Doshas: The Balancing Act


GOVERNS: the following body functions:

Prana Vata The senses, creative thinking, reasoning, enthusiasm,
Udana Vata Quality of voice, memory, movements of thought
Samana Vata Movement of food through digestive tract
Apana Vata Elimination of wastes, sexual function, menstrual cycle
Vyana Vata Blood flow, heart rhythm, perspiration, sense of touch

Vata out of Balance

Prana Vata Worries, overactive mind, sleep problems, difficulty breathing
Udana Vata Dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, general fatigue
Samana Vata Slow or rapid digestion, gas, intestinal cramps, poor assimilation, weak tissues
Apana Vata Intestinal/menstrual cramps, lower back pain, irregularity, constipation, gas
Vyana Vata Dry or rough skin, nervousness, poor blood flow, stress-related problems


GOVERNS: the following body functions:

Alochaka Pitta Functioning of the eyes
Bhrajaka Pitta Healthy glow of the skin
Sadhaka Pitta Desire, drive, decisiveness, spirituality
Pachaka Pitta Digestion, assimilation, metabolism for healthy nutrients and tissues
Ranjaka Pitta Healthy, toxin-free blood

Pitta out of Balance

Alochaka Pitta Blood shot eyes, poor vision
Bhrajaka Pitta Skin rashes, acne
Sadhaka Pitta Demanding, perfectionistic, workaholic
Pachaka Pitta Acid stomach
Ranjaka Pitta Early graying, anger, toxins in blood


GOVERNS: the following body functions:

Tarpaka Kapha Moisture for nose, mouth, eyes and brain
Bhodaka Kapha Sense of taste, which is essential for good digestion
Kledaka Kapha Moisture of the stomach lining for good digestion
Avalambaka Kapha Protects the heart, strong muscles, healthy lungs
Sleshaka Kapha Lubrication of the joints, soft and supple skin

Kapha out of Balance

Tarpaka Kapha Sinus congestion, poor sense of smell
Bhodaka Kapha Poor sense of taste, food cravings due to lack of fulfillment
Kledaka Kapha Impaired digestion, poor absorption
Avalambaka Kapha Lethargy, respiratory problems, lower back pain
Sleshaka Kapha Weight gain, oily skin, loose or painful joints

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