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Vata Dosha, Properties and Various functions

Vata formed from ether and air, governs all movement in the mind and body and must be kept in good balance. This biological humor is responsible for controlling the function of destruction. It is regarded as the main dosha among all the three as it controls and governs all the functions performed by other doshas.

It is responsible for all the somatic activities and sensations. It controls breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes. Vata promotes a healthy balance between the thought and emotion that gives rise to creativity and activity. It also regulates the nervous processes involved with movements, thoughts, and emotions, eating, drinking, elimination and the general functioning of the body. Balanced vata is a key to good health.

Properties of Vata

The various properties of vata are dry, light, cold, rough, subtle and minute moving. The large intestine is the main site of vata. The other major sites of vata are pelvic region, thighs, ears, bones and the skin.

People of vata type are the thinnest of the three humors. They tend to have dry skin and hair as the main quality of vata is dry. A person with vata predominant is blessed with a quick mind, flexibility and creativity. Vata people tend to have poor stamina. Usually people who are tall or short are vata types. They may have joints that crack or the joints protrude slightly from the skin. The hair colour tends to be dark and the hair has a course texture. People of vata types have variable appetite and digestion. They tend to produce little urine and their feaces are hard, dry and small in size and quantity. They are more susceptible to diseases such as pneumonia and arthritis. Other common vata disorders are dry skin and hair, nerve disorders, joint pain, constipation, flatulence and mental confusion.

Various functions provided by Vata

- Controls all the physical and mental movements of the body.

- Transfers the sensory input from various sense organs to the brain.

- Governs the process of elimination- faeces, urine, sweat, semen and fetus.

- Assists the metabolism (agni) in the body.

Various effects produced by balanced Vata

- Controlled mental activity

- Normal respiratory function

- Proper stimulation of digestive juices

- Proper co-ordination among all body functions

- Normal movements associated with eating, digestion and elimination.

- Excellent energy level

- Controlled action of the organs of perception and the organs of action

- Good energy levels

How to balance Vata dosha?

When vata becomes imbalance it can create imbalance in the other two doshas. This imbalance is known as tridoshic imbalance. Imbalanced vata results in fear, anxiety, agitation, worry, nervousness and tension. In order to balance vata one should avoid raw foods, cold foods and extreme cold weathers. Body should be kept warm and mind should be kept calm.

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