Author(s): Goverdhanam Vani*, J. S. R. A. Prasad
Ayurveda, the science of life, deha (body) is described as "deho?yahara sa?bhava?". The body is made up of food. Food is of panchaboutikam (five elements). The Panchaboutika sareera is to be maintained and nourished with the bahya (External) Panchaboutika amshas (ingredients). To convert such alien amshas as part of the body, there exists a process of paaka (Metabolic transformation) which is attributed to bhootagni. The complete process is called Bhutagni Paka. This paper tries to validate this theory scientifically.