Balance Doshas

As and when we fall ill or lose the natural state of wellness, the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda strongly believes that it is because of the imbalanced state of either or all of the tridoshas viz. vata, pitta and kapha or the air, fire and phlegm body humors.

Dosha Influence

Ayurveda strongly believes that Imbalance in the Dosha causes disease. The three doshas viz. vata, pitta, and kapha or the air, fire and phlegm body humors get easily influenced by our everyday diet and lifestyle, wherein the doshas lose their equilibrium. They tend to either decrease or increase in the body and this makes them to result in forming of a disease.

Vata, or the air, is responsible for eighty types of ailments.

The pitta or fire body humor accounts for forty types.

The third, kapha dosha, or the phlegm body humor results in production of twenty types of maladies.

What is Dosha Imbalance?

Vata Dosha Imbalance

Imbalanced Vata dosha generally produces dryness, pain and stiffness all over the body. Some of the prominent signs and symptoms include weakness, discomfort, pain, excessive gas production and pungent taste in the mouth.

Pitta Dosha Imbalance

Imbalance in the Pitta dosha or the heat body humor causes burning sensation in the body. Some obvious signs are excessive heat, epigastric burning, acidity, excessive thirst, hysteria like symptoms, insomnia and skin ailments.

Kapha Dosha Imbalance

Imbalance in Kapha dosha causes heaviness, lethargy, excessive mucous production, paleness of the skin, nausea, indigestion and loss of appetite.

Intricacies of Sub Doshas Imbalance

Vata Sub Doshas Imbalance –

Prana Vata Imbalance – Hiccough, asthma, asthma

Udana Vata Imbalance – ENT diseases

Samana Vata Imbalance – Diarrhoea, anorexia

Vyana Vata Imbalance – diseases all over the body

Apana Vata Imbalance – diseases of colon, intestines and urinary tract.

Pitta Sub Doshas Imbalance –

Pachaka Pitta Imbalance – Acidity, Indigestion, burning in chest, epigastric region and in stomach

Ranjaka Pitta Imbalance – Gives rise to ailment that affects liver and spleen

Sadhaka Pitta Imbalance – destroys power to think

Alochaka Pitta Imbalance – Destroys vision

Bhrajaka Pitta Imbalance – skin diseases and affects the complexion.

Kapha Sub Doshas Imbalance –

Kledaka Kapha Imbalance – Indigestion and loss of appetite

Bodhaka Kapha Imbalance – Affects sense of taste

Tarpaka Kapha Imbalance – Loss of memory and affects senses

Avalambaka Kapha Imbalance – produces lethargy

Shleshaka Kapha Imbalance – causes heaviness of joints

How to Balance Doshas and Why You Should?

Ahara and Vihara or the diet and lifestyle are considered in Ayurveda to lay the basic foundation of both the state of wellbeing as well as in the case of suffering from disease. This is why Ayurveda focuses on the correction of diet and lifestyle, so as to maintain and also to regain health and well-being.

The Right Diet

Ayurveda contemplates everyday diet as the footing of the basic structure of holistic health. As a general rule, foods that are easy to digest, help cleanse the accumulated toxins or ama and significantly invigorate the digestion and balance metabolism. It is understood that digestion and detoxification are essentially the source of healthy state of mind, body and spirit.

Strong Digestion

Ayurveda gives proper attention to robust digestion. Our ability to digest food is as important as what we eat. This is because incompletely digested foods create toxins and impurities within our body system, which are regarded as ama. There are a number of herbs and Ayurvedic remedies that are recommended so as to reinforce the process of digestion. Whereas some diet and lifestyle tips like starting the meal with sliced ginger with lemon juice sprinkled over it, avoiding to take water along with food and remaining seated for some time after completion of the meal are some of the important factors that help to give the digestion a chance start processing the meal, and also invigorate the agni or the gastric fire.

Removing Ama

According to Ayurveda, almost every major disease is caused by the build-up of toxic matter which is the undigested food or ama. It is for this reason that Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle tips need to be followed that imparts prevention as well as substantial cure. Panchkarma Ayurvedic Treatments are of great help and are actually the most powerful treatments for removing the build up ama and restoring the state of wellness by opening the channels of circulation are the traditional detoxification treatments of Ayurveda, Panchakarma. The five main Panchkarma Ayurvedic treatments viz. vamana, virechana, basti, Nasya and Raktamoksha provides with thorough detoxification and removal of ama as well as help to invigorate the agni or the gastric fire.

What Ayurveda Has To Offer

Whereas Ayurveda has the thoroughly detoxifying and effective Ayurvedic treatments of Panchakarma which are great aid for purifying toxins and correcting the dosha imbalances, there are a number of Ayurvedic herbal formulations and individual Ayurvedic treatments which are lavish, rejuvenating and also deeply relaxing. The combination of Ayurveda massages, heat and internal cleansing therapies provide a profoundly powerful cleansing for the entire body. At Ayurveda centres these Ayurvedic treatments are offered under the supervision of competent Vaidyas or the Ayurvedic doctors and caring professional staff of Ayurvedic therapists. Ayurveda treatments shows up in fruitful benefits which include normalization of blood pressure, increased resistance to disease, weight- loss, reduced cholesterol, improved sleep, normalization of blood sugar and decreased signs of aging. The varied Ayurvedic treatments protocol has an array of successful result oriented testimonials and case studies which portray the excellence of balancing doshas.

Watch Video: Understanding Ayurveda Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha with Chart Presentation

About the Author:

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.


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