|Science is universal and medical
science is no exception. We do not believe that there
can be separate systems of western and Indian medicine.
In Western medicine the person is viewed as an
amalgamation of cells and tissues forming organs.
However in Ayurveda we view them as a unique individual
made up of five primary elements. These elements are
ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Just as in
nature, we too have these five elements in us. When any
of these elements are present in the environment, they
will in turn have an influence on us.
The foods we eat and the weather are just two examples
of the presence of these elements. While we are composed
of these five primary elements, certain elements are
seen to have an ability to combine to create various
and Air combine to form what is known in Ayurveda as
the Vata dosha. Vata governs the principle of
movement and therefore can be seen as the force,
which directs nerve impulses, circulation,
respiration, and elimination. If we have mostly a
Vata dosha, we tend to be thin, light and quick in
our thoughts and actions. Change is a constant part
of our lives. When Vata is balanced, we are
creative, enthusiastic and lively. But if Vata
becomes excessive, we may develop anxiety, insomnia
or irregular digestion.
and water are the elements that combine to form the
Pitta dosha. The Pitta dosha is the process of
transformation or metabolism. The transformation of
foods into nutrients that our bodies can assimilate
is an example of a Pitta function. Pitta is also
responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue
systems as well as cellular metabolism. If Pitta
dosha is most lively in our nature, we tend to be
muscular, smart and determined. If balanced, we are
warm, intelligent and a good leader. If out of
balance, Pitta can make us critical, irritable and
Finally, it is predominantly the water and earth
elements, which combine to form the Kapha dosha.
Kapha is what is responsible for growth, adding
structure unit by unit. Another function of the
Kapha dosha is to offer protection. Cerebral-spinal
fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a
type of Kapha found in the body. If we have mostly a
Kapha dosha in our nature, we tend to have a heavier
frame, think and move more leisurely and are stable.
When balanced, it creates calmness, sweetness and
loyalty. When excessive, Kapha can cause weight
gain, congestion and resistance to healthy change.
We are all made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta,
and Kapha. Ratios of the doshas vary in each individual;
and because of this, Ayurveda sees each person as a
special mixture that accounts for our diversity.
Ayurveda gives us a model to look at each individual as
a unique makeup of the three doshas and to thereby
design treatment protocols that specifically address a
person's health challenges. When any of the doshas (Vata,
Pitta, or Kapha) become accumulated, Ayurveda will
suggest specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to
assist the individual in reducing the dosha that has
We may also suggest
certain herbal supplements to hasten the healing
process. If toxins in the body are abundant, then a
cleansing process known as Panchakarma is recommended to
eliminate these unwanted toxins. This understanding that
we are all unique individuals enables Ayurveda to
address not only specific health concerns but also
offers explanation as to why one person responds
differently than another. We invite you to explore
Ayurveda to enhance your health and to gain further
insights into this miracle we call life.