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Ayurveda: Understanding the Three Doshas and Your Health

by Senthil Krishnasamy, Phd Ayurvedic Practitioner

In Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine originating in India, there are three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas are fundamental energies or principles believed to govern various physiological and psychological functions within the body. The balance of these doshas is considered crucial for maintaining optimal health, and imbalances are thought to contribute to illness. 

1. Vata:

-Associated with the elements of air and ether.

– Governs movement, including breathing, circulation, and muscle contractions.

– Imbalance may lead to anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues. 

2. Pitta:

-Aligned with the elements of fire and water.

– Controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production.

– Excess Pitta can result in conditions like inflammation, heartburn, and irritability. 

3. Kapha:

-Linked to the elements of earth and water.

– Governs structure and lubrication in the body.

– Imbalance might manifest as weight gain, lethargy, and respiratory issues.

Individuals are believed to have a unique combination of these doshas, known as their “Prakriti,” which influences their physical and mental characteristics. Factors such as diet, lifestyle, and environmental influences can affect the balance of doshas, and Ayurveda often prescribes personalized approaches to restore equilibrium. 

Ayurvedic practices, including herbal remedies, dietary guidelines, and lifestyle recommendations, are aimed at harmonizing the doshas to support overall well-being. The understanding of these doshas is integral to Ayurvedic philosophy and remains a key aspect of traditional medicine in many cultures.

To learn about your unique combination of doshas, book in with Senthil for your own dietary, and lifestyle assessment, and possibly a herbal oil massage treatment!

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