A balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha creates a wholesome, healthy individual. When the proportions of wind, bile and phlegm are seriously disturbed, they manifest as disease.
Wind : Vata, which is responsible for movement
Bile : Pitta, which governs digestive fire
Phlegm : Kapha, responsible for bulk and firmness
Disease may show up as a local disorder, for example,plantar fasciitis, in my case.
Our prevalent medical science treats the local disorder,often in isolation. On the other hand,no matter what ailment we moan about, the Ayurvedic physician sets to work on the Vata, Pitta and Kapha balance of the entire body and consequently, the mind.
Ayurveda believes as the body's channels open up, locally manifested disease resolves itself. And what better way to re-balance, cleanse and detoxify than with the ultimate weapon in Ayurveda's arsenal, Panchakarma!
We have been routinely disturbing our Vata, Pitta, Kapha balance by:
- Suppressing our natural bodily urges which eliminate waste like yawning, tears, feces, urine, flatus, ejaculation, sneezing, vomiting etc.
- Deficient or excessive intake of nourishment when hungry or thirsty.(The food-mind-body connection is big in Ayurveda)
As the doshas get out of whack, the individual displays:
- Dietary indiscretions (Well, hello triple bacon cheese burger!)
- Suppression of natural urges
- Emotional upheavals
In a healthy person, the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and the dhatus (food,drink and waste) move through the countless channels which criss-cross our body, uninterrupted and in harmony. When we turn unwholesome, Panchakarma is the undisputed, undeniable way to open up our blockages and get it all flowing again.
The labels given to the forces within our body and how they work may sound 'unscientific' and 'archaic' but the procedures and the medicines work. Many times they defy belief.
If you have a story of miraculous recovery through Ayurveda, I would love to read it.
Source: Dr. M. S Valliathan's, The legend of Charaka, a translation of Charaka Samhita.