Fire Therapy

Fire the third Element of nature
         Heat or fire is the third element of nature and also of our body. Immediately after the body stops breathing (in death) the next element that leaves our body is heat. Heat or the temperature that keeps the body physiologically active, drives all biochemical reactions. In the later topics in this section, we will discuss how heat brings about healing in the body. Now let us discuss how the fire element can help us in the purification of mind and body.

Fire or heat for detoxification of mind and body

        In the Water and Earth section we talked about detoxifying the body and mind. However, for the toxins to move out, this heat element is essential.  Heat is what propels physical movement within the body. In a heated area, blood flow increases.  Irritation is also a form of heat. Whenever there is increased blood flow, there is an increased supply of nutrients and more removal of waste and toxins. All movements in the body accelerate blood flow. So this is a continuous process.

Lymphatic Circulation and Immunity

       Modern medicine gives importance to the heart and blood circulation. But ancient therapies like Ayurveda and Pancha Bhoota Healing give equal or more importance to Lymphatic circulation.  This is because lymphatic circulation is a part and parcel of the immune system.   Without good lymphatic circulation there cannot be good immunity.

         It is a general notion of the public that good immunity is connected only to eating good, nutritious food. This, though important, is not the only factor which contributes to good immunity. Having a healthy lymphatic circulation is the key to a strong immune system.

       Fire element works at various level

           Lymphatic circulation

    lymph     The lymphatic system is vital to our health and very life. Part of our immune system, it provides interstitial fluiddefense against disease-causing organisms. When the lymphatic system becomes sluggish our tissues become congested, organ function is impaired and our health suffers.  ( Lymphatic System  -  Suzanne E. Sky).

 What is the lymphatic system?

 Each and every cell of our body is surrounded by a fluid called interstitial fluid. At the cellular level, the lymphatic system is a pathway through which fluid flows from the intercellular spaces into the blood.    The interstitial fluid  surrounding the cells drain into a small tube like structure (shown in green in the picture).   

drainage

  Like a drainage system from each house collect into bigger drainage pipes, the fluid from small tubes drain into bigger collecting tubes or lymph capillaries.   Lymph capillaries turn into lymph vessels which pass through lymph nodes, empty into the lymphatic ducts and then into the venous system. The venous system carries the impure blood to the heart. The pure blood is given in red and the impure venous blood in blue and the lymph in green.     

         The lymphatic system includes lymph, lymphocytes, lymph vessels, lymph nodules, lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen and thymus gland. Part of the body’s defense system, the lymph nodes filter lymph and the spleen filters blood, removing microorganisms and other foreign substances. The lymph nodes act as a filtration system that  keeps particulate matter such as bacteria from entering the bloodstream. They produce both lymphocytes and monocytes. lymph-bloodLymph tissue contains lymphocytes and other cells that can destroy microorganisms and foreign substances.    The cells have obtain oxygen and nutrients for its survival and also throws the waste products into this river of water. These waste products if not removed becomes toxic for the cell. 

It promotes healthy lymphatic circulation and thereby provides sound immunity. Fire element also brings about a connection of the body and mind which we will see in detail in the fire section. In Vedic Tradition blood is associated with the sun and lymph with the moon. There is great wisdom in this observation which shows geometrical connection.  The mind and breath are connected (see Air section), and so are the breath and lymph circulation. Thus mind and lymph are indirectly connected through breath.

Let us see details about lymphatic circulation