Dhātu (Ayurveda)

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Dhātus (dhä·tōōs), n.pl. ( from Sanskrit धातु dhātu - layer, stratum, constituent part, ingredient, element, primitive matter[1] ) in Ayurveda, the seven fundamental principles (elements) that support the basic structure (and functioning) of the body.[2]

They consist of:

  • Rasa dhatu (Lymph)
  • Rakta dhatu (Blood)
  • Mamsa dhatu (Muscles)
  • Medha dhatu (Fat)
  • Asthi dhatu (Bone)
  • Majja dhatu (marrow (bone and spinal))
  • Shukra dhatu (Semen)[3]

Traditional texts often refer to the above as the Seven Dhātus (Saptadhātus). Ojas is known as the eighth Dhātu, or Mahādhātu (superior, or great dhātu).[4]

Acharya Balkrishna ji's contribution toward ayurveda (dhatu)[edit]

The pioneers of the Trust are Yogrishi Swami Ramdevji Maharaj and Acharya Shri Balkrishnaji Maharaj. A popluar public figure, Swamiji is intensively involved in taking Yog to the masses. Acharyaji has undertaken the great project of developing the Ayurvedic system of medicines and research work. In the hospital, along with the Medical consultations and medicines, practical training in asanas, pranayamas, other Yogic EXERCISES and Acupressure is also being imparted to the patients as part of prescriptions.

Acharyaji himself is highly learned in Sanskrit and the Ayurvedic system of medicines. After many years of penance and perseverance he has found cures to varied complicated ailments including high blood pressure. Through his long hours of selfless service, the VENERABLE Acharya is providing immense relief to millions of patients suffering from innumerable Physical and mental ailments. In fact, he is a leading luminary in the field of Ayurved. By relieving the pains of the grief-stricken he is proving himself true to the dictum of the ancient sages : "Kamaye duhkha-taptanam pranindm arti-nasanam." In his book "Ayurved, its Principles and Philosophies" Acharya ji has mentioned about the seven dhatus and their basic principles. [5]

See also[edit]

Dhātu (disambiguation) - a Buddhist technical term or a stupa, Pāli thūpa.


  1. ^ Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier-Williams, (c) 1899
  2. ^ Jonas: Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier.
  3. ^ Seven Dhatus of Ayurveda
  4. ^ Dhātus http://www.ayurveda-recipes.com/dhatus.html
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Ayurveda-Principles-Philosophies-Swami-Ramdev/dp/8189235567

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