Mamsa Dhatu

Last Updated: February 3, 2020

Definition - What does Mamsa Dhatu mean?

According to Ayurveda, the Sarira (body), Manas (mind), and Prana (life force) are all supported by tissues known as dhatu. Mamsa Dhatu is the third of seven tissues, and although it refers primarily to muscles, it may also refer to ligaments and skin.

In Sanskrit, the term Mamsa literally means 'flesh' or 'meat.' Mamsa Dhatu is made up of the earth and fire elements, but it is motivated by air, which inspires and initiates movement. Muscles provide strength, courage, fortitude, self-confidence and self-expression.

Yogapedia explains Mamsa Dhatu

Production of healthy Mamsa Dhatu depends on the adequate consumption of the earth element through diet. Nuts, grains, meat and legumes are all sources of earth, but these foods must be properly digested in order for Mamsa Dhatu to be metabolized.

Mamsa Dhatu has hot, heavy, dry, hard, unstable, rough, dense, cloudy, gross, and sharp qualities. These characteristics are most similar to Pitta and Kapha, and so these doshas play an important role in the health of Mamsa Dhatu. Balanced Kapha and Pitta will provide the proper structure and metabolic function that muscles require.

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