Pitta

Importance of understanding Agni in the diagnostic process

Digestive fire is the life of a human being. The process of digestive juices which is called as Pitta in Ayurveda plays an important role in the process of digestion and metabolism. Digestive fire work at the site of duodenum which is exactly behind the umbilicus. Pitta which is hot or ushna in nature with sharp/ tikshna properties and vata which is mobile/ Chala and light/ laghu enhances digestive fire.

In the science of Ayurveda, the root of all diseases is the vitiated digestive fire or Agni. And that is why Agni plays an important role in the diagnosis of any physical, physiological and psychological disorders. The Agni in a balanced state which shows proper hunger, digestion, nourishment of body tissues and mind is called Samagni. When the Agni is vitiated with the influence of Tridosha, Vata, Pitta and kapha it is diagnosed as Vishamagni, Tikshangni, and mandagni

Vishamagani shows a pattern of irregularities in appetite pattern, weak metabolism, poor nourishment of tissues and mind showing symptoms like bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, piles, etc.

Tikshnagni provokes Agni with excess heat and sharpness which results in excess hunger, burning in the chest, hyperacidity, acid reflux, headache, etc.
Mandagni is the weak digestive fire that results in indigestion, loss of appetite, laziness, weak metabolism, weakness, dullness, obesity, etc.

Digestive fire differs or predictable as per one’s Prakruti or body type. Vata predominant prakruti has irregular or vishamagni. Pitta predominant prakruti has tikshnagni and kapha predominant prakruti has mandagni.
To analyze and understand the exact state of digestive fire is key to accurate diagnosis of any disease. Once the digestive fire is corrected with proper Ayurveda based medicines, personalized diet, sleep and exercise will help to cure the disease easily.
Everyone should maintain their digestive fire in a balanced state I.e. samagni to gain health and a long life.

Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune


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The Three Company

Ayurveda is a ‘wholistic’ science. Atleast that’s what you must have heard or read somewhere, before reading this post. But have you ever given it a thought? As to what exactly does it mean by wholistic? What difference does it make? Is it really that important or is it just a glamorous word in a medical field?


The subject ( or in layman’s language a patient ) has remained always of tertiary importance for modern science. The centre of attraction was and is – the disease and not the ‘diseased’. This omission substantially narrowed down the lens of observation. This disease centric approach viz. objective (and indeed an important aspect) cuts down the equally important – subjective approach i.e. \ body centric which in simple words means observing not just a disease but a person suffering from the same.

Ayurveda contemplates….It eyes both the aspects equally. Because understanding a sufferer, is as equally important as understanding the suffering. That’s what wholistic is all about!

The fundamentals on which this all rests are the 3 pillers – dosha (vital and ultimate elements), dhatu (various bodily tissues holding the body) and mala (excretory products).

Major among these, are 3 doshas owing their unquestionable significance to authoritative management of whole body through remaining two i.e. 7 dhatus and 3 malas.

They are the ultimate, presidential and inescapable entities of human stratums.

They have presiding effect on every material – immaterial, anatomical – physiological, physical – psychological features of our bodies. Their working area is extended from head to toe, leaving nothing out of their order.

If this is so, how do they do it?

We are an integral part of Mother Nature. Everything we need for living is resourced from it. We arise from it, we live with it and unite with it after death. This observation made the ancient physicians to think on the similitude between human body and nature. And in the process of understanding, they reduced the energies of nature to threefold – air, fire and coldness which represent motion, conversion/change and uniting/associating forces respectively in outside world. These three express themselves in the inner environment of human body as – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Every metabolic function happening in a living body is a part and parcel of doshic system.
Let’s try to comprehend…
Every movement – be it your respiration, pumping of your heart, food carriage through digestive track, excretion, functions of your senses & mind and every motion occurring in your body is governed by Vata. Along with these, speaking, hearing, tactile sensation, keeping digestion at optimum level, joint movements, maintaining freshness & enthusiasm are all exercised by Vata.

Though our body is a miniature expression of a nature, there are differences. You can’t just go in open and eat whatever you like and expect your body to grow. Change is mandatory. Pitta, embodying the functions of fire from outer environment, is responsible for change in a form of anything entering a body from outside so as to get adapted and assimilated to our inner environment. It is responsible for digestion, vision, skin color & its glow, temperature regulation of body and many others.

Kapha on other hand is an associating force, responsible for uniting and connecting different tissues and cells and is directly responsible for growth. Understanding various tastes, unobstructed joint movements by providing those with cushions in between, strength, virility are maintained by Kapha.

Same features of motion, change and association can be attributed at the level of psyche. A controlled motion of thoughts without bewildering speed by vata, analytical thinking of perceived thoughts by pitta and stability and calmness under any circumstances by kapha maintains psychological health as subtly as nature of mind.

The quantitative and qualitative balance of these three is critical for health. If one of them goes off balance, illness comes in. Their equivalence is given so much importance by Ayurvedic texts and physicians that their harmony is virtually considered as health and disharmony as illness.

Remember,
Wherever there is motion there is vata,
Wherever there is change there is pitta and
Wherever there is association there is kapha.

This is the most subtle yet clinically and practically expounding principle of Ayurvedic system of health, going beyond boundaries of country, cast and creed.
And understanding them is the first step taken towards healthy and happy life…

Author
Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni

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Relationships From The Point Of Ayurveda

Love, relationship and 3 dosha Opposite poles attract each other. And this is very true if we consider our physical and psychological traits.

In Ayurveda body constitution or body type or prakruti is defined as Manas that is psychological and sharir i.e. physical and physiological. If you know what is body type of your partner you can easily accept or change yourself for better life.

Body type not only covers the mind state but also their physical appearance strength stamina and digestion metabolism which leads to final immunity.
If you could find out whether this is normal or balanced state of your partner then you can easily accept their habits, nature and food preferences. Resulting no one will blame others by their nature or hobbies or food habits.

Kapha person is very calm, steady and loves arts. To balance kapha needs the opposite pitta. Pitta is very courageous, dynamic and supports kapha mind. Also, vata is very creative and charming which enhances kapha artistic mind. Plan for a Riverside romantic dinner or musical mehfil.
Kapha is having slow digestion but good stamina. Select light and low calorie diet. Kapha likes spicy, bitter taste. So if your partner cooks or order food of your preference then that is most healthy. Can workout slowly and steadily but for longer duration.

Pitta is very aggressive and angry in nature. To cool down this, kapha helps with its calm and loving nature. Pitta are very romantic and likes more and more challenges. Pitta partner should or can surprise him or her with romantic, soothing, candle light dinner and calming music. Pitta has strong appetite and digestion. Pitta loves sweet, bitter, astringent. Pitta person can consume heavy and high calories diet. Pitta has moderate stamina so go for mild gym workout and fresh air exercises more.

Vata personality is very dynamic cherishing and full of energy and enthusiasm. Sometimes to control it needs steadiness of kapha and to flow this energy in correct and positive way needs pitta support. Throw a dance party with many friends will be a big surprise and appreciable to vata. Vata has irregular hunger and unstable digestion with fair strength and stamina. Vata likes sweet, sour and salty food. Go for moderate workouts together with more hiking and biking.

Now try to find out your partners body type and accept their habits and routines and try to mould for your best friend or life partner’s healthy and peaceful life.
If you accept each others with his or her good and bad. Actually those bad are by your thoughts but they are good for their prakruti.

Life will be more beautiful and lovely when you understand each
other in this scientific way too.

Author-
Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune

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Make your Mental Health a priority by connecting with Turyaa

3 idiots, the movie Is a perfect blend of all emotions. On top of it, all the characters from the movie teach us many life lessons in an interesting manner. Most of the lessons are associated with psychology and mental health which are much-neglected health issues.

Raju from the movie attempts suicide after struggling to get good marks, Farhan was seen to be ready to change his career due to peer pressure from his parents. Chatur is always ready for completion without having knowledge and the Virus of the college is like pressure testing equipment for brains that decide who is fit for the education. Rancho, the hero of the movie, is rescuing all the characters with his psychological fundas……All is well.

We all are surrounded by such characters but understanding the situation and standing as a Rancho for yourself is very important. Most of the time psychological and physical problems are interlinked but people often seem to neglect the psychological problems.

Ayurveda always mentioned health is a balance of mental, physical, and spiritual wellness altogether and equally emphasizes mental health also.

Ayurveda describes three Gunas of Mind named Satwa (Balance), Raja (Arrogance), and Tama (Indolence). Ayurveda also describes that a possibility for mental illness is due to an imbalance of the ‘tamas’ or ‘rajas’ in the mind which are the reactive tendencies that vitiate other doshas.

Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, its imbalance, prakruti of individuals, etc are also having an impact on Manas gunas. Diet and lifestyle also play an important role in mental illness according to Ayurveda. Rajas and Tamas aahar are responsible for the vitiation of Manas Doshas and hence mental illness. Various chronic mental disorders like anxiety, neurosis, depression, insomnia, etc. are linked with wrong diet and lifestyle. the

Neglecting the symptoms due to self unawareness or due to social stigma is very common in mental disorders. Approach toward treatment is also improper and neglected due to many reasons. Understanding symptoms at an early stage and seeking help as early as possible is very necessary.

Changes in sleeping patterns, loss of appetite, Impulsive decision-making, Turning to drugs or alcohol in moments of distress, and Suicidal thoughts are early and indicative symptoms for which professional help is a must. All the symptoms of mental health disorders can be incredibly dangerous for both emotional and physical health.

Ayurveda mentioned Sattvavajaya Chikitsa for mental disorders and is very similar to modern psychotherapy. Proper diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications, music, and mantra therapies are suggested along with medicines and panchakarma. Thus, Sattvavajaya plays a significant role in the maintenance of a harmonious state between these three important factors – intellect, memory, and patience, ultimately leading to a happy healthy state of the individual.

Considering all these Ayurvedic principles, Turya will help you in the following manner for balancing psychological health for health harmony.

  1. Proper Monitoring – Daily Nadi pariksha, assessment of emotional quotient always reflects your state of mental health. This approach of Early diagnosis – Early treatment proves very effective in the case of mental illness.
  2. Assessment of day-to-today impact factors associated with mental health – By knowing the daily routine, stress level, etc, Turyaa can keep an eye on your stress level and its impact on Tridoshik balance.
  3. Early diagnosis – Symptoms, and imbalances in Manas Gunas and Tridosha according to individual specific Prakruti can be assessed with the help of Turyaa. So very early-stage changes can be monitored.
  4. Diet and lifestyle modifications – Many chronic mental disorders can be controlled with a good Sattvic diet, proper exercise, and lifestyle modifications. Required lifestyle modifications can be provided with a very individual-specific approach by Turyaa app and Turyaa coaches.
  5. Music therapy – Many types of research show that music therapy, proper ragas, and mantras are having a positive impact on treating mental disorders. This can be provided by Turyaa.
  6. Yoga and Pranayam– Sattvavajaya is the main treatment protocol for mental illness according to Ayurveda. Yoga and Pranayam are having a very positive and recovering impact on mental disorders. Turyaa can help with expert suggestions and support.

Nowadays mental illness is very common and everywhere in all age groups. Turyaa will help you by becoming your Rancho which will keep the harmony of psychological health with all other health domains.

All is well …

Author:
Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician),
Shruti Kulkarni (Clinical Nutritionist)

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