Understanding The Basics Of Each Dosha: Vata

-by Monika Manohar | 08/09/2016 |

Understanding The Basics Of Each Dosha: Vata

Vata: Formed by Air and Space elements.

Part of Body: Special Seat - Large Intestine

Other parts: Waist, Hips, Ears, Bones and Skin.

Qualities: Dryness, Lightness, Coldness, Roughness, Minuteness, Movement.

Functions of Vata: All movements (movement of blood in blood vessels, movement of nutrients, movement of air in lungs, locomotion movements of hands and legs, etc.).

In normal state Vata is responsible for:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Regulating respiration process
  • Regulating all locomotor movements
  • Regulating all activities of mind
  • Regulating speech
  • Initiating natural urges (tears, urination, sneezing , coughing, vomiting, yawning)
  • Proper functioning of sense organs

Symptoms Showing Increased Vata:

  • Emaciation
  • Blackish discoloration
  • Desire for hot things
  • Tremors
  • Bloating, fullness or distention of abdomen
  • Constipation
  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of sleep
  • Loss of sensory functions
  • Irrelevant speech
  • Delusion
  • Dizziness or giddiness

Symptoms Showing Decreased Vata:

  • Debility of the body
  • Decreased speech
  • Loss of sensation and consciousness


Text - Ashtanga Hridayam

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