Vata Dosha is the most important among the three Doshas because it is Vata that controls the movement of Pitta and Kapha. Let us learn about the principles involved in treating Vata imbalance in the body.
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Vata Dosha treatment principles
Let us learn about the principles behind Vata Dosha imbalance treatment –
Snehana – oleation- oral administration of oil / ghee / fat and external oil massage. A Vata body type person will be usually lean and has dry skin. These qualities are opposite to those of fat. Hence, external and oral treatment with oil / fat is very beneficial to treat Vata Dosha imbalance.
Sveda – Sudation – diaphoresis, sweating therapy. Usually, if you have any Vata imbalance disease and approach a doctor, he would request you to undergo massage and sweating therapy together. Vata has cold quality and sweating promotes hot quality in the body.
Mrudu Samshodhana – Mild purification procedure, Mild Panchakarma (Vamana and Virechana). Strong Panchakarma treatment leads to exhaustion which will further increase Vata. Hence mild Panchakarma is done.
Svadu Amla Lavana Ushna Bhojya – foods which are of sweet, sour and salt taste decrease Vata. During Vata imbalance, food and drinks should be taken while they are hot. Frozen food stuff, cool drinks, food with bitter, astringent and pungent tastes will increase Vata.
Abhyanga – Oil massage – Pain is the main symptom of Vata and hence oil massage is the best way to mitigate pain.
Mardana – simple massage – massage improves blood circulation and comforts the painful area. Even if it is just massage with palms without using any oil.
Veshtana – wrapping / covering the body / organ with cloth – In case of a blunt injury, wrapping the hurt organ with a cloth is very comforting. Hence, keeping the body warm with tight fitting cloth is good for people with Vata disorders.
Seka – pouring of herbal decoctions / oils on the affected part – It is one of the very effective treatments. Treatments like Shirodhara, Kaya dhara etc are based on this principle only.
Paishtika Goudika Madya – wine prepared from corn flour and jaggery- molasses
Snigdha Ushna Basti – enema therapy with fat-oil, enema with drugs of hot potency. We have learnt that large intestine is the main place of Vata. Enema medicine directly reaches the intestines and brings about action. Basti treatment with slightly hot oil is very useful to balance Vata.
Sukhasheelata – comforting the patient and giving him rest is good, because excess of activity will cause Vata imbalance.
Deepana Pachana Siddha Sneha – Medicated fats / oil / ghee of different kinds- sources prepared with drugs causing increase of hunger and improving digestion; are good for Vata.
Medya Pishita Taila Anuvasana – Enema prepared from juice of fatty meat and oil is ideal for Vata treatment.
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