Ayurveda is not merely an ancient system of healing but is complete knowledge of leading a healthy life. It imparts wisdom to stay vital while realizing full human potential. It provides guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diets, behavior with proper use of senses. As per Ayurveda- health is a balanced and dynamic integration between environment, body, mind, and spirit. The universe and the human body are made up of five elements. These five elements govern the three body doshas or energies. These energies or doshas are- Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha dosha. Every individual has a particular pattern of doshas (like unique fingerprint patterns everyone has). A balance between the doshas is called good health. And the imbalance of doshas is called ill health. The symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic doshas are:-
What are the symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic Dosha- Vata?
Following are the symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic dosha- Vata:-
- Dry and rough skin
- Gas formation or abdominal distension
- Body pain
- Loss of strength, fatigue, low vitality
- Lack of sleep
- Sensitiveness to cold and desire for warmth.
- Feelings of loneliness.
- Impatient, Irrational, Nervous, Agitated, Anxious.
- Wanting to run away
- Feeling fearful, confused and shaky
- Excessive movement and talkative.
Symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic doshas- Vata:-
- Wasting of muscles
- Joint pains
- Weight loss
- Convulsions, tremors, paralytic attacks
What are the symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic Dosha- Pitta?
Following are the symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic dosha- Pitta:-
- Heartburn and acidity.
- Excessive thirst and hunger
- Strong body order
- Burning sensation of eyes, hands and sole
- Hot flushes in body
- Skin rashes, acne boils
- Hypersensitivity to light
- Nausea and headache
- Loose motions
- Sensitiveness to heat and desire for a cool environment.
- Anger, irritability, hostility
- Judgemental or criticising tendencies
- Argumentive and aggressive attitude
- Impatient and restless
- Snappy speech and actions.
Symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic doshas- Pitta:-
- Burning sensation
- Skin rashes, pimples boils
What are the symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic Dosha- Kapha?
Following are the symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic dosha- Kapha:-
- Water retention
- Less appetite.
- Congestion, mucus formation
- Secretions in the mouth
- Excessive sleep
- Breathing difficulties
- Feeling of heaviness
- Dull inactiveness
- Feel lack of support or love
- Depression sadness
Symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic doshas- Kapha:-
- Water retention
- Excess mucus formation
- Extra growth
How to balance body Doshas?
Common factors that affect the balance of energies are stress, unhealthy diet, weather, and strained relationships. Understanding our Ayurvedic body type and associated symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic doshas and accordingly adopting appropriate measures to balance them- helps us to lead a healthy life.
Balancing- Vata dosha:-
Vata is the combination of air and space (ether). The following tips will help you to rebalance your Vata Dosha.
Keep yourself warm and calm:- Ensure to have a warm and cozy place for relaxation. It will help a lot in balancing your Vata dosha. Massage yourself with warm oils. Surround yourself with warm colors, soothing music, and sweet aromas.
Nourishment:- Food plays a vital role in creating Vata imbalance as well as restoring the balance of Vata dosha. Vata balance can be restored by consuming flavors that are sweet, sour, or salty. Consuming ginger tea and ensuring that your body is getting healthy fats and oils helps a lot in balancing Vata dosha. Avoid foods that are cold, frozen, or dried. Small beans should be preferred over large beans- As they tend to cause gas problems. Flavors that are bitter and pungent should be avoided.
Adopting meditation and remaining active:- Meditation helps in making your mind calm. It also helps in relieving stress and strengthening your relationship with your inner self. Engaging in light exercise can promote your body’s flexibility and balance. Yoga, cycling, walking, and dancing are few activities to be adopted for Vata imbalance.
Pitta consists of fire and water. The following tips may help you in regaining- imbalanced Pitta to restore rhythm with nature.
Nutrition:- Food and digestion play a vital role in disturbing as well as restoring the balance of Pitta dosha. Consume warm and freshly cooked meals to regain imbalance. Add foods like- ghee, coconut oil, coconut water, lime, cucumber, coriander, fennel, and cardamom. Avoid foods that are hot, spicy, fried, sour, salty, pungent, or fermented. Nightshades like- tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc. should be avoided. Flavors that are sweet, astringent, and bitter helps in restoring balance.
Adopting meditation and remaining active:- Practising meditation, consuming healthy seasonal food, and staying cool and comfortable play a key role in restoring Pitta balance. Yoga, self-massage, walking, reducing workloads, and avoiding conflicts are a few examples of activities that promote healthy Pitta balance.
Kapha contains earth and water elements. The following tips will enable to balance- the Kapha imbalance to regain good health.
Keep yourself warm, dry, and active:– Ensuring a warm and dry place for rebalancing Kapha helps a lot. Remaining physically active and mentally alert like- reading books and participating in games, helps to correct Kapha’s imbalance naturally. Massage yourself with warm oils, surround yourself with warm colors, upbeat music, and good company may also ensure- the rebalancing of Kapha imbalance.
Nutrition:- Nutrition plays a key role in rebalancing Kapha dosha. Foods like- bitter melon, gourd, turmeric, apples, pomegranates, quinoa, tofu, beans, lentils, ginger tea, optimum quantity of fats and oils helps to maintain or rebalance Kapha dosha. Consuming warm foods and avoiding cold and frozen foods also helps. Prefer pungent, bitter, and astringent flavors. And avoid sweet, salty, and sour flavors.
Adopting meditation and remaining active:- Strengthen your relationship with your inner self by adopting meditation. Meditation also helps in easing stress and calming your mind, which naturally helps to regain and maintain balance. Engaging yourself in exercise to promote stamina and energy levels, Yoga, jogging, biking, dancing, and martial arts play a vital role to promote healthily and balanced Kapha.
By knowing our Ayurvedic body type and the symptoms of imbalanced Ayurvedic doshas- we can balance our dosha by making lifestyle changes to lead a healthy life naturally. It helps in maintaining good and balanced personal, family, and professional relations. Ayurveda facilitates us to reclaim our good health by suggesting balanced dietary guidelines, effective sleep patterns, daily and seasonal routines, herbal remedies. Following few guidelines may also help us to lead a healthy life:-
Wishing all to be in a healthy state. For treatment please consult your healthcare provider.
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