The elderly science of Ayurveda is the oldest known form of healthcare in the world. Ayurveda Often called the mother of all healing, and it originated in India.
Ayurveda is a science of Self-understanding. By understanding your unique nature or constitution, you can begin to understand how you interact with the environment and make choices that lead you toward greater health.
Ayurveda disease as the natural result of living out of harmony with one’s constitution. Our Health is the inherent balance of energies within our bodies and our minds. It describes who you are on the most fundamental level. The unique balance of energy determines everything from bone structure to our predisposition toward certain health challenges. We define what we are naturally attracted to as well as what repels us. It defines what is in harmony with our nature and what cause us to move out of balance and experience disease and sickness. Because we have a different balance of energy, Ayurveda shows that the path to optimal health is different for each person depending upon their constitution.
energies or principles which govern the function of bodies on the physical and emotional level. The three energies are known as a Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Each has a unique balance of all three of energies. Some people predominant in one while others are a mixture of two or more.
1. Vata Doshas
The Vata doshas are to be made up of the air and ether elements. That means that it has qualities which are similar to these elements. Vata doshas are very much like the wind it is light, dry, cool, and mobile.
Those people with a Vata nature experience more of these qualities. Their bodies their bones thin, tend to be light, and their skin and hair dry. They often move and speak quickly. When out of the balance, they lose weight, become constipated and have weakness in their immune and nervous systems.
These qualities reflect in their personality. Those with the Vata nature tend to be talkative, creative, enthusiastic, flexible, and energetic. When out of balance they also become easily confused and overwhelmed, have difficulty focusing and making decisions and have trouble sleeping. That becomes more apparent when they are under stress. Emotionally they are challenged by cool emotions like worry, fear, and anxiety.
In the diet, it's reflected in the consumption of cooked grains such as rice and cook vegetables, the intake of warm milk with spices. Pungent herbs like ginger which increase internal heat and nourishing herbs like Ashwagandha bring balance to Vata.
2. Pitta Dosha
The Pitta doshas is to be made up of the fire and water elements. Fire is more predominant for those people with the dominant Pitta nature have many of the characteristics of fire within them. Pitta tends to hot, sharp, and penetrating. It is somewhat like volatile and oily. The oily nature of Pitta is similar to the secondary component of water. People with a Pitta nature reflect certain qualities. They feel warm and have somewhat penetrating eyes, oily skin, and sharp features. They tend to have moderate weights and good musculature. When out of balance they tend toward skin rashes, diarrhea, infections, and weakness in the spleen, liver and blood.
These qualities also reflect their personalities. Pitta people tend to be highly focused, capable, courageous, competitive, energetic and clear communicators who get right to the point. They wish to solve problems and when under stress they dig in their heels. They can however also become overly intense and speak with the sharp tongue. They make good friends but feared enemies. Emotionally they are confronted by the heated emotions of resentment, anger and jealousy.
To balance the Pitta, Cool spices like fennel are suggested in the diet along with foods such as cooked rice, raw vegetables, and wheat, as well as most beans. Sweet herbs like Shatavari are used to nourish the body.
3. Kapha Dosha
Kapha dosha is a predominance of the water and earth elements. Like these elements, Kapha tends to be moist, cool, stable and heavy. In the body, these qualities manifest as heavy bones, lustrous, dense, supple skin, low metabolism, and large, stocky frames. Also, those with a Kapha nature tend to feel cool. When out of balance, Kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight and tend to have weaknesses in their lungs where there is an accumulation of mucous. Those of Kapha nature are most prone to non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
The elements of water and earth reflect the personality. The heavy, stable nature of Kapha reflects in a calm personality which is not prone to quick variations. Those with the Kapha nature handle stress very well, often not even notified that it exists. They don't like change, are conservative, and prefer to keep things just the way they are. It relates to the soft, watery nature of Kapha. Too much rest, however, can lead to a lack of motivation and feeling of becoming penetrated. When Kapha is out of balance, the high effects of depression, sadness and lethargy result.
Kapha nature the defensive qualities of lightness, dryness and warmth are suggested. These qualities are integrated into dietary and herbal programs as well as aroma and therapies, yoga, detoxification, and meditation. Grains such as quinoa and amaranth are suggested as well as hot spices like cayenne pepper. Vegetables and very little nuts or dairy are guided. Cleansing herbs like guggul and pungent ones like clove bring balance to Kapha.
We must recognize that we are all a combination of the three doshas energies. On the most fundamental level, Pitta is our metabolism, Kapha is our structure, and data is the mobility that brings action and life into the creation. Without these three energies, we simply could not exist.