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Vata Pita Kapha Imbalances and Diseases Related to Vata Imbalance

Posted on: March 15th, 2011 by Rakesh Sethi 10 Comments

It is a well known fact that when our body goes off balance we land ourselves some sort of complication leading to a disease.  In the Ayurveda medical system, it is viewed that one or more out of the three energies, “Vata Pita Kapha”, (also know as Doshas) has gone off balance.  This imbalance creates an aggravation in the body which results in a disease.  In this article I would briefly like to explain what happens when Vata energy goes off balance.  To get familiar with “Vata Pita Kapha” energies and discover what energies make up your constitution, please subscribe below to FREE Ayurveda Basics course.

Vata (air) energy is responsible for all movements in the body.  Vata controls all neuromuscular activities, body functions, and even activities of the mind.  All movements must take place like a fine clock-work in the body.  Without the movement energy, Pita and Kapha energies are useless; in fact, the body is a dead body.  On the other hand, if the movement is blocked, altered, slowed, or sped up, the body systems functions get compromised. So Vata (air) is the most important energy in the body to keep balanced and most often to go off balance.  Just as in the nature, it is difficult to predict and manage movement of air.  So it is with managing Vata energy and keeping it balanced in our body.  It is estimated that 60 to 65% or approximately 2 out 3 diseases are a result of Vata imbalance.   Other diseases related to Pita and Kapha imbalance are covered in a separate article.

Diseases that are related to Vata Imbalance:

Note the following list is just a sample and not all inclusive.  I have chosen the most well known and commonly occurring diseases.

  1. ALS- Lou Gehrig’s
  2. Alzheimer
  3. Amenorrhea- irregular or absence of period
  4. Arthritis
  5. Attention Deficit Disorder
  6. Autism
  7. Bells’ Palsy
  8. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  9. Cataract
  10. Chronic Anxiety Disorder
  11. Erectile Disorder & Early Ejaculation
  12. Dysmenorrheal- severe painful menstruation
  13. Endometriosis
  14. Fibromyalgia (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  15. Joint Pains
  16. Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
  17. Multiple Sclerosis
  18. Ptosis- drooping eyelid
  19. Parkinson’s
  20. Ringing in Ears
  21. Sciatica

All Vata related disorders should be addressed with Vata pacifying diet and lifestyle.  Please note, when Vata is imbalanced Pita and Kapha may also become imbalanced.  Depending upon age, gender, family history, and keeping other factors in mind, an ayurvedic practitioner can make right recommendations for pacifying and detoxifying treatment plans.  So please consult with your ayurvedic practitioner and also with your physician when you start a natural health and wellness treatment along side with any medication you are taking.

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10 Responses

  1. I have a brother and a brother in_law with Alzheimer.How can I help them and their wives?
    Your article mentions Vita(air) imbalance.How do I know?
    Thanks for your help.
    My brother is only 56 and the other 65.
    Pierre Trudel
    Thee Quest For Perfect Health

    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      A short & quick general guidance. Depending on how much Alzheimer has progressed, you will or perhaps not see a change. However, you can slow or stop its progress by following Vata pacifying regimen daily in diet- well cooked moist warm foods, use sesame & other oils on the food. Warm drinks, Avoid icy cold , dry, & raw foods. Do shirodhara and head & total body massage 3 times per week. Use sesame oil. There are more things that you could do after thorough assessment for a specific individual with Ayurvedic practitioner. All the Best!

  2. angela tamars says:

    I have inner body shakings like you are sitting an idiling waiting bus during the 1/3 of a day:( and unvoluntary muscle twitches since 9 months,

    I turned around 3 neorologist, 1 brain doctor ,many blood test done including brain MR, 2 chest doctors…test results seems good no problem. but I think Im spending time and money they are saying Im okey peoblem is inner feelings?

    and Im suspecting some kind of vata disorder when Im reading ayurveda essays.
    how can I find a solution wheather or not I have a vata disorder?
    can you reply my mail adres for closest ayurvedic doctor or therapy?

    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      Angela, Namaste- Yes, you do have a Vata aggravation. Not sure where you are we can schedule time over Skype for consultation. You can subscribe to
      free mini course and learn about Vata pacifying diet. You can send me an email in private thru “contact us” form available at the footer menu of the website. I receive the email directly so if you want you can mention more details in there.

  3. Stefanie Lowry says:

    I’ve just started getting more interested in Ayurveda, and I believe I am a vata Dosha, but where do I start to look for an Ayurvedic practitioner to be able to learn more about the things I should be doing?

  4. daniellaR. says:

    Hi, I’m vata dosha, sometimes, when I’m cold my nails turn blue. and last two times I notised that the top of my right index finger gets numb? why is that?
    be well _/\_

    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      You have Vata aggravation. In this condition you will feel more cold feeling and nerve disorders. Based on your age, season, and other health issues make diet and lifestyle adjustments. You can read more in my book “Health + Happiness = Wellness” Be Well.

  5. carol says:

    Hi Rakesh
    I am mainly Vata with touch of Kapha. I also have Hypothyroidism and manic depression.
    I am finding it really hard to find what foods I can and cant have with this combination. I was wondering if you could help lead me in the right direction.

    Many Thanks


    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      Carol, more than likely you have aggravated Kapha that will cause hypothyroidism and depression. Address Kapha first, balance Vata as needed along the way


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