Vata dosha governs all our bodily functions and movements and is responsible for life itself. There are two universal elements space and air that combine to form vata dosha. And there are five universal elements that make up all that exists, space, air, fire, water and earth. The two elements that combine to form vata dosha came into existence first, then fire, water, and earth existed. This is why the vata dosha is responsible for life itself.
Since vata dosha is the energy that initiates life and regulates bodily movement and function it is imperative to maintain a healthy balanced vata dosha for enjoying a healthy long life.
Primary Functions of Vata Dosha
How Vata Dosha Becomes Imbalanced
Ayurveda recognizes there are two types of health disorders based on the origin. The exogenous type is caused by forces outside of us, for example infectious disease, insect or reptile bite. The other type is endogenous which is caused by forces within us, which include improper diet and lifestyle, exercise or sleep habits. There are three types of endogenous, they are vataja (disturbed by vata dosha), pittaja (disturbed by pitta dosha), and kaphaja (disturbed by kapha dosha).
It is interesting that the only common symptom of all types is pain. However, exogenous disorders begin with pain and the dosha becomes disturbed later. Whereas the opposite happens with endogenous disorders that begin with a disturbed dosha and later the pain develops.
Ayurveda recognizes eighty different symptoms caused by an imbalanced or vitiated vata dosha. These symptoms are recognized solely as a vata dosha imbalance and require a vata pacifying protocol that heals and brings it back into balance or its normal state.
Eighty Symptoms of Vata Dosha Imbalance
When there are multiple signs of vata dosha imbalance it is important to adopt an Ayurvedic protocol that supports returning the dosha back to its normal state. A vata balancing protocol includes foods and herbs that are primarily sweet, sour or salty tasting. Along with various warm and/or oily therapeutic procedures such as herbal oil massage with steam bath, warm cooked foods with sesame oil or ghee, oily and non-oily enemas. The herbal enema formula should have vata pacifying properties which are administered at the appropriate dose and time.
Among the mentioned procedures the oily and non-oily enemas are regarded as the most effective for quickly balancing vata dosha. An herbal enema balances vata at its root location in the colon and is capable of alleviating the eighty symptoms caused by vata dosha. In the next article we will explain the function and symptoms of pitta dosha.
Basic Products for Balancing Vata Dosha
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