How To Incorporate A Basic Principle Of Ayurveda For A Better Health

It is a known fact that Ayurvedic principles are timeless. Let us learn about one such basic principle, by incorporating which, you will be able to improve your life quality.

Distribution of Tridosha in body and in a day. 

In the last post of Ashtanga Hrudaya, we learnt about basics of Ayurveda. One of it explains how Tridosha dominate in particular times of day and in particular parts of body.

Funda: The idea is that, whenever a Dosha is dominant, do the things that are opposite to the Dosha, so as to keep it in balance. Tridosha are the three factors that control our health and disease. They are – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Balance of Tridosha leads to health and imbalance in Tridosha is disease.

Tridosha domination as per age:
In childhood and adolescence – 
Kapha is dominant. This is why children often suffer from indigestion and respiratory problems.

Hot water bath is good for children. Because, cold is a quality of Kapha, Kapha is already dominant in children, hence cold water bath tends to bring in or worsen respiratory problems.

In elders, (after 50 years of age), the Vata is dominant. Hence, it is specially advised for elders to take regular oil massage, which helps to keep Vata in balanced condition, thereby avoiding arthritis, osteo-porosis etc.

Tridosha dominance in body:
They are present all over the body. But their presence is especially observed as follows –
Vata – dominates in lower abdomen, and lower limbs. This means, locomotor action, defecation, urination, menstrual periods, and child birth are influenced by Vata. Osteo-arthritis, is caused due to Vata, and is known to affect the lower back and joints.
Pitta dominates – In the middle part of the body. This means, all the digestion and metabolism is influenced by Pitta activity.
Kapha dominates – In the chest and upper part of the body. This means, some functions of brain, respiratory activity, etc are influenced by Kapha.

In a day: The first part is dominated by Kapha, the afternoon hours are dominated by Pitta and Evening hours are dominated by Vata.

In night, the first, second and third part are dominated by Kapha, Pitta and Vata respectively.

So, last part of the night, just before Sunrise is dominated by Vata. Hence it is ideal to wake up at this time. Vata refers to movement and activity. If you get up in these early morning hours, you will be active throughout the day. There are also other benefits of waking up early in the morning.

Once after the Sunrise, Kapha is dominant. Kapha refers to heaviness. Hence, if you get up late in the morning, you may feel heavy and lazy throughout the day.

During digestion: 

The early stages, mid stage and end stage are dominated by Kapha, Pitta and Vata respectively.
That means, soon after food intake, there is increase of Kapha. This is why, you tend to have salivation, heaviness, and lethargy soon after food intake.
During this time, if you walk for a short distance, or keep the body and mind active, this will balance Kapha and will help in easy digestion.
After dinner, there is kapha dominance and first part of night is again kapha dominant. During this time, the digestion power will be less due to this. Hence, having a light dinner always helps to maintain the balance. Also, it is better to avoid oily food, ice creams, sweets and such other Kapha increasing food at night. Hence, always have a limit on what you eat at night.

So, these are a few examples to take precautions during the time of Dosha domination.

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