are the physiological factors of the body. They are to be seen as
all pervasive, subtle entities and are categorized into Vatha, Pitta
and Kapha. In the usual terminology Kapha is translated as Phlegm,
Pitta as Bile, and Vatha as Air or Wind. In actual fact, the true
interpretation of these words goes far beyond the usual translation.
regulates movement and is represented by the nervous system. Too
little Vatha causes nerve loss, congestion, constipation, thoughtlessness
etc and too much Vatha leads nerve irritation, high blood pressure,
confusion etc. Vatha problems are predominant in old ages and dry
climates or cold autumn winds increases Vatha.
Pitta is the principle of biotransformation
and is the cause of all metabolic processes in the body. Too little
Pitta causes indigestion, inability to understand, sluggish metabolism
etc and too much Pitta causes ulcers, hormonal imbalance, irritated
skin (acne), consuming emotions (anger). Pitta related problems
are predominant in teens and adulthood. Hot summers or hot climates
will increase Pitta.
Kapha is the principle of cohesion
and functions through the body fluids. Together, these three doshas
determine the physiologic constitution of an individual. Too little
Kapha experiences a dry respiratory tract , burning stomach (due
to lack of mucous, which protects from excess stomach acids), inability
to concentrate and too much Kapha causes Mucous build-up in the
sinus and nasal passages, the lungs and colon. In the mind it creates
rigidity, a fixation of thought, inflexibility etc. Kapha related
problems are predominant in childhood years. Wet winters and a damp
climate increases Kapha.