Do you often come across the terms Vata, Pitta and Kapha, but fail to understand what they actually mean? Ahead of National Ayurveda Day, celebrated on 23 October every year, let us delve deeper into these terms, which together comprise the ‘Ayurvedic Tridoshas’. Before that, it is important to know that “energy Karma plays an important role in our lives, according to Dr. Puneet, the founder of Ayurveda. “We need energy and vitality to live a healthy life. Ayurveda is a natural healing system that believes that our bodies have primary functional energies that are aligned with the elements of nature.”
We call these three energies defects, “Vata, pitta and kapha are the three main types of doshas or functional energies in the body. Vata is associated with air. Pitta is related to fire, and kapha is Water, These doshas are associated with the elements of nature,” he explained.
In terms of health, according to Dr. Puneet, “Vata governs all movement – the flow of breath, heart rateall muscle contraction, tissue movement, and communication throughout the mind and nervous system”. It is also responsible for ensuring proper functioning of the body, such as breathing, Metal or tissue, and handling all natural desires like hunger, thirst, urination, excretion, Sleepe.t.c.
“Bile is also responsible for the body’s metabolism and proper functioning of the body” Digestive System, It is believed to be located in the upper part of the abdomen above the navel. Pitta is responsible for ensuring the normal functioning of the digestive system. Pitta, associated with fire, ensures normal body temperature,” he said.
According to the expert, Kapha is responsible for providing vitality, vigor and Immunity, “It is believed to be in the chest area. It provides stability and strength to the body structure. Since it contains water, it hydrates the tissues and cells. At the same time it keeps the skin hydrated. “
Dr. Archana Sukumaran Ayurveda Doctor (BAMS), Kerala Ayurveda said that the Tridosha theory of Ayurveda states that these three doshas are associated with different people in different ways. “Vata dosha will be dominant in some people, and in others, kapha or pitta. This arrangement of doshas, at birth, determines a person’s physical and mental characteristics, as well as what health problems they have. These three energies are as follows triple kids, One of them will cry, the other will also cry; And if one of them is happy, the others are also at peace. The balance of these bio-energy is called health and imbalance is disease,” she shared.
Experts said that in the preventive and curative aspects, it is important to understand your natural body constitution. According to Ayurveda there are seven such constitution or nature, These are:
* Kapha nature
* Tridoshaja nature
How to determine what your type is?
“The person with the Vata personality is a social butterfly with frequent mood swings who worry about random things. These people have thin bodies, rough skin, short dry NailsThey had prominent veins on their skin, uneven tooth structure, general dryness of eyes and hair, more talkativeness with a hoarse voice, and quick grasping power,” Dr Sukumaran described. “The main asset of these people is that they are creative-minded, kind and quick learners who can multitasking. They are also generally thin and flexible. However, they usually have improper sleeping habits, irregular Eating patterns counteract poor circulation. anxietyunstable mood, digestive problems and increased sensitivity to cold.”
Agreeing, Dr. Puneet said, “If your energy levels are high and your body is thin, you are a Vata type. Your skin is mostly dry. They have joints that are prone to creaking. Yours appetite Not very stable and you suffer from swelling. You have a hyperactive mind and you are upbeat, enthusiastic and full of ideas with short-term memory.” People with a Vata constitution are believed to love summer, spring and rain.
According to Sukumaran, people with pitta dosha are fiery and fiery-filled random, sharp hunger pangs All day. “They have a medium body with fair skin, shiny hair, loud voice, crystal clear vision and delicate limbs. They sweat profusely and are constantly thirsty. They also have poor memory and comprehension and are excessively thirsty. are intelligent. Their remarkable qualities are that these individuals are intelligent, self-reliant and purposeful. They are also highly determined and quickly master various skills. Some of the issues they face are impatience, Anger, AcidityGastritis, intolerance to heat, sensitive skin and acne,” she said.
Dr Puneet said that he likes cold weather and loves sports. “They like to be perfect in what they do and get angry easily. They speak with judgment and walk steadfastly.”
People with a Kapha personality are generally couch potatoes with an aversion to cold, damp and windy places. “They have a perfect body with bright eyes, shiny skin and hair. They are charming and soft-spoken with an affectionate tone. They are trustworthy, patient, calm and composed, happy, intelligent and caring. They have A healthy immune system has strong bones. Some of the challenges they may face are that they are slow metabolismSleep more, and more likely to gain weight. They are also slow and lethargic and are more prone to breathing problems and need regular encouragement to work,” Dr Sukumaran said.
What happens if the dosha is unbalanced?
As discussed, according to Ayurveda, these three doshas are responsible for our overall well-being. Therefore, “the growth and incompatibility between these two can make the body fragile and unfit,” said Dr. Sukumaran, explaining what could be causing an excess of each of these doshas.
Excess of Vata causes digestive, mental and nervous disorders. it spoils might and leaves the body weak.
*Excessive pitta causes infection, inflammation and imbalance in enzymatic activity.
Swelling, itching, phlegm, heaviness and excessive increase due to increase in phlegm to sweat,
How to balance these doshas?
Dr Sukumaran shares that balancing Vata involves sticking to hot, nutritious, sweet and oily foods. Here are some things you can follow.
* Vata pacifying foods such as hot soups, buttermilkSpices etc. can be used. Avoid cold and frozen things.
*Choose heavy/nutritious food instead of light foods. Lightness enhances Vata.
*Avoid raw, uncooked foods as they cause bloating. Dhanvantram pills can help prevent swelling,
* Hydrate yourself to manage dryness.
*Take regular exercise or massage with nourishing oils like Dhanavantram Thailam.
*Avoid fasting and excessive exercise.
* Include more sweet, salty and sour foods in the food.
A cold diet and diet are essential to balance pitta. The expert made the following suggestions.
*avoid direct sun exposure,
Use more sweet, bitter and astringent tastes in the diet.
*Avoid spicy, hot foods and stick to relatively cold and light foods.
*Stay away from emotionally depressing situations as they have a bad mood.
* To delay premature whitening, do Shiro Abhyanga or do a head massage with Neelbringadi Keram.
*Fruits like pear, apple, coconut, PapayaMust include pomegranate, and dates.
*Herbal blood purifiers like Khadirarishta can be helpful in case of acne.
*Purification can be done according to the strength.
Hot food and diet should be chosen to balance Kapha. “Try to stick to something that makes you active and creative,” Dr. Sukumaran said.
*Look for heat.
*Avoid dairy products.
*Include spices in the diet.
* Barley or corn can be used in place of rice and wheat.
* Light fruits like watermelon and apricots can be consumed.
*Stay away from artificial and natural sweeteners. Honey can be used instead.
* Love the bitter, pungent and astringent tastes. Sweet and salt are a definite no-no.
* Vomit from time to time.
* Warm liquids such as soup and tea may be helpful.
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