INTRODUCTION OF DOSHAS: VATA, PITTA, KAPHA AND THE ENERGY CONCEPT OF HEALTH AND DISEASE.
In order to introduce the concept of Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and how this concept arises, recollect that according to Ayurveda, five basic elements, earth, water, fire, air and space are known to be the constituents of all animate and inanimate objects in the Universe. Likewise, modern medicine has categorized one hundred ten different aspects of these same five basic elements including carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, to name a few. Doshas come from these five basic elements.
To further explain the origin of Doshas, it is necessary to know how our bodies are built and maintained. The food we eat consists of organic compounds like sugars, amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins, etc., which our bodies can readily utilize.
These organic compounds in our food are from the five basic elements and fundamentally build the structural units of our body.
After we digest food, its essence becomes the components of our basic structural molecules. These structural molecules diligently build plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow, and our reproductive system.
Ayurvedic physicians divide these basic structural molecules into three categories called Doshas.
Dosha is a term used to describe three different energies that circulate in the body and govern physiologic activity.
The three doshas, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, build our unique mind and body type.
These three terms, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are used to describe the unique energy that each of them manifest.
Pitta arises from the biochemical integration of fire and water molecules. Pitta molecules are responsible for metabolic process which supply heat and energy to the body. All enzymes and hormones are in the Pitta category
Kapha arises from the biochemical integration of water and earth molecules. Kapha constitutes the cellular as well as intracellular structure of the body and contributes to strength and stability of the body.
Vata arises from the biochemical integration of air and space molecules. Vata is responsible for the movements of Pitta and Kapha. All movements in the body and all the nervous impulses are controlled by Vata.
Just as the five basic elements try to encroach and dominate over one another in nature, they tend to encroach and dominate over one another in the body. When this happens in the body, Vata, Pitta and Kapha become unbalanced and create disease.
The balanced state of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are necessary for optimal health in the body. When balanced, all the biological elements like lipids, protein, sugar, sodium, calcium, hormones, enzymes, etc. are existing in proper amounts and are of superior quality. This creates a state of health.
Very few of us are perfectly balanced. Perfect balance may even be impossible, but if we have enough information to notice problems, and make corrections before disease manifests life will be finer.
Next week I will examine different foods and categorize them as Vata, Pitta or Kapha enhancing or depleting, so we can make food choices that balance our personal doshas.
I begin now:
To notice how Vata, Pitta and Kapha try to encroach and dominate over one another in nature. For example: Pitta/fire breaks out in California and burns Kapha/earth and causes Vata/wind to heat up and dry out Kapha/water, etc.
Begin to notice how that phenomena manifests in the body.