We have moved into Vata season, governed by the elements, air + ether. It is at juncture in seasons and in life, that are we are most vulnerable to creating imbalance in our bodies.
Like the planet, our bodies hang in delicate homeostasis, there are many external factors that can disrupt this balance. These external factors are termed parinama samyoga- temporal factors which include: passage of time, seasonal changes, life and cycle changes. It is during this time that it is most important for us to follow a diet that decreases the accumulation of dosha before it enters deeper layers of tissue, this diet is alleviating or in sanskrit, prasama.
In Fall this diet is primarily based in local seasonal, organic vegetables like squashes and green leafy vegetables that are rich, unctuous, and deeply grounding, such as root vegetable. Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced medicine that remains relevant and current as it is faithful to the rhythms of the planet and the smaller rhythms of the individual seeking to bring the individual into harmony with the larger rhythms of the surrounding world. The primary aim is to avoid disease states, in Ayurveda the term disease state has a much broader definition than in western medicine. A disease state, according to Ayurveda is a state of imbalance that began as the accumulation of too much of one or two elements in the body. The way to overcome accumulation in the body id through the, Three Pillars of Health.
The Three Pillars of Health:
Sancaya-? Prakopa-? Prasama-?
Dosa Spring Summer Fall/Winter
Vata ? ? ?
Pitta ? ? ?
Kapha ? ? ?
In Ayurveda states of disease all classified in stages, alleviation becomes more difficult as we progress through the stages of disease.
Six Stages of Disease:
Stages of disease manifest in the order listed above. The aggravated doshas move through the bodies channels, from the center to the periphery. The two mobile dhatus are rasa (plasma) and rakta (blood).
Vrddhi-increased state, Ksaya-decreased state. In the prasara stage we can see the dosha vrddhi signs, we can see some systemic manifestations of the dosa, ex. extreme dryness of the skin, blackish coloring. If we do not get balanced in the prasara stage we move into sthanasamsrayastage, the angry dosha moves along in rasa and rakta settle into a vulnerable place in the body called, khaivagunya= kha-space, vaigunya-impairment/defect. A Khavaigunya can be a genetic predisposition, a previous injury or an area of continued abuse of neglect in the body.
In vata signs of an increase appear as emaciation.
ABNORMAL STATES OF THE DOSAS, DHATUS & MALAS:
Vriddhi Lakshanas: vata- emaciation, catabolic process on the body, it doesn’t build it depletes.
blackish/grayish/ashen discoloration in the skin- circles under the eyes
Abnormality, tics, tremors, roll shoulders, turn head, antsy, quivering lips, spasms/fine tremors in the muscles, heart palpitations etc. end of the range, epilepsy, Parkinson’s
Constipation- painful, dry, hard, infrequent, ease of transit and/or frequency changes. Bowels should move every day, it’s not ‘optimal’ to move bowels less, output and input should be balanced, toxins getting reabsorbed, water is getting reabsorbed. Three different herbal remedies to get them to do this is probably not best, bloating discomfort, passing gas are signs they need help.
Loss of sense, poor taste perception, loss of feeling, tinnitus,insomnia -vata governs the 5 senses, if it’s eyes but the eyes are red then it could be pitta and vata, two dosas involved.
Meals and sleep, three hours before bed
Excess talking is a vrddhi lakshana of vata, content irrelevant.
Higher mental function- confusion, not really understanding things, cognitive impairment, not fully understanding things
Joint and muscle pain- warm sesame, mahanarayan oil, castor oil
Emotions- anxiety, fear, restlessness (physically and mentally) impending doom, self conscious, people are judging them,
Ksaya Lakshana: of vata- when vata is ksaya
Aversion to talking
Loss of appetite
yellowish/reddish discoloration of the skin/stools/urine/eyes- ranges from a little to a lot (yellowish eyes ? jaundice)
Hot red angry,’itis’, superficial inflammation of the skin, pittas are more reactive by nature
People with allergies tend to shy away from herbal and topical interventions because they tend to react to things.
Increase body temperature and burning, feel they are burning up, they feel parched and thirsty, always thirsty
Disturbed sleep, predominately vata or pitta?
Fainting, vertigo, dizziness
Weakness of the sense organs particularly the eyes
Bitter taste and sour belches
Emotional state, angry, irritable, road rage, criticism (explosive), fighting with people
Decreased body temperature
Pitta provides the home for fire and water etc. therefore if pitta is high in pitta the aggravation will be higher. Pitta is hot, sharp, oily, light, liquid. When pitta agni is too hot the food will be burned and not absorbed. Digestion is too sharp the absorption is poor.
Vata will tend towards irregular agni vishama, vata is cold, rough, dry, hard, light, mobile. If vata eats too much cold food or someone with a vata imbalance eats too much cold food the agni will become cold…sometimes they can digest the food and sometimes they cannot.