What do you mean by ‘Tridosha’ or ‘Theory of Bio-energies’?
According to Ayurveda, ‘dosha’ or ‘dosa’ is one of the three bodily humors that make up our physical and emotional constitution. ‘Dosha’ is like your body ‘password’ and once you understand your unique ‘password’, you can learn to keep your body healthy and balanced. In other words, ‘dosha’ affects your physical, emotional and spiritual health.
The three doshas are:
· Vata Dosha: This bio-energy controls and manages the bodily functions pertaining to motion like; blood circulation, breathing, blinking and heart beat.
· Pitta Dosha: This dosha type or bio-energy regulates your metabolic functions like; digestion, absorption, nutrition and body temperature.
· Kapha Dosha: This bio-energy controls the growth of the body. It provides water to your body parts, moisturizes your skin and streamlines your immune system.
Generally, each person has all the three doshas but only one or two dominate. The varying proportions of doshas determine the physiological and personality traits of an individual.
What are the characteristics of Vata Dosha?
The literal meaning of Vata is ‘wind’. It is a subtle type of dosha and gets imbalanced easily. Vata dominating people often suffer from nutrients’ depletion. Such people are usually tall, fast walkers, and talk quickly. These people are imaginative, creative and quick learners but have tendency towards forgetting things easily. They generally feel uncomfortable in cold climate and act on impulse.
Vata imbalance can cause problems like:
Irregular schedule and appetite
Gas, Bloating and Constipation
Dry skin and dry hair
Nervous system disorders
Racing and disjointed thoughts
Treatments suggested treating Vata imbalance:
Have a well-organized eating and sleeping schedule
Should keep themselves warm, comfortable and well- hydrated
Should avoid raw food and too much cleansing
Should keep their colon clean
Should avoid foods that are cold, dry, light, bitter, clearing and astringent
Vata pacifying Herbs include Ashwagandha, Haritaki, Ginger, Ghee, Dashamoola and Licorice root. Vata types should go for moderate exercises including meditative yoga, Tai-Chi walking and swimming.