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Ayurvedic Secret of Knowing Your Health Imbalances

As translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda, or the Science of Life, is an ancient science of health and healing. It believes that everything in the universe consists of the Five Great Elements (Panch Mahabhutas) - Space (Akasha), Air (Vayu), Fire (Agni), Water (Jal), and Earth (Prithvi).

Ayurveda works on the principles of these five essential elements. It explains the importance of balancing these elements for a healthy body and mind.

One of the five elements impacts an individual more than the others because of one's natural constitution or 'Prakriti.' Three 'doshas' are categorized under 'Prakriti,' which are as follows -

  • Vata dosha - where the elements, air, and space control your body
  • Pitta dosha - where the element fire controls your body
  • Kapha dosha - where the elements, earth, and water control your body

Mainly, 'Prakriti' (body nature) combines two doshas in the human body. Doshas affect your body's shape, bodily tendencies (like food preferences and digestion), mind, and emotions.

Like, the earth element in your body with Kapha dosha is apparent in their solid, sturdy body type and emotional steadiness. A disparity in any of these doshas causes ailments. Let us know more about the doshas and the effects of an imbalance in any of the doshas.

Vata Imbalance

One of the most important of the three doshas is the Vata Dosha because a prolonged Vata imbalance can cause the other two doshas (Pitta or Kapha) to become imbalanced.

Physical symptoms of Vata Imbalance -

  • Flatulence or distension in the abdomen
  • Dehydration
  • Constipation
  • Bodyache
  • Dry and Rough Skin
  • Loss of strength, fatigue, low vitality
  • Dizziness or feeling spaced out
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Astringent taste in the mouth
  • Disturbed or lack of sleep
  • Sensitivity to cold and a desire for warmth

Behavioral symptoms of Vata Imbalance -

  • Feeling confused, fearful & shaky
  • Feeling ungrounded
  • Excessive movement or talking
  • Irrational, Anxious, Nervous, Agitated, Impatient

Effects of Vata Imbalance -

  • Pain in the muscles
  • Joint pains
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Cramps
  • Convulsion, tremors, paralytic attacks
  • Colic
  • Dryness, scaling
  • Phobias

Pitta Imbalance

The 'Pitta dosha' is connected with fire or heat. Wherever there is a change, the Pitta Prakriti is at work. Pitta affects the gastrointestinal tract, liver, skin, eyes, and brain.

Physical symptoms of Pitta Imbalance -

  • Excessive thirst or hunger
  • Heartburn and acidity
  • Burning sensation in eyes, hands, and soles of the feet
  • Hot flushes in the body
  • Skin rashes, acne, and boils
  • Vomiting bile (yellowish water)
  • Hypersensitivity to light
  • Strong body odor
  • Nausea and headache
  • Loose Motions
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Sensitivity to heat and desire for a relaxed environment

Behavioral symptoms of Pitta Imbalance -

  • Snappy speech and actions
  • Judgmental or criticizing tendencies
  • Anger issues, irritability, hostile
  • Argumentative, aggressive
  • Impatient and restless
  • Frustrated

Effects of Pitta Imbalance -

  • Hyperacidity
  • Inflammations
  • Bleeding
  • Burning sensations
  • Excess eliminations
  • Skin rashes, pimples, boils
  • Obsessiveness
  • Hypertension

Kapha Imbalance -

Kapha is the heaviest of all the three doshas. It furnishes structure and lubrication to the body. It helps to counterbalance Vata's movement and Pitta's metabolism.

Physical symptoms of Kapha Imbalance -

  • Lethargy
  • Little or no appetite, nausea
  • Water retention
  • Congestion, mucous formation
  • Secretions in the mouth
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Excessive sleep
  • Sweetness in the mouth

Behavioral symptoms of Kapha Imbalance -

  • Feeling of heaviness
  • Depressed, sad
  • Dull, inactive
  • Feeling a lack of support or love
  • Feeling greedy, entangled, possessive

Effects of Kapha Imbalance -

  • Obesity
  • Swelling
  • Water retention
  • Excess mucus production
  • Depression

Understanding the ‘doshas’ in Ayurveda and the results of their imbalance helps one ascertain the cause of their illnesses, and redirect their lifestyle towards transformational goals. Contact our team of VEDAbySonia if you witness any of the symptoms and effects mentioned above. VEDAbySonia will help you restore balance to your ‘doshas’ through effective Ayurvedic remedies and suitable dietary changes in your routine nutritional plan.