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About Ayurveda

The term 'Ayurveda' being composed of two words "Ayu' and 'Life', it is commonly defined as a science of life, where 'Ayu' means life and 'Veda' means science/study/knowledge. Ayurveda is much more than just that.

The realm of Ayurveda encompasses through all ages and time. It has been termed as 'trikala-abadhit' which means this age old wisdom is beyond time. It was there yesterday, it is there today and it will be there tomorrow. To further corroborate this statement, the World Health Organization definition of health is as follows:
 “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. [Source- Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948]
 And thousands of years ago, the science of Ayurveda had defined a healthy individual as-

समदोषाः समाग्नि समधातू मलक्रिया I
प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियः मनः स्वस्थस्य इति उच्यते II

It means that a healthy individual is one who has a balance in his doshas, his tissues and systems are all in balance, his excretion is going on well and has a happy soul, senses and mind. The similarity between these two definitions illustrates the fact that ayurveda was much evolved even during its own time.

Ayurveda considers three elements or 'doshas' as its founding principles. These three elements are Vata, Pitta and kapha. Vata is like air or space, Pitta is like fire or heat, Kapha is like moisture, water or mucus. Whenever there is an imbalance in these doshas, a disease or illness occurs. Our objective is to bring the elements back in balance or back in inner harmony with each other.

Vata's properties are dry, rough, light and cold. Its natural or balanced state causes movements in our body. It has the ability to enter small pores in the body. "Vayu tantra yantra dhara"- vata holds the body together. It brings about all kinds of motions in the body. It urges our senses to perceive. When we are still fetuses, vata binds our bones and joints together. Our sense of touch and ability to speak is through vata. It brings excitement and happiness within us. Enthusiasm, breathing, respiration, ability to perform various activities, excretion of waste, making our organs and tissues work, inducing the sense of hearing and touch are all caused by Vata.
Pitta’s properties are warm, sharp, liquid, oily and light. In its natural state, Pitta brings about digestion, warmth, ability to see, hunger, thirst, appetite, intelligence, knowledge, bravery and softness of skin.

Kapha’s properties are stable, heavy, soft and slow. In its natural state Kapha brings stability in body, good functioning of joints, tolerance, patience, fair complexion, soft and supple skin.

These elements or doshas  are present throughout the body but each dosha has a primary location.

Vata- colon, lower back side, both thighs, ears , bones and our skin (Primary location- colon)

Pitta- umbilicus, sweat, stomach, blood, eyes, skin (Primary location- umbilicus)

Kapha- head, neck, joints, stomach, tongue(Primary location-head and neck)

When Vata, Pitta or Kapha get imbalanced there may be a disease or illness. Some of the ways in which we can determine which imbalance we have is as follows-
Imbalanced vata- Any kind of pain, spasm, hardness, dryness, roughness.

Imbalanced pitta- Burning, redness, pus , inflammation, drainage with bad smell.

Imbalanced kapha- Coldness( cold hands and feet), heaviness, obstruction, coating of tongue, sliminess, urine problems, laziness.

Ayurveda believes that each of us is made up of the three elements (doshas)- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. However, one element may have a dominance than the other two. Find out which is your dominant dosha by reading the following characteristics:

VATA dominant person
A vata person’s skin is rough and dry. They sleep less. They are lean and typically they have difficulty gaining weight. Their voice is husky or low pitched. They tend to sleep less. They are very active and fast paced. They eat less but more frequently. They tend to keep moving their joints, fingers, eyebrows, shoulders, hands or legs. They talk a lot and their veins show on their skin. They get depressed easily. They also tend to get sick faster. Love and fear comes quickly to them. They grasp things quickly but forget them easily too. They get spasms or shivers. Their skin or nails may be cracked, rough and dry. Their joints make a cracking sound too. They cannot tolerate cold.  Have few kids or no kids. They like to do tasks quickly and are very fast paced.

PITTA dominant person
Would not tolerate extreme heat or hot weathers. They have much heat in their mouths and body. They generally have a fair complexion and may have moles, wrinkles and acne on skin. Their feelings of hunger and thirst are usually intense.  Greying or falling of hair is common in them. They have a strong appetite and they tend to eat in larger quantities. They have low tolerance for pain. They sweat more and urinate and excrete in large quantities. Joints and muscles are soft and flaccid and they have less sexual desire. They are brave. Eat more frequently.

KAPHA dominant person
Has softer, smoother skin. They look beautiful and their complexion is pleasant. They have an increased potency for sexual desires. Their bodies are well structured and well- built. They are slow in doing things, They do not eat too much or do not do too many activities. They think a lot before they act and sometimes they are even lazy. They feel less depressed. Their manner of executing a task is graceful. Their joints are strong. They do not get bothered by heat, thirst, hunger or sweat. Their vision and appearance are pleasant. Their complexion and voice are sweet too. Kapha dominant people are quiet, they live long and are knowledgable.  Usually have more children. They are very determined and when they set out to do something, they usually accomplish it.