The Roots of Equilibrium: the Tridosha

 Understanding the Equilibrium of the Tridosha

The 5 fundamental elements of matter and energy manifest in the human body as combinations forming the three basic principles known as tridosha.

Introducing the Dosha Types

These three principles: vata, pitta and kapha govern all biological, psychological and physiological functions of the body, mind and conscience.

The elements of ether and air manifest the physical principle of vata or vata dosha. The elements of fire and earth manifest in the body as the fiery principle of Pitta. Earth and water manifest as the watery component of Kapha. These three principles: vata, pitta and kapha govern all biological, psychological and physiological functions of the body, mind and conscience. They act as fundamental constituents and protective barriers in the normal physiological condition. However, when there is a state of imbalances they contribute to the processes of disease. The tridosha are responsible for the insurgence of natural food preferences, such as tastes and temperature of nutrients. The tridosha govern the creation, the maintenance and the destruction of body tissues and the elimination of by-products.

Understanding how Ayurveda Cures Tridosha Imbalances

According to Ayurvedic teachings, starting any type of treatment without having first eliminated the toxins responsible for the illness will result in pushing these venoms further within the tissue.

All Ayurvedic cures attempt to establish an equilibrium between the bodily ‘humors’ vata-pitta-kapha. Illness emerges when these three elements are no longer in equilibrium. According to Ayurvedic teachings, starting any type of treatment (whether it is medication, agupuncture, chiropuncture, massage, allopathy or other) without having first eliminated the toxins responsible for the illness will result in pushing these venoms further within the tissue.

Therefore the problem will manifest itself again in the same form or another.

Through a superficial cure it is possible to obtain a momentary relief for the symptomatic part of the process. However the fundamental cause of the disturbance will not be influenced. Therefore the problem will manifest itself again in the same form or another. There are two types of Ayurvedic cures: the elimination of the toxins and the neutralisation of the toxins. These treatments are applied both at a physical level as well as at an emotional level.

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