Signs of a balanced dosha:Vata is energetic, strong sense of humanity, adaptable, quick comprehension, easily adaptable, positive spirit, strong healing energy, flexible, true enthusiasm, good in communication, and able to initiate things.
Pitta is intelligent, warm, friendly, courageous, good guide, clear, great perception, visionary, courageous and discriminating.
Kapha is calm, peaceful, strong faith and devotion, nurturing, supportive, patient, forgiving, compassionate, loving, loyal, stable, and content.
Location of Doshas:Everything in the body is broken down into the 3 humours (doshas), and each dosha has its respective site on the body.
Vata (Air) is located in the colon, thighs, hips, ears, bones, and it's associated with the organ of touch. Its primary site, however, is the colon. Produced from below, as gas from the colon
Pitta (Fire) is located in the stomach, small intestine, sweat, blood, lymph, and the organ of vision. It's primary site, however, is the small intestine. Produced in the middle as bile and acids from the liver to the small intestine.
Kapha (Water) is located in the chest, head, throat, pancreas, stomach, lymph, fat, organ of taste and smell (tongue and nose). Its primary site is the stomach. Produced above as phlegm in the lungs and stomach.
Symptoms and Signs of Aggravation:The doshas accumulate in their primary site in the digestive system, giving rise to the process of dis-ease. When the doshas are aggravated, they give rise to a variety of symptoms and dis-eases. The doshas are aggravated by over consumption of a specific taste in our diet. Ayurveda has 6 tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent (not a taste but an important aid in scraping of old toxins in the body and eliminating).
Vata aggravation leading to excess causes debility, emaciation, liking of warmth, tremors, distention, constipation, dizziness, confusion, insomnia, depression, incoherent sleep, sensory disorientation, piercing pain, cracking of joints, dehydration, stiffness, astringent taste in the mouth and dark, or reddish brown discolorations
Pitta aggravation leading to excess causes thirst, yellow color of urine, eyes, stool, skin, a burning sensation, feeling hot, boils, sweating, pus formation, bleeding, fainting, exhaustion, difficulty sleeping, pungent and sour tastes. Strong body odor is a good indicator as well.
Kapha aggravation leading to excess causes depression of digestive fire, nausea, heaviness, lethargy, cough, excessive sleeping, difficulty breathing, chills and looseness of limbs. Excess creates phlegm, hardness of tissue, itching, obesity, edema, indigestion, sweet and sour tastes.
These symptoms alert us there is aggravation and we can begin to take the necessary steps to bring the doshas back to balance. Unfortunately, very few of us recognize these as beginning symptoms and continue with life, which leads to chronic aggravation and chronic disease, such as diabetes, and high blood pressure, etc. Treating them at the site of location by their respective methods, we are able to address the root problem and eliminate the dis-ease, returning the Self back to balance.
When we know our dosha, and our imbalance (vikruti), we can then begin to treat by pacifying dosha with food and herbs, and in chronic cases with various therapeutic modalities, as well. I am kapha, I (try to) eat kapha pacifying foods to avoid aggravation. Every dosha has it's respective methods of pacification and treatment. Every person has a different treatment because NOT EVERYONE LIVES THE SAME LIFESTYLE, so each client is treated as an INDIVIDUAL, not as a whole. If you'd like more information for study, I recommend "Ayurvedic Healing" by David Frawley, I used this book as a reference in this post and use it religiously in my home. It breaks down most dis-eases and how to treat.
If you'd like further information about healing with this modality, send me and email or tweet me.. I'm a counselor, and I know some very good practitioners.
Next we will focus on the methods of balancing each dosha. Hope you are enjoying this journey.