it is and why it might have arisen.
Of particular interest to students already familiar with the learning objectives for this lesson, might be the insights and discussion around dhātu production, dhātu vṛddhi, dhātu kṣaya and dhātu duṣṭi and the Three Laws of Nutrition–a discussion that may serve to make a complicated process relatively easy to visualize, how disorder may affect any dhātu without necessarily having others be affected, how disorder in the dhātus can trickle up as well as trickle down, and the beginnings of our explorations into organs. It is curious to note how little emphasis or detail traditional Āyurveda ascribes to organs. We begin to explore the organs more in this lesson and elaborate much further in the next.
Regarding this particular course, you should know it is one excerpted lesson of our Foundations of Āyurveda Part II course. We are offering each lesson of that course as a stand-alone lesson–like this one–so that people can explore just one topic of interest but, if it seems a little out of context standing alone, it is because it is indeed out of context. But we feel the information presented will be valuable nonetheless.
If you would like more information on this course than what you’ll find on this page, whether it is approved for NAMA credits, etc., kindly peruse the home page–including the FAQs– for Foundations of Āyurveda Part II.
Textbooks: Dr. Vasant Lad’s Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda and Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 2, A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment, You can go through this course without either text, relying only on our lectures and handouts, but throughout our lessons we recommended readings from one or the other of these books, to enhance the information.