· By Chiru Roy
Your Nature Determines Your Health
The approach to healthy living in Ayurveda is all about what kind of energy you emanate. Ayurveda seeks to find the right food (which is actually your true medicine) based on certain characteristics that define your body type, which are known as doshas or the kind of energy that flows through you. These differences are based on physiological as well as emotional factors. The three body types that define how an Ayurvedic physician would decide how you should take Vedi’s range of Ayurvedic medicines are:
VATA Is wind energy
People who fall in this dosha tend to be naturally creative and sensitive. They are of a light build and seem to be most attracted by warm and humid climate. They generally tend to have skin that is a bit dry. They may also have irregular appetite and a digestive system that is on the delicate side. Gaseous foods do not agree with them. Constipation could also be a problem. Vata imbalance can make one anxious, fearful and restless. They may have trouble with insomnia. In extreme cases, it may result in mental problem. When the Vata energy is more than the desirable ratio, it may also lead to dry skin, dandruff, arthritis, gas, bloating, and constipation. It can also result in constriction and imperfect circulation. It also manifests in symptoms like muscle pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, tremors, and spasms.
PITTA Is fire energy
This dosha features somebody who is of a medium built and tend to be muscular. They are hard-working people who tend to be productive. On the down side, they also tend to be irritable. They prefer colder climes. If the pitta dosha is out of whack, the person tends to be irritable, given to anger and rage. In extreme cases, it may lead to chronic dissatisfaction. Physiologically, an imbalanced in this case can lead to excessive thirst and heat, heartburn, acidity and indigestion, ulcers, diarrhoea, weight loss, rashes, itching, eye irritation, bleeding disorders, inflammation, and even jaundice.
KAPHA Is water energy
People who fall in this dosha tend to be heavily built. In consonance with their dosha, they are stable, reliable and also go about their work methodically. These easy-going people love warmer climates that are low on humidity. They tend to have oily skin. From the mind point of view, an excessive flow of kapha energy will manifest as stubbornness, extreme attachments, possessiveness, greed, lethargy and depression. When kapha is not in harmony, a person tends to over eat and sleep. It may even show up as anorexia. Excessive kapha on a physiological level leads to inefficient metabolism and makes one inclined towards weight gain or obesity. It may reduce strength and also lead to cholesterol accumulation in the arteries.
So, which is the best Dosha?
There is no such thing. Each dosha is unique and it is all about a fine physiological balance that determines health and diet. It is all about being one with nature.
What is this Holistic idea all about?
In Ayurveda, the most important component of healthy and happy living is based on the idea of prakriti or your constitution. And the other important thing is, you are probably a fine mix of the three doshas of vata, pitta, and kapha. Genetics are likely to determine your prime dosha. This is a sounding board for your health. If your body has the perfect balance of the three doshas, you will be healthy. Ailments occur when the three doshas are not in harmony.