Definition - What does Rakta mean?

Rakta is a Sanskrit term meaning "colored" or "red."

According to Ayurveda, it is one of the seven tissues of the human body. Rakta represents the blood, mainly the red blood cells. Rakta tissue oxygenates the cells, nourishes the body and is thought to preserve life. It originates in the liver and spleen and its waste product is bile.

Yogapedia explains Rakta

In Ayurveda, it is believed that rakta is formed when rasa (lymph) mixes with ranjaka pitta (hemoglobin).

Rakta tissue has similar qualities as the fire element; it is hot, sharp, light, flowing and dry. Rakta carries the fire that stimulates body and mind. With healthy rakta, the body is energized with a strong enthusiasm for life. It is also likened to the pitta dosha, the health of which is strongly influenced by the health of rakta.

If the rakta tissue is unhealthy, it can cause bleeding or anemia, liver problems or skin issues. To keep rakta balanced, it is recommended to eat regularly and consume neutral foods, drinking plenty of water and practicing meditation on a consistent basis.

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