A system of healing unlike any other, Ayurveda offers a unique approach to health care in the form of self-discovery by encouraging one to be an active participant in his/her own journey toward healing. It’s a tradition which is thought to be over five thousand years old, originated in the ancient India to sync up with one’s truest inner nature, honor and develop one’s strengths, and to maintain balance in the face of adversity. Derived from two words in Sanskrit, “ayuh” meaning “life” or “longevity”; and “veda” meaning “science” or “sacred knowledge”, Ayurveda’s definition roughly translates to “the science of longevity” or “the sacred knowledge of life.”
It’s a common misconception that Ayurvedic works the way as any other form of medicines do. Unlike other forms of healing practices, Ayurveda is not simply about taking natural herbal remedies and waiting for the results to show up. It’s about learning your relationship with the elements and the unique combinations they create, or more popularly known as doshas.
There are the three doshas (bodily humors), Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; which alone or in a combination of different proportions, can be identified in various seasons, climates, landscapes, activities, plants, and animals. Each of the three doshas embodies a combination of elements and qualities to create an energetic force of nature and are present in everyone. However, the ratio between them varies a great deal from one person to the next.
Want to know more about the essential nature of each dosha and how it affects your health? Here’s an overview of each dosha for a better understanding.
Pitta represents the energy of fire and water, digestion and transformation. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scriptures, Pitta is responsible for appetite, digestion, absorption, assimilation, intelligence, charisma, courage and ambition.
Kapha on the other hand represents the energy of water and earth, structure and cohesiveness, grounding and stability. Kapha in the body ensures nourishment, growth, lubrication, regeneration, fluid balance, fat regulation, strength and stamina, memory and our ability to feel compassion and contentment.
What does Vata represent? It is the energy of air and ether, movement and impulse, creativity and connection. Vata in the body is responsible for breathing, pulsation of the heart, muscle movement, nerve impulses, sensory perception, communication and our capacity to experience flexibility, joy and expansive consciousness.
In each one of us, these three doshas exist in a combination unique to our bodies at any given time. The combination of doshas that we are born with is called our constitution, Ayurvedic body type, or ‘prakriti’ in Sanskrit. The state of balance, ‘vikriti’, represents the doshas that are elevated within our body at a given time. The current state of balance can change over time as we move through different climates, different seasons, and the various stages of life. The imbalances in doshas beyond their healthy limits can wreak havoc on our health.
What are the signs of a Vata imbalance?
A Vata imbalance occurs when Vata is in excess and it can cause fear, anxiety, physical and emotional constriction, ungroundedness, poor circulation, constipation, dry skin, cracking joints, emaciation, insomnia, twitches, tremors, and other abnormal movements. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it’s better to get in touch with an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner for natural pain relief treatments.
What are the signs that say Pitta is in excess?
A Pitta imbalance can cause anger, jealousy, inflammation, excessive heat, heartburn, loose stools, migraines, rashes, bruising, bleeding disorders, sharp hunger, an overactive metabolism, and difficulty sleeping. These symptoms, especially migraines and sleeping disorders can worsen over time without the right Ayurvedic medicine. Keep your health in check with a periodic medical inspection with an Ayurvedic Doctor.
What are the symptoms of Kapha imbalance?
A Kapha imbalance can cause attachment, greed, resistance to change, lack of motivation, heaviness in the mind and body, excessive sleep, depression, a sluggish metabolism, congestion, water retention, hardening of the arteries, and the formation of masses and tumors.
Ayurvedic Indian traditional treatment offer a clear path to improved wellness and vitality. The idea at the heart of the Ayurvedic approach to wellness is that like increases like, and that opposites balance. Hence, to correct an active imbalance, one can apply the energy of opposites in order to steer his/her body in the right direction. At its root, Ayurveda is a holistic tradition and a way of living that can help each of us to claim and celebrate our capacity for wellness. This ancient yet timeless practice, gives you the means of attaining and maintaining your own optimal health and well-being.