You might have heard about Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Many are only aware that they cause diseases. But actually they constitute the body and help to function it. When these doshas maintain a normal state, they support the body and when they are deranged, they destroy the body.
WHERE THE DOSHAS ARE LOCATED?
Even though, these doshas are present all over the body, they are more concentrated on certain parts of the body. Let us first consider that the body is having three parts:-
- The part below the uṁbilicus
- The part between the umbilicus and heart
- The part above the heart
The Vata can be seen in the first part of the body, the Pitta, in second part and the Kapha in the third part.
These doshas also function at different phases of life, day, night and the digestion. The Vata influences the later stages of life, day, night and digestion, whereas the Pitta is active during the mid stages and Kapha functions during the primary stages.
AGNI OR THE DIGESTION
As we mentioned above, the doshas influence the digestion. Let us see about the results of the action of doshas on the digestive fire:-
- Vishama:- The unstable digestive activity is due to the action of Vata.
- Tikshna:- Pitta is the cause of high and intense digestion.
- Manda:- Poor digestion is the result of Kapha’s action.
- Sama:- When the three doshas maintain an equilibrium, the digestion will be normal.
KOSHTA OR THE ALIMENTARY TRACT
Do you have a constipated and irregular bowel? Then, it is the action of Vata. Similarly, a soft bowel is the result of the action of Pitta. Such people may have to eliminate the fecus more than once a day. Kapha makes the bowel movements in a normal way. When all the doshas are in normal and balanced state, the bowel functions normally.
DEHA PRAKRITHI OR THE BODY CONSTITUTION
Even the body constitution is decided by the predominance of the doshas. We can discuss this in another article.
The scope of doshas does not limit to what we have discussed in this article.