Ayurveda Tridosha Balancing – Theory and Practices

Ayurveda and yoga lifestyle are the most modern ways for safe and healthy life and longevity. In Ayurveda, tridosha balancing is the key remedy for all diseases.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old system of medical practice. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word. Literally, Ayurveda means “science of longevity.” Initially,  Ayurvedic teachings were customarily passed on orally from teacher to student for over 1000 years. Ayurvedic medical practice adheres to the knowledge base found in three ancient text books on medicine: the Characka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hridyayam. Though their application may differ according to context, the key principles of Ayurveda are consistent. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian System of Medicine, deals with the theory of the three tridosha states (both physical and psychological): Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These Ayurveda concepts are applicable to all human beings irrespective of caste, color, sex or race. They are the three major human constitutional types that both depend on psychological and physical characteristics.  The three doshas of Ayurveda and their five respective subdoshas are related to the modern scientific framework of systems theory. Ayurveda says that the mind possesses three Gunas (attributes), viz. Satva, Tamo and Rajo. The Pitta state is described as a critical, discriminative, and rational psychological state of mind, while the Kapha state is described as being dominant for emotional stimuli. The Vata state is an intermediate unstable shifting state.  Dosha and subdosha theory is central to disease aetiology in Ayurvedic diagnosis according to the classical texts of Charaka Samhita 9.4 and Vagbhata Samhita 11.45.