Ayurveda is a system of natural medicine originating in India over 5000 years ago. Roughly translating to the ‘science of life’, Ayurveda seeks to maintain balance between the mind and body. When stress, diet and environment disturb this balance, Ayurvedic practitioners work to restore inner harmony. As a non-symptomatic form of medicine, you don’t have to be unwell to observe Ayurveda or to see an Ayurvedic practitioner.
Kapha, Pitta, Vata
Ayurveda believes that at the time of birth your unique ‘prakruti’ is determined. Prakruti is your constitution. It’s what makes you, you!
Your ‘prakruti’ consists of the balance of three life energies or ‘doshas’ – Kapha, Pitta and Vata. These doshas influence our physiological and psychological tendencies.
Each dosha creates balance and works in harmony with the other doshas.
Typically, one or two doshas present as more dominant in us. For example, you may be Pitta dominant. Meanwhile, I may have a dual constitution of Vata-Kapha where both are equally dominant. There are an infinite number of ways in which doshas can balance in each of us. This is what makes each of us so unique!
When our mind body connection is in balance, we are at peak health and wellbeing. However, when this connection is disturbed, there is an imbalance (‘vikruti’). As a result of this disruption, symptoms specific to that imbalance will manifest. Ayurvedic practitioners address the cause of this vikruti. In doing so, they develop a bespoke treatment plan, which takes your symptoms and prakruti into consideration. This includes an analysis of your dominant dosha(s) with the goal of restoring harmony to your body.
Common examples of conditions that present themselves when there is a Kapha, Vata or Pitta imbalance are below:
Whether you’re a Vata dominant insomniac or Pitta dominant person experiencing nausea, an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner or clinic can assist you! Try Ayurveda now!