Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words, i.e. Ayur and Veda. Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge. The perfect blend of Ayurveda brings in the most significant and traditional ways of curing diseases. We at Satved have modernised the most ancient health care treatment with the help of PHD certified Ayurvedic doctors and research analysts. We respect the 5000 years old traditional treatment for bringing in more life and health. For us, Ayurveda means an end to all the health issues and problems.
Ayurveda and Doshas
The entire treatment of Ayurveda is dependent on the type of body doshas. According to the Ayurveda, our body has three doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The equilibrium or balance of all the three doshas is quite important for us to live a healthy life. An imbalance of any of these doshas can lead us to health issues that can be both temporary and long-term. Vata is located below the navel; Pitta is situated between the navel and the heart whereas Kapha is above the heart.
Vata follows the principle of movement in the body and is highly responsible for the healthy condition of the nervous system and breathing. Ether and air are the elements of Vata, and hence, when your body manages to balance Vata, you feel energetic, enthusiastic and alert. The imbalance of Vata leads to constipation, dry skin, joint pain and issues, etc.
Pitta is the metabolism factor responsible for body temperature and digestion. Pitta is a fire element, and hence, the balance of Pitta in the body leads to energy, fluency in speech, proper digestion and a clear mind. The imbalance of Pitta leads to poor digestion, anger, inflammation, acidity and in the long run, it can also result in arthritis.
Kapha is all about the body structure, and its central element is earth and water. The balance of Kapha helps in gaining stamina, energy, immunity and moral stability. Kapha imbalance in the body leads to many health troubles such as cold and cough, sinus, migraine, diabetes, obesity, etc.
The imbalance of all the three doshas brings in poor health conditions and long term diseases. In Ayurveda, the balancing of these doshas is guided with proper diet and lifestyle habits. The environmental factors are responsible for unbalancing our body doshas, but our diet and lifestyle always plays a vital role in disturbing our body balance. Ayurveda is, therefore, a treatment for the body, mind and soul. It never emphasises the temporary benefits or cure, Ayurveda is a cure, a natural cure for all the types of diseases and disorders (be it chronic or common).
Ayurveda heals & helps
Ayurveda treatment is not just about the treatment of any particular disease or disorder. Ayurveda is more about balancing the body doshas to avoid any dreadful diseases or disorders in the body. It is more about living a healthy life by keeping your body well maintained. Ayurveda teaches us the principle of quality life; it makes us closer to nature and its properties by helping us with the importance of meditation and yoga. Yes, Ayurvedic treatments also include yoga and meditation for balancing the unbalanced doshas of the body.
Being one of the oldest remedies for curing major illness and diseases, Ayurveda has taken a step forward to modernisation with quick and effective treatment measures. Today, Ayurveda is popular in the different parts of the world for its purifying treatment that not only cures your body illness but also works on purifying your body for a healthy future life. Ayurveda has treatment for all types of diseases that are generally not managed by allopathy without surgical procedures. Today, Ayurveda is regarded as a priceless possession of Indian culture and is therefore treasured by many intelligent health experts and researchers. Above all, Ayurveda is the safest treatment therapy than all other types of medicines or treatments.
Guide to Tridosha
As per the principle of Ayurveda, the balance of all the three doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha result in the healthy state of body and mind. Each dosha is divided into five sub-doshas that are explained below for enhancing your knowledge of Ayurveda.
Five types of Vata Doshas
- Prana Vata: It is the most dominating type of Vata that controls all the other four types of Vata in the human body. Located in the head area, it controls the primary body functions like the inhalation, perception, consumption and respiration.
- Udana Vata: Located in the navel, lungs and throat, the Udana Vata dominates the speech, expression and energy of a person’s body.
- Samana Vata: Located in the small intestines and stomach, it is responsible for the digestive functions of the body.
- Apana Vata: Located between the navel and the anus, it governs all the downward impulses of the body including the urination, menstruation, sexual discharges, etc.
- Vyana Vata: Centred in the heart, it takes care of the blood circulation and the heart beats of the body.
Five types of Pitta Doshas
- Pachaka Pitta: Located in the lower stomach and small intestines, it governs the control of the digestion of the food including the extract of nutrients and extract of waste.
- Ranjaka Pitta: Located in the liver, gallbladder and spleen, it governs the formation of red blood cells (RBC) and is responsible for giving the colours to blood.
- Alochaka Pitta: Located in the eyes, it takes care of the visual perception of the person.
- Sadhaka Pitta: Located in the heart, it governs the power of memory, emotions, thoughts and its process.
- Bharajaka Pitta: Located in the skin, it is responsible for the pigmentation or complexion of the skin.
Five types of Kapha Doshas
- Kledaka Kapha: Located in the upper-stomach, it governs the moistening of the food in the first few stages of the digestion process.
- Avalambhaka Kapha: Located in the chest, lungs and heart, it governs the lubrication of the heart and lungs. It gives strength to the back, heart and chest.
- Tarpaka Kapha: Located in the head, sinuses and cerebral-spinal fluid, it governs the power of happiness, calmness and stability. The dosha also helps with the nourishment of the motor organs and senses.
- Bodhaka Kapha: Located in the mouth, throat and tongue, it governs the perception of taste along with the moistening of the food.
- Shleshaka Kapha: Located in the joints, it regulates the lubrication of the joints of the human body.
Understanding the relation of Prana, Tejas and Ojas for a healthy body and mind
What is Prana?
Prana is the subtle Vata (air) and is responsible for the power of our living. Practising Pranayama means bringing in life to the body and its organs. It governs the heart and the inhaling strength of the body.
What is Tejas?
One’s inner radiance is considered as the ‘Tejas’. It is subtle of Pitta and is responsible for the clarity, glow, understanding and intelligence of a person.
What is Ojas?
Both the Prana and Tejas are rooted in Ojas. Ojas can turn into Tejas and can later take the form of Prana. It is subtle of Kapha (water) and holds the ultimate energy of the body. According to Ayurveda, there is a synchronisation of all the three elements of our body, i.e. Prana, Tejas and Ojas. When all the three elements are balanced, it helps a person in living a healthy life along with the peace of mind. The imbalance, i.e. excess or little of any of these elements can result in disorders and diseases that need treatment for cure. Ojas governs the body stamina and the other two elements, i.e. Prana and Tejas with its potential and stamina of the nervous system. Ojas can turn on the Tejas (fire) that can further light up Prana (life).
The fundamental concept of Ayurveda is entirely dependent on the human body and its five elements, i.e. Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Each of these elements has specific characteristics and its effects that make our body complete.
Ether (Akasha): Ether is the space that is filled by the other Mahabhutus, i.e. fire, water, air and earth. It has the governing properties of spirituality and lightness. As an element of the body, it connected with the throat that produces sound. To increase the awareness of Ether, one has to perform Yoga.
Air (Vayu): Air is evolved from Ether and is determined as the movement or the dryness of the body. When the element of air dominates, it makes the body more rough, dry, transparent and subtle.
Fire (Tejas): It is evolved from both Ether and Air, Fire is hot, sharp and intense. It is responsible for emitting light and heat in the body.
Water (Apas): It is evolved from the three elements of Ether, Air and Fire. It provides space to water to exist within the body and is moist, cool and soft by nature.
Earth (Prithvi): It is evolved from the above four elements, i.e. Ether, Air, Fire and Water. It is hard, solid, dull and dense by nature. Earth signifies the strength and stability of the person.