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Vata

Ayurvedic Medicine

Panchakarma

Ayurvedic Medicine

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Ayurveda About Each Dosha

According to Ayurveda, there are three primary energies, or Doshas. The Doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These Doshas regulate all physical and psychological behaviours, from basic cell structure to the most complex mental functions. The Doshas are found in unique proportions in every individual. This singular combination of the Doshas is called our constitution or Prakriti, and it will determine our basic physical appearance, preferences, behaviours, and emotional tendencies. When the Doshas are in their natural balance with one another, our physical and mental states are at optimum health. When the Doshas fall out of balance, disease may manifest. Ayurveda seeks to return the Doshas to and maintain them at their natural balance in our individual constitution.

Physically such people are either very tall or very short, non- muscular, with thin and bony limbs and have a quick gait with short fast steps. Skin is generally thin, darkish and cool. The hair is thin, dark, coarse and either kinky or curly. The face is usually long and angular, often with an underdeveloped chin. The neck is thin and scrawny. Nose is small and narrow. May be long, crooked or asymmetrical also. Eyes tend to be small, narrow or sunken, dark brown or gray in color, with dull luster. The mouth being small, with thin, narrow or tight lips. Teeth are irregular, protruding, or broken, set in receding gums. And while the voice is weak, low or cracked, speech is fast with interruptions.

Vata:
Vata is known as the moving force. Vata is mainly concerned with the nervous system and all bodily movement. It chews and swallows food, moves nutrients into and wastes out of cells, circulates blood and air, and retrieves and stores memories.

      Physical Appearance of Vata
      physique: thin, very tall or very short, little muscular development
      skin: cool, dry, rough
      hair: dark, curly, dry
      eyes: small; brown, grey, or slate blue

      Temperament of Vata
      mental: nervous, fluctuating moods, quick but short memory, creative
      physical: irregular appetite, irregular elimination, prone to constipation, light sleeper
      energy: comes in bursts, active, poor stamina

Vata people have restless minds and weak memories. They avoid confrontation. Have active and sensitive natures and express themselves through sport and creative pursuits. Likely to be artistic and creative with a good imagination, they will sometimes overindulge in pleasures. And are sexually the most active. Fearful, worrisome and anxious they are into questioning, theorizing and over-analysis. Often dissatisfied with and unable to sustain friendships, they spend money quickly, often on trifles. With light, interrupted sleep of 5-7 hours a day.

A dominant Vata ensures that Tamasika individuals are the most down to earth, concerned about fundamental questions of practical existence, specially when confronted by more spiritual and less physical issues.

 

Tamasika Subtype Qualities

Pasava Lack of intelligence, forbidding dispositions, envious nature. Excessive sexual indulgence and sleep.
Matsya Unsteadiness, constant passion, and cowardice. Excessive desire for water intake.
Banaspatya Indolence. Excessive indulgence in food. Deficiency of intellectual faculties.

Factors that increase Vata

Exposure to cold, no routine in your life, eating to much dry, frozen or leftover food, or food with bitter, pungent or astringents taste.
Fasting, too much traveling, too much or inappropriate exercise, suppressing natural urges, abdominal surgery.
Not oiling the skin
.

REMEDIES

VATA

Food

Warm, well-cooked food. Sweet, sour and salty tastes

Oil Massage

With calming and warming oils such as sesame,  Mahanarayan Oil.

Exercise

Moderate exercise such as yoga, walking and light weights

Herbal Dietary supplements

Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Haritaki, Guggulu, Trikatu, Vata tea, Calming Tea.

 

      Remedies for Vata
      Foods: nourishing, well-cooked, warm, mildly spiced, moist
      Tastes: sweet, sour, salty
      Exercise: regular, gentle, moderate
      Single Herbs: Ashwaganda, Shatavari, Haritaki, Bibhitaki
      Herbal Supplements: Chitrakadi, Triphala, Brahmi, Chandra Prabha, Guggulu, Vasavaleha
      Rasayanas: Arjuna, Ashwagandha, Haritaki, Gokshura, Shatavari
      Skin Care: TriDosha Cleanser, TriDosha After Shave Gel, Vata Hydrating Tonic Lotion, Vata Moisturizing Cream, Vata Nourishing Cream, Vata Body Oil

Tridosha Theory - A Constitutional Model

The five elements are present in the universe and combined in the following manner are known as the TRI-DOSHIC theory. The five elements condense into the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.


VATA

Vata means "wind," or "that which moves things." and is the principle of movement. It is associated with the elements of air/space. It, however, is not the air which is outside of us, but is the force that governs biological movement; it is the prime impetus of the nervous system. It controls the sensory and mental balance. It gives a mental adaptability and understanding. It is the basic life force called Prana and is enhanced by the Life force of whole and vitalized foods, from the breath and from our connection with the Divine within which is the deepest energizing force for the entire body. In the mind, Vata is our flexibility, communication and our creative resources.

Vata flows through and rules the nervous system, and can accumulate in the large intestines as gas, in pelvic cavity as pains and aches, in the bones as arthritis, in the skin as dry eczema, in the ears as ringing ears, and in the thighs as sciatic pain. If the body develops an excess of Vata (air qualities), these are the first areas in which it will accumulate. Vata is the MOTIVATING FORCE behind the other two humors which are incapable of moving themselves. Fire would go out without air and water/earth would be stagnant if there was no air.

  • breathing
  • inhalation / exhalation
  • blinking of the eyelids
  • movements in the muscles and tissues
  • pulsations of the heart
  • all contractions and expansions
  • movements and signals in the nerve cells
  • movement of digestion
  • movement of elimination/urine/menstruation
  • generally all the movements in the body


Vata rules the emotions of:

  • mental power and movement
  • coordination
  • adaptability
  • inspirations
  • spiritual aspirations
  • nervousness
  • fear
  • anxiety

Vata's main locations are in:

  • the colon
  • the hips
  • the thighs
  • the ears
  • the bones
  • the organ of touch (skin)
  • the nerve tissues
  • Its primary site is the colon


ATTRIBUTES (Qualities) OF VATA: - The Mover and Shaker of Life

  • light
  • cold
  • rough
  • dry
  • mobile
  • clear
  • agitated
  • subtle
  • hard
  • dispersing


VATA RULES:

  • movement
  • catabolism (breaking down of substance)
  • astringent (drying taste)
  • old age
  • dawn and dusk
  • Fall season (cold, dry, windy season)

ATTRIBUTES OF THE THREE HUMORS; A COMPARISON

Vata
Space/air
movement
old age
catabolism
astringent
light
mobile cold
rough
dry
clear
dispersing
agitated
subtle
hard
neutral

Pitta
Fire/water
transformation
adult years
metabolism
sour/pungent
light
flowing
hot
liquid
oily
spreading
focused
sharp
smooth
clear
aggressive

Kapha
water/earth
constructing
childhood
anabolism
sweet/salty
heavy
slow
cold
oily
liquid
thick
static
soft
dull
cloudy
passive


Look at the chart above and observe the similarities and differences of the different doshas.

Vata
Seniors
60 yr. - up
detachment
completion
catabolism
bone conditions
fall-early winter
dawn, dusk

Pitta
Adulthood
15 - 60 yr.
production
create/transform
metabolism
heat conditions
late spring-summer
noon, midnight

Kapha
Childhood
0 - 15 yr.
development
building
anabolism
mucous conditions
winter/early spring
morning, evening

Locations :

high, dry, cool

hot, humid

low, damp, cool


Look at this chart and think of different seasons of the year and our lives and how they relate to VPK. Think of different locations and see if you can see the qualities of VPK in them.

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