Vata Dosha

Ayurveda states that, every person is made up of five basic elements or the Pancha Mahabhuta- which includes - earth, air, water, fire and space (ether). These elements combine with each other in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. These doshas are responsible for our physical, mental, and emotional tendencies. Everyone inherits a (tridoshas), or bio-energies found in our body and are – vata, pitta and kapha dosha. Each person has a unique pattern of the doshas with one or two dosha in a dominant state. These energies are in a perfect proportion in the body and when imbalanced give rise to a disease.

Vata energy is associated with the elements - air and space. This energy is responsible for all bodily functions associated with motion or movement like blood circulation, respiration, blinking, heartbeat, directing nerve impulses and elimination. Vata is generally characterized by properties like cold, dry, light, hard and rough.

 

Balance your vata:

An out-of-balance vata plays havoc with our body, leading to poor digestion, constipation, flatulence, joint pain, constipation, dry skin, fear and anxiety. This form of energy, in a balanced form, is seen to be predominant in people who are lively, creative, original thinkers. Ayurveda has defined some natural remedies to balance vata:

 

  1. Vata is aggravated due to cold and dry properties. Try to balance vata by inducing more warmth and moistness in daily life. Regular meals and proper sleep generally help vata.
  2. Daily yoga asanas like Tadasana, Surya Namaskar, Bhujangasana, Shavasana followed by meditation helps calm vata.
  3. An Ayurvedic diet, made of foods that include warm, moist, soft and with a sweet, sour and salty taste are beneficial during a vata imbalance. Foods like wheat, rice, corn, soft dairy products, hot cereal, soups and vegetables. People with vata dosha should avoid refined foods like white flour and sugar. Also these people should avoid eating foods that are pungent, bitter and astringent in nature, are light, dry and cold. The vegetables like carrots, green beans, cucumber, okra, onions and garlic, radishes etc. can be eaten. Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, celery, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, peas, peppers, potatoes, sprouts, and zucchini should be avoided. All sweet fruits like bananas, dates mangoes etc should be eaten during a vata imbalance. Avoid fruits like apples, pears and pomegranates.
  4. Smoking, intake of alcohol, having junk food should be minimized by these people. However sipping tea with fresh ginger, cardamom and cinnamon improves digestion.
  5. Avoid excessive use of spices like pepper, fenugreek, coriander etc. However these spices in moderation are not harmful. Here is a special tea carefully formulated for balancing Vata. 
  6. An Ayurvedic treatment to balance vata by the massage (Abhanga) therapy using sesame oil is very effective as it induces warmth in the body. This USDA Organic oil is great for Vata balancing massage
  7. Herbal remedies that reduce excess vata are nutritive tonics, demulcent with a pleasant sweet, salty and sour taste and have a heat –inducing quality. Consuming triphala, which is made up of Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki, helps relieve the ailments afflicting the intestines and helps in process of elimination of the toxins from the body.
  8. Detoxification using the basti (enema) therapy of Panchakarma helps the body get rid of all accumulated toxins, helping to balance the vata dosha.