The interaction in-between the three forces of Ayurveda is what defines human physiology making each one of us different and also prone to different diseases. This blog will discuss these interactions along with the vulnerability to specific diseases, under the following heads:-
- Vata pushing pitta
- Vata blocking pitta
- Vata pushing kapha
- Kapha blocking pitta and vata
- Kapha depositing over Vata
The easiest way to visualize the three forces of Ayurveda is by visualizing the flow of electricity through a network of electrical cables running parallel to each other where pitta is the equivalent to the current flowing through the cables and Vata is the cables or the channels themselves through which pitta flows. More the amount of vata (channels or cables), more will be the pitta (current) gushing through.
VATA PUSHING PITTA
When vata goes high (meaning the channels which conduct current), pitta rushes through vata, thus burning the area (in electrical terms this phenomenon happens since current moves to the area of least resistance). Constipation is a classic example of this phenomenon when intestines which are the seat of vata become so high on vata that pitta rushes through them drying up that area.
VATA BLOCKING PITTA
When vata goes too high, pitta rushes there and burns the area. The result is that pitta is not able to move further or moves lesser than desired. In electrical terms this phenomenon happens when a short circuit takes place where due to poor resistance (i.e. too many channels), excess pitta reaches there and burns the area leading to total blocking of current further ahead.
Depression/Alzheimer’s are classic example of Vata blocking pitta where due to paucity of blood towards the brain due to excessively high vata, pitta stops reaching the reaching the intended place, resulting in loss of senses and inability to feel excited/happy (refer figure 1.2 B). Very important to note that such a paucity of blood could be either because of inborn traits or because of unscrupulous consumption of vasodilating foods like tea/coffee/chocolate/onion/garlic/liquor/tobacco.
VATA PUSHING KAPHA (seen more in people doing mental work)
When brain goes too high on vata (i.e. lesser blood) vis a vis the lower body (again due to vasodilating foods as mentioned above), it can push the person to eat more to feed the brain as less of nutrition is reaching the brain due to lesser blood. The result is lower body which needs less food, keeps getting food more than required. That’s how Vata (of the mind) pushes Kapha in the body. The anxious minds who eat a lot and keep adding weight (termed as couch potatoes) are classic examples of this case. This phenomenon also leads to issues like:-
(a) Addiction to vasodilating foods because anxious mind looks for those foods which give temporary relief further adding more vata in the upper body (mind) vis a vis the lower and taking the person into a vicious circle.
(b) Addiction to dense energy foods (usually devoid of fiber) like non-veg, fermented cheese, refined floor, fried snacks– This is because anxious mind which is high on vata looks for those foods which settle vata. However in the bargain this further adds more kapha in the lower body.
(c) Kapha Constipation since kapha blocks movement of the intestine- remember this constipation is different from constipation due to Vata pushing pitta.
(d) Piles/PCOD/Endometrium thickness due to excess kapha in the lower body leading to blockage of vata and accumulation of toxins.
Due to vata imbalance (higher vata in the upper body vis a vis lower), Ayurvedic herbs/therapy alone will not be able to cure such cases as herbs like guggul/triphla which are used for PCOD (as they relieve kapha), will increase the vata of the upper body. It is therefore important that yogasanas which would permanently increase blood towards the upper body and reduce from the lower are performed by the patient like headstand, half headstands. It is also important that while performing such asanas, the blood in the body is not acidic and is rather slightly sweet and astringent as astringency when taken towards upper body will widen the blood vessels permanently and sweetness will feed the cells which were not getting proper food for long thereby permanently setting vata.
KAPHA BLOCKING PITTA AND VATA
When kapha goes too high it is bound to block pitta from travelling through channels. In fact it can even block the channels themselves too which is kapha blocking vata. PCOD and kapha constipation is a classic example of this case as seen above.
KAPHA DEPOSITING OVER VATA
Kapha and vata are two opposite forces in a way however there can be a case where kapha and vata can coexist in the same place. This is when vata has changed the structure of channels (due to paucity of blood/high pitta) i.e. haywire movement but subsequently pitta has reduced thereby depositing kapha over the haywire channels (refer figure 1.2 C). In astrological terms when Saturn’s mahadasha comes after Jupiter’s then this is what happens. To understand how Ayurveda and astrology are inseparable, pl read this blog.
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