Different Causes For Vata Dosha Imbalance, Increase

The below are the various causes for Vata Dosha imbalance or aggravation. The causative factors are divided based on food, activities, etc. 

What leads to imbalance of Vata?
General causes:
Improper food habits, untimely eating, fasting
Undisciplined lifestyle
Stress and worries
Sleep disturbances
Excessive indulgence in physical exercises and workouts and sexual act
Not properly following the daily and seasonal regimen advocated in the science
Forcible suppression or expulsion of natural urges as those of fart, faeces, urine, hunger, thirst, sleep etc

Specific causes:

  • Vyayama – Excessive exercises
  • Apatarpana – Fasting in excess
  • Prapatana – Fall, injury
  • Bhanga – Fractures
  • Kshaya – Depletion of tissues
  • Jaagarat – Excessive vigil (awakening all night)
  • Veganam cha vidharanat – Suppression of natural body urges (reflexes)
  • Ati shuchi – Excessive administration of cleansing procedures (Panchakarma)
  • Shaityadi – Excessive consumption of cold foods and activities
  • Traasaat – Fear
  • Ruksha – Excessive consumption of dry foods
  • Kshobha – Irritation
  • Kashaya – Excessive consumption of astringent foods
  • Tikta – Excessive consumption of bitter foods
  • Katu – Excessive consumption of pungent foods
  • Vari-ghanagame – cloudy and rainy season
  • Parinate anne – After the digestion of food
  • Aparahne – Evening

Foods that cause Vata Dosha increase:
Aadhaki (Cajanus cajan)
Bisa (Nelumbuo nucifera)
Chanaka (Cicer arietinum)
Chirbhata (Cuccumus melo)
Harenu (Pisum sativum)
Jaambava (Eugenia jambolena)
Kalaya (Lathyrus sativus)
Kalin’ga (Holarrhena antidysenterica)
Kariya (Cappaaris deciduas)
Koradusha (Paspalum scrobiculatum)
Masoora (Lens culinaris)
Mudga (Phaseolus mungo)
Nishpaava (Hygroryza aristata)
Neevara (Hygroryza aristata)
Shaluka (Nelumbium speciosum)
Shushka shaaka (Dry vegetable)
Shyaamaka (Setaria italica)
Tinduka (Diospyros tomentosa)
Trunadhaanya (Grassy grain)
Tumba (Lagenana valgaris)
Uddalaka (A variety of Paspalum scrobiculatum)
Varaka (Carthamus tinctorius)
Virood’haka (Germinated Seed)

Qualities of food and activites that cause Vata increase:
Rooksha – dry foods, activities (such as powder massage)
Laghu – light to digest foods and activities
Sheeta – Coolant foods and activities
Khara – roughness
Sookshma – minuteness
Chala – movement
Foods that cause constipation increase Vata Dosha.

Tastes that cause Vata Dosha increase:
Kashaya – Astringent
Katu- spicy, pungent
Tikta – bitter  

Activities that cause Vata Dosha increase:
Abhojana (fasting)
Alpaas’ana (dieting)
Vishmaas’ana (Taking unequal food)
Adhyas’ana (eating before digestion of previous meal)
Jeernanta (After digestion)
Pramitas’ana (Taking food in improper time)

1.Mithyayoga – wrong activities that cause Vata Dosha increase: 
As’mabhramana (Whirling stone)
As’machalana (Shaking of stone)
As’mavikshepa (Throwing of stone)
As’motkshepa (pulling down stone)
Balavat vigraha (wrestling with superior healthy one )
Damyagaja nigraha (subduing unteameable elephant) cow and horse
Divaasvapna (day sleep)
Dukhaasana (uncomfortable sitting)
Dukhas’ayya (uncomfortable sleeping)
Ghadhotsadana (strong rubbing)
Kasht’abhramana (whirling of wood)
Kasht’achalana (shaking of wood)
Kasht’a vikshepa (throwing of wood)
Kasht’otkshepa (pulling down wood)
Lohabhramana (whirling of metal)
Lohachalana (shaking of metal)
Lohavikshepa (Throwing of metal)
Lohotkshepa (pulling down metal)
Paragatana (strike with others)
Shilabhtamana (Whirling of rock)
Shilachalan (Shaking of rock)
Shilavikshepa (Throwing of rock)
Shilotkshepa (Pulling down rock)
Bhaaraharana (Head loading)
Vegadharana (Voluntary suppression of natural urges)
Vegodeerana (Forceful drive of natural urges)
Vishamopachara (Abnormal gestures)

Excess indulgence of following activities lead to Vata increase:
Atigamana (excessive walking)
Atihaasya (Loud laughing)
Atijrumbha (Loud yawning)
Atikharacapakarshana (Violent stretching of the bow)
Atilan’ghana (Leaping over ditch)
Atiplavana (Excessive bounding)
Atiprabhashana (Continuous talking)
Atipradhavana (Excessive running)
Atiprajagarana (Excessive awakening)
Atiprapatana (Leaping from height)
Atiprapidana (Violent pressing blow)
Atipratarana (Excessive swimming)
Atiraktamokshana (Excessive Blood letting)
Atisrama (Over exertion)
AtiSthaana (Standing for a long period)
Ativyaayaama (Violent exercise)
Ativyavaaya (excessive sexual intercourse)
Atiadhyayana (excessive study)
Adyas’ana (sitting for a long period)
Atyuccabhaashana (speaking loudly)
Gajaticarya (excessive riding on elephant)
Kriyaatiyoga (excessive purification therapy)
Padaticarya (walking long distances)
Rathaaticarya (excessive riding on chariot)
Turan’gaticarya (excessive riding on horse)
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(C) Aagantuja (External factors):
Abhighaata (trauma)
Gaja, Usht’ra, Ashvasighrayanapatamsana – Falling from speedy, running elephant, camel and horse 

(D) Manasika (Mental factors):
Bhaya (fear)
Chinta (worry)
Krodha (Anger)
Mada (Intoxication)
Shoka (Grief)
Utkant’ha (Anxiety)
Read related: How To Balance Vata Dosha? Line Of Treatment And Reasoning

Kalaja (Seasonal factors):
Abhra (cloudy season)
Aparaahnna (evening)
Apararatra ( the end of the night)
Greeshma (summer season)
Pravaata (windy day)
S’is’ira (winter day)
Sheetakaala (early winter)
Varsha (rainy season)

(F) Anya Hetuja (Miscellaneous causes):
Aama (undigested article)
AsRukshaya (loss of blood)
Dhatukshaya (loss of body elements)
Doshakshaya (depletion of Dosha)
Rogatikarshana (emaciation due to disease)
Gadakruta mamskshaya (wasting due to disease)


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