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What are Doshas?

What are Doshas ? 

Ayurveda believes that just like all matter on earth, each human body is also comprised of 5 elements -Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether(space). Each individual holds a combination of all these elements in a certain proportion called DOSHAS which are foundational concepts of this ancient science. There are 3 doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

VATA -Air and Ether , PITTA- Fire and Water , KAPHA- Water and Earth

 Learning your unique dosha combination is easy by way of a simple quiz. Understanding your constitution can reveal  natural inherent strengths, and illuminate your greatest challenges. While a total understanding of this concept is a long read, lets talk about how it effects your day to day health.

Every time you see an uncomfortable symptom in your body like constipation heartburn, insomnia, monthly cycles etc its the body's way of telling you  that one of the element is going into imbalance.....it could be Vata, Pitta or Kapha. When these are not taken care of in the beginning, these imbalances they can wreak havoc on our health, which can later manifest as disease.

While there are numerous ways of getting the element back, by changing lifestyle, incorporating Yoga, exercise or meditation and making diet changes. We also find Ayurvedic herbs can assist you immensely. These natural plant based herbs can assist you in pacifying each of the doshas or treat an imbalance created because of it. 

Lets give you an example here:  Ashley has issues with regular elimination which can also be termed as occassional constipation. While it does not bother her on its own, it can also bring burps, gas, abdominal bloating, heartburn etc. In general she would treat this by buying an OTC product for the specific symptom. While it helps her immediately and gives relief, the main cause still remains unaddressed.

Now lets look at it from Ayurvedic perspective. Colon is seen as the seat of Vata. Several bowel diseases start out as Vata imbalances, even if later fueled by Pitta or Kapha issues. Triphala , an ayurvedic herb has a balancing effect on the “wind” of your digestive tract can not only get things moving, it improves the general health of the gut. This completely natural plant based product is working on balancing Vata, not just relieving the symptom.

 

 

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