(Ref: Ashtanga Hridaya)
Mala is one among the important trinity of the living body. Malas are waste products produced during metabolism of each Dhatu. That which cleanses or purifies the body is also called Mala.
Malas are cited as vital as Doshas and Dhatus for the functioning of the body. Malas are continuously formed in the body as a by-product of metabolic activities which means it is the index of physiological or metabolic activities.The presence of Malas means health and its absence indicates the absence of these activities. Malas aggravate in the body and become toxins if they are not expelled from time to time.
Malas are of 3 types:
- Purisha (faeces)
- Mutra (urine)
- Sweda (sweat)
Purisha supports the body, Mutra helps in excretion of fluids and sweda helps in the maintenance of moisture and supports hair growth.
Malas are the logical outcome of life activities, hence they support the body.