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Ayurvedic medicine, Vata air/space

2010/06/19
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I develop herbal compounds for my tinctures with Ayurvedic medicine in mind.  It is more easily grasped than Chinese medicine’s herbalism, and the body constitutions are also more generally categorized.  Where Chinese medical practitioners have very thorough and pragmatic methods of discerning one’s constitution and ailments, Ayurveda can be summarized in a few paragraphs in laymen’s terms so that everyone can basically diagnose their own issues.

Vata constitution is of the element air.  People who are predominantly Vata tend to be cold and dry, requiring heat and moisture to balance. 
Here is a quote from Maharishi Ayurveda’s website:

Vata: Quality Sleep • Supple Skin • Proper Elimination

Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind.

Since Pitta and Kapha cannot move without it, Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body. It’s very important to keep Vata in good balance.

Vata Governs

Prana Vata
The senses, creative thinking, reasoning, enthusiasm, leader of all 15 categories of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Udana Vata
Quality of voice, memory, movements of thought

Samana Vata
Movement of food through digestive tract

Apana Vata
Elimination of wastes, sexual function, menstrual cycle

Vyana Vata

Blood flow, heart rhythm, perspiration, sense of touch

Vata out of Balance

Prana Vata
Worries, overactive mind, sleep problems, difficulty breathing  

Udana Vata
Dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, general fatigue

Samana Vata

Slow or rapid digestion, gas, intestinal cramps, poor assimilation, weak tissues

Apana Vata

Intestinal cramps, menstrual problems, lower back pain, irregularity, diarrhea, constipation, gas

Vyana Vata
Dry or rough skin, nervousness, shakiness, poor blood flow, stress-related problems

Do you need to balance Vata?

Vata dosha governs flow and motion in the body. Answer these questions to see if you need to balance Vata.

  1. Is your skin dry, rough, thin?
  2. Are you underweight?
  3. Is your mind constantly in a whirl?
  4. Do you worry incessantly?
  5. Are you constantly restless or agitated?
  6. Do you experience constipation?
  7. Do you suffer from insomnia?
  8. Do you suffer from vaginal dryness?
  9. Do you have spells of forgetfulness?
  10. Do you experience discomfort in the joints?
  11. Are you easily fatigued?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you need to balance Vata.

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I find this system of health very easy to comprehend.  When I began my independent study of alternative medicine, I was in awe of  Traditional Chinese Medicine but quickly became adept at Ayurveda.  Maybe I was a Maharishi in a past life.

I created a tincture called “Yin Booster / Nourish Water — Kidneys” that is designed to boost the water element in the body.  Those of Pitta and Vata constitutions, tending towards dryness, will benefit from it.  It is particularly geared toward Pitta, having more cooling herbs than heating.  An entry about Pitta, and Kapha, coming soon.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/07/15 2:19 am

    I have come across a few other sites related to this subject in the past couple of days in doing a research report for school. I have to say that what you’re saying here makes perfect sense and is helping me to get my head around this subject. Do you have any other forums you could recommend to help my research?

    Thanks,

    Chiropractor

    Chiropractor Myrtle Beach

    • 2010/07/15 1:31 pm

      Hello, I don’t know about other forums, but I would recommend http://www.mapi.com which is where I’ve quoted from on this blog. Also, many books are available including by authors Vasant Lad and Deepak Chopra. Best wishes on your report!

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