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According to Ayurveda, our five senses serve as the portals between the internal and external world.The five elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth compose everything around and within us.
Ayurveda groups these five elements into three basic types of energy and functional principles that are present in everybody and everything.
Since there are no single words in English to describe these principles; we use the Sanskrit words Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to describe their combinations. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are known collectively as doshas, but each governs a certain part of or function within the body.
If either of the doshas becomes imbalanced, the workings of your body are disrupted. Depending on which dosha is imbalanced, specific treatment is required to realign them.
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Kapha is made up of earth & water. According to Ayurveda, this dosha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together to form muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection.
When balanced – Kapha types have a strong physical build and excellent stamina. They have large, soft eyes; smooth, radiant skin; and thick, lush hair. They sleep soundly and have regular digestion.
When unbalanced – Kapha types gain weight, retain fluid and develop allergies. They become lethargic and sleep excessively. Prolonged Kapha imbalance leads to asthma, chronic respiratory infections, diabetes, and depression.
Pitta is made up of fire and water. The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation.
When balanced – Pitta types have healthy appetites and good digestion. They have strong immune systems and a very good work ethic. They are quick witted and efficient in all that they do.
When unbalanced – Pitta types can be hot-headed, aggressive and impatient. Due to their good metabolism and robust bodies they often overindulge and this leads to ill health, mainly inflammatory conditions and stress related diseases.
Vata’s is made up of of air and space (ether or a vacuum). The common translation of Vata is “that which moves.” Vata controls neural impulses and chemical reactions throughout the body. The primary function of Vata is movement.
When balanced – Vata types are are energetic, creative, inspirational. They move gracefully. They have quick thoughts and very active imagination. The ponder the world problems, work to find solutions, yet remain joyful.
When imbalanced – Vata types tend to lose weight and suffer from constipation. Prolonged Vata imbalance leads to anxiety, weakness of muscles and joints, arthritis, aches and pains often diagnosed as fibromyalgia.
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