Vata (comprised of air + space): is the controller (neurological system), principle of change, principle of movement, whether it is the physical movement of the body or thought, neuro-electrical impulses, wind blowing outside, gas/burping – air in the body. Also the catabolic, degenerative principle. Psychologically give us imagination, flexibility.
The psycho-physiological manifestation in a person with these qualities (constitutionally/genetically, whether physical or mental): Ectomorph, thin frame, small muscles, bones, dry skin, frizzy hair, dandruff, prone to constipation, insomnia, fast movements, always moving (changing jobs, relationships, religions, etc), can’t sit still, psychologically – ungrounded (prone to anxiety, fear, nervous), emotionally unstable “next mood swing in 5 mins”. Prone to arthritis or other neurological issues. Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea, Irregular menstruation, difficulty conceiving, etc. Weakness, fatigue – neuromuscular system.
However when in balance, will not have the above mentioned negative issues. The predominance of excess Vata constitutionally in the system makes them more prone to having these problems. Your excess qualities always get vitiated. Like increases like.
Pitta (Fire + water) : Metabolic principle, all metabolic functions in the body or nature – whether it is the digestive enzymes in my GI, neurotransmittersin the brain, photosynthesis in the plants, rice cooking on the fire.
The psycho-physiological manifestation in a person with these qualities: Mesomorph, medium build, medium stamina/strength, slightly oily skin, early grey or balding, prone to skin problems (acne, hives, eczema, etc), GI issues of excess heat – heart burn, ulcers, etc, prone to loose stool/diarrhea, intelligent, psychological/emotional – driven, focused, motivated, giving, “Name/fame, money, power, sex is the Pitta game”, prone to: anger, irritability, perfectionistic, jealous, aggressive. Type A. Menorrhagia, etc.
Kapha (Earth+Water): Anabolic principle, controls all anabolic functions, cohesion, being stable/grounded physically or mentally, compassion, love, patience. Moms are Kapha – they give so much of themselves.
Endomorph, big bones/muscles/frame, gain weight easily, oily skin, grounded, stable, hold down jobs (9-5 for 30 years same company), home, raise family, don’t obstruct, forgiving. Easy conception, regular mesturation, can be prone to getting uterine fibroids, cysts, etc. Prone to high cholesterol,diabetes, obesity, etc. Addiction to candy, cookie and chocolate. Depression, lousy, drowsy, couch patato, lack of motivation, clouded judgement, sluggish. Cataract (excess/accumulation) or Glaucoma
If you want to learn more about Ayurveda here are a some good resources on the subject:
- The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies: Author Dr. Vasant Lad. It address various health problems and gives solutions for achieving good health. This is a must for every home.
- Ayurvedic Cook Book : Ayurvedic cooking for westerners.
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