Vata Dosha has direct connection with air. Air element is a component of Vata Dosha. They both have lot in common. There is a famous simile – like Air moves the clouds around the sky, Vata Dosha moves Kapha and Pitta in the body. Kapha and Pitta are basically immobile. It is Vata that takes them allover the body.
We have learnt a few aspects of Vata Doshas previously.
Vata Dosha – Qualities, Functions, Imbalance
How To Balance Vata Dosha? Line Of Treatment And Reasoning
Vata Dosha and arthritis
Vata is situated in all the joints. Movement is a quality of Vata and hence, Vata Dosha is directly responsible for joint movements (and all the other movements of body parts and fluids). So, osteo arthritis, which is a degenerative disease of the joint is directly related with Vata Dosha.
Vata Dosha and pain
Pain is a characteristic symptom of Vata. In any disease, if pain is a symptom, then there is definite involvement of Vata.
Vata Dosha and skin dryness
Dryness (Rookshata) is again another characteristic symptom of Vata. In any disease, if there is skin dryness, there is definite involvement of Vata Dosha. Imagine a pond. Constantly blowing wind takes away all the water from the pond and leaves it high and dry. So Vata has characteristics of wind and dryness is one of its key qualities.
Cause for Vata imbalance – direct wind
Exposure to direct wind has been explained as a cause for Vata imbalance. Exposure to direct wind causes increase of dryness and increase of pain. Because pain and dryness – both are Vata symptoms.
So, people with Vata imbalance, those who are suffering from muscular pain, arthritis, myalgia etc., should avoid direct wind and direct air from fan. During summer, no one can survive without a fan. I am not advising to totally avoid fan. But it is best to keep fan at some distance so as to avoid direct wind hitting your skin.
Similarly, while travelling, if you are of Vata body type or have any Vata Dosha dominant disease, it is best to keep the vehicle window closed or at least half-closed. This helps to avoid direct wind and prevents Vata Dosha increase.
There is also another physical cause behind increase of Vata by direct wind exposure. When air is blowing directly at an organ, it is causing minute oscillating movements to the skin, muscle, ligaments, etc, pertaining to that organ / limb. When there is movement, there is Vata increase. Hence there is increase of pain.
You may not readily appreciate the worsening of Vata symptom just by single episode of wind exposure. It may be a slow process and symptoms may worsen over a period of time. The impact will be gradual but certain.
In case of Vata imbalance, it is better to keep the affected part of the body covered with cloth. This is the principle behind bandaging the limb to reduce pain, or to heal a bone fracture. This is also a principle to choose tight cloth Vs loose fitting cloth.
This principle also puts light on another fact that travelling increases Vata. Hence, people who travel a lot should undergo Abhyanga (oil massage) at least once a week to keep Vata in balanced condition. Related: Ayurvedic travelling tips
तथा ब्रह्मचर्यनिवातशयनोष्णोदकस्नाननिशास्वप्नव्यायामाश्चैकान्ततः पथ्यतमाः ||६||
tathā brahmacaryanivātaśayanoṣṇodakasnānaniśāsvapnavyāyāmāścaikāntataḥ pathyatamāḥ ||6||
Brahmacharya – celibacy
Nivata Shayana – sleeping in the place where air does not blow directly
Ushnodaka snana – hot water bath
Nishasvapna – sleeping during night
Vyayama – exercise
Ekanta – spending lonely time are Pathya ( good habits) Sushruta Sutrasthana 20/6
Addition by – Dr M S Krishnamurthy
Fan – A Tool Of Comfort May Cause Health Issues Too!
Ayurvedic texts have emphasized the usage of tool ‘Vyajana’. It was the feather tool used to blow the air and hence to get the cooling effect (feather fan). It was circular in shape and prepared by suturing the feather of birds like peacock, pigeon etc. In due course of time it took different shapes also. In later period people were preparing the fans out of the leaves, spades of the areca nut etc. Many who were skillful made the mechanical fans too out of such hand fans. Even today in few community hand fans are used as a mean of welcome. Also, in few functions and rituals like marriage, coronation etc too we find the usage of hand fans. In market one can find unique and fancy hand fans prepared out of lighter metals, plastics, cloth, feather materials etc.
When we consider the electronic fans we need to know about few of the important aspects of in relation to health issues.
Ceiling fans cited at the old offices, placed in lesser height etc often cause dust allergy. This is due to the dust particles in the corners and ceilings of the rooms are dispersed by such fans. Also when the rpm (rotation per minute) of the fan is increased (speed is increased), the people who are allergic towards dust particles are prone to get the allergic reactions. Similarly the table fans which are placed very close to us while sitting or lying down may cause suffocation or choking as the direct air is entered inside forcibly. This may worsen the conditions like cough, cold, breathlessness etc. In young children it may worsen their respiratory problems. Also those who are having the habit of keeping the wet clothes for drying in the bed rooms are prone to get cold, cough etc.
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