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How the 3 Doshas in Ayurveda Govern Your Health

Author : Dr. Gurnam Saini  

Posted On : 31 October, 2017

According to Ayurveda, the doshas are biological energies found in the human body and mind. These doshas govern all the physical and mental processes within the body and provide an individual state of health. The doshas derive from the five elements and their related properties. The three doshas are: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata is composed of space and air, Pitta is composed of fire and water, and Kapha is composed of the earth and water elements.


A person with a predominantly Vata constitution will have physical and mental qualities that reflect the qualities of the elements they are made of i.e. space and air. That is why people with dominant Vata are thin, quick thinking, and fast moving.

A person with dominant Pitta type will have qualities reflective of fire and water, such as a fiery temper and oily skin. Whereas, a Kapha dominant person will typically have a sturdy body frame and calm temperament.


Ayurveda recognizes that each body is made up of these doshas in different proportions. Some people are predominantly Vata, Pitta or Kapha while others may have two predominant doshas. If you undergo an Ayurvedic treatment, the Ayurvedic doctor will focus on analysing your body constituency by reading your “Nadi”(a complex set of nerves). They will also find out which dosha is imbalanced.


The different diseases are caused in the human body due to an imbalance of doshas caused by adopting an unhealthy lifestyle such as unable to get proper sleep, poor eating habits, lack of physical activities, etc. Diseases such as skin allergies and other allergies, Asthma, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Obesity, etc are caused by an imbalance in the three doshas.


There are numerous centres that offer diabetes treatment, obesity treatment, and acne treatment in Melbourne in addition to others. Ayurvedic doctors have a different approach of treating patients but most of them ask the patients to follow an Ayurvedic diet and practice Yoga and meditation regularly. They do not focus only on the disease and symptom rather they base their treatment in curing the disease from its roots so that it does not creep up again in future.


Author Bio:

Dr. Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. In Australia he pursued post graduate degree in mental health from La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia). He has worked as associated Nurse Unit Management in Eastern Healths, Melbourne for 9 years. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More

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