Ayurveda and Dosha

Dosha is a term that you often come across in the ayurveda circles. It is based on your dosha that your ayurveda physician initiates a treatment program that is unique to your constitution. As mentioned in my earlier article, there are three doshas, namely vatha, pittha and kapha. The cosmos is made up of the basic five elements ether, air, fire, water and earth. The three doshas are also made up of these elements. Vatha is made up of ether and air, pittha is made up of fire and water, kapha is made up of water and earth. These are further divided into five sub doshas. These doshas play a vital role in one’s well being. Please bear in mind that these are vital forces, and they do not have a physical form. These cannot be extracted out from a person’s body and studied under a microscope.

All the three doshas need not be in equal proportions in an individual, two of them will be in predominance, the other one will be in a subdued state. The proportions vary in each individual. Ayurveda texts say that all individuals are born with a unique dosha thumb print. This thumb print is the individual’s prakrithi or nature.

The prerequisite for healthy living is the balance of the dosha thumb print in an individual. As long as the doshas are in harmony the individual enjoys good health. The ayurveda way of life helps one maintain his/her unique dosha thumb print.

The environmental pollution, the stress of the fast paced lifestyle, change in dietary habits, depression etc lead to imbalance of doshas which in turn weakens the immunity and leads to disease. This imbalance, in ayurveda parlance, is called vikriti. Ayurveda strives to restore the imbalance and bring back the much needed harmony of doshas.

So ayurvedic way of life is necessary for all individuals, both healthy and sick; healthy people to maintain their health and sick people to restore their health. No wonder, ayurveda has caught the fancy of the western world.

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