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Dhatus (धातवः)  
 
Dhatus (धातवः)  
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The term Dhatu is used in Ayurveda in 2 different contexts. With reference to the Sharira (body), Dhatus refer to those vital body tissues in body that are responsible to hold and sustain life. These are the basic building blocks of the physical body and they are 7 in number. On the other side, with reference to the pharmacology, Materia medica and Iatrochemistry in Ayurveda, Dhatus indicate ‘Metals’ like gold, silver, copper.  
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The term Dhatu is used in Ayurveda in 2 different contexts. With reference to the [[Sharira (शरीरम्)|Sharira]] (body), Dhatus refer to those vital body tissues that are responsible to hold and sustain life. These are the basic building blocks of the physical body and they are 7 in number. On the other side, with reference to the pharmacology, Materia medica and Iatrochemistry in Ayurveda, Dhatus indicate ‘Metals’ like gold, silver, copper.  
    
== Sharira Dhatu (Vital body tissues) ==
 
== Sharira Dhatu (Vital body tissues) ==
Dhatus pertaining to the Sharira (physical body) are called as Sharira Dhatu.
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Dhatus pertaining to the Sharira (physical body) are called as Sharira Dhatu. They are also considered as the vital body tissues.
    
=== Introduction ===
 
=== Introduction ===
Ayurveda states that 7 dhatus constitute the physical body of an individual. They have specific function in maintenance of life and they also perform the important task of nourishing the entire structure of the body. It is believed that, living body can not afford to loss of any of these 7 dhatus to any extent which when occurs leads to serious damage to the body.  
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Ayurveda states that 7 dhatus constitute the physical body of an individual. They have specific function in maintenance of life and they also perform the important task of nourishing the entire structure of the body. It is believed that, living body can not afford to loss of any of these 7 dhatus to any extent and if it occurs leads to serious damage to the body.  
    
=== Significance of Dhatus ===
 
=== Significance of Dhatus ===
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