AYURVEDA - Tridosha Concept (Vata, Pitta and Kapha)

In Ayurveda, the five elements combines in pairs to form three dynamic forces of interactions called 'doshas' i.e.Vata, Pitta and Kapha. According to Tridosha Concept, these three doshas govern the physico-chemical and physiological activities inside the body. Also, the individual constitution of these doshas is acquired at birth and remains constant through life.

Dosha actually means changes and every living thing in nature is characterizing by the dosha.

Vata doshaá- Vata is a force made up of elements- ether and air. The proportions of ether and air determine the activity of Vata. The amount of ether (space) affects the ability of the air to gain momentum.

Pitta doshaá- Pitta is a transformation force created by the dynamic interplay of water and fire. They cannot change into each other and only modify each other. Too much fire will result in the dry out of the water and much water will result in the put out of fire.

Kapha doshaá- Kapha is the conceptual equilibrium of water and earth. It is the principle of stable energy and governs growth in the body and mind. It is mainly concerned with stability, lubrication and fluid balance. Moreover, it is eliminated from the body through the urine. Kapha force can be observed as the stirring force to keep the water and earth from separating.

As per Ayurveda, the healing concept co-relates to a clear understanding of the three doshas. The concept ofáVata, Pitta and Kaphaáis unique and these Sanskrit words are difficult to translate in any other language.

Ayurveda believes that a balance among the tridosha is necessary for better health style. The air principle kindles the bodily fire and water is necessary to control fire. Even otherwise, the bodily fire would burn the tissues. Vata helps in the movement of Kapha and Pitta, since Kapha and Pitta are immobile.

The tridosha concept governs all metabolic activities i.e. anabolism (Kapha), catabolism (Vata), and metabolism (Pitta). When Vata is out of balance, the metabolism will be disturbed. It may result in excess catabolism. On the other hand, when anabolism is greater than catabolism, it results in increased rate of growth and repair of the tissues and organs. Excess Pitta disturbs metabolism and excess Kapha increases the rate of anabolism. Also excess Vata may create catabolism.

Kapha and anabolism are predominant in childhood as this is the time of major physical growth. In adulthood, metabolism and Pitta are most apparent, as at this stage the body is matured and stable. In old age, catabolism and Vata are most evident, as the body stops to grow further and may deteriorate.

AYURVED - Tridosha Test, Tri Dosha ( Vata, Pitta, Kapha ) Measurement


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