Ayurveda in a 5000-year-old system of medicine, which follows a natural healing process paired with traditional techniques. It originated in the Vedic culture of India and is one of the oldest healing science known to mankind.
The Ayurvedic medicine is based on the theory that all the diseases originate when there is an imbalance between the three doshas or energies present in us, and they are; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. This traditional healing doesn’t believe in prescribed drugs, surgeries or sufferings to prevent an illness, but takes a very natural approach.
The main motto of Ayurveda is to help people lead a healthy life. It helps us take control and reach our full potential by creating a harmony between the mind and body. As a matter of fact, the word Ayurveda literally translates to ‘science of life’.
Ayurveda believes that the main building blocks of nature are the five elements; earth, water, air, space, and fire. And then, there are the three doshas; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas are the combination of the five elements and they are extremely important for all our physiological functions. Every individual will have a dosha, which is dominant out of the three. And, it is extremely important to maintain a balance between them. When the balance is not maintained, our health starts to deteriorate.
What is Vata?
Vata is a combination of air and space. People with dominant vata are said to be inclined towards creativity. This is the dosha that supervises our breathing, heartbeat, muscle movement, nerve impulses, communication, and sensory insights. It also helps us experience joy, flexibility, and generous consciousness.
When there is an increase in vata, you might experience anxiety, emotional breakdown, poor blood circulation, constipation, dry skin, unhealthy joints, etc.
What is Pitta?
This dosha is a combination of fire and water. It looks after our digestion, appetite, absorption, intelligence, courage, charm, and ambition. When the pitta becomes more, one might experience anger, frustration, envy, heat, heartburn, loose motions, migraines, rashes, etc.
What is kapha?
This energy is an amalgamation of water and earth. People with dominant Kapha dosha are said to be calm and grounded. They have a sense of stability, which surrounds them. This dosha takes care of our nourishment, growth, regeneration, fat regulation, stamina, strength, memory, etc. It also helps us feel compassion and satisfaction.
When there is excess kapha, one can experience greed, demotivation, excess sleep, depression, slow metabolism, the formation of tumours, etc.
So, how can you balance your doshas?
You are what you eat. This is the basic principle one must use to maintain the required balance in our body. Therefore, it becomes exceedingly important to maintain a well-balanced diet and to consume plant-based food. It is also important to consume food which is warm and fresh in a timely manner. Along with a well-balanced meal, following a regular routine also goes a long way. It must be paired with regular exercises or yoga for a happy life.