Aam literally means undigested or unripe. It is the toxic by product of impaired digestion. Due to the weak digestive power chyle- Ras Dhatu (A milky liquid formed in the small intestine as a result of digestion of ingested fats and joins lymphatic vessels) is not properly formed and chyme- Annarasa ( A semi liquid substance formed in the stomach and small intestine during digestion of the digested food) undergoes fermentation yielding Aam – A toxic substance.
Impairment of Agni or the digestive fire is brought about by the following factors:
- Abstinence from food.
- Over eating
- Irregular diet habits.
- Consumption of incompatible food.
- Improperly done detoxification or Panchakarma therapy like drug induced vomiting or purgation.
- Chronic diseases leading to the wasting of tissues.
- Suppression of natural urges.
The undigested food undergoes fermentation yielding to the toxic state or formation of a toxic substance-Aam.