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Ayurvedic Views on Illness


Posted by Tracii H.

Ayurveda is a way of healing and a way of living that takes into consideration the whole person, not just a given health condition. According to the teachings of Ayurveda, every single aspect of your life contributes to your overall health; poor health seldom has a simple or single cause. One of the main focuses of Ayurveda is a person’s body type, or dosha. There are three different doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. Certain foods can interact poorly or cause illness depending on your particular dosha and can have major effects on your overall health. Some common dietary mistakes made by people include overeating, drinking too little or too much water during a meal, emotional eating, eating at the wrong time of day, snacking in excess, or eating when constipated.The seasons also have a great effect on dosha: summer is a time when pitta increases and heat related illnesses like sunburn, hot flashes, and exhaustion may occur. Autumn is dry, cool, and windy, which aggravates vata, causing joint and muscle aches, loneliness, and anxiety. Winter—a heavy, cold season—provokes kapha, leading to sinus congestion, colds, and coughs. The damp coolness of spring also causes an excess in kapha, causing spring allergies, colds, and other respiratory ailments.
 
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