Understanding the Tridosha

 

 

According to Ayurveda Space, Air, Water, Fire and Earth are “Five elements” that flow through every cell in our bodies. These five elements combine in various ways to form the three constitutional factors called Dosha’s or energies. Dosha’s are responsible for the characteristics of Body, Mind and Soul. These are the basis for health and illness.

The Three Doshas

1. Vata – Comprises space and Air. It is responsible for movement. When it is in balance the person will be energetic, enthusiastic, friendly and happy.  

2. Pitta – Comprises fire and water. It is responsible for digestion and metabolism. The pitta balanced person will be funny, cooperative, confident and decisive.

3. Kapha - Comprises water and earth.  It is responsible for stability and structure. When it is in balance the person will be generous, kind, patient, strategic.

 

Dosha

Common problems

General Treatment






Vata

Roughness of skin

Drying of skin

Cracking of skin

Headache

Dandruff

Giddiness

Yawning

Hiccup

Depression

Weakness

Disturbed sleep

Unstable mind

Snehana (Abhyanga) – body massage

Swedana (steam)

Basti (Enema) –

Asthapana basti (enema with decoction)

Anuvasana basti (enema with oil)

Parisheka (Sprinkling of oil)

Shirodhara (Pouring of oil on head)

Elakizhi (Fomentation)

Nasya (Medication through nostrils)




Pitta

Heat

Burning

Excessive temperature

Excessive sweating

Bad odor

Mouth ulcers

Fainting

Eye related problems

Snehana (Abhyanga) – body massage

Virechana (purgation)

Pradeha (application of paste)

Parisheka (sprinkling of liquid)




Kapha

Drowsiness

Excessive sleep

Heaviness of the body

Laziness

Loss of strength 

Indigestion

Obesity

Swedana (steam)

Vamana (enema)

Shirovirechana (detoxification of head region)

Udvartana (dry powder massage)

Vyayama (exercise)

 

 

 

 

 

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