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8 specialties

Pancha Mahabhuta

Doshas

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

Prakriti

Dhatus

Malas

Agni

Ama

Rasayana

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Vata

 

' The principle of Movement '

 

Vata is a very central concept in Ayurveda.  This is something which you can find in the classics texts.  Vata has been described as having unimaginable potency/power, leader of the doshas, and  king of the collective of disease.  It is also described as fast, quick i.e., quick acting and one that is constantly moving.  It has been said that all the calamities of the world are nothing but the manifestation of the ire of vata

The biological element vata is derived from the combination of Akasha (ether) and Vayu (air). Vata is light, minute, and rough, dry, clear and cold in nature. It canít be visualized due to its minute character, but perceived only by observing their actions. 

Function:

1.      Responsible for all the movements of the body, even at cellular level.

2.      Controls the metabolic processes. But due to its stimulating action it increases the catabolic processes.

3.      Controls the movements of other two doshas Pitta & Kapha.

4.      Cell division.

5.      Stimulate all the sensory as well as motor centers.

6.      Controls respiratory process.

7.      Responsible for normal functioning of the intellect.

8.      Originator of zeal and joy.

Types of Vata:

There are 5 subtypes of vata. In this table you will  find their names, locations and  actions.

S. No.

Subtypes of Vata

Locations

Actions

1.

Prana

Mouth, Head, Ear, Tongue, Nose & Chest

Respiration, swallowing, sneezing, spitting etc.

2.

Udana

Larynx, chest, umbilical region

Speech, directing mental activities, physical strength

3.

Samana

Stomach, duodenum

Digestion, sweating etc.

4.

Vyana

Everywhere in the body

Circulation in the body, closing of eyelids etc.

5.

Apana

Region of umbilicus, colon, rectum, bladder, penis, hip joints and thighs

Defaecation, micturation, menstruation, seminal discharge, delivery

 

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